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Size

Big orange button

Top controls

Built-in flash

Back

Interface designed for touchscreen

Modes

Big viewfinder

Connectors

Storage

Back

SLR

Tonal range

HCD 35-90mm lens, f5.6

HC100 lens, f5.6

HC 100 lens, f11

The H6D is surprisingly small and light, even equipped with a lens.

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This year is Hasselblad's 75th anniversary and the company got a little wild to celebrate; hence, the orange shutter button. I kinda like it.

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Because the entire back is taken up by the touchscreen, the controls you're familiar with from lower-end cameras sit on the top near the status LCD.

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It's a bit ironic that most full-frame cameras jettison the on-camera flash and it's considered an "unprofessional" feature, but the HDC series retains it. Even if you don't use it for serious work, it's nice to have in an emergency.

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There are a few controls near the big back thumb rest, including Hasselblad's True Focus system which keeps you from losing the correct focus area when performing focus-and-recompose.

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Though the screen itself isn't that large, Hasselblad gives you nice big text.

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In addition to traditional Program, Aperture- and Shutter-priority and Manual exposure modes, Hasselblad offers a variable-Program mode (Pv); this mode takes into account the current focal length to, for example, prevent situations where a too-slow shutter speed might cause shake.

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The H6D uses the same viewfinder modules that the company has offered for a while, this eye-level model as well as a waist-level one.

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In addition to a Mini-HDMI connector and mic and headphone jacks, and flash sync connectors.

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The camera offers dual card slots, one CFast and one SD.

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Like most medium-format cameras, the sensor back is removable and can be used with other devices.

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Fundamentally, the H6D and many other modern medium-format use the same technology as dSLRs; a mirror that flips up to shoot and down to reflect the image into an optical viewfinder.

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I really like how much recoverable highlight detail you can get with the camera.

(Original in inset. Adjusted with Lightroom. Keep in mind that Hasselblad has its own raw-editing software, Phocus, which likely delivers better results, and that these won't look as good viewed on the typical sRGB display.)

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(Unretouched but resized and saved as JPEG; the original is a 105MB raw.)

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(Retouched from slightly underexposed version with Lightroom, resized by 50 percent and saved as JPEG.)

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View half-size photo.

(Retouched from slightly underexposed version with Lightroom, resized by 50 percent and saved as JPEG.)

Caption by / Photo by Lori Grunin/CNET
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