DxOMark review for the Hasselblad H3DII-39

Tuesday February 03 2009

Camera Review
DxOMark review for the Hasselblad H3DII-39

Dxomark.com RAW sensor data on the Hasselblad H3DII-39 show a performance just slightly above the average results of the medium-format category with an overall score of 75.5

The Hasselblad H3DII-39 is in good position for Color Depth ranking (in 4th place on the DxOMark general ranking with a score of 24.2; the average score for 4 medium format cameras is 24.1), and also for Dynamic Range (6th place on the DxOMark general ranking, with a score of 12.5; the average medium format score is 12.4). These two metrics are the most relevant for evaluating medium format sensors, since they are not designed for low-light conditions. (see “Medium-format camera ranking with respect to the DxOMark Sensor Scale”).

Key sensor characteristics

The Hasselblad H3DII-39 sensor features a very high resolution medium format CCD with 39 Mpix manufactured by Kodak; a 16-bit Analog/Digital (A/D) converter; and an ISO range of 50 to 400.

Key performance factors

With respect to ISO sensitivity, the only real ISO provided is ISO 50 (measured sensitivity is 45). All other ISO values are obtained by applying a digital gain (during the RAW to jpeg conversion).

Per above, print mode results are good (Color Depth = 24.2 [average 24.1], Dynamic Range = 12.5 [average 12.4]). Larger prints (at the same DPI setting) are possible, even though noise may be visible (results in screen mode show somewhat lower values for Color Depth and Dynamic Range)

Overall, the Hasselblad H3DII-39 RAW image quality performances are pretty good. Although some high-end DSLRs are closing the gap in terms of pixel performance the H3DII-39 very high resolution capability keeps this camera among the few options available for very large size and high quality professional photography.

Disclaimer: This dxomark review evaluates only the selected camera’s RAW sensor performance metrics (i.e., Color Depth, Dynamic Range, and Low-Light ISO), and should not be construed as a review of the camera’s overall performance, as it does not address such other important criteria as image signal processing, mechanical robustness, ease of use, flexibility, optics, value for money, etc. While RAW sensor performance is critically important, it is not the only factor that should be taken into consideration when choosing a digital camera.