Kodak Professional has released the DCS Pro Back 645H digital camera back, which is compatible with the new Hasselblad H1 camera system. It features 16-megapixel resolution, an on-board power source, fully featured LCD display and all of the other attributes of the company's 645-format digital camera backs. It's targeted to fashion, portrait and wedding photographers.
Hasselblad's new H1 645-format camera body's design is specially designed for both digital backs and film magazines. It features an all-electronic user interface that communicates with lenses, film magazines, and the viewfinder.
The Pro Back 645H is supported by Kodak’s DCS Capture Studio, Photo Desk, Camera Manager software, and DCS Custom Looks profiles. It processes Kodak's DCR RAW and ERI-JPEG file formats. The ERI-JPEG file format combines the ease-of-use of JPEG files with the image quality and color/exposure control of Kodak's DCR format raw camera files, Kodak says. In addition, these files are compatible with the Kodak ProShots system software in a complete digital workflow, linking photographer, lab and customer.
The Kodak Professional DCS Pro Back 645H digital camera back will be available in November, to coincide with availability of the Hasselbald H1 camera system, through dealers of Kodak Professional digital photography products. It will cost around £8,000.
Kodak Professional will also bring its Kodak Professional DCS Pro 14n digital SLR camera to the U.S. market in December. It features the industry's first 35mm-size CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) sensor in an SLR model, boasts 13.89 million total pixels, and provides variable resolution raw files. It will cost around £3,200.
Targeted mainly to professional portrait, wedding, event and commercial photographers, the DCS Pro 14n is built on a Nikon lens mount and offers FireWire connectivity. The camera's 4,536-x-3,024 pixel (effective), 12-bit CMOS imager covers the full 24-x-36mm image area of 35mm film. And photographers can select the image size (14MP, 6MP or 3MP) that suits their shooting environment. Images can be saved as DCR raw files or Kodak Professional Extended Range Imaging (ERI) JPEG files.
Images are stored in a CompactFlash memory card and an MMC memory card interface. The camera can write to both storage media, and the image can be sent to each card simultaneously in any of the available formats. The DCS Pro 14n's body includes a vertical trigger that works in conjunction with the camera's auto orientation sensor. The sensor detects the camera's orientation +/- 90 degrees from the horizontal position, which enables automatic rotation of the image as it moves to a computer for manipulation.
The camera can capture images at two frames per second, for a full burst of up to eight frames in full-resolution mode.
The DCS Pro 14n includes the latest versions of Kodak Professional DCS Photo Desk and Camera Manager software and is compatible with Kodak ProShots Studio Software Suite, an online image management and display tool that links the photographer to both client and lab in an digital workflow for film-based and digital camera images. The camera also is digital camera format (DCF) compatible, a first for a Kodak Professional digital camera. The standardized DCF format gives photographers more access to printing services because most printing systems are calibrated to work with DCF files.
The DCS Pro 14n camera is powered by a single rechargeable Li-Ion battery pack or an accessory AC adapter. Photographers may select NTSC or PAL video formats for image review.