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Compact Mirrorless medium format camera: Hasselblad X1D II 50C

Hasselblad X1D II 50C is a portable easy to carry Mirrorless medium format camera launched by hasselblad in June of 2019.

Hasselblad X1D Mark II 50C is the successor to the original hasselblad X1D which was launched back in 2016 and it was a revolutionary product for that time. Original Hasselblad X1D was world’s first medium format Mirrorless camera. Hasselblad X1D Mark II 50C is almost identical to the original Hasselblad X1D in terms of aesthetics and sensors. The newer model comes with much improved processor and a larger display.

Compact Mirrorless medium format camera: Hasselblad X1D Mark II 50C

It uses 50-megapixel CMOS 43.8 x 32.9mm medium format sensor, which gives 1.7 times more surface area than a full frame. While this might sound like overkill to most but this is what professionals look for when the need to capture the most colour accurate photographs. According to Hasselblad Master Ben Thomas

The outstanding color depth and the dynamic range of Hasselblad’s medium format sensor allow me to avoid spending hours correcting noisy shadows by hand, painting the affected/noisy areas as I did previously when shooting on SLR cameras.


Phocus Mobile 2 is also introduced to improve the portable work flow for image editing process. Using Phocus Mobile 2 application users can now edit photos on the go using an iPad. This app is compatible with X1D Mark II 50C and CFV Mark II 50C as well, either via USB-C or WiFi. The same application can be used to image export, tethered shooting or even control the camera remotely.

Hasselblad X1D mark II-50CThere is no significant improvement in the autofocus system of X1D Mark II. It still uses a contrast based autofocus system which a lot slower when compared to the phase detection system which are used in smaller format cameras. This might not prove to be a great deal for landscape photographers but is definitely a deal breaker for those who are looking to click portraits. X1D II-50C comes with the leaf shutter at a sync speed of 1/2000 which allows for much faster flash or strobe sync.

Specifications:

  • 3.6 inches intuitive touch screen.
  • 50 megapixel medium format sensor.
  • 3.69 million dots electronic viewfinder
  • Hasselblad natural colour solution
  • Lightweight and portable form factor
  • Built in WiFi and USB-C
  • Dual SD card slots (UHS-II)
  • Portable work flow with Phocus mobile 2

 
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Improvements in hasselblad X1D II over hasselblad X1D original

  • Improved electronic viewfinder, X1D Mark II now boasts an OLED viewfinder with resolution of 3.69 million dot pixels.
  • X1D mark II uses a new much improved processor is about twice as fast when compared with the processor used in the original Hasselblad X1D. Hasselblad claims it to be 46% faster than the one used in the previous generation.
  • The LCD screen at the back is 3.6inch touch sensitive panel with 2.36 million pixel resolution.
  • Continuous shooting speed has been improved to 2.7 frames per second.
  • Both EVF and LCD monitor refresh at the rate of 60 frames per second now, which was only 37 frames per second in the original X1D.
  • Now the X1D II can also be remotely controlled from iPad and photos can also be tethered straight from camera to iPad either through WiFi or over USB-C.


Hasselblad X1D II 50C is currently available at a price point of $5750 USD for body only which might sound like a lot but is a lot lot lesser than the retail price of the original Hasselblad X1D which was announced at $8995 USD back in 2016. Basically, this type of camera is for high end professionals only and majority of serious professional studios and fashion photographers tend to use them.

Hey, I am a photographer and a blogger based out of Lucknow. I love to travel and capture photographs, that's why I started this blog with an aim to share my experiences and tips which I have acquired by travelling.

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