Hasseblad unveils the X2D 100C, a minimalist 100MP medium format hybrid


Three years after the stunning X1D II 50C, a minimalist 50MP medium format hybrid, Hasselblad returns with the X2D 100C. Using similar codes, this time it is equipped with a large stabilized 100 Mpx sensor and does not lack options.

Hasselblad is a brand for photography. The Swedish company, best known for sending cameras into the Apollo 11 capsule in 1969, specializes in medium format bodies. That market has been gobbled up for a number of years by Fujifilm and the launch of its GFX range, but Hasselblad is still clumsily trying to release large sensor boxes that are atypical to say the least, as evidenced by the release of the day, the X2D 100C, accompanied by three lenses with 38, 55 and 90mm aperture at f/2.5.

100 Mpx medium format sensor and stabilized

Thus, in 2019 the Gothenburg company presented the X1D II 50C (at that time its vintage derivative, the 907X), a device equipped with a 44 x 33 mm 50 Mpx sensor with an unusual and attractive appearance. This relatively compact and sophisticated device takes the design of the previous model and improves its operation, while its price drops by 35% to €6000. Three years later, Hasselblad returns to center stage with the X2D 100C. As the name suggests, this medium format hybrid is now equipped with a 100 Mpx BSI CMOS sensor and is additionally stabilized on five axes.

To ensure you never run out of storage space, the X2D 100C has an internal 1TB SSD in addition to a Type B CFexpress connector. The electronic viewfinder gains resolution, now peaking at 5.76Mpts with the touchscreen is adjustable, more than 9 cm diagonally for a resolution of 2.36 Mpts. There is also a small control monitor on the right shoulder. As with previous iterations, “Blad” bets on a certain ease of use in a case with unusual, but quite elegant lines.

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The smallest stabilized medium format hybrid on the market

Who Hasselblad presents itself as “the smallest stabilized medium format camera on the market” (148.5 x 106 x 74.5 mm for 895 g) does indeed look a lot classier than its direct competitor at Fujifilm, the GFX 100S. The Swedish company has also announced that it has refined its autofocus system, which is often the downside of this type of device. The body can count on 294 zones of phase detection autofocus.

Flash synchronization up to 1/4000s

The beast captures images at up to 16-bit, with 15 stops of dynamic range according to Hasselblad, while the sensor’s sensitivity ranges from 64 to 25,600 ISO. The burst reaches the speed of 3.3 fps, which is hardly surprising. The central mechanical shutter (integrated in the optics) climbs with flash synchronization at all speeds up to 1/4000 s, and if necessary for 68 minutes, but only with compatible optics such as the new XCD 2.5 /90V. The electronic shutter reaches a maximum of 1/6000 s.

But where is the video part?

Connection remains fairly simple with a single USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 port. Battery life is advertised for 420 calls, the latter of which can be charged via USB. In these various press releases, Hasselblad does not mention the video portion. The X1D II 50C could record up to 2.7K in its day, but without autofocus. Now the company has decided to completely remove the video component. It’s a radical choice, knowing that the Sony sensor used, the same as in the GFX 100S, is quite capable of very good video performance.

price and availability

The Hasselblad X2D 100C will be available from its announcement on September 7, 2022 at a price of €8,699. A price well above that of the X1D II 50C, which with an introductory price of €6,000 even had the luxury of being significantly cheaper than the €9,500 of the X1D 50C. Positioned in this way, the X2D 100C is significantly more expensive than the Fujifilm GFX 100S, which in turn is advertised at €5999.

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