Hasselblad H6 vs H5 vs Sony A7Rii Camera Test

I’m in the market to upgrade my Hasselblad H5 to an H6 so I wanted to see if it was worth the investment.

Rather than rely on manufacturer documentation (or Google) I decide to put these cameras through a very rigorous camera test to see how they compared.

To spice things up, even more, I got my hands on a Sony A7R ii and threw that into the mix too! See how it performed against the more expensive Hasselblad in this technical camera comparison. The results were very interesting!

Enjoy the video,



  1. Hello to the best Photography teacher. I mean it :). Karl I have a question regarding Full frame vs Crop sensor. I am shooting product photos for sellers on Amazon. This means that the final picture will end up a 2000 px anyway. Almost every client states in his briefing that he wants his product to look big and dynamic posed. Now this is where i encounter the depth of field problem. Currently I am using a full fame camera with a 55mm lens. I am shooting 99% of the cases at f16. I am thinking what if could use an apsc camera with the corresponding focal length. Will I get a little bit more from the product in focus? The current camera has 42mp, and a crop sensor, I think is providing around 24mp. It is almost half. This could be also a problem and it starts to get a little bit confusing for me. I should mention that the background is irrelevant for me because the designer will cut the product out anyway. My only job is lighting the product very good and get as close to it as I can without interfering with my two enemies: depth of field and distortion . And the product could be a camping tent or a tiny screw. That is why I hope you can give me an answer. I should tell you that I got this job thanks to the karltayloreducation platform. Since I am doing this I’m not “working” anymore.
    Cheers, Radu Malain

    1. Hi Radu, if you switched to an APS sensor with the same lens then you would have to move slightly further back from the product for it to fit in the area of the sensor. Yes this would increase DOF slightly because lens magnification has been decreased by moving further back. But to be honest you could achieve exactly the same thing by just moving further back with your full frame camera and then cropping in on the image slightly. Obviously cropping would affect your megapixel resolution but if you are only downsizing to 2000px it isn’t going to make any difference. Otherwise your option is to continue the way you were working but take several images to use as a focus stack and use Helicon to put the image together for you so that it is sharp from back to front.

  2. i’m using canon 5ds for product photography, today i thought i would like to upgrade to a medium priced medium camera. What do you think about the Pentax 645D? Is it still suitable for product photography at the moment?

  3. Hi Karl, concerning the color accuracy of the Sony camera.
    I have a Sony A7iii and the color accuracy is worse than my Iphone 7. Which has been frustrating me when I am taking pictures of many different fingernail colors.
    I think I am doing something wrong, Is there something you recommend to adjust so the camera can capture true color as one would see in real life.

    without spending over a few thousand $
    Can you share what you would do in a studio situation and a outside situation please. Thanks

  4. This blew my mind wow! I wonder – going by the data sheets it seems the X1D II and H6D-50 have the same sensor is that right? If so would the same image apply with the X1D? What am I missing other than being optical vs mirrorless and not able to change the back for 3x the price? While the H6 is certainly out of budget right now I’m wondering if there are compelling reasons to save up for the H6? Unfortunately neither are available to rent where I live to test out myself 🙁

    1. Hi Cameron, the H6-50c and X1D ii share exactly the same Sony sensor. In fact the XC series lenses for the X1Dii are probably slightly better than the H lenses as they are a newer optical design. The H6100 the sensor is obviously more megapixels but it is also physically larger and has a slightly greater dynamic range. I think the quality of image from the X1dii is excellent.

  5. Hi Karl this is was quite helpful. I’m with Duncan on the request for a comparison of the X1D II and the Sony A7R4.

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