The iconic Hasselblad announced a beautiful “world first”. The manufacturer of the first camera on the moon actually X1D introduced the first compact camera to medium format sensor.
Despite its compactness and ergonomics “user friendly” to everyone, the Hasselblad X1D is a decidedly reserved for professional camera. It is probably too expensive for the wealthiest people, such as those that offer a Leica for the beauty of the product, but it is nevertheless a technical feat worthy of interest.
The format means cameras traditionally used by the industry of luxury brands for their advertisements, as well as some of the greatest photographers for making famous portraits in the world. Until now they were so heavy and bulky that they were confined to use in the studio or on a set outdoors with paraphernalia and a team of assistants.
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50 million pixels takeaway
By yielding to the tendency of the hybrid and the mirrorless , Hasselblad managed to develop a reporting format means that the first features are portability and ease of use. It is thus hardly larger than a Leica M (telemetric mirror without him either) and smaller than a professional SLR Nikon D810 for so-called full-frame sensors.
The X1D is actually a miniaturized version of H6D-50c , Rolls studio cameras. He renounces the modularity of the vast “H system” but it takes its electronics and especially its CMOS sensor 44 x 33 mm to 50 million pixels, more than two thirds said that a sensor full format. Despite its definition, photocells of the sensor are larger than those of the 24 x 36 mm and 36 million pixels of a Nikon D810. Or the size of the photocells is a leading image quality criteria.
The camera produces RAW files of 8272 x 6200 pixels 65 MB each. It provides a sensitivity range from 100 to ISO 25600 and claims a wide dynamic range of 14 EV (EV indices). It simply however a contrast-detect autofocus, accurate but slow, and a burst shooting continuously at about 2 frames per second. And it 1080p25 films that, while its closest competitor, the Leica S Type 007 films in true 4K.
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The ergonomics of a consumer camera
It has however a touchscreen VGA 3 inches with a responsive interface worthy of a smartphone, an OLED electronic viewfinder high definition ( XGA ), and advanced connectivity, including two SD slots, a port USB 3.0 Type-C, Wi-Fi and even GPS.
This dream device handmade in Sweden will be available from September, with two early goals, 45 and 90 mm equivalent to 35.5 and 70 mm. The body only and optics will be sold respectively 9500, 2300 and 2800 euros.Very high levels, but are in line with those of the compact Pentax 645Z and two to three times lower than those of a Leica S Type 007.