New Hasselblad X2D 100C – FAQs
- Image Quality & Focus
- EVF & Top Display
- Connection & Software
- Battery & Other
Image Quality & Focus
What significant upgrades does the X2D 100C have compared to X1D II 50C?
As the latest generation of Hasselblad X System mirrorless medium format digital cameras, the flagship X2D 100C comes with a 100-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, powerful 15-stop dynamic range, and 16-bit colour depth, as well as a 5-axis 7-stop IBIS, PDAF technology, built-in 1TB SSD, CFexpress B card slot and a 5.76MP EVF offering 1.0x magnification. These advanced technologies combine to enhance image quality, focusing, stabilisation, responsiveness, and storage.
What is the difference between medium format and full-frame cameras?
The light-sensitive area on X System medium-format image sensors is 43.8 × 32.9 mm, approx. 70% larger than full-frame. This provides a higher resolution and larger light collection area resulting in richer details. In terms of optical design, medium format lenses also have a larger image circle than full-frame lenses and can deliver better optical performance.
Apart from its 100 megapixels, what other differences are there between the sensors of the X2D 100C and X1D II 50C?
The X2D 100C features a BSI CMOS sensor, 15 stops of dynamic range, and a native ISO down to 64. It also has PDAF technology with 294 PDAF zones for faster and more accurate focusing.
When should I use 14-bit and 16-bit colour depth?
Choose 14-bit colour depth to keep outstanding colour while increasing the continuous shooting rate. Use 16-bit to increase the number of tonal nuances in colour for natural transitions. 16-bit colour depth can deliver 281 trillion colours, 64 times higher than 14-bit.
Why does the X2D 100C focus faster when using the new XCD lenses (compared to previously released ones)?
The X2D 100C uses PDAF technology. Up to 294 PDAF zones are spread over the sensor surface (with 97% coverage) for increased accuracy and up to 3x faster focusing. When using the X2D 100C with the new XCD 2,5/38V, XCD 2,5/55V, and XCD 2,5/90V lenses, focusing is more flexible and accurate. This is a result of the new lenses employing an upgraded focusing module that features a linear stepping motor and a lighter, smaller focusing lens group.
Does the X2D 100C have stabilization?
The X2D 100C is equipped with an in-house-developed IBIS system for medium format cameras that currently is the most compact in the industry.* It can detect camera movements down to 0.1-pixel. These movements can then be compensated for by employing the 5-axis 7-stop image stabilization to make shooting more effortless in low-shutter-speed scenarios. – Among interchangeable-lens mirrorless digital cameras with a 55mm-diameter CMOS sensor (according to a Hasselblad market survey on March 1, 2022).
What is 7-stop image stabilization?
When stabilization is not enabled, assume that the safe shutter speed (the minimum speed to capture a clear handheld image) is 1/500s. With the aperture and ISO unchanged, when the stabilization is on, the safe shutter speed for 1-stop stabilization is 1/250s. According to this ratio, the safe shutter speed for 7-stop stabilization is 0.26s.
(This data is for reference only. Safe shutter speed is subject to a variety of factors, such as focal length and handheld stability.)
Can I manually disable the stabilization function on the X2D 100C?
Yes. You can manually enable or disable the stabilization function in Camera Settings. When using a tripod, it is recommended to manually disable the stabilization function. For more details, please refer to the X2D 100C User Manual.
When using lenses that require a lens adapter, will the stabilisation on the X2D 100C function normally?
Since the stabilisation structure is built into the camera body, the stabilisation will still function when using lenses that require a lens adapter. However, you will need to enter the focal length of the lens in Camera Settings. Stabilisation of the X2D 100C supports lenses up to 499mm.
How many photos can be stored on the built-in 1TB SSD?
When shooting solely in RAW, the X2D 100C can store approximately 4,600 photos. When shooting solely in JPG, it can store approximately 13,800 photos.
Why does the X2D 100C use a CFexpress Type B memory card?
To meet the significant storage needs of 100MP images, the X2D 100C has two storage options: a built-in 1TB SSD and a CFexpress Type B memory card slot to ensure fast read/write speeds and convenience. Compared with an SD card, a CFexpress Type B memory card provides faster read/write speeds and larger space for storage.
Which CFexpress Type B memory cards can I use with the X2D?
The following memory card models are recommended for optimal storage performance.
1. Sony CEB-G Series CFexpress Type B memory card (128GB)
2. SanDisk Extreme Pro CFexpress Type B memory card (128GB, 256GB, 512GB)
Does the X2D 100C support a CFexpress Type A memory card?
No. The X2D 100C card slot is not compatible with CFexpress Type A memory cards.
Can a memory card from X1D be used on the X2D 100C?
No. The X2D 100C supports CFexpress Type B memory cards, while the X1D series supports SD cards. The two are not interchangeable.
EVF & Top Display
What are the specifications of the EVF on the X2D 100C?
The EVF on the X2D 100C uses a 5.76MP, 0.5-inch OLED screen.
Why is there no refractive error tuning knob for the X2D 100C’s EVF?
The X2D 100C uses electric refractive error correction. You can adjust the settings under Display in the Main Menu. For more details, please refer to the X2D 100C User Manual.
What does the 1.0x magnification of the X2D 100C EVF mean?
With a standard 65mm lens (50mm equivalent), 1.0x magnification allows you to see the same subject through EVF in a similar size to what you would see with your naked eye. The larger the magnification, the wider the view in the EVF, and the more immersive the viewing experience.
What parameters can I see on the top display?
The 1.08-inch top display shows camera status (e.g., battery level, charging status, etc.) and shooting parameters (e.g., shutter speed, aperture, ISO, exposure compensation, shooting mode, white balance, etc.)
Does the top display support touch control?
Connection & Software
When the camera is powered off, what function does the top display provide?
Press the power button once to quickly check the current battery level on the top display. After inserting a battery, it will automatically show the battery’s power level.
What functions are enabled with the X2D 100C’s Wi-Fi connection?
When the X2D 100C is connected to your iPad or iPhone* via Wi-Fi, Phocus Mobile 2 enables the transfer of full-size JPG/RAW images from the camera, allowing the editing and output of high-quality RAW images, fully taking advantage of Hasselblad’s Natural Colour Solution (HNCS).**
* Compatible with iPad or iPhone X or later with internal storage of 3GB (RAM) or more and an operating system of iOS 15.0 or later.
** Editing of RAW files is not available in Phocus Mobile 2 for iPhone.
Does the X2D 100C support Phocus for PC/Mac?
Yes. You can control the camera, transfer, and edit your images on Phocus PC/Mac.
Does the X2D 100C support Phocus Mobile 2?
Phocus Mobile 2 is not currently compatible with the X2D 100C. Compatibility will be available later this year (2022). Check the app for updates.
Phocus and Phocus Mobile 2 are self-developed image processing software created by Hasselblad. When dealing with RAW images, you can fully utilise HNCS and have more flexibility in post-editing.
What is different about the new XCD 2,5/38V, XCD 2,5/55V, and XCD 2,5/90V from previous XCD lenses?
The new XCD lenses include XCD 2,5/55V, XCD 2,5/38V, and XCD 2,5/90V. The lenses feature more compact and lightweight builds while maintaining Hasselblad’s top-class optical performance. The fully upgraded focusing module enables faster and more accurate autofocus. The optimised leaf shutter is more compact, providing flash synchronisation at all speeds. Each metal lens features both a focus ring and lens control ring delicately engraved with a Hasselblad “H” logo print. The lenses support full-time MF. A simple push and pull of the focus ring changes from AF to MF mode, where intuitive scale marks keep focus distance and DOF clear at a glance. The control ring can be customized for quick access to preferred functions, making shooting more convenient and efficient.
Do XCD 2,5/38V, XCD 2,5/55V, and XCD 2,5/90V lenses support full MF?
Yes. Full-time manual focus is always available. Adjust the focus ring at any time regardless of whether you are using AF or MF mode.
How many functions can I customize for the control ring on the XCD 2,5/38V, XCD 2,5/55V, and XCD 2,5/90V lenses?
You can set the control ring to one of the five functions – N/A, ISO, aperture, shutter, and exposure compensation. For more details, please refer to the X2D 100C User Manual.
When using with X1D-50c, X1D II 50C, or 907X 50C, will the new XCD 2,5/38V, XCD 2,5/55V, and XCD 2,5/90V lenses focus faster than the old XCD lenses?
Due to hardware limitations, the X1D, X1D II, and 907X will not focus faster when used with the new XCD lenses.
What is a leaf shutter? How does it work?
The leaf shutter is built into the lens structure. Its most significant advantage is to achieve flash synchronisation at all speeds (e.g., flash sync speed of up to 1/2000s). This helps capture fast-moving subjects when a flash is used and is also helpful for wide-aperture portraits in strong lighting conditions or outdoors.
For cameras with a focal-plane shutter, when using flash, the shutter speed is limited to 1/125s or 1/250s, posing restrictions for creativity. Due to the special design of the leaf shutter, it generates significantly reduced vibration when triggered, making it more efficient to obtain satisfactory shots.
How do I correct lens distortions?
Distortions can be corrected in Phocus or other image processing software for more accurate optical effects. The camera itself does not support lens correction.
Battery & Other
Is X1D/X1D II battery interchangeable with the X2D 100C battery?
Yes. They use the same battery model.
What is the battery life of the X2D 100C battery?
According to the CIPA standard, the camera can take 420 photos when fully charged. The actual operating time is subject to the use environment.
Does the X2D 100C battery support fast charging?
Yes. It supports PD 3.0 fast charging (30W) with the USB-C port. Other chargers supporting this protocol can also be used to fast charge (using a USB-C to USB-C cable).
Can I charge the X2D 100C with third-party USB-C chargers?
Yes. The X2D 100C is compatible with PD 3.0 chargers. Please use chargers made by reputable manufacturers to ensure safety.
How do I upgrade the firmware on my X2D 100C?
Download the firmware file from the official Hasselblad website. Copy the file to the built-in SSD or the CFexpress Type B memory card. Then, go to General Settings > Service > Check for Update, and tap the firmware you need to automatically perform the update. For more details, please refer to the X2D 100C User Manual.
Which flash models are compatible with the X2D 100C?
In TTL mode, the X2D 100C supports Nikon flashes SB-300, SB-500, SB-5000, SB-700, SB-900, and SB-910, as well as Profoto A1, B1, and B2 for Nikon.
Are H or V System lenses compatible with the X2D 100C?
The X2D 100C works with H System lenses and their leaf shutters with the official XH Lens Adapter and the XH Converter 0,8. The XH Converter 0,8 reduces the focal length of the lens by a factor of 0.8x, which delivers a wider field of view and improves the maximum aperture of the lens by two-thirds of a stop. An impressive combination for maximizing aperture is achieved when attaching the XH Converter 0,8 to the HC f/2,2 100mm lens, transforming the aperture and focal length to f/1,8 and 80mm, respectively. With the XV Lens Adapter, you can use V System lenses. You can also use the camera with XPan lenses with the XPan Lens Adapter.
Are third-party lenses compatible with the X2D 100C?
The X2D 100C works with third-party lenses via third-party lens adapters. However, the Hasselblad lens leaf shutter design means that third-party lenses must be used with the X2D 100C electronic shutter enabled. Hasselblad does not provide an official lens adapter for third-party lenses. The official warranty does not include hardware or software issues that occur from using third-party adapters. Please use cautiously.
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