Hasselblad Makes World’s First Medium-Format Mirrorless Camera

June 22, 2016

By RF Staff

If there's one word you wouldn't associate with medium format, it's "compact." Until today.

Hasselblad has announced the world's first mirrorless medium-format camera that manages to wedge a mammoth 50-megapixel medium-format image sensor into a genuinely compact camera body.

The X1D sports a 50-megapixel CMOS image sensor (43.8mm x 32.9mm ) with 14 stops of dynamic range, 14-bit color and an ISO range of 100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600). It’s housed in a compact, lightweight body that promises to handle more like an advanced compact camera than a bulky medium-format body.

It will sell for $8,995 and is due to ship by the end of August.


Shutter speeds will range from 60 minutes to 1/2000 sec. with flash sync throughout the range. The camera won't be nearly as fast as a DSLR or traditional mirrorless camera however. Frame rates clock in at between 1.7 and 2.3 fps in continuous shooting.

You’ll compose your image through a 3-inch touch display with a 30 fps refresh rate or through a 2.3-million dot EVF.

Other key features of the X1D include:

  • contrast-detect AF system
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • HD video recording at 30 fps
  • dust and weatherproof build
  • dual SD card slots
  • USB 3 Type-C port
  • mini HDMI out


The camera will work with a new line of XCD autofocus lenses with full flash sync up to 1/2000th second. Two lenses will be available at launch: a 45mm f/3.5 ($2,295) and a 90mm f/4.5 ($2,695). Hasselblad will also sell an adapter for use with H system lenses.


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