Hasselblad is about to release their new X1D camera, which they describe as “less than half the weight of a conventional digital medium format camera,” and as a “game changer in the world of photography.” Anytime Hasselblad releases anything, the photography community gets very excited so we thought we would take a look at this.
So What’s the Internet Saying About the X1D?
Well, let’s take a look.
One story from PetaPixel focused on comparing the X1D to the Nikon D1x, which released back in 2001. The purpose of this article was to highlight the fact that, when you compare the prices of the two cameras after adjusting for inflation, the two cameras cost pretty much the same.
So then when you consider that the Hasselblad X1D has a lot more features than the D1x, the X1D offers a lot more for how much it costs compared to the D1x.
WIRED also seems to support the new camera despite its heavy price of almost $9,000. This article talked about how impressive it was that Hasselblad was able to fit so many new and interesting features into a camera that is very small physically. They then go into detail about some of the nice features that come with the X1D, such as the larger light and motion sensors and the new lenses that work with the camera.
Then there’s Ken Rockwell, who described the X1D as, “priced right, made in Sweden, looks handsome, and packs a big sensor in a small package.”
After going into some detail about what comes with the X1D, Ken went on to explain why exactly they love the X1D so much, covering everything from its innovative 1/2,000 flash sync speed, it’s superior 4:3 aspect ratio and finally says that he considers it an overall better product than similar cameras made by Canon, Nikon and Sony.
The review brought up only one potential downside of the camera, that being the high costs of the lenses and flash that need to be bought with the X1D.
Barney Britton and Damien Demolder of DPReview also praised the new camera for its small size and described the general design as “sleek.” The two of them continued on to say that the highlight of the new X1D is the 50-million-pixel CMOS sensor. They also discussed the benefit of the camera’s ability to link with the H6D by sharing a sensor.
Additionally, they talked about the usefulness of the camera’s main menu screen, explaining how it makes it easier to set general personal preferences, as well as how it makes it able to prioritize certain functions and features depending on the specific task.
Another fan of the Hasselblad X1D is William Brawley of Imaging Resource, who pointed out that,m despite the fact that the high price may suggest that the X1D is meant for only professional photographers, one goal of Hasselblad’s new camera was to create something for a broader audience. Part of this is due to the fact that the price of the X1D is actually less than that of other similar cameras.
DL Cade also wrote an article about the X1D for PetaPixel, in which he praised the camera for having a resolution of 50MP while still being small enough to fit in your hand.
Another admirer is Dan Seifert from The Verge, who calls the X1D, “a photography nerd’s dream camera.” He brings up some of the camera’s most interesting features like its ability to write images on two SD cards, and its ability to shoot still images at up to ISO 25,600.
Seifert also brought up some of the downsides of the camera, like how its slow process for booting up, writing onto SD cards and its focuses make it a bad choice if you’re looking for a camera to shoot any sort of fast action. Having said that, he also explains how the X1D is the ideal camera for shooting slower things like portraits due to its excellent image quality.
Michael Zhang from PetaPixel wrote another article about the X1D, in which he described the design of the camera as looking, “like something in between retro and futuristic.” Zhang also made a point of bringing up the fact that the new X1D is the world’s first medium format mirrorless camera.
The General Conclusion on the Hasselblad X1D?
So overall, it seems that the general consensus about the Hasselblad X1D is that it’s worth buying if you have the money and are part of the intended audience. Great for a lot of things, but maybe not action shooting. But jeesh, that $9k price tag and the follow up costs are not going to be in reach for a lot of people.
What do you think? Are you going to go get one?