Hasselblad’s X1D puts medium format into a mirrorless camera

Hasselblad X1D

Hasselblad is a name that has been synonymous with medium format cameras since decades, and the company has now gone ahead and launched the world’s first such mirrorless camera in the form of the X1D. With a price tag of $9000, it may not be in the buying range of everyday photographers, but is quite a reasonable option for hardcore medium format enthusiasts.

For those unaware, medium format is a superior system even to full frame cameras. It basically has a larger sensor than the standard 35mm one, and hence provides images in higher resolutions which is incredibly useful for creating large prints. More importantly though, medium format enables you to achieve a true-to-the-eyes look in your images that are not marred by any perspective distortion.

The Hasselblad X1D features a whopping 50-megapixel CMOS sensor and two SD card slots. It fits its assembly inside a compact body bearing a one-piece aluminum chassis. A touch-friendly 3-inch LCD screen has been granted to this shooter aside from two physical control wheels.

Its ISO range can stretch up to 25600, while its highly impressive shutter can be set open for an hour at maximum and 1/2000th of a second at minimum. It isn’t a surprise that both JPEG and RAW formats are supported, but what’s worth noting is that the X1D comes with support for GPS, WiFi and USB 3.0.

A battery of 3200mAh capacity has gone inside the camera. Hasselblad has launched alongside this shooter two new lenses (45mm and 90mm) and an adapter which will make it compatible with all of the company’s H System lenses.

Those planning to purchase the Hasselblad X1D should take note that it’s slated to hit the market in August this year for around $9000.