The Hasselblad X1D-50c is a 50MP mirrorless medium format camera, built around a 44 x 33mm sensor that's 70% larger than 'full frame.'

It's the smallest camera by far to feature such a large sensor and, as well as offering adapted compatibility with older Hasselblad HC and HCD lenses, the X1D sits at the center of a new system with its own family of XCD lenses.The result is the most convincing camera for photography outside the studio that Hasselblad has made in some time. That doesn't mean the X1D is a speed demon (it isn't), but activities such as landscape shooting suddenly seem more practical.

XCD 45mm F3.5 | ISO 100 | 1/800 sec | F8

Key Features:

  • 50MP, 44 x 33mm medium format CMOS sensor
  • 12.4MP preview JPEGs or '3FR' 16-bit losslessly-compressed Raws
  • 2.36M-dot electronic viewfinder
  • 920k-dot (VGA) 3.0" touchscreen
  • Designed to use leaf-shutter lenses
  • Tethered shooting over USB 3.0 or Wi-Fi
  • Full TTL compatibility with recent Nikon Speedlights

The X1D is available in silver or black at a list price of $8,995/£7788/€7900. Five native lenses are available at the time of writing.


What's new and how it compares

The X1D is the smallest medium format camera on the market, helped by the decision to build a system that features leaf shutters in all the lenses.

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Body and controls

The X1D has a relatively minimalist control system but a series of firmware updates has seen it become more refined.

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What's it like to use?

Operational speed and battery life limit the variety of shooting situations in which the X1D excels.

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Image Quality

The X1D's large, modern CMOS sensor performs well and is cleverly used at higher ISO settings.

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Conclusion

The X1D is has a lot to offer beyond just luxury appeal but the quality of its rivals count against it.

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