The Next Hasselblad Mirrorless Camera Looks to Be a Big Upgrade

The Next Hasselblad Mirrorless Camera Looks to Be a Big Upgrade

Hasselblad's X1D and X1D II 50C medium format mirrorless cameras have achieved some popularity for being incredibly portable while still offering extremely high levels of image quality. An updated body is expected fairly soon, and it looks like Hasselblad is planning some major upgrades to the camera. 

Photo Rumors and Chassimages are reporting that a French Hasselblad representative has confirmed the X2D medium format mirrorless camera is on its way (likely this summer) and that it will come with a variety of new features and upgrades. The most notable upgrade will be the new sensor, which will double the resolution of the old 50-megapixel sensor, resulting in 100 megapixels. Alongside that will come three new lenses, improved autofocus, in-body image stabilization, a top LCD screen, adjustable rear screen, and more. The original X1D was notable for being the first medium format mirrorless camera and packaging a lot of image quality in a very small and portable package, and in the meantime, Fujifilm has created some remarkable options in the GFX series. It looks like Hasselblad intends to address some of Fujifilm's advancements with both significant technical advancements and quality-of-life improvements. I look forward to seeing the X2D, hopefully soon! 

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Rhonald Rose's picture

If they match GFX on price and performance, then we've got a competition and that's really good because it's been cake walk for Fujifilm so far.

Petr Svitil's picture

The biggest difference between the two systems will likely be that Fuji's have mechanical shutters. So in a way they will still be differentiated. But it would definitely be cool to have more competition and diversity on the market!

winzehnt gates's picture

I like that the Hasselblad is smaller than the Fuji GFX (due to the missing shutter in the body).
If money doesn't matter to you and you look for the travel camera with the best image quality, the next iteration of the X1D could be it, i.e. if it gets the features described in the article (especially IBIS and a flip screen, ideally a two way flip screen like the Fuji X-T3).
Together with the 45mmF3.5 it's at least "bagable".

Stephen Strangways's picture

Going from 50 to 100 megapixels is doubling the megapixel count, but that does not double the resolution. Going from 50 to 200 megapixels would double the resolution.

Chris Simons's picture

It’s time to loose the shutter altogether. I’d like to see a global shutter in the new camera. Old lenses would still work, just have the shutter stay open when using e-shutter. This would remove any limitations. Also would be killer for video. Basically an mini IMAX camera. Sign me up!

barry cash's picture

If Hasselblad left it 50mpx and added all the goodies AF, IBIS, Higher RES EVF and Screen I think that would have been enough provided they can start delivering units before July 15th. 100mpx even with the IBIS and not having the Super fast burst rate won't cut it. My whole idea is the next Hasselblad should be TRIPOD FREE (all their others models require a tripod) with the lenses they already produce and the larger sensor that in its self would be a winner.

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