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Hasselblad’s new medium format mirrorless camera announced! Meet the X1D-50c.

By Marcus Wong - on 23 Jun 2016, 2:53pm

Hasselblad’s new medium format mirrorless camera announced! Meet the X1D-50c.

 We first posted news about the Hasselblad X1D here, and it appears everything from the images to the prices for both body and lenses are correct. 

Milled from aluminum, the X1D  measures just 150x 98 x 71 mm, and weighs just 725g (body with battery only) and is both dust and weatherproof.  For reference, that’s lighter than the recently announced Leica SL (at 847g), and even than the Nikon D750 with its monocoque body (750g). Size wise, the X1D is wider, but a bit shorter and certainly thinner than the D750’s 140.5 x 113 x 78mm. In fact, it’s only 1 cm thicker than Sony’s A7R II, which measures 126.9 x 95.7 x 60.3 mm and weighs 625g with battery and media. 

A rough comparison of the size difference between the X1D's sensor and a typical 35mm full-frame camera's sensor. 

That makes it incredibly portable for a medium format camera, which is generally known to be larger and heavier. (For reference, the Pentax 645Z weighs 1.55kg with battery and card, and measures 155 x 117 x 122 mm). Despite the reduction in size, the X1D comes with many of the advances found in the H6D-50, including the 50MP sensor with 14 stops of dynamic range, and an ISO range of 100-25,600. The camera captures stills to TIFF (8 bit, 154MB) or Hasselblad’s 3FR RAW (65MB on average) and also does full HD video (1920 x 1080p) using the H.264 Compressed format (25 fps). 

Expect to get the same touch UI on the X1D as what's on the H6D.

The high-resolution 3.0” TFT rear LCD has 920k pixels and 24bit color and supports full touch for easy navigation of menus, while the electronic viewfinder is no slouch either, with a 2.36MP XGA resolution. Also interesting to note, is the connectivity options built in to the camera: the X1D supports USB 3.0, and has both Wi-Fi and GPS. It appears Live View via app on an iOS device is also supported, so that may offer for another range of tethering options. 

While a new range of XCD lenses have been created for this system, Hasselblad says that existing H lenses will also be compatible with the system by way of an optional adapter, meaning the camera will be able to tap into a wide range of lenses already available. Shutter speeds on the XCD lenses range from 60 minutes to 1/2000 seconds, and because they use leaf shutters, the X1D will be able to sync with flash at all speeds, giving you even more versatility in terms of mixing flash and ambient.

The X1D is available for pre-order for US$8,995 in the United States now from major online retailers like Adorama and B&H, but local availability has yet to be announced. To end off, here's the promotional video from Hasselblad:

Source: Hassleblad