The X1D uses the same 50-megapixel Sony
sensor that’s found in a number of medium-format cameras and backs, including Hasselblad’s
H5 and H6 series. It delivers 16-bit color and
14 stops of dynamic range with a native ISO of
100-6400 that’s extendable to 25,600.
The camera works with a new line of XCD
leaf shutter lenses and supports flash sync up
to 1/2000 sec. Shutter speeds as long as 60
minutes are also available. The autofocusing
system offers 35 contrast-detect AF points.
The X1D features a pair of SD card slots,
built-in Wi-Fi and USB 3.0 connectivity using a
future-proof Type C connector. You’ll also get
an external GPS unit in the box which connects
to the hot shoe to give you location data.
Aside from high-quality stills, the X1D also
records full HD video at 24fps (8-bit, 4:2:0) at
up to five minutes per clip. There’s a mic jack
and a headphone jack tucked away neatly on
the side of the camera.
There are four native XCD mount lenses
available at the time of this writing, spanning 30-
120mm focal lengths. Three more lenses are due
this year. We tested the X1D with the 90mm f/3.2.
Clearly one of the major selling points of the
X1D is its design. It’s a home run. The camera
is downright tiny compared to every other
medium-format camera on the market and
it’s even slim by the standards of full-frame
DSLRs. While it’s compact, it’s also incredibly
well built and durable. With the 90mm lens
attached, it’s considerably heavier than
Fujifilm’s GFX-50S, but the well-contoured
hand grip makes it comfortable to hold.
The mode dial is recessed to avoid
accidental turns but pops up quickly, allowing
you to rotate to your desired setting. It has
three customizable positions.
The X1D has a 3-inch touch display that’s
fixed to the camera. The menu system is
extremely easy to navigate, with large icons
and swipe-to-advance operation. It’s the
gold standard to which other camera menus
should aspire. Granted, it doesn’t hurt that
there aren’t millions of features and settings
tucked away in the dark recesses of the
camera’s operating system, but it’s still a
testament to elegant UI design.
Having seen the X1D’s sensor at work before,
we weren’t surprised by the fantastic image
quality and dynamic range. We were able to
push the exposure of a starkly underexposed
image by 5 stops in Lightroom, while
GEAR & TECHNIQUES PRODUCT REVIEWS
ABOVE: Hasselblad’s X1D squeezes a medium-format sensor into a camera body that’s smaller
than many full-frame DSLRs. BELOW: You can expect loads of detail and brilliant colors from the X1D.
Hands-on with Hasselblad’s head-turner, the X1D;
Fujifilm’s first foray into digital medium format, the GFX
50S and DJI’s Phantom 4 Pro. BY GREG SCOBLETE
What do you think of when you think of a “mirrorless” camera? Is it the ultra-compact size?
4K video? A wealth of leading-edge features? Small image sensor? A toy? A professional tool?
The Hasselblad X1D is a mirrorless camera that defies about as many mirrorless
conventions as it upholds. A small sensor? Hardly. The X1D boasts a huge, 50-megapixel
medium-format sensor—topping all of its mirrorless competition in the sensor-size and
resolution department. But don’t go looking for an abundant feature set or 4K video.
They’re nowhere to be found.