Like the award-winning Sony, the HV’s superior Bionz processor offers an outstanding 100 to 25,600 ISO range; an electronic viewfinder (versus optical, as with most DSLRs) and fully articulated 3-inch LCD screen; dual SIM cards that can automatically record 24-megapixel stills on one card and uncompressed high-definition movies on the other, separate your JPEG and 14-bit RAW images, or duplicate images on both cards; autofocus range control; and can capture up to 10 frames per second for action shots.
Hasselblad improves on the body with a two-tone high-grade aluminum design and rugged Physical Vapour Deposition coating — supposedly second only to a diamond in hardness. Luxurious touches include a titanium mode dial and a ruby-detailed shutter button. On the functionality side, the kit includes a legendary 24 to 70 mm F/2.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T zoom lens, worth $2,000 on its own. All this — and a plethora of included accessories — is housed in a super-resin case with professional foam padding. Resilient to dust, water, chemicals and shocks, it protects in temperatures ranging from minus 40 to 176 degrees Fahrenheit — just about any condition you’ll find here on Earth. $11,500.