Hasselblad X1D Detailed Review

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In additional X1D was introduced by Hasselblad in June 2016. It belongs to the Mirrorless Cameras category.

Hasselblad is well-known and shouldn’t require further introduction, please see our manufacturer’s page for more digital cameras by Hasselblad.

Brand Hasselblad
Category Mirrorless
Date 06/2016
Sensor Properties

The X1D has a Medium format CMOS sensor with size of 44 x 33 mm² (1.72″ x 1.30″).

Picture of X1D’s sensor compared to popular format.

Infographic: X1D comparing sensor sizes

The 1-Euro coin has a diameter of 23.25mm.

The X1D’s image sensor has an effective resolution of around 50 megapixel. The resolution is far above average and will easily be sufficient for years to come. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed in A2 size or larger, even if unwanted parts of the photo have to be cropped.

The Hasselblad supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Hasselblad’s RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.

The X1D does not have a mechanism for automatic sensor cleaning. Dust that collects on the sensor has to be removed with a blower or brush.

Format Medium format
Sensor area 43.80 x 32.90mm²
(1.72″ x 1.30″)
Resolution (physical) 50.00 megapixel
Resolution (effective) 50.00 megapixel
Pixel size 29.15 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 3 frames/second
Interchangeable lens
Mount Hasselblad XCD
Viewfinder Properties

The X1D uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel, an excellent value for a viewfinder like this which makes the camera a joy to use.

The magnifcation is c. 0.75x, an excellent value for an electronic viewfinder.

Type Elektronic
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.75x
Resolution 2.36 megapixel
Dioptric correction

The X1D’s shutter speed varies from 1/2000s to 3600s.

The highest shutter speed of the Hasselblad is just 1/2000s. That’s no longer state of the art and may cause problems in challenging light conditions.

Max. shutter speed 1/2000s
Min. shutter speed 3600s
Sensitivity Properties

The X1D’s sensitivity goes from 100 ISO und 25600 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Min. sensitivity 100 ISO
Max. sensitivity 25600 ISO
Exposure Modes

The X1D supports all general exposure modes.

The Hasselblad allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Center weight
Auto Focus Properties

The X1D’s auto focus processor uses 1 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. when panning the camera).

Manual focus is also possible with the Hasselblad, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

Type Contrast Detection
AF points 1
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The X1D doesn’t feature a built-in flash. That is not unsusual in this camera category.

A flash or a trigger for remote flashes can be attached to the Hasselblad’s hotshoe.

Hot shoe
Display Specs

The X1D features a monitor with a diagonal of 76.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.92 megapixel. That’s about average.

Unfortunately, the X1D’s monitor is not articulated. That can make it tricky to frame your subject in some situations, e.g. when taking selfies.

The X1D’s monitor can work as a touch screen, just like a smartphone. That can be very useful, for example to pick AF points, but keep in mind that touch screens usually don’t work when wearing gloves.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Type LCD
Size 76.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution 0.92 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

X1D video supported the resolution with 1920 x 1080 pixel.

Also the camera is equipped with an external microphone.

Hasselblad X1D Video parameters:

Max. resolution 1920 x 1080 pixel
…with frame rates 25 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The X1D has Wi-fi connection. You can transfer photos to a mobile or laptop using wi-fi.

Connect the Hasselblad to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

USB 3.0 is already supported by the Hasselblad. USB 3.0 greatly speeds up transferring images and videos to the computer.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The camera supports SD HC and SD XC cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots 2
Memory cards SD

The Hasselblad X1D works with a LiIon battery. The battery lifetime is only shots. We strongly recommend a spare battery for the X1D.

The X1D’s battery battery parameters:

Type LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life Unknown

The Hasselblad X1D’s size is 150 x 98 x 71mm³. (5.9″ x 3.9″ x 2.8″). That dimensions are without lens. The weight of camera is 5.9″ x 3.9″ x 2.8″ grams (725 oz.) without lens weight.

Here is front and top view of the X1D:

Dimensions Comparison

For a better idea of the size of the camera, takes a look off camera and ID card comparison image.

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