Hasselblad X1D

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X1D_LifestyleIt’s the world’s first compact mirrorless digital medium-format camera, says Hasselblad, and who are we to argue with them?

The Hasselblad X1D weighs less than half that of a conventional digital medium-format camera at 725 g (body and battery ), yet still manages to house a 50-megapixel CMOS sensor measuring 43.8 × 32.9 mm.

The camera measures 150.4 x 98.1 x 71.4 mm without lens.

Handmade in Sweden, the X1D has been “created with passionate photographers in mind,” says the company, and is touted as “a trusted partner and ideal travel companion.”

A completely new family of dedicated autofocus lenses has been developed for the camera, the new line of XCD lenses sporting integral central shutter, shutter speeds of 60 minutes to 1/2000 sec., with full flash synch up to 1/2000 sec. A 45 mm lens and a 90 mm lens are available to start with, but the new camera can use all 12 lenses and lens accessories from the Hasselblad professional H System, although an adapter is required.

The camera also offers HD video, Wi-Fi and built-in GPS. The “robust” exterior is dust and weather proof.

Let’s look at some of the specs. The sensor delivers up to 14 stops of dynamic range and there are multiple image format options. The electronic viewfinder is 2.36-megapixels (XGA quality) and the high resolution rear display offers touch functionality.

X1D_RearISO range is 100 to 25,600, there are two SD card slots, plus there’s a USB 3.0 Type-C connector, Mini HDMI, and audio in/out.

Autofocus metering is via contrast detection with instant manual focus override.

Flash control is automatic TTL, centre weighted. The hotshoe is Nikon compatible.

Exposure metering is spot, centre weighted and centre spot.

The camera will come with Phocus 3.1 for simple and quick raw image processing, while the company says the camera output is Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom compatible.

Hasselblad says the X1D is priced at US$8,995 which translates to C$11,500.

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