The Hasselblad X2D, shown with one of the new ‘XCD V’ series of lenses launched alongside it.
The Hasselblad X2D 100C is a pretty dramatic upgrade over the existing Hasselblad X1D II 50C, with its new sensor and processor making it not just a higher spec’d camera but one that should be much nicer to use. Its increased processing speed, and its new, faster-focusing XCD V lenses, will make it a camera that responds much more quickly than the current model, and which consequently offers a more satisfying handling experience.
This X2D 100C is the third generation of the Swedish company’s hand-holdable medium format mirrorless X series that started with the X1D 50C in 2016. While the original model and the follow-up X1D II 50C both use a 33 x 44mm 50MP sensor, this new model packs 100MP into the same space and brings a raft of additional advances.
When Hasselblad introduced the next version of its X1D 50C camera in 2019 we questioned why it was called ‘Mark II’ instead of something like ‘Hasselblad X2D’. The answer was that the then new processor and improved responsiveness of the camera weren’t enough to make it a whole new model. The jump to a 100-million-pixel sensor, phase-detection AF, a new rear screen design, in-body stabilization and a new top-plate info panel is, it seems, finally enough to trigger a new model name – hence we now have the Hasselblad X2D 100C.