Hasselblad has downsized medium format cameras with the introduction of the new Hasselblad X1D. With the same 50MP 43.8mm x 32.9mm CMOS sensor we see in the much more expensive Hasselblad H5D, the X1D shaves size, weight and price for a formiddable medium format package that could be a sign of the future for photography pros and enthusiasts.
In addition to the large, high-res sensor, the X1D introduces a new lens mount to the Hasselblad line with XCD lenses that feature an integral shutter and provide the camera with the ability to sync flash at all shutter speeds up to 1/2000s. Additionally, the X1D is compatible with all H-series lenses using a separate adapter.
At 725g, the Hasselblad X1D weighs less than the Canon 5D Mark III (860g) – that’s over .25 pounds lighter. Of course, lenses are going to be heavier but the sensor is so much bigger.
The remainder of the spec list on the X1D is rather pedestrian for modern digital cameras; however, the larger sensor and Hasselblad brand will likely attract plenty buyers teetering on the verge of medium format. Notably, it also includes desired features like WiFi, GPS, USB 3.0, touchscreen and more.
Hasselblad X1D Key Features
- 50MP 43.8 x 32.9mm CMOS Sensor
- 16-Bit Color, 14-Stop Dynamic Range
- Hasselblad Natural Color Solution
- Full HD 1080p H.264 Video at 25 fps
- ISO 100-25600, Shooting Up to 2.3 fps
- Central Shutter: 60 min to 1/2000 sec
- 2.36MP XGA Electronic Viewfinder
- 3.0″ 920k-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
- Dual SD Card Slots; XPan & Square Modes
- Built-In Wi-Fi & GPS, USB 3.0 Type C
The $8,995 retail price is still out of reach for most but is notably the most affordable digital medium format camera produced by Hasselblad to date. It is certainly more worthy of the price tag than some of the rebadged Sony APS-C and pocket cams from the past. The new camera should ship in August alongside new 45mm and 90mm lenses. You can pre-order the new Hasselblad X1D here at B&H Photo.
For those of us without $9K to burn on a new medium format camera, expect this trend to continue as manufacturers look for more ways to carve a niche into the photography industry. I think this is just the tip of the iceberg and players like Sony and Fuji will be just around the corner with an affordable medium format option of their own.