Hasselblad X1D II 50C
Introductory price 6000 €
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Hasselblad is a distinctive brand of photography. Best known for sending cameras to the Apollo 11 capsule in 1969, the Swedish company specializes in medium-format cases. This market has been swallowed by Fujifilm for several years and the launch of its GFX range, but Hasselblad is still trying, clumsily, to come out with large sensor boxes that are not common to say, as evidenced by the release of the day . , the X2D 100C, is accompanied for the occasion by three lenses 38, 55 and 90 mm opening at f/2.5.
100 Mpx medium format sensor and reinforced
So, in 2019, the Gothenburg company presented the X1D II 50C (then its vintage derivative, the 907X), a device with a 44 x 33 mm 50 Mpx sensor with an unusual and attractive appearance. Relatively compact and refined, this device takes the design of the previous model, improving its operation, while seeing a price reduction of 35% to 6000 €. Three years later, Hasselblad returned to center stage with the X2D 100C. As its name suggests, this medium format hybrid is now equipped with a 100 Mpx BSI CMOS sensor and is stabilized by five axes in addition.
In addition, to ensure that you do not run out of storage, in addition to a CFexpress Type B port, the X2D 100C has a 1 TB internal SSD. The electronic viewfinder gets the definition and now rises to 5.76 Mpts, if the touch screen is adjustable, more than 9 cm diagonal for the definition of 2.36 Mpts. There is also a small control monitor on the right shoulder. Like previous iterations, “Blad” bets on a certain form of simplicity of operation in a case with unusual, but rather beautiful lines.
The smallest stabilized medium format hybrid on the market
The one presented by Hasselblad “the smallest medium format camera on the market” (148.5 x 106 x 74.5 mm for 895 g) actually seems more refined than its direct Fujifilm rival, the GFX 100S. The Swedish company also announced that it has refined its autofocus system, which is often the bane of this type of device. The case can rely on 294 zones of a phase detection autofocus.
Flash sync up to 1/4000s
The beast records images up to 16 bits which, according to Hasselblad, is a dynamic 15 stops, while the sensitivity of the sensor reaches from 64 to 25,600 ISO. The burst reached a speed of 3.3 fps, which is not surprising. The central mechanical shutter (integrated with the optics) goes up to 1/4000 s with flash synchronization at all speeds, and it is for 68 min if necessary, but with compatible optics like the new XCD 2.5 / 90V. The electronic shutter reaches a maximum of 1/6000 s.
But where is the video part?
Connectivity remains standard with a single USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 port. Battery life is announced for 420 views, the latter can be recharged via USB. In these various press releases, Hasselblad did not mention the video feature. The X1D II 50C of its time could capture up to 2.7K, but lacked autofocus. Now the company has decided to completely remove the video feature. This is a radical choice knowing that the Sony sensor used, the same as the GFX 100S, is capable of excellent video performance.
Price and availability
The Hasselblad X2D 100C will be available when it is announced on September 7, 2022 at a price of €8,699. A price much higher than the X1D II 50C which, with a launch price of €6,000, still has the luxury of being cheaper than the €9,500 of the X1D 50C. In such a position, the X2D 100C is more expensive than the Fujifilm GFX 100S, which is shown for its part at 5999 €.