Hasselblad has revealed that its iconic V System is set to get new lease of life, with the release of a new CMOS sensor-based digital back. The new digital back, which will work with almost every V camera made since 1957, is said to offer the same functionality and performance as the recent H5D-50c camera.

The new CFV-50c means V System shooters who want to go digital can experience the sort of medium-format CMOS sensor goodness seen with the Phase One IQ250 and Pentax 645Z. After attaching the digital back in the same way as a film magazine, no cables required, they'll be able to shoot high-quality digital files at high ISO levels and with long exposures.

Boasting the same 43.8 x 32.9 mm 50-megapixel (8272 x 6200 pixels) CMOS sensor as the H5D-50c, it's unsurprising that the new digital back also shares much of its spec sheet. It has an ISO range of 100-6,400, can shoot 1.5 frames per second, and has a maximum exposure time of 12 minutes. It also features an option to shoot 12.5-megapixel JPEGs in addition to its RAW 3FR files (which come in at around 65 MB) and TIFF files (around 154 MB).

The classically styled back measures 90 x 92 x 57 mm (3.5 x 3.6 x 2.2 inch) and weighs 530 g (20 oz), excluding battery and CF card. On the rear is a three-inch TFT LCD and a simple button layout which is used to navigate a new menu system. This includes the ability to shoot with a classic Hasselblad square crop option. The CFV-50c is also able to deliver a much higher frame rate in Live Video than earlier CCD-based CFV backs.

The Hasselblad CFV-50c will retail for a €11,000 (around US$14,800) price tag when it goes on sale. No release date has been confirmed.

Product page: Hasselblad CFV-50c