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Special Applications Top

Hasselblad’s new Special Applications Department is our way to ensure that every request for equipment and/or features has a home and someone to look after it, though not all requests ultimately turn into products or features. However, as Hasselblad takes pride in manufacturing real solutions for real photographic applications, based on active interaction with working photographers, we find it crucial to meet any request with an open mind.
Our Special Applications Department is a hub where innovative ideas from Hasselblad users meet creative minds at Hasselblad R&D and Product Management, to go beyond our current product lineup for a look at opportunities in specialized photographic fields such as aerial photography, forensic science, 3D imaging and more.

What is Hasselblad Aerial Photography?

Hasselblad aerial photography is any type of shooting with an airborne camera.

We roughly divide our aerial efforts into three sub categories as follows:

  • The artistic approach, very often carried out by a single operator, whose goal is to capture photographically beautiful images for commercial use. Operators in this category benefit from working with standard or Aerial Hasselblad camera bodies and usually prefer interchangeable lenses for versatility.

  • The surveying approach, also very often carried out by a single operator whose goal may be to register the process of a construction, document environmental changes or perhaps assist in crop control. Operators in this category work with standard or Aerial Hasselblad camera bodies. For some, the focus-locked Aerial lenses and the option for having the lens locked to the camera body will be an added advantage, offering even higher precision along with minimized inter-system movements caused by aircraft vibration.

  • The photogrammetric approach, usually carried out by a team whose goal is to accurately and precisely document geographic areas for surveying or mapping purposes. As Hasselblad does not offer finished mapping solutions, we rely on a very strong working relationship with companies who are highly specialized in this field. Operators in this category usually work with one or more Aerial Hasselblad camera bodies and Aerial, focus-locked lenses locked to the camera bodies. Very frequently, operators in this category will integrate Hasselblad cameras and lenses as components in multiple-camera large format solutions for photogrammetric mapping or orthophotography.


From its origins as a military survey and surveillance tool, modern aerial photography has evolved to encompass a range of different applications, producing images for advertising, advanced surveys, web applications, mapping, and more. These images are used to capture a wide range of subjects for a variety of purposes: to advertise hotel resorts, golf courses, castles, and the like, or to provide stunning images for calendars and photo books. Hasselblad has developed both complete camera solutions for aerial photography and customized camera components for advanced mapping systems.

- Our flagship line of H4D cameras are produced to the absolute highest standards and are used by the world’s top photographers to shoot images from airplanes for a variety of applications, from artistic to commercial.

- The H4D is also available without the IR-filter in order to serve the special needs of aerial analysis, such as environment surveying and crop management. Commercial mapping applications require the utmost in detail and accuracy, demands that cannot be matched by any standard camera. For this reason, Hasselblad has developed a special aerial version of the H4D, wherein all camera system components extra solidly interlocked via specially designed locking mechanisms and lenses are locked at infinity. The advanced internal communications bus of the H4D allows for synchronous exposures of 2 to 8 cameras within 20 microseconds.