Hasselblad has released a new version of its X1D medium format digital camera that offers a range of upgraded features and a speedier operating system. With improvements based around user feedback, the X1D II 50C offers a larger rear screen, a higher resolution EVF, faster startup and reduced lag, as well as a collection of menu and interface changes. Hasselblad says the new camera offers a ‘quicker and more intuitive medium format experience’. Critically though, the new version will cost a good deal less than the original X1D, presumably to bring it closer to the price of the Fujifilm GFX 50R.

Using the same body and pixel-count as the original X1D 50C, the Mark II is clearly an upgrade rather than a completely new camera, a fact reflected in the naming convention. A new processor appears to have been used that speeds up the operating system so that the time it takes the camera to start up is cut by 46%, shutter lag is cut and the blackout time between frames is reduced.

Users will get an extra 0.4 fps on the maximum drive mode taking the frame rate to 2.7 fps, and the time it takes to preview and scroll through recorded images has been decreased. The new processor allows a 62% better refresh rate in the viewfinder too – it’s now 60 fps – and focus accuracy has been improved.

Hasselblad claims the 3.6" rear screen is the largest available on a digital medium format camera, and has increased the resolution to 1024x768 pixels with the total number of dots standing at 2.36M compared to the 920,000 screen used on the original model. Likewise, the EVF resolution has jumped from 2.36M dots to 3.69M (1024x768 vs 1280x960), and the new 0.87x magnification gives users a bigger view.

Hasselblad says the camera’s menu system has been tweaked to make it more logical and to deliver easier access to the functions, while new icons and clearer language make finding what you are looking for more straightforward. The menu can now be displayed and operated in the viewfinder, while a new system for touch AF has been incorporated and the control screen will now display more information, including self-timer and a Balance Scale to indicate exposure adjustments.

JPEG users will be pleased to hear that the X1D ll 50C allows not only full sized JPEG images but that JPEGs can be recorded on their own with no Raw accompaniment. And, the company says the quality of its JPEG files has improved – though we don’t get to know how exactly.

The camera’s 24.7Wh battery can be charged either in an external charging block or in-camera via the USB socket. This also allows the battery to be charged via a powerbank when on the location. Another new feature is that a GPS module is now built into the body instead of being supplied as a hot shoe accessory. This saves the $175 that it costs for the hotshoe model used with the original body if one wasn’t supplied with your camera, while freeing up the hot shoe for a flash unit.

The Hasselblad X1D II 50C will be available in July 2019 and will cost $5750 (before tax) or €6000/£5400 (inc VAT). For more information see the Hasselblad website.

Phocus Mobile 2 allows Raw download and cabled connection

Hasselblad has also updated its Phocus Mobile iOS app so that now users can not only control the camera and rate images, but additionally download Raw and JPEG files to their iPad Pro and iPad Air (2019) devices. The app can connect to the X1D II 50C either via Wi-Fi as before or via the camera’s USB-C port, and will now support tethered shooting.
Phocus Mobile 2 is free, and will be available on Apple’s App Store.

Press release

X1D II 50C – AN EVOLVED MEDIUM FORMAT PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE

In the pursuit to continue the journey of taking medium format outside of the studio, Hasselblad is pleased to announce the next installment of the X System – the X1D II 50C Mirrorless Medium Format Digital Camera. Dedicated to optimising the X System for a wider audience of creatives, Hasselblad has listened to user feedback and improved upon the first generation with enhanced electronics for a quicker and more intuitive medium format experience.

Continuing in the legacy of being the most portable and lightweight digital medium format camera, the X1D II 50C lets you take the power of medium format in a footprint smaller than most full frame DSLRs in a beautifully designed, compact package. Its large, high resolution 50-megapixel CMOS sensor (43.8 x 32.9 mm) is 1.7 times larger than 35mm full format sensors, packing in huge pixels (5.3 x 5.3 nm) for capturing images with superb tonality. With outstanding colour depth and an impressive dynamic range of 14 stops, which allows for capturing immense details in both shadows and highlights, the photographer is left with plenty of room for adjustment in post-processing. With Hasselblad Natural Colour Solution (HNCS) technology integrated into the camera’s system, exceptional, true-to-life tones are delivered that match what the human eye sees.

Building upon the award-winning first generation, the X1D II 50C blends form and function with minimalistic, Scandinavian design aesthetics and a smooth handling experience with its ergonomic grip. The new X1D II 50C continues to provide creatives with incredible Hasselblad image quality, with 16-bit RAW images and now full resolution JPEGs, in a compact, lightweight design.

Developing upon the first generation of the X System, the X1D II 50C’s upgraded electronic platform includes a higher resolution 3.6-inch 2.36-million-dot touch display, which is physically the largest LCD display currently available on a digital medium format camera.

Additionally, the X1D II 50C features a higher resolution enhanced OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 3.69-million dots and a high magnification of 0.87x, letting you see the bigger picture. The much higher resolution of the rear display screen (1024x768) gives a more vivid, true to life image viewing experience.

The X1D II 50C’s live view features a faster refresh rate, reduced shutter lag and black out time between frames, an improved continuous capture rate, and a startup time cut almost in half from the first generation. Building upon the highly-intuitive user interface of the previous model, further refinements have been made to the X1D II 50C to improve the camera’s handling experience, including the ability to access the menu system when looking in the EVF, giving greater usability in the sunniest conditions.

Enabling an even more portable medium format workflow, Hasselblad’s post production solutions now include the new Phocus Mobile 2. Connected via USB-C and Wi-Fi, photographers can transfer RAW and full quality JPEG files directly from the X1D II 50C and edit RAW images on their iPad Pro or iPad Air (2019) while out on the field.

PHOCUS MOBILE 2 TAKES IMAGE PROCESSING WORKFLOW TO A NEW PORTABLE LEVEL

Expanding the possibilities of the Hasselblad workflow, Phocus Mobile 2 takes the image editing process to a new, portable level. Compatible with the X1D II 50C via either USB-C or Wi-Fi, this application is currently supported on iPad Pro and iPad Air (2019) models, enabling the traveling photographer to have a quicker, more mobile workflow. With Phocus Mobile 2, users can import, edit and rate RAW images and import and rate full quality JPEG images directly on their portable device. In addition, Phocus Mobile 2 supports full quality image export, tethered shooting and direct camera control.