Hasselblad X1D II Review: A Compact Hasselblad

A Hasselblad electronic camera resembles a Ducati bike—nearly no person requires one, yet they sure are enjoyable.

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The very first time I invested this much time with a Hasselblad remained in university. The art college had a pair of Hasselblad 500Cs you might lease. The waiting listing to obtain one was months long. At the moment I was a large-format perfectionist, firing primarily with an older Toyo 4×5 area electronic camera I’d located resting overlooked in the back of the supply space. Still, I wondered what all the Hasselblad hassle had to do with, so I got one for the weekend break. It behaved, though fiddly—small, yet no place near as mobile as a 35mm electronic camera. It struck me as an electronic camera made around a collection of concessions. It was made with a various kind of digital photographer in mind.

More than 20 years later on, I really feel nearly precisely similarly concerning the Hasselblad X1D II. It’s a remarkable electronic camera that nearly no person requires.

Medium-Format Digital

Like it’s precursor, the X1D II is developed around a 50-megapixel CMOS sensing unit. It’s a sensing unit that’s 1.7 times bigger than a 35mm sensing unit you would certainly locate in the Nikon 850D or Sony A7R IV. The sensing unit supplies an ISO variety of 100-25,600, 14-quit vibrant variety, as well as sufficient pixels to create the high quality of pictures you would certainly anticipate from a Hasselblad.

Aside from the sensing unit as well as the total layout, the majority of of the 2nd X1D is brand-new. There’s a much-improved 3.6-inch back display screen with a lot greater resolution: 2.36 million dots compared to the original’s modest 920,000 dots. The result is a clear, brilliant display screen that makes it a lot easier to examine pictures as well as browse food selections.


The viewfinder resolution is additionally boosted, with 3.69 million dots. Along with that said you obtain a much faster refresh price of 60 fps. The result once more is a much better viewfinder experience. I located myself failing to remember that it remained in truth an electronic viewfinder whatsoever. Then the emphasis hinting would certainly highlight sides in hand-operated emphasis setting as well as I’d keep in mind, ah, right, electronic.

Other updates consist of a USB-C link port, which allows you download and install the big photo data from that 50-megapixel sensing unit a great deal much faster. Since most pictures occupy at the very least 100 megabytes of room, USB-C is a massive advantage when you’re attempting to dispose a complete shoot from the X1D to your computer system.

The Hasselblad food selection system is realistically arranged as well as hasn’t transformed a lot from previous variations. The significant display additionally made it simple to browse. For context, my key electronic camera is a Sony A7 II. The food selection systems as well as iconography were comparable sufficient that I had no problem locating my means around.

The touchscreen is receptive as well as enables pinch-to-zoom in sneak peek setting. It can additionally be utilized as a kind of touchpad to regulate emphasis while you browse the viewfinder. It takes some trial and error, yet it functions in addition to joystick/wheel emphasis controls. Occasionally, my cheek would mistakenly reroute emphasis, yet Hasselblad’s touchscreen primarily guides emphasis efficiently as well as swiftly. That stated, Fuji’s joystick system is still my preferred means to regulate the emphasis factor.


The X1D II seemed like a DSLR, though it’s somewhat sluggish, as well as there is a much longer blackout time in between shots. Sluggishness was an usual complaint concerning the initial design, which was, by the majority of accounts, favorably antarctic. Hasselblad is promoting the rate renovations in this launch, yet coming straight from the Sony mirrorless globe, I was not impressed with the efficiency of the X1D II. I would not suggest this electronic camera for activity sporting activities, as well as I additionally missed out on normal shots like some pelicans flying ahead of the sundown due to the fact that the power outage time was also long.

Hasselblad’s stamina as well as history remains in workshop job, as well as it reveals. You’ll never ever miss out on a workshop fired with the X1D. You’re additionally not likely to miss out on anything in an exterior picture shoot or meticulously established landscape. Despite it’s mobility, this is not the electronic camera to utilize if rate issues.

Video is an additional point that’s missing out on. The X1D II does not have assistance for any type of video clip recording. There is, nonetheless, a video clip alternative in the food selection system. I asked Hasselblad concerning it as well as was informed that “video will be coming up in a firmware update.” No information were provided.

To accompany the X1D II, Hasselblad has actually presented a brand-new variation of its Phocus Mobile application for iPad. Phocus Mobile 2 can import as well as modify RAW data through USB or Wi-Fi. It additionally sustains connected capturing as well as can function as a remote for the electronic camera. Due to time restrictions with the electronic camera, I was unable to check the application. No Android application is readily available.

Unique Capabilities

Like various other Hasselblad cams, the X1D has what’s called a fallen leave shutter—primarily a shutter that’s developed right into the lens, as opposed to the standard mirror shutter located in the body of a DSLR. Leaf shutters have benefits and drawbacks, yet the large pro is that it can sync with an off-camera flash at virtually any type of shutter rate.

A normal DSLR can accomplish flash sync accelerate to the 1/250 of a 2nd variety. The X1D II’s shutter system can sync right as much as 1/2000. That makes it feasible to fire with vast apertures also in brilliant sunshine as well as still accomplish superficial deepness of area.

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This serves for individuals that fire outside pictures, given that you do not need to utilize big strobe lights to conquer the ambient light of the sunlight. Instead, you can utilize a fast shutter as well as enhance your deepness of area with a broad aperture. In short, a fallen leave shutter opens an array of opportunities that merely do not exist with a focal airplane shutter.

Couple this with the mobility of the X1D as well as you have an electronic camera system that can do points your DSLR can not. Whether or otherwise you want these points will certainly identify exactly how well the X1D II is mosting likely to help you.

Cost of Goods

At $5,750 plus the price of lenses—which are additionally costly, many thanks to the fallen leave shutter layout, the Hasselblad is not an informal acquisition. The 45mm lens I fired with will certainly establish you back an additional $2,695, bringing the complete expense for body as well as one lens to virtually $8,445. On one hand, that’s much less than the price tag of the initial X1D ($8,995). On the various other hand, should you invest that much loan on an electronic camera? Probably not.

Unless you’re currently an expert digital photographer making great loan, this is not the electronic camera for you. Buy a $1,000 Sony, as well as utilize the various other $7,000 to backpack the globe for a couple of months. Chances are you’ll wind up with a much more fascinating profile than you obtain from the Hasselblad.

(The Hasselblad X1D II is readily available for $5,750 at B&H Photo, Adorama, as well as Hasselblad’s Store.)

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