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Hasselblad X2D 100C and new XCD Lenses

The release of the latest generation Hasselblad X2D 100C camera heralds a new era for medium format X System Hasselblad cameras, which is also joined by three new generation XCD lenses. The recently developed camera body follows successes of the premium Hasselblad X1D series, which combine handheld portable medium format photography with uncompromising image quality.

All-New Hasselblad X2D 100C and new XCD Lenses

Hasselblad joins the distinguished 100 megapixel club with the release of the groundbreaking X2D 100C, and the body also brings a host of new technologies and world firsts to the platform. Discover everything about the medium format body in our Hasselblad X2D 100C review, which includes a specs comparison against previous Hasselblad cameras in the range.

We also explore the new line of Hasselblad lenses, which are designed to cater for ultra-high resolution images as well as new phase-detect autofocusing capabilities. We’ve got everything you need to know whether you’re an existing Hasselblad camera user, or a professional photographer inspired to learn more about the latest camera and lens release.

Erganomics in the hand with the X2D 100C medium format camera

How much does the Hasselblad X2D 100C camera cost?

Before we get into the new features which this 100 megapixel camera offers, we should address the Hasselblad X2D 100C price of £7369.00. This reflects the capabilities of the flagship body, new features and 100MP sensor, rather than 50MP found in the Hasselblad X1D II 50C camera, which costs £5,399.00.

The three new lenses are priced at:

This is comparable to existing medium format XCD lenses in the range, which range in price from the £4,429.00 Hasselblad XCD 80mm F/1.9 Lens to the XCD 45mm F/4 P lens, which costs just £1,029.00.

When did the Hasselblad X2D 100C camera and lenses launch?

The Hasselblad X2D 100C camera and new XCD lenses were released on the 7th September 2022. This is around three years after the June 2019 launch of the previous Hasselblad X1D II 50C, which has been adopted by advanced enthusiasts and professional photographers across the globe.

A very special Hasselblad 907X Anniversary Edition Kit launched in September of 2021 and all of the new lenses are compatible with this edition, as well as the regular 907X body.

New flip  out LCD and new screen on top of camera

What are the new X2D 100C camera features?

The headline X2D 100C feature is a new 100 megapixel back-side illuminated (BSI) CMOS Sensor, which provides 15-stops dynamic range and improved low light performance. Hasselblad has also developed the world’s smallest medium format 5-axis in-body image stabilisation unit, which delivers 7-stops of compensation against camera shake.

The new sensor also enabled Hasselblad to add 896 on-sensor Phase Detection Autofocus Points for faster and more accurate AF, compared to previous generation cameras. Updated AF and the addition of IBIS will be extremely welcome for X System photographers, particularly as stabilisation works with XCD and non XCD medium format lenses.

On top of these significant additions, Hasselblad has added 1TB of built-in SSD storage, which provides extremely quick 2850 MB/s read and 2370 MB/s write speeds to cater for the huge image files. There’s also a single high-speed CF Express Type-B card slot for extra storage capacity.

Connectivity has also been updated with dual band WiFi and WiFi 6 for speedy transfers, together with USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 and PD 3.0 fast charging.

Top body view of the Hasselblad X2D 100C

Hasselblad medium format cameras comparison table

The table below highlights key upgrades and new technology which the X2D 100C features, compared to previous generation X System cameras.

Specification

X1D-50c (used)

X1D II 50C

X2D 100C

RAW Burst rate

2.0 fps

2.7 fps

3.3fps

Live view frame rate

37 fps

60 fps

60fps

Rear display (Resolution)

920K dot

2.36M dot

2.36M dot

Rear display (area)

3 inches

3.6 inches

3.6 inches

EVF Resolution

2.39 MP

3.69 MP

5.76 MP

Tilt Screen

No

No

YES

Image Stabilisation

No

No

Yes- 7-stop 5-axis

AF Points

Max 117

Max 117

896 in 294 zones

Internal Storage

None

None

1TB

Removable Storage

Dual UHS-1 SD

Dual UHS-2 SD

CF Express Type B

Which features do the new XCD lenses bring?

Lenses must include special glass elements in order to resolve 100 megapixels and in response Hasselblad has updated three popular focal width XCD lenses with higher resolving power. The new optics also feature an upgraded leaf shutter and new quieter AF motor which is also faster in order to keep pace with phase-detection AF. A programmable control ring, push–pull AF/MF mechanism and stepped/stepless aperture ring with distance and DOF scales add to the list of useful features.

These upgrades ensure that X2D 100C owners and previous generation X1D photographers can expect impeccable image quality along with enhanced functionality, which includes flash sync speed up to 1/2000sec.

Working with the new medium format body

How user friendly is the Hasselblad X2D 100C?

As well as developing a number of new technologies for the flagship X2D 100C, Hasselblad also enhanced useability, resulting in a camera which is even more user-friendly and easier to operate. Enhancements include the addition of a new informational LCD screen, which sits on top of the camera shoulder to provide instant access to view camera settings.

The OLED Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) has also been upgraded with 1600 x 1200 resolution and 5.76 Million dots with 24-bit colour. The rear LCD is the same as the previous model but with added tilting functionality making it easier to frame difficult shooting angles. The menu has also been updated with a more streamlined set of quick links and icons.

Shooting in the field with 100 megapixel body

Phocus features and enhancements

One of the key benefits for many photographers is Hasselblad Natural Colour Solution, which delivers beautiful, natural colours without the need to dive into menus or change settings. This is harnessed by Phocus, which is Hasselblad’s free RAW file image processing software.

Hasselblad’s Phocus software has also been updated across the board, with improvements to tools, processing and overall speed.

  • Increasing the range of filters that can be handled by the GPU
  • Approximately x2 speed enhancements
  • Improved clarity, shadow fill and other tools
  • Faster single shot, multi-shot and 6 shot exports are now faster
  • Wi-Fi tethering with compatible cameras – This feature is similar to what is possible with the Phocus Mobile 2 iPad app, supporting X1D II and CFV II cameras.
  • Added live view functionality for X1D II/CFV II and later – The most recent generation of cameras are now delivering a pre-processed compressed live view stream. The reduced bandwidth requirements makes it possible to use live view when connected via Wi-Fi or USB-2.
  • New bottom right set of buttons:
  • Auto: When active it will deliver a well exposed image no matter the exposure settings. When inactive the live view will use exposure simulation.
  • DoF: When active it will stop down to the selected aperture
  • Focus peaking: Turn this on to get in image indication of sharpness

Sunset shoot with bright LCD monitor

Who is the Hasselblad X2D 100C camera for?

If you’re considering the X2D 100C camera and new Hasselblad lenses the chances are you’re either a professional photographer or a serious enthusiast who craves the best image quality possible. Users typically include wedding and portrait photographers, fine art, landscape and architectural photographers as well as fashion and lifestyle shooters.

At 790g the X2D is 140g heavier than the previous model, but still lighter than other 100 megapixel options, of which there are very few. This relatively light weight and newly added stabilisation allow you to head out and shoot handheld medium format quality, which was unheard of just a few years ago.

The Hasselblad X2D 100C arrives – first look video

With so many upgrades and enhancements this latest flagship medium format camera will be extremely tempting to high-end photographers. Browse for your Hasselblad X2D 100C camera and new XCD lenses to discover how this new generation body can transform your workflow.

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By Nick Dautlich on 07/09/2022

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