Hasselblad X1D Mark II registered – another 100MP medium format monster?

Hasselblad X1D Mark II registered – another 100MP medium format monster?

As if there was any doubt that this is the season for new cameras, a recently spotted registration at the Bluetooth agency points towards yet another: Hasselblad  medium format camera (opens in new tab) – and a successor to the Hasselblad X1D-50c (opens in new tab) mirrorless 50MP model.

First reported by Mirrorless Rumors (opens in new tab), the registration (opens in new tab) was published in late December. The only information contained in the filing, aside from obscure code numbers, is “This is a Camera with Bluetooth”, which obviously doesn’t reveal many clues.

However, the rumor site predicts that the new camera will use the same 101-megapixel / 4K 30p Sony sensor as the upcoming Fujifilm GFX100S (opens in new tab), which is expected to go on sale in early 2019 for $10,000 and boasts such features as in-body image stabilisation (the first medium format camera to do so). Could this therefore be Hasselblad X1D-100c in the making?

The Hasselblad H6D-100c is the company's current 100MP camera, costing a cool £31,080

The Hasselblad H6D-100c is the company's current 100MP camera, costing a cool £31,080

If they do indeed share the same sensor, it will be interesting to see how Hasselblad positions the price point of its new camera. 

Its predecessor, the 50MP mirrorless Hasselblad X1D-50c (opens in new tab) (pictured top), retails for £5,999 / $7,995, while the company’s current 100MP model, the H6D-100c Medium Format DSLR (opens in new tab) (pictured above), retails for £31,080 / $32,995.

Mirrorless Rumors believes that the camera will be announced in the next couple of months, and the original X1D has just been listed as discontinued at B&H (opens in new tab), so it looks like we won’t have to wait long to find out.

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.