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Hasselblad Launches 100MP X2D 100C Medium Format Camera

New camera boasts phase-detection AF, 1TB of SSD storage, and 5-axis IBIS; sells for $8200
Photo of Hasselblad X2D 100C

Hasselblad just unveiled the Hasselblad X2D 100C, the venerable Swedish company’s latest medium format camera and this one’s a doozy. The Hasselblad X2D 100C boasts a 100MP sensor with phase-detection autofocus; 5-axis, 7-stop in-body image stabilization (IBIS); and 1TB of built-in SSD storage.

The Hasselblad X2D 100C also features an updated camera design from its predecessors with what the company says is an improved electronic viewfinder (EVF) and a tilting touchscreen, which will help photographers shoot from different angles including low shots and overheads. In addition to the terabyte of on-board SSD storage, the camera has a single CFexpress Type B memory card slot.

Photo of Hasselblad X2D 100C

Hasselblad also announced three new X system lenses: the XCD 38mm f/2.5 V, XCD 55mm f/2.5 V, and XCD 90mm f/2.5 V. The new lenses feature updated exterior designs along with improved autofocus performance, a more intuitive AF/MF switching design, new customizable control rings, and lighter, more compact builds, Hasselblad said.

It’s been a while since Hasselblad has released a new medium format camera, the last being the X1D II 50C from 2019. The new X2D 100C doubles the pixel count of that model, with a 44 x 33mm BSI CMOS sensor that has a lower base sensitivity from the X1D, now at ISO 64 vs ISO 100; and a reported wider dynamic range of 15 stops vs 14 stops with 16-bit color depth.

Photo of Hasselblad X2D 100C sensor

While we haven’t tested the new Hasselblad X2D 100C yet, what should be key to its success is the new autofocus system, which includes 294 phase-detection zones to, hopefully, produce better accuracy and focusing in a variety of lighting conditions. The previous models suffered from slow and often inaccurate AF, particularly in low lighting. (Read our review of the Hasselblad H1D-50c here.)

Also important is the Hasselblad X2D 100C’s IBIS, which is a sensor-shift stabilization that the company claims will compensate for 7 stops of camera shake. The camera’s IBIS should also help the X2D 100C when shooting in low-light conditions at slower shutter speeds.

Photo of Hasselblad X2D 100C rear screen

Other notable upgrades included the EVF, which now has a 5.76m-dot resolution OLED panel and 1.0x magnification for what should be a larger, clearer viewing experience. The 3.6-inch touchscreen, as mentioned, now has a tilting designed, which should be better for working from low shooting angles.

All these improvements, however, don’t come cheap. You can order the Hasselblad X2D 100C today for $8199 though it’s unclear when the actual ship date of this compact yet powerful medium format camera will be.

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