DPR: Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Hasselblad X1D


DPReview published their Fujifilm GFX50S review around 1 year ago, but they gave Hasselblad some time to improve their camera before completing their Hasselblad X1D review. Over the past year, Hasselblad has improved the X1D in a variety of ways that have made it a competitive camera, but it is still far from perfect and not quite up to competing with the Fujifilm GFX50S. Below is a summary of DPR’s Reviews and if you want to read their X1D review you can do so here or the GFX50S review here.

Fujifilm GFX 50S Hasselblad X1D
Pros

  • 51.4MP, 44 x 33mm sensor yields high image resolution
  • Excellent image quality in both Raw and JPEG
  • ISO invariant behavior used above ISO 1600 to give increasing amounts of highlight recoverability
  • Contrast Detect AF is accurate and precise
  • Fujifilm color science, and color chrome effect, in larger than APS-C size
  • Direct controls provide for engaging shooting experience
  • AF joystick + touchscreen makes selecting an AF point simple, effective
  • Touchscreen flips vertically and horizontally
  • Weather-sealing and solid build quality
  • Comfortable ergonomics
  • Plenty of custom buttons
  • Dual card slots give flexibility and capacity
  • Electronic first curtain shutter mode minimizes risk of shutter shock
  • Lack of mirror avoids mirror-induced shock other MF systems bring
  • In-camera Raw processing lets you make full use of excellent JPEG engine
  • Easy-to-use Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Slow native lenses do not take full advantage of camera’s sensor size
  • Contrast Detect AF speeds can be sluggish in moderate light, often fails in dim or backlit situations
  • Relatively low flash sync speed
  • AF-C is virtually unusable due to constant hunting
  • Moiré is visible in fine detail and patterns
  • ‘Shimmering’ and moiré in the EVF when focus is initiated
  • Significant rolling shutter in complete (silent) E-shutter mode
  • No way to link minimum shutter speed to focal length with Auto ISO
  • Significant color shift at highest ISOs
  • No ISO 100 during video capture
  • No dedicated exp. comp. dial
  • Rear dial can be difficult to turn due to its position
  • Limited lens selection at launch
Pros

  • Excellent resolution
  • Extensive dynamic range
  • Intelligently implemented high ISO modes
  • Precise, accurate autofocus
  • Simple, to-the-point control system
  • Touchpad AF works well
  • Impressive solidity of build
  • Leaf shutter minimizes size and almost eliminates risk of shutter shock
  • USB 3.0 tethering option
  • Novel, customizable user interface
  • Nikon-compatible TTL flash system

Cons

  • Slow autofocus
  • Limited battery life
  • Somewhat laggy experience
  • No wide-aperture lenses available
  • Leaf shutters add to lens cost
  • Occasional but significant risk of moiré
  • Camera’s low-res JPEGs don’t give 100% coverage
  • Significant rolling shutter in complete (silent) E-shutter mode
  • Simplistic Auto ISO implementation

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Fujifilm GFX 50S: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Hasselblad X1D-50c: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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