Hasselblad X1D-50c Medium Format Mirrorless Camera Body
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Hasselblad are synonymous with medium format cameras, and for years have been the staple choice of the high-end studio (you know, the ones with the massive budgets).
The X1D-50c is Hasselblad's first attempt to move away from the studio - managing to use wizardry and technical know-how to release theirs and the industries first mirrorless camera.
A stonking 50MP medium format sensor delivers a huge 14 stops of dynamic range in a body weighing just 725g, meaning you are no longer required to stay tethered to a studio to use a medium format camera on the move.
Whilst medium format cameras can of course be taken out the studio, this one is small enough that it can be handheld for longer periods compared to the larger models in previous years.
To match the size requirements of this camera, their range of XCD-mount lenses are also smaller - and they are certainly investing in this format with a large range of lenses announced for release within the next year as well as those that were released at the same time as the camera.
There is clearly a big budget required for this camera, but compared to Hasselblad's of recent years, this is the first affordable-ish camera coming from the Swedish masters.
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Hasselblad X1D-50c Medium Format Mirrorless Camera Body Summary
Compatible with Hasselblad XCD-mount Lenses with integral central shutter
Hasselblad have been the uncompromising benchmark of quality, sophistication and image quality since the company was founded in 1941; achieving global notoriety when their cameras went to the Moon on the Apollo missions in 1969, they have been a household name synonymous with the best cameras in the world ever since, used by the greatest photographers in the world.
The arrival of the X1D-50c compact mirrorless digital medium format camera and XCD series of lenses continues that tradition. Offering 50MP in a compact body weighing only 725g it , the weighs less than half that of a conventional digital medium format camera.
Drawing inspiration from their iconic heritage, the X1D offers a unique handling experience with its ergonomic and compact form, combining portability with excellent image quality.
By making the camera mirrorless, Hasselblad have created a 50MP high performance camera that can sit in the palm of your hand, complimented by modern features such as HD video, Wi-Fi capability, in-built GPS, and a robust dust and weather proofed exterior.
Alongside the X1D, Hasselblad have introduced a brand new line of XCD autofocus lenses that have been developed to support optical quality and portability, with a wide range of shutter speeds and full flash synchronisation up to 1/2000th of a second.
|Hasselblad X1D-50c Features in Detail|
The 50MP 43.8mm x 32.9mm CMOS sensor in the X1D has been tried and tested in a number of digital medium format cameras, but this time has been incorporated into Hasselblad’s revolutionary mirrorless body, delivering ultra-high quality image output across a range of image formats.
The body of the X1D is handmade by Hasselblad in Sweeden, combining their Scandinavian sensibility and simplicity with ergonomics inspired by a comprehensive design heritage.
Weighing only 725g, the body is milled from aluminium for strong and durable build quality, as well as being dust and weather sealed.
Alongside the X1D, Hasselblad launched a line of lenses, the XCD series, designed especially to complement the diminutive build and offer edge-to-edge sharp images.
The new autofocus lens range has been engineered to enhance the design and high resolution capability. They are compact and elegant, matching the slim build of the body.
Users can also use existing lenses from the H System with an optional adapter.
Phocus is Hasselblad’s own image processing software, designed to work with their digital medium format cameras. It’s free to download for both Mac and Windows and is a powerful tool when combined with Hasselblad cameras.
Offering features such as tethering, RAW video preview and export to Apple ProRes format, Phocus has been updated and expanded to work seamlessly with the X1D.
Shutter Speed Range
The new range of XCD lenses utilise Hasselblad’s central lens shutter so they are able to support shutter speeds as slow as 60 minutes and as fast as 1/2000th second, as well as full flash synchronisation across the full shutter range. This offers huge versatility for using the camera with or without flash, day or night.
Hasselblad have made use of the latest technologies in order to futureproof the X1D and ensure it is fit for our modern, connected world. They’ve incorporated built-in GPS into the camera to track the location of images, Wi-Fi as standard for tethering or uploading images directly from the camera, and USB 3.0 for flexibility and fast data transfer speeds.
Capable of recording Full 1080p HD video at 25fps, the Hasselblad X1D uses H.264 compression as well to ensure excellent quality video.
Video is further enhanced by the uncompromising lens quality giving unrivalled look and bokeh, as well as the narrow depth of field that is associated with medium format cameras.
Buy Hasselblad X1D-50c Medium Format Mirrorless Camera Body - price £7,788.00
|Sensor Type||CMOS Medium Format|
|ISO range||100 - 25,600|
|Video resolution||1080p Full HD|
|LCD screen||3.0 inch 920k-dot touchscreen LCD|
|Viewfinder||2,360k-dot XGA electronic viewfinder|
|Lens compatability||Hasselblad XCD|
|Storage type||Dual SD card slots|
|Dimensions||150.4 x 98.1 x 71.4mm|