Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to provide a detailed evaluation and comparison of two different camera models that fall into the same category - Pro Mirrorless. Although these cameras are from the same category, they were introduced by different brands - Hasselblad and Leica. Although Hasselblad X1D and Leica SL are both equipped with the same CMOS sensor, they boast of different resolution. Thus, Hasselblad X1D has a sensor with a resolution of 51.0 MP, while Leica SL has a different resolution of 24.0 MP.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Hasselblad X1D and Leica SL and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Hasselblad X1D Key Features:
Leica SL Key Features:
|Sensor Resolution||51.0 MP vs 24.0 MP||52.9% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||1452 mm2 vs 864 mm2||40.5% larger pixel area|
|Weight||725 g vs 847 g||122 g lighter|
|Dxo Color Depth||26.2 vs 25||Better color depth|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||14.8 vs 13.4||Better dynamic range|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||4489 vs 1821||Better High ISO performance|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes vs No||Creative shooting|
|Continuous Shooting||11 fps vs 2.3 fps||8.7 fps faster|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 vs 1/2000||Faster shutter speed|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots vs 920k dots||11.5% higher resolution screen|
|Max Video Resolution||4096 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080||Higher Resolution Video|
|Viewfinder Resolution||4,400k dots vs 2,360k dots||46.4% higher resolution|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.8 vs No||0.8 better magnification|
|Touch Screen||Yes | Yes||Easy control of camera functions|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Electronic||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Sensor Resolution||51.0 MP | 24.0 MP||Bigger prints and more details|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Microphone Port||Yes | Yes||High quality audio recording option|
|Headphone Port||Yes | Yes||Better video control|
|Storage Slots||2 slots | 2 slots||Extra Storage Slots|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes | Yes||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type | Fixed Type||No flexible viewing angles|
|Built-In Flash||No | No||No built-in flash|
|Image Stabilization||No | No||No image stabilization|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Hasselblad X1D and Leica SL from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Hasselblad X1D is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 122g less than the Leica SL. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Hasselblad X1D and Leica SL any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Hasselblad X1D features a 51.0 MP Medium format sized CMOS sensor . Leica SL, in its turn, comes with a 24.0 MP Full frame sized CMOS sensor and Maestro II processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Hasselblad X1D and Leica SL by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Hasselblad X1D has a sensor area 0.6x bigger compared to Leica SL. What does it mean? This basically means that if you these cameras them with the same aperture and focal length, the first model will give you more control in terms of the blurry background and depth of field.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Hasselblad X1D and Leica SL in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Hasselblad X1D||Leica SL|
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Hasselblad X1D or Leica SL, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Hasselblad X1D and Leica SL here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Hasselblad X1D deserves a higher Total Score than the Leica SL. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Hasselblad X1D||Leica SL|
|Announced||Jun 22, 2016||Oct 21, 2015|
|Body Type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Size||Medium format||Full frame|
|Sensor Dimensions||44 x 33 mm||36 x 24 mm|
|Sensor Area||1452.00 mm2||864.00 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||51.0 MP||24.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||8272 x 6200||6000 x 4000|
|Max Native ISO||25,600||50,000|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||50|
|Lens Mount||Hasselblad X||Leica T|
|Number of Lenses||4||3|
|Focal Length Multiplier||0.79x||1x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a||49|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots||1,040k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,360k dots||4,400k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||2.3 fps||11.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||no built-in flash||no built-in flash|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||102||88|
|DxO Color Depth||26.2||25.0|
|DxO Dynamic Range||14.8||13.4|
|DxO Low Light ISO||4489||1821|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (25p)||4096 x 2160 (24p), 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (120p, 60p, 30p, 24p)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||4096 x 2160|
|USB||USB 3.0||USB 3.0|
|Weight||725 g||847 g|
|Physical Dimensions||150 x 98 x 71 mm||147 x 104 x 39 mm|
|Battery Life||n/a||400 shots|
|Battery Type||n/a||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots||Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported on slot 1)|