If you’ve purchased a mirrorless camera anytime within the last three months, prepare to have your heart broken. That’s because the category, pretty much, just turned on its head after the wraps were taken off the Hasselblad X1D, the first mirrorless camera to house a medium-format CMOS sensor.
That’s right, they managed to cram a 1.7 x 1.3 inch CMOS sensor into a mirrorless camera body, turning out a shooter that’s less than half the weight of traditional medium-format cameras at just 1.5 pounds. As such, you get to enjoy the convenience of a compact mirrorless shooter, all while taking pictures that you can enlarge considerably without losing quality.
The Hasselblad X1D shoots 50 megapixel stills, with 14 stops of dynamic range allowing you to capture both deep shadows and bright lights alike. For some reason, though, they limited the video to 1080p, so those hoping for 4K videos with substantial depth of field might want to wait for something else down the line (I mean, everybody else will eventually get on the medium-format mirrorless train). It has a 100 to 25,600 ISO range, 60 minutes to 1/2000th of a second shutter speed range, and a capture rate of up to 2.3 frames per second.
Features include an XGA electronic viewfinder, a 3-inch TFT touchscreen display, dual SD card slots, WiFi, and GPS. It comes in a slim but rugged body milled from lightweight aluminum.
Slated for availability in August, the Hasselblad X1D is priced at $8,995 for the body, with the XCD lenses going for north of $2,000 apiece.