Hasselblad Announces Groundbreaking X1D – Not Mobile Photography But…


Not mobile photography but as my partner has been covering this event live, via Sweden and I found it incredibly interesting, I thought our readers might too. It’s been heavily rumoured for some time but now it is official.  Weighing less than half that of a conventional digital medium format camera, the mirrorless 50MP camera is a game changer in the world of photography.

Inspired by the brand’s iconic design heritage, the camera is ergonomic and compact, offering a handling experience unlike any other. Handmade in Sweden, the X1D combines Scandinavian sensibility with beautiful performance.

Like the iconic V System, the X1D seamlessly combines portability with excellent optical quality for which the brand is renowned. Hasselblad has ingeniously introduced mirrorless technology to digital medium format for the first time ever, creating a precision performance camera that can sit in the palm of your hand. The 50MP CMOS sensor captures the finest details with true natural colours.

Commenting on the announcement Perry Oosting, Hasselblad CEO noted: “The X1D marks a pivotal point in Hasselblad’s rich 75-year history. This camera makes medium format photography accessible to a new generation of Hasselblad users, while pushing the existing limits of photography to new heights.

A completely new family of dedicated autofocus lenses has been developed to support optical quality and portability, offering a wide range of shutter speeds and full flash synchronisation up to 1/2000th second.

Weighing just 725g and including HD video, Wi-Fi and built-in GPS, the X1D is a trusted partner and ideal travel companion. The robust exterior is dust and weather proof, providing durability to take with you wherever you go.

The X1D has been created with passionate photographers in mind, open up Hasselblad to a new generation of creatives. Ideal for those who want to create the highest quality medium format images with a straightforward and easy to use camera that can fit in the palm of your hand.

The Hasselblad X1D is priced at 7,900 EUR (ex VAT) / 8,995 USD.

Key Features

.  Compact, lightweight (725g), highly portable and user-friendly medium format technology

.  Large 50MP CMOS medium format sensor delivering up to 14 stops of dynamic range

.  New line of XCD lenses with integral central shutter; 45mm and 90mm available at launch

.  Compatible with all 12 lenses and lens accessories from the Hasselblad professional H System (adapter required)

. Multiple image format options

.  High quality XGA electronic viewfinder or high resolution rear display with touch functionality

.  Wide range of shutter speeds: 60 minutes to 1/2000th sec. with full flash synchronisation throughout the range

.  An ISO range from 100 to 12,800

.  Dual SD card slots, GPS and Wi-Fi

.  USB 3.0 Type-C connector, Mini HDMI, Audio In/Out

.  Weather and dust sealings

.  HD video

.  Phocus 3.1 for simple and quick raw image processing. Adobe Photoshop® and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom®


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1 thought on “Hasselblad Announces Groundbreaking X1D – Not Mobile Photography But…”

  1. Joanne,

    This is a shot across the bow of Nikon and Canon, to get with the program. Even though this is a SONY sensor, it will be a camera for still photographers like no other. I can see myself ( if i was well heeled ) having this camera along with SONY A7 series, Panasonic GH4 series cameras in my studio setups.

    Can not wait to see the Fashion pros shooting with this.

    Be well


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