Hasselblad Update Its Image Processing Software to Delivers an Even Richer Post-Production Experience

Hasselblad has released an update to its Phocus image processing applications for both desktop and mobile devices. Phocus 3.5 for desktop brings a number of new and improved features, while the Phocus Mobile 2 update is more incremental with only a few small changes.

Phocus for desktop, Hasselblad’s own image processing software, gets a new set of expanded and updated features in the latest version 3.5, enhancing the post-production capabilities for medium format photographers. The powerful software already boasts a host of beneficial tools, including tethered shooting with camera control, live view functionality, Hasselblad’s Natural Colour Solution, adjustment layers, auto moiré detection, and digital lens correction, to name a few.

Phocus 3.5 brings even greater enhanced performance to the system with the new Defringe Tool for purple or green fringe removal in high contrast transitions, improved contrast, and brightness adjustments, the addition of Luma Mode to the Curves Tool for better control of luminosity, as well as upgraded processing performance.

Specifically, Hasselblad has added a new defringe tool for removing green and purple fringes. The tool will automatically detect and correct for fringing, but also offers manual controls for more precise edits. The brightness and contrast adjustments have also been updated with enhanced algorithms that should create more precise tonal adjustments than previous versions.

Hasselblad has also added a new Luma Mode to the curves tool for controlling the luminosity of an image with less impact on the colors of an image compared to using the RGB curve mode.

Finally, to smooth things out, Hasselblad has increased GPU usage within Phocus 3.5, which should help increase performance, specifically when viewing and exporting high-resolution images. Hasselblad notes the Extended GPU usage option must be active within the settings/preferences in order to get the boost from your computer’s GPU.

Expanding the possibilities of the Hasselblad workflow, Phocus Mobile 2 takes the image editing process to a new, portable level. With Phocus Mobile 2, users can import, edit and rate RAW images and import and rate full quality JPEG images directly on their device. In addition, Phocus Mobile 2 supports full quality image export, tethered shooting and direct camera control.

At the end of the day, version 1.0.1 makes only a few changes. In addition to general performance improvements, Hasselblad has also added lens correction support for its XCD 45P and added the ability to zoom and scroll around images immediately after they’re loaded into the viewer within the app.

Phocus Mobile 2 is available on iOS and iPadOS.
More info on Hasselblad’s website.

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