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Summary

The Hasselblad X1D-50c is a mirrorless medium format digital camera with a large 50 Megapixel sensor, electronic viewfinder, touchscreen, Wifi and GPS, packed into a rugged but relatively compact body milled from aluminium. The 50c is the first in Hasselblad's X system, and employs a medium format sensor measuring 43.8x32.9mm that's comfortably larger than the 36x24mm of full-frame sensors. This 50 Megapixel medium format CMOS sensor is likely the same - or a similar - model to that used in the Fujifilm GFX and Pentax 645Z cameras, but each has taken a very different approach to the bodies and controls around them. Find out if it's the camera for you in our video review and podcast below!

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Hasselblad X1D-50C review

The Hasselblad X1D-50c is a mirrorless medium format digital camera with a large 50 Megapixel sensor, electronic viewfinder, touchscreen, Wifi and GPS, packed into a rugged but relatively compact body milled from aluminium. The 50c is the first in Hasselblad’s X system, and employs a medium format sensor measuring 43.8×32.9mm that’s comfortably larger than the 36x24mm of full-frame sensors. This 50 Megapixel medium format CMOS sensor is likely the same – or a similar – model to that used in the Fujifilm GFX and Pentax 645Z cameras, but each has taken a very different approach to the bodies and controls around them.

By employing a leaf shutter in the lenses, the X1D-50c eliminates the need for a focal plane shutter in the body, in-turn allowing it to be comfortably smaller and lighter than its rivals, while also letting you sync the flash at all shutter speeds. The X1D-50c body impressively measures just 150x98x71mm and weighs 725g including battery.

At the time of writing, the system offered four lenses: a 30mm f3.5 (24mm equivalent in full-frame terms), a 45mm f3.5 (35mm equivalent), a 90mm f3.2 (70mm equivalent), and a 120mm f3.5 (95mm equivalent). A zoom in two more primes are in development.

My podcast partner Doug Kaye put the Hasselblad X1D-50c through its paces for our video and audio podcast reviews below, comparing it closely to the best full-framers as well as rival medium format bodies. Also see my Sony A7r Mark III review, Nikon D850 review, Canon EOS 5DSr review and Fujifilm GFX review.

 

 

 

 

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Above: Model:Hasselblad X1D, Shutter speed:1/250, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:1600, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Hasselblad X1D, Shutter speed:1/250, Aperture:11.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Hasselblad X1D, Shutter speed:1.4, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Hasselblad X1D, Shutter speed:2, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:90.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Hasselblad X1D, Shutter speed:8, Aperture:16.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Hasselblad X1D, Shutter speed:1, Aperture:4.8, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Hasselblad X1D, Shutter speed:1/20, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:90.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Hasselblad X1D, Shutter speed:1/180, Aperture:3.2, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:90.0 mm

 

 

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