Hasselblad X1D vs. Nikon D5


This is the comparison between mirrorless and DSLR camera, mirrorless is Hasselblad X1D and DSLR is Nikon D5, but the interesting thing about these two cameras is that X1D uses medium format sensor whereas, Nikon D5 uses Full frame sensor. Also, Hasselblad offers remarkable 50 mp resolution, assuring us the tack sharp images is guarantee. However, these all were its just introduction and if you want to know both the cameras in details then read our specifications details part wise, may help you buying your best cameras reliably.

Features/ Models Hasselblad X1D
Nikon D5
Megapixel 50MP  CMOS Sensor 21 megapixels
Sensor size Medium format (44 x 33 mm) Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Image processor Unknown Expeed 5
AF system Contrast detect sensor Contrast Detect+ Phase detect
AF points NA 153
 ISO ISO 100-25600 Auto, 100-102400 (expandable to 50-3280000)
Shutter speed 60 sec to 1/2000 sec 30 sec 1/8000 sec
Image Stabilization No No
 Continuous shooting speed 2.3fps 12fps
 Video Full HD 1080p H.264 Video at 25 fps 4K video @30fps
Display 3.0″ 920k-dot touchscreen LCD monitor 3.2″ 2.36m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
Hot shoe Yes Yes
Wireless WiFi + NFC Built-In with NFC
Battery life NA 3780 shots
Dimensions 150 x 98 x 71 mm 160 x 159 x 92 mm
Weight 725 g 847 g

Sensor sizes– In general, photographers’ primary motive is to achieve the images with breath taking clarity and also the rich details of that specific subject, they don’t want any compromise from the images and their clarity. Sometimes, we also see that a camera fails to achieve the expected clarity and sharpness in lowlight situations or in some other photographic conditions, but Hasselblad X1D is just the camera for these kind of photographers. The camera is vastly superior that utilizes enormous size of medium format sensor and also its spectacular 50mp resolutions, letting the users to acquire stunning images, high Dynamic range in any kind of photographic situations. On the other hand, Nikon D5 utilizes Full frame sensor and lower resolution of 21mp as well, can’t produce the images like X1D quality.

AF system– You can see that Nikon D5 has dedicated AF system, utilizing both contrast as well as phase detect sensor, whereas X1D of Hasselblad has only contrast detect sensor. Along with hybrid AF system, D5 also offers superior 153 AF points including 99 cross-type sensors, elevating the photographers to enjoy blazing fast AF tracking performance of the faster moving subjects throughout the frame. D5 offers hybrid AF systems enabling the photographers to acquire quick and accurate focus of the desire subjects dramatically even in lowlight and at higher apertures. But, X1D uses contrast detect sensor that may be good for accurate focus but will not be so faster like D5 and also X1D doesn’t disclose the number of AF points.

ISO– cameras are very few around the market that can give you better image quality in lowlight. However, base ISO range of X1D maybe better compared to D5, but Nikon D5 is the camera that is especially dedicated to lowlight shooting, because shooting in lowlight is daunting task for the photographers and they just can’t rely on its base ISO and you can see that D5 offers massive range of ISO that is upto 3280000, allowing and also ensuring the photographers that they can able to acquire excellent images even in negligible light conditions. On the other side, Hasselblad offers expandable ISO range of only 25600.

Shutter speed- For capturing faster moving actions D5 is the nice option, since the camera offers faster shutter speed of 1/8000 sec. On the other hand, X1D offers only 1/2000 sec, which is not sufficient sports photographers.

Continuous shooting speed– You can see from the table that Hasselblad X1D offers continuous shooting speed of 2.3 fps only, but D5 is capable of capturing images at 12 frames-per-second (fps) with full AE and AF, ensuring that faster subjects can be captured with clarity and exceptional sharpness. With D5, the users can also shoot at up to 14 fps with fixed focus and exposure and the mirror locked up that is ideal for remote capture.

Video- Nikon D5 letting their users to capture 4K UHD video (3840×2160 at 30p) with accurate colors and clarity, D5 can also be used to D5 to create 4K time-lapse videos in-camera using the Time-lapse Movie function. X1D allows their users to record full HD video only.

Display– Nikon D5 also integrates 3.2” 2.36m dot XGA LCD adds touchscreen functionality, allowing the user to easily pinch, zoom, swipe and scrub in playback form any angles.

Battery Life– D5 allows for around 3780 shots at single time that will be much more than the unrevealed shots number by X1D

Verdict- If you want to earn exceptional image quality in medium format camera than Hasselblad X1D will be worth choice and want a unit for better AF system and lowlight camera then put your cash on Nikon D5, an extraordinary full frame DSLR camera.   


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