Hasselblad Intros X1D II 50C Medium Format Digital Camera
Hasselblad, whose cameras went with Apollo 11 to the moon 50 years ago this July, broadened the universe this week of medium format digital cameras with the introduction of the Model X1D II 50C, which follows the company’s earlier model, the mirrorless medium format X1D-50c, into the market. This new model offers an evolved electronic platform for improved response time, and an improved user interface for more intuitive control among its many amenities, says the company.
Hasselblad is emphasizing the new X1D’s modularity and flexibility, as well as underscoring its compactness and increased speed; it boasts a startup time reduced by 46 percent, according to Dan Wang, marketing director, Americas, who unveiled the camera at a press event at the company’s NYC Experience Center. The X1D weighs just 650 grams (under 23 ounces), and features a 50-megapixel 43.8 x 32.9 mm CMOS sensor that is 1.7 times larger than 35mm full-format sensors, says Hasselblad. The camera also has a 3.6-inch 2.36-million-dot touch display – which the company says is physically the largest LCD display currently available on a digital medium format camera. Its OLED electronics viewfinder specs includes a dot count of 3.69 million and a higher magnification of 0.87x.
The X1D includes both GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity, and charging is accomplished via USB-C. Moreover, the X1D II is the first medium format digital camera that can tether at an advanced level to an iPad Pro, said Wang – capturing images and then importing them directly into the tablet. The Hasselblad Phocus Mobile 2 application, downloadable free of charge beginning next month, via USB-C and Wi-Fi, enables the convenient transfer of RAW and full-quality JPEG files directly from the camera to the iPad Pro on the fly, while photographers are in the field.
Other Hasselblad introductions included: the CFV II 50C digital back (with a 50-megapixel 44x33 mm CMOS sensor) and the 907 X camera body, enabling use of most V System cameras made from 1957 and onwards; and the XCD 3.5-4,5/35-75 zoom lens.
Pricing and availability are as follows: X1D II 50C ($5,750; July availability); XCD 3.5-4,5/35-75 ($5,175; October availability); CFV II 50C and 907X (pricing and availability to be announced later in the year).