I know there is a lot of information on the web, and if we search we can find everything. That said, I didn't find a recent post where it is clear to see the difference on every system. The goal is not to debate about anything but post a list of pros and cons on the different options on the market in 2012+.
here is couple of things interesting to know.
- USB 3.0 - Working or not working, the location of the cable on the back, etc.
- Tethering - Possible with a card in the back or not.
- Frame rate + Frame per minute - Tethered or on cards.
- ISO range
- Sensor size
- Long term value
I would love to understand the value of the H5D over the H4D in bullet point... I don't get it. It will process in-camera Jpeg at a premium price, but other than that, what the back has to offer? If you look at the difference in price of the H4D-40 to H5D-40 (2000$) and the H4D-60 to H5D-60 (13000$), there is something I don't understand...
Please, I would love to keep this post as clean as possible with bullet points.
Hi Yanick -
I'll do my best with bullet points. First, your question about the H5D, the following improvements/enhancements were made from the H4D model:
*True Focus II
- Adds knowledge of and compensation for lens curvature
- Provides 10MP/12MP/15MP JPG for H4D-40/50/60 In-Camera
*New Buttons & Top LED Display
- Improved ergonomically and better weather sealing
*Enhanced Style & Look
- I like, kind of like comparing an early titanium version MBP to the current Retina model
*Immediate Focus Confirmation
- Access 100% zoom without having to interface with the rear LCD
*New Battery Grip
- 3mm Longer, roughly same power output on H5D, provides 50% more power on previous models
*New reinforced CF Card Door
- Feels much more secure
*New secure locking firewire port
- Reinforced, more secure, less stress on connector
*New GUI for LCD & LED Interfaces
- Also includes further control of LCD from the LED interface
*Dedicated Profiles Button
- Can upload and share custom user worksets from camera to camera
I would also point out that the H4D-60 listed at $39,995 until the summer when Hasselblad reduced pricing across the board in anticipation of new models from the upcoming Photokina. It was an opportunity to purchase existing product at a reduction. The H5D-60 was released with the same standard pricing as the H4D-60. The amount of the discounted pricing was more extreme on the H4D-60, and my thought is that the H4D-40 has been a more successful model - in terms of unit sales - than the H4D-60. And at the $39K range, a more aggressive reduction is required to move units in anticipation of new models than is needed for adjusted pricing in the $17K range.
One slight bit of editorializing - many outstanding products today take evolutionary leaps, rather than revolutionary ones. Apple is a prime example of this with the iPhone 5.