Hasselblad Explains the Detailed Testing Phases of X System Cameras

Hasselblad has released the third episode in its “Hasselblad Home” series where the company provides an intimate look into the “core of Hasselblad” and the thoughts and processes involved in the development and manufacturing of its medium format cameras. Made at their headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, the X-system cameras are put through a precise production […]

Hasselblad Explains the Detailed Testing Phases of X System Cameras

Hasselblad has released the third episode in its “Hasselblad Home” series where the company provides an intimate look into the “core of Hasselblad” and the thoughts and processes involved in the development and manufacturing of its medium format cameras.

Made at their headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, the X-system cameras are put through a precise production schedule in addition to rigorous testing and sensor calibration processes with each production technician following a specific training procedure that can vary from one hour to several days depending on the task in the assembly line. Many of these technicians have refined their skills working on these systems at Hasselblad for over 30 years.

The company says that many of the minuscule components require the utmost concentration while assembling to ensure there are absolutely zero flaws, additionally, some parts require a “human touch” to achieve the results it looks for.

The X-System production is divided into five stages. In the first stage, parts are checked for cosmetic issues before being registered with serial numbers in the system allowing the team to trace the parts as they move through every step of the process from assembly to final delivery. Next, the cameras are programmed and fully assembled and have the latest available firmware loaded into the system.

The third step involves testing and calibrating each sensor unit, which is done separately from the camera body in a calibration station. Hasselblad says that over 700 images are taken with various settings where specialized software calculates compensation parameters and provides a calibration file specific to that individual sensor. Then the sensor is cleaned using a special wipe and mix of ethyl and isopropanol, and then the digital unit tests where the focus, noise, power, are tested and adjusted.

The final step is the photo quality phase, where images are taken in a studio environment testing against color charts for tonal accuracy, issues with flare, and color accuracy.

After the images are automatically analyzed, they are checked manually for any irregularities the previously run automated tests might have missed. These would be previously unknown issues the system hasn’t already been programmed to check for. Once all of this is complete and the cameras have passed their relevant tests, the country and wifi settings are programmed and final cleaning of the camera is done. Then these medium format cameras are packaged and shipped to vendors and creatives all around the globe.

The video shows much of these processes in magnificent detail, and for those interested in similar videos from the company, be sure to check out the first and second episodes that go over other aspects of the company’s camera production.


Image credits: Photos provided courtesy of Hasselblad.

Source : Peta Pixel More   

What's Your Reaction?

like
0
dislike
0
love
0
funny
0
angry
0
sad
0
wow
0

Next Article

FTC Approves ‘Right To Repair’ Policy in Huge Win for the Movement

In a colossal win for the Right to Repair movement, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published a statement where it unanimously approved the prioritization of aggressive action against manufacturers who impose unfair repair restrictions on individuals and independent repair shops. The statement follows an executive order from President Joe Biden that asked the FTC […]

FTC Approves ‘Right To Repair’ Policy in Huge Win for the Movement

In a colossal win for the Right to Repair movement, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published a statement where it unanimously approved the prioritization of aggressive action against manufacturers who impose unfair repair restrictions on individuals and independent repair shops.

The statement follows an executive order from President Joe Biden that asked the FTC to review new regulations that would empower customers. For those unfamiliar, the short video below explains the concept of Right to Repair in less than 60 seconds.

As noted in previous coverage, the Right to Repair movement has been championed by tech advocates, many media groups, and outlets like iFixit. In particular, iFixit has been one of the loudest voices in the movement and believes that everyone who owns a product has the right to repair it. The movement does not just encompass the right to repair owned products but expands to preventing companies from making access to equipment or resources proprietary. iFixit notes that the automobile industry tried to block the independent repair of vehicles, but that motion failed in 2012. Similarly, the idea of a “locked” cell phone to a particular carrier was overturned and made legal in 2018.

The FTC’s statement today notes that the government agency agrees with tech advocates and repair houses and says that the idea of restricting customers and businesses from choosing how they repair products can substantially increase the total cost of repairs, generate harmful electronic waste, and unnecessarily increase wait times for repairs.

“In contrast, providing more choice in repairs can lead to lower costs, reduce e-waste by extending the useful lifespan of products, enable more timely repairs, and provide economic opportunities for entrepreneurs and local businesses,” the FTC writes.

One of the major ways that manufacturers like Apple prevent independent repair of devices is by restricting access to the parts necessary to make those repairs. The FTC specifically has called out this action as one that it finds disagreeable.

“The Commission uncovered evidence that manufacturers and sellers may, without reasonable justification, be restricting competition for repair services in numerous ways including: …asserting patent rights and enforcement of trademarks in an unlawful, overbroad manner; disparaging non-OEM parts and independent repair; using unjustified software locks, digital rights management, and technical protection measures; and imposing restrictive end user license agreements.”

In a blog post summarizing the announcement, iFixit writes that the FTC’s statement should send a clear signal that the tide has turned against anti-repair manufacturers. Despite the considerable lobbying force of these billion-dollar corporations, the FTC has found the actions to be in violation of its policies.

“If manufacturers continue to restrict independent repair, they could find themselves on the wrong end of an FTC enforcement action, and on the hook for sizable penalties,” iFixit writes.

iFixit plans to continue to urge the FTC to take more action against anti-repair manufacturers and create new rules that prohibit unfair and deceptive repair restrictions that it says hurt device owners and stifle competition in the repair market.

The FTC admits that in the past, focusing on unlawful repair restrictions has not been a priority for them, but that changes today.

“The Commission has determined that it will devote more enforcement resources to combat these practices. Accordingly, the Commission will now prioritize investigations into unlawful repair restrictions under relevant statutes such as the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and Section of the Federal Trade Commission Act.”


Image credits: Header photo licensed via Depositphotos.

Source : Peta Pixel More   

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.