Hasselblad Releases Upgraded Medium Format Mirrorless Camera

Hasselblad X1D II 50C Medium Format Mirrorless Camera

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Hasselblad is continuing to push the creative limits of portable medium format photography with the announcement of the X1D II 50C. This medium format mirrorless camera is a follow up to X1D, which changed the game when it was released in 2016 due to its compact design. The Hasselblad X1D II 50C takes that award-winning design even further, using new technology to give photographers a professional, portable workflow.

Hasselblad listened to user feedback and made improvements for this new-generation mirrorless camera. Enhanced electronics give a quicker and more intuitive medium format experience. The touch rear display has been upgraded and enlarged to 3.6 inches and 2.36 million dots, while the 3.69-million-dot OLED EVF has been updated with a higher resolution, to make sure photographers can easily evaluate their photographs.

In signature Hasselblad fashion, everything in the X1D II 50 C is centered around the high quality of the photographs. “Its large, high-resolution 50-megapixel CMOS sensor (43.8 x 32.9 mm) is 1.7 times larger than 35mm full format sensors, packing in huge pixels (5.3 x 5.3 μm) for capturing images with superb tonality,” Hasselblad notes in an official statement. “With outstanding color depth and an impressive dynamic range of 14 stops, which allows for capturing immense details in both shadows and highlights, the photographer is left with plenty of room for adjustment in post-processing. With Hasselblad Natural Colour Solution (HNCS) technology integrated into the camera’s system, exceptional, true-to-life tones are delivered that match what the human eye sees.”

The Hasselblad X1D II 50C also has a higher frame rate of 60 fps, making for a faster live view. And in an effort to keep photographers connected and working efficiently, this medium format mirrorless can be connected via WiFi or USB-C to Hasselblad's Phocus Mobile 2 app. Currently supported on iPad Pro and iPad Air, it can import, edit, and rate RAW files, as well as full quality JPGs. Phocus Mobile 2 can also support tethered shooting and direct camera control.

The Hasselblad X1D II 50C is now available for pre-order for $5,750 with an expected shipping date of July 2019. Phocus Mobile 2 will be available for free download in July 2019.

The Hasselblad X1D II 50C is a medium format mirrorless camera that's built for portability.

Hasselblad X1D II 50C Medium Format Mirrorless Camera

Hasselblad X1D II 50C

Hasselblad X1D II 50C

Hasselblad Mirrorless Camera

It can connect to the Phocus Mobile 2 app for increased functionality and workflow.

Hasselblad Phocus Mobile 2

Hasselblad Phocus Mobile 2 and Hasselblad X1D II 50C

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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