Hasselblad X1D-50c Medium Format Mirrorless Digital Camera

Hasselblad X1D-50c Medium Format Mirrorless Digital Camera

Determined to turn photographic industry on end, Hasselblad has unveiled a world's first with the X1D-50c Medium Format Mirrorless Digital Camera. This new camera adapts the well-regarded 50MP 43.8 x 32.9mm CMOS image sensor found in numerous medium format camera systems and incorporates it into a revolutionary mirrorless medium format camera body. Engineered and made by hand in Sweden, the X1D-50C is a precision photographic tool with outstanding ergonomics and a compact size that rivals smaller format systems. Raising this system high above and beyond the masses is a large image sensor that works together with the Hasselblad Natural Color Solution to produce phenomenal raw images with silky smooth tonal gradations due to the 16-bit color depth along with 14 stops of dynamic range.

Image quality is outstanding, and Hasselblad's electronic system is capable of acquiring clean images contained in a sensitivity range of ISO 100-25600, while also having the ability to acquire images at a frame rate of up to 2.3 fps. Moving past pure image quality, the X1D makes full use of the Hasselblad Central Lens Shutter, faculating open shutter speeds for as long as 60 minutes or as quick as 1/2000 second, with flash sync available at every speed. In addition, to making the camera more versatile, Full 1080p HD video at 25 fps using H.264 compression is available.

Moving into operational specifics, the X1D embraces mirrorless design by making use of a 2.36MP XGA electronic viewfinder that delivers natural, eye-level monitoring with the additional advantages of overlays and programmable information while in direct sight. One such feature is be the ability to shoot in various conditions with a view that compensates for those changes, including square or the time-honored XPan panoramic format. Sitting beside this EVF is a 920k-dot 3.0" touchscreen LCD on the back which provides intuitive operation of all of the X1D's features and settings.

For more physical and tactile operation, the X1D provides front and rear dials along with a mode dial which may be locked into a recessed location to prevent accidental changes while in the camera bag. There are also a pair of SD memory card slots for backup, organization, or just having additional storage. Bringing the system into the present day is built-in GPS and Wi-Fi, allowing for remote connection and file transfer along with instant geotagging of your files. In addition, there is both Mini HDMI, audio input and output, plus a super-fast USB 3.0 Type C connection.

Hasselblad X System Introducing mirrorless medium format,

Hasselblad's X system takes the outstanding quality of a larger sensor and manages to create a compact, yet uncompromising camera that will deliver almost unparalleled image quality. It is designed and made in Sweden and draws inspiration from the company's legendary V system. Also, making use of the mirrorless design and a central lens shutter, system noise is kept to a minimum for shooting without disturbing your subject.

50MP CMOS Sensor

Revolving around a large 50MP CMOS sensor, measuring 43.8 x 32.9mm, the X1D-50c is capable of capturing an extremely wide dynamic range of up to 14 stops along with vivid 16-bit color depth. When combined with the Hasselblad Natural Color Solution, tonal transitions and skin tones show immense depth, detail, and clarity for lifelike image quality, even in dark shadow and bright highlight regions. To suit working in a variety of lighting conditions, a sensitivity range of ISO 100-25600 is available, and still files are saved in the Hasselblad 3FR raw file format.

Hasselblad Natural Color Solution

Working with the spectacular image quality of the 50MP CMOS sensor, the Hasselblad Natural Color Solution is designed to deliver images with the most natural color without needing to delve into a variety of presets. This system is also capable of creating imagery with exceptionally smooth tonal transitions that are reminiscent of analog film capture, which is thanks in part to the X1D's 16-bit color depth.

Hasselblad Central Lens Shutter

Able to accelerate to open and close exceptionally quickly and reliably while also using minimal power, the central lens shutter mechanism offers numerous advantages for photographers. Namely, flash sync is possible at all shutter speeds up to 1/2000 second. The shutter is also in a ready state at all times for near instant response and it causes virtually no vibration at longer exposures. Additionally, it is durable and rated to beyond 1,000,000 exposures.

Full HD Video Recording

In addition to high-resolution stills shooting, the X1D can also record Full HD 1080p video at 25 fps. Video can be saved in the H.264 compressed format for greater editing flexibility with a variety of software options. For further video recording capabilities, the X1D offers 3.5mm audio input and output jacks as well as a Mini HDMI port for monitoring.

System Design and Connectivity

Built-in 3.0" 920k-dot touchscreen LCD affords intuitive control over settings navigation and adjustment, and also permits bright, clear live view monitoring.

Integrated 2.36MP XGA electronic viewfinder permits natural eye-level viewing as well as the ability to display overlays and additional information clearly and effectively during shooting. It also displays the capture area when set to shoot 39MP square format or XPan panoramic images.

USB 3.0 Type-C connector offers transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbps for quick and responsive tethered live view and stills capture.

In addition to tethered shooting, dual SD memory card slots are incorporated into the side for flexible storage capabilities. Multiple options are available for maximum flexibility, including the ability to save all images to one card and automatically switch to the other when it is full as well as save RAW images to card 1 and JPEG to card 2.

Benefitting video applications, a Mini HDMI port permits use of an optional external monitor for clear monitoring. Additionally, 3.5mm audio in and out ports are provided for more flexible control over audio recording during video.

Built-in Wi-Fi enables working with an iOS mobile device and the Phocus Mobile app for remote camera control, wireless image previews, and file browsing.

GPS allows shooters to automatically have geolocation embedded in the image files for tracking where you took some of your best shots.

Optimized for use with XCD series of lenses which offer an integrated central shutter system capable of sync speeds up to 1/2000 sec.

Optional adapter provides compatibility with the updated range of HC and HCD lenses, which feature an improved leaf shutter unit for increased shutter and flash sync speeds of up to 1/2000 sec.

Weather and dust sealing ensures this system can stand up to all environmental conditions professionals find themselves in.

Phocus 3.1 is a free image processing software that complements the X1D's capabilities, and enables raw file processing for both stills and video, as well as a range of editing capabilities, including automatic moiré detection and the ability to work with adjustment layers for applying exposure, white balance, and color corrections.

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Resolution 50 MP (8272 x 6200 pixels)
Sensor 43.8 x 32.9 mm CMOS sensor
IR filter mounted in front of CMOS sensor
Pixel Size 5.3 x 5.3 μm
Bit Depth 16-bit
Dynamic range approx. 14 stops
File Formats Hasselblad RAW 3FR, JPEG
File Size RAW 3FR: 65 MB on average
TIFF 8-bit: 154 MB
Color Management System Hasselblad Natural Color Solution
Storage Type 2 x SD card slot
Shooting Modes Single shot stills or video
Capture Rate 1.7-2.3 fps
Focus Autofocus metering via contrast detection
Instant manual focus override
Lens Compatibility Hasselblad X system lens line with integral central shutter
Hasselblad H system lens line via optional adapter
Exposure Control
Shutter Speeds 60 min to 1/2000 sec (depending on lens in use)
ISO Range ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600
Metering Options Spot, center-weighted, center spot
Recording Format Full HD: 1920 x 1080p at 25 fps
File Format H.264 compressed
Connectivity Mini HDMI
3.5mm microphone in
3.5mm headphone out
External Flash Connection Hot shoe
Max Sync Speed 1/2000 sec
Flash Control Automatic TTL center-weighted system, Nikon-compatible hot shoe
Flash Exposure Compensation: -3 to +3 EV
Viewfinder 2.36 MP XGA Electronic Viewfinder
Display 3.0" 920k-dot touchscreen LCD
24-bit color
Histogram Yes; on rear display
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connections USB 3.0 Type-C connector
3.5mm audio in
3.5mm audio out
Wi-Fi Built-in; 802.11a/b/g/n
GPS Built-in
System & Software Requirements Phocus
Mac OS X 10.10 or later
Windows 10, 8, 7 (64-bit)
Battery Type Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (7.2 VDC, 3200 mAh)
Operating Temperature 14 to 113°F / -10 to 45°C
Dimensions 5.9 x 3.9 x 2.8" / 150 x 98 x 71 mm
Weight 25.6 oz / 725 g with battery



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Hasselblad X1D-50c Medium Format Mirrorless Digital Camera Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 5