While most compact cameras have made the switch from CCD to CMOS image sensors in recent years, medium format cameras have been a hold out – until now, that is. Hasselblad has announced its new H5D-50c will be the world's first medium format camera to pack a 50-megapixel CMOS sensor.

The new model is based on Hasselblad's H5D-50, but trades that model's 36.7 x 49.1 mm 50-megapixel CCD sensor for a CMOS sensor that the company's product manager, Ove Bengston, says "will offer a faster capture rate; longer shutter speed capability and much greater ISO performance. It will provide greatly improved Live Video in Phocus and will be available with Multi-Shot functionality."

Hasselblad promises to release more details on the H5D-50c in March, but don't expect it to be cheap. The current H5D-50 sells for over US$25,000.

Source: Hasselblad