And there it is. When news broke last year DJI invested in Hasselblad for a minority stake; we were all waiting to see the payoff. When was the integration happening? Our questions were answered today with the announcement of the A5D-M600.
Here are the basics. The A5D-M600 starts with DJI’s Matrice 600 platform to haul the camera and pairs it with Hasselblad’s A5D aerial camera. Out of the box, the A5D packs a 50mm f/3.5 lens preset at infinity focus, making life easier for pilots to easily focus the lens depending on the shot.
The sensor onboard the A5D-M600 is twice the size you find in top-of-the-line 35mm DSLRs. Hasselblad is high on the collaboration:
“Combining best-in-class aerial optics with the world’s most powerful aerial platform is a natural development for DJI and Hasselblad. We are delighted to provide this unique bundle to professional photographers, surveyors and mappers,” said Perry Oosting, CEO of Hasselblad.
And aerial photography enthusiasts and professionals alike are asking one simple question – how much? Right now, the kit isn’t priced, but the Matrice 600 tips the register at $4,599 and the Ronin-MX at $1,599.
Yeah, the A5D-M600 is not going to be cheap. Think the price of a car and you’d be on the right track. Whoever buys one will want insurance. Can you imagine a battery screw up and tens of thousands of dollars crashing down.
That would be depressing. On the brighter side, it’s a hell of an aerial photography platform. 50MP Hasselblad? It’s definitely on my Christmas list.