Hasselblad: Celebrating 75 Impressive Years With The New XID
To photography nerds, the name “Hasselblad” conjures respect. Along with the Alpa, Sinar, Rollei, Leica and a few others, Hasselblad has retained its place in a group that has embraced everything from amateur to professional cameras and from old-school film plates to 16mm rolls. But Hasselblad permanently made it to the history books as the camera that went to the moon. It has largely specialized in professional applications, particularly the medium format, with unsurpassed quality.
In its 75th anniversary, the Swedish camera manufacturer has delivered the Hasselblad X1D, a luxury and portable camera which bridges the need of a well-heeled amateur, a semi-pro, and the full-time professional user. The long overdue camera follows a few false starts of Hasselblad that seemed more like botched-up Sony replicas.
There are quite a few things that medium format cameras can do. First, they produce superb images that smaller cameras can’t. Second, they are heavy and big and not exactly designed to leave the studio limits. And third, they are usually very expensive. The Hasselblad X1D, announced earlier this month, is yet to be available in India. It’s priced around $9,000 in the international market, just for the body. It’s expensive, but damn cool all the way.
The Hasselblad X1D is an unbelievably compact camera, almost of the size of a Canon Rebel. It easily fits into a shoulder bag and can be hung around your neck the whole day without any hassle. Shooting with the X1D is almost similar to that of most mirrorless and other compact cameras, the only difference is shooting with a much larger image sensor.
The X1D borrows heavily from the larger H6 cameras from the Swedish manufacturer, including the 50-megapixel resolution and the touch screen interface. Captured images can be stored in two SD cards and it can shoot still photos of up to 25600 ISO and 1080p videos. Hasselblad claims that the CMOS censor can capture 14 dynamic f-stops.
The diminutive dimensions of the X1D are a decoy. No, the company was never trying to cut corners. To separate the gadget from other high-end compact cameras, a new line of XCD lenses with integrated central shutter, in 90mm and 45mm options are available.
The camera takes quite some time to boot and to write the images on the two SD cards. But in every respect, if you are approaching the X1D to upgrade from a lesser device, the camera offers several image format options, an XGA EVF for high-res rear display, shutter speeds from 60 minutes to 1/2000th seconds, full flash syncing at all speeds, and Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity.
If you are a landscape, portrait, or still life photography enthusiast, the X1D will be perfect for you. It promises an image quality that’s unimaginable with a smaller format camera. The production version is yet to hit stores and more features of this versatile gadget are likely to be revealed. Wait and watch!
Picture courtesy – techcrunch.com and dixplore.com
by techtalks @TechTalks August 9, 2016 4:57 AM UTC