Hasselblad Introduced First Compact Mirrorless Camera: X1D

Posted on Aug 2 2016 - 5:58pm by Chris Tomaino

Hasselblad joins the march toward mirrorlessness, it introducing the X1D, the first compact mirrorless camera to come loaded with a medium format sensor. With dust and weather-sealing the X1D isn’t afraid to step outside of the studio, and offers a 100-25600 ISO range. It is capable of 1080/30p HD video. Its hot shoe is compatible with Nikon Speedlights and the camera can also sync with flashes at its maximum shutter speed: 1/2000 sec.

The 50-megapixel CMOS sensor in the X1D is the same chip that found in Hasselblad’s full-size H6D system and is significantly larger than the sensors in other mirrorless cameras, even the full-frame models. In photography, a larger sensor almost always means better picture quality, as each individual pixel can gather more light. That leads to greater dynamic range (the ability for the sensor to resolve both bright and dark areas at the same time), better image reproduction , and better low-light performance. Hasselblad says this sensor captures up to 14 stops of dynamic range and has an ISO range of 100 to 25,600.

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The X1D, on the other hand, measures just 150.4 x 98.1 x 71.4 mm (5.9 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches) and weighs 725g (1.6 pounds) without a lens. That is slightly larger and heavier than Sony’s A7R II, but still small enough to fit in a shoulder bag or wear around your neck all day.

The X1D won’t come cheap: the body alone will set you back $8,995 before you even get to the cost of lenses. That is significantly more than Sony’s A7R II and virtually any other mirrorless camera available today, but given the new X1D’s unique properties, it’s not a huge surprise. (For reference, the H6D starts at about $27,000, so in that respect, the new X1D can almost be considered a deal.)