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Hasselblad X1D Best Sensor Ever Tested by DxOMark… and Fujifilm GFX 50S might Score Even Better?


Just recently we reported that DxOmark said they will now test medium format cameras.

The Pentax 645Z, which features the same sensor of the Fujifilm GFX 50S and the Hasselblad X1D, had a prelimiary score of 101.

Now the full Hasselblad X1D test is out, and it beats every record, with a score of 102. You can read it here:

The Hasselblad X1D-50c reaches new heights for image quality, achieving the highest DxOMark score of 102 points for any commercially-available sensor we’ve tested.

The X1D-50c excels in all three of our measurement categories, achieving either the top-ranked or a podium position result in each. At base ISO, the X1D-50c offers outstanding color depth (Portrait score) of 26.2 bits and a dynamic range (Landscape score) of 14.8 EV. In low light, the X1D-50c achieves the highest-ranked low-light ISO (Sports score) we’ve tested to date (4489 ISO).

Where the X1D-50c truly excels is for Low-Light ISO (Sports score), however. Achieving a top score of ISO 4489, it’s the best-performing sensor in low light that we’ve tested. This is primarily due to the larger surface area the medium-format sensor offers, so it isn’t surprising the X1D-50c outperforms physically-smaller full-frame sensors such as the 42.4Mp Sony A7R II, as well as sensors with a greater pixel pitch, such as the 12.2p Sony A7s.

That said, while its image quality is up there with the best, it’s not significantly better than other super high-resolution full-frame sensors, such as the Nikon D850 DSLR or the Sony A7R II, except in low light.

Not bad, considering that the 50 MP sensor in the X1D (and GFX) is acutally quite old. Sony already showed the new 100MP BSI Medium Format sensor, which will for sure set a new benchmark and very likely be the core of the Fujifilm GFX 100S.

It will be interesting to see how the Fujifilm GFX 50S will score (if DxO will ever test it), since it’s true that it has the same sensor of the Pentax 645Z and Hasselblad X1D, but Fujifilm has fine tuned the 50MP sensor by customizing the microlenses in front of the sensor and optimizing the silicon process. This should give even better results.

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