Hasselblad has kept the core of the X1D the same as the original camera’s but addressed some of the requests for improvement. The new processing engine and reworked electronics, for example, mean that the X1D II is much faster than the original camera. The start-up time, for instance, has been decreased by 46%. Also, the live view image has a refresh rate of 60fps, up from 30fps. That means the view is smoother and less laggy.
Hasselblad has also increased the maximum shooting rate to 2.7fps, up from 2fps. That may not sound a lot, but it comes with an increase in the burst depth from 7 to 10 shots. Meanwhile, Hasselblad has upgraded the dual SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots to UHS-II.
Inside the Hasselblad X1D II 50C is a 43.8 × 32.9mm 50Mp CMOS sensor. This is the same sensor as is in the original X1D but it’s paired with a new processor and refreshed electronics. As before, it’s claimed to produce images with up to 14 stops of dynamic range.
Sensitivity may be set in the range ISO 100-25,600 while shutter speed can be set to 68min to 1/2000sec with flash synchronisation throughout.
As before, images may be saved in raw or jpeg format (or both simultaneously). However, the Mark II is capable of shooting full-resolution jpegs whereas the Mark I can only record small files. Video capability is said to be coming, but is not available at launch.
The OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) has had a resolution boost up to 3.69million dots. That’s up there with the best from Sony and Nikon, but doesn’t match the 5,760,000-dot resolution of the EVFs in the Panasonic Lumix S1 and S1R.
As with the original camera, Hasselblad has given the X1D II a touchscreen. This is now a 3.6-inch, 2.36-million-dot unit and it seems huge.
In addition to Wi-Fi connectivity, the X1D II has a GPS unit built in. It also has a USB-C connection that can be used to tether it to an iPad Pro or for battery charging. Hasselblad’s free app (Phocus Mobile) allows remote control of the camera complete with remote exposure adjustment.