Hasselblad has announced the X1D II 50C mirrorless medium format camera, which will retail for $ 5,750.
While not significantly different from the original, it costs $ 3,245 less. Perhaps this more aggressive pricing has something to do with DJI now controlling Hasselblad.
The Hasselblad X1D II 50C is a second generation X system camera. Although Hasselblad has the same 43.8 x 32.9 mm and 50 MP Sony CMOS sensor as the original X1D 50C, Hasselblad has enhanced its functionality to make operation as intuitive and efficient as possible.
- CMOS with 43.8 x 32.9 mm and 50 MP sensor
- Resolution: 8272 x 6200
- 16-bit color, 14-stop dynamic range
- Hasselblad solution for natural colors
- 0.87 x 3.69 m point finder
- 3.6 inch 2.36 m point touch screen LCD
- Leaf Shutter System, 1/2000 sec. Sync  ISO 100-25600, up to 2.7 fps recording
- Dual SD UHS-II Memory Card Slots
- Built-in Wi-Fi, USB 3.0 Type -C
What's the Same?
The 43.8 x 32.9 mm 50 MP CMOS sensor still provides the user with the same dynamic range with 14 f-stops and 16-bit color depth , Sensitivity range ISO 100-25600 and natural color solution from Hasselblad as predecessor model.
The new model has neither image stabilization nor an articulation screen. The video functionality also seems to be the same. Very mild 1920 x 1080 at 25 and 30p, recorded as H.264.
I thought that DJI now has control of Hasselblad and that in the X1D II 50C we may have seen updated and better video features. The Hasselblad H6D-100c can record 4K RAW video.
Hasselblad has updated the electronic platform to enable faster continuous shooting at 2.7 frames per second, as well as a 46% faster start time, reduced shutter lag, and blackout times and a more responsive AF performance.
" There are a number of minor enhancements to the X1D II 50C that dramatically improve my workflow, from the redesigned viewfinder, to an improved rear display, to redesigned menu systems / functions. "
Hasselblad Master Ben Thomas
The X1D II also features an updated case with a larger 3.6-inch 2.36-point touchscreen LCD and 0.87x magnification of 3.39 Electronic Viewfinder m-dot OLED. While the body has been updated, the camera retains the characteristic physical design with deep right-hand grip.
The body design uses a milled aluminum alloy housing and a minimum number of buttons and dials for an optimized user interface.
Another novelty is that the menu system is now accessible when viewing the EVF. Other additions to the rear display include dragging and dropping autofocus points, as well as changing focus point size with finger movement by pressing / spreading.
PHOCUS MOBILE 2
Phocus Mobile 2 brings the image editing process to a portable level. Phocus Mobile 2 is compatible with the X1D II 50C via USB-C or Wi-Fi and is supported on the iPad Pro and iPad Air 2019 models. This way, traveling photographers can work faster and smoother. With Phocus Mobile 2, users can import, edit and rate RAW images, as well as import and rate full-quality JPEG images directly to their device. In addition, Phocus Mobile 2 supports full-quality image export, cable recording and direct camera control.
NEW XCD 3.5-4.5 / 35-75 – PRIME LENS POWER IN A COMPACT ZOOM
The ninth addition to the X-System Lens range is the XCD 3.5-4.5 / 35 -75-zoom lens. Hasselblad claims that it provides the same excellent image quality from edge to edge as the XCD prime lenses.
The internal focus keeps the dimensions of the lens constant, provides fast autofocus and keeps the overall weight low. Hasselblad believes it is ideal for shooting from wide angle landscapes to portraiture.
"This is really the best lens that Hasselblad has developed – its performance is extremely high and competes with our main lenses. I can even say that it is probably the best zoom lens available on the market today.
By Nordlund, Hasselblad's Lead Optical Designer
Like the rest of the XCD lens range, the XCD 35-75 also has an integral central lens shutter, which allows shutter speeds of 68 minutes to 1 / 2000s with full flash sync offers.
Price & Availability
The Hasselblad X1D II 50C will be retail for $ 5,750.00 and can now be preordered. At $ 5,750, it is significantly cheaper than its predecessor, the X1D, which costs $ 8,995.
Even with $ 5,750, it is still not as cheap as the Fujifilm GFX50R ($ 3,999) and the Fujifilm GFX50S ($ 5,499).