Time to renew even for Hasselblad who, a little surprisingly, unveils today the mirrorless medium format X1D II 50C. Not a romantic name for a camera that follows the first generation X1D (Preview) that focuses on quality in an overall dimension less impacting than in the past. The Gothenburg house has in fact reduced the overall dimensions and created a medium format slightly smaller than many competing full frame DSLRs, thus 148 x 97 x 70 mm for the body only and 1230g with a 45mm lens and battery.
Of course, the huge CMOS 50 Megapixel image sensor with its dimensions 1.7 times larger than a full frame sensor (ie 43.8 x 32.9 mm) and 5.3 x 5.3 μm pixels is a great protagonist. Music for the ears of professionals and photography enthusiasts, especially if we add a dynamic range of 14 stops and an even wider LCD display (going from 3 to 3.6 inches in 1024×768 pixel resolution). There is therefore no room for a 100 Mp sensor as announced on the net in recent months, maybe the upgrade will take place in the near future.
Hasselblad ensures a better grip, faster refresh rate in the “live view” display, less waiting time between shots and a halving time compared to the first generation. The X1D II 50C is also complete on the connectivity front and boasts a USB Type-C port through which you can recharge and transfer content, now also on iPad Pro or iPad Air (version 2019, via Lightning adapter) with the new Phocus Mobile application 2. Even GPS is present.
Here is the Hasselblad X1D II 50C with the two optics, a
The occasion was also good to present a new XCD optic 3.5-4.5 / 35-75 mm with central shutter and variable exposure times between 1 / 2000s and 68 minutes with full support for flash synchronization. There is also a high-resolution electronic viewfinder, we are talking about a 3.69 million point OLED with a 0.87x magnification factor.
Finally we close with the prices, slightly lower than the previous generation X1D II at the time of the launch and equal to € 5,000 for the body alone, to which we must add € 4,500 if we wanted to associate the new optic 35-75mm