Hasselblad X1D II 50C
Launch price €6,000
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Hasselblad is a brand apart in photography. Famous in particular for sending cameras on the Apollo 11 capsule in 1969, the Swedish firm specializes in medium-format cases. This market has been gobbled up by Fujifilm for a few years and the launch of its GFX range, but Hasselblad is still trying, clumsily, to come out with big sensor boxes that are outliers to say the least, as the day’s launch shows. , the X2D 100C, accompanied for the occasion by three 38, 55 and 90 mm lenses with f/2.5 aperture.
100 Mpx medium format sensor and stabilized
Thus, in 2019, the Gothenburg company presented the X1D II 50C (then its vintage derivative, the 907X), a device equipped with a 44 x 33 mm 50 Mpx sensor with an unusual and attractive appearance. Relatively compact and refined, this device took up the design of the previous model, improving its performance, while its price fell by 35% to €6,000. Three years later, Hasselblad returns 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 also five-axis stabilized.
Also, so you never run out of storage, in addition to a CFexpress Type B port, the X2D 100C comes with a 1TB internal SSD. touch is adjustable, more than 9 cm diagonally for a definition of 2.36 Mpts. A small control monitor on the right shoulder is also present. As in previous iterations, “Blad” opts for a certain form of simplicity in handling a box with unusual but quite elegant lines.
The smallest stabilized medium format hybrid on the market
The one that Hasselblad presents as “the smallest stabilized medium format camera on the market” (148.5 x 106 x 74.5mm for 895g) looks much more refined than its direct rival at Fujifilm, the GFX 100S. The Swedish firm has also announced that it has refined its autofocus system, often the downside of this type of device. The case may have 294 phase detection autofocus zones.
Flash sync up to 1/4000s
The beast shoots up to 16-bit footage with, according to Hasselblad, 15-stop dynamics, while the sensor’s sensitivity ranges from ISO 64 to 25,600. The burst reaches the speed of 3.3 fps, which is not surprising. The central mechanical shutter (integrated into the lens) goes up to 1/4000s with flash sync at all speeds, and this for 68min if necessary, but only with compatible lenses like the new XCD 2.5/90V. The electronic shutter reaches a maximum of 1/6000 sec.
But where is the video part?
Connection is still pretty basic with a single USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 port. Battery life is advertised for 420 views, the latter of which can be recharged via USB. In these various press releases, Hasselblad does not mention the video part. The X1D II 50C at the time could shoot up to 2.7K, but without autofocus. Now the company has decided to completely remove the video component. It’s a radical choice knowing that the Sony sensor used, the same as in the GFX 100S, is quite capable of very good video performance.
Price and availability
The Hasselblad X2D 100C will be available as soon as it is announced on September 7, 2022 at a price of €8,699. A significantly higher price than the X1D II 50C which, with its launch price of €6,000, even had the luxury of being much cheaper than the €9,500 of the X1D 50C. Thus positioned, the X2D 100C is much more expensive than the Fujifilm GFX 100S, exhibited for its part at € 5,999.
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