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 make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Nikon D850 belongs to a Semi-Pro DSLR category, the other model, Nikon D850 is a Pro Mirrorless camera. Both models feature different types of sensors. Thus, Nikon D850 comes with BSI-CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 46.0 MP resolution, while our second compared model Hasselblad X1D features a 51.0 MP CMOS sensor.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - DSLR and MirrorLess. Keeping in mind all the distinctive features of each category, it will be hard to make a detailed comparison of these two models. However, we will do our best to make this review as unbiased and detailed as possible.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Nikon D850 and Hasselblad X1D and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Nikon D850 Key Features:
Hasselblad X1D Key Features:
|NFC||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Bluetooth||Yes vs No||Connect your camera to other devices via Bluetooth|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes vs No||Creative shooting|
|Continuous Shooting||7 fps vs 2.3 fps||4.7 fps faster|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 vs 1/2000||Faster shutter speed|
|Screen Size||3.2″ vs 3″||0.2" larger screen|
|Screen Resolution||2,359k dots vs 920k dots||61% higher resolution screen|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080||Higher Resolution Video|
|Dxo Color Depth||26.4 vs 26.2||Better color depth|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.75 vs No||0.75 better magnification|
|Gps||Built-in vs No||Has GPS|
|Sensor Resolution||51.0 MP vs 46.0 MP||9.8% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||1452 mm2 vs 858.01 mm2||40.9% larger pixel area|
|Weight||725 g vs 1015 g||290 g lighter|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||4489 vs 2660||Better High ISO performance|
|Touch Screen||Yes | Yes||Easy control of camera functions|
|Screen Size||3.2″ | 3″||Large display|
|Viewfinder||Optical (pentaprism) | Electronic||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Sensor Resolution||46.0 MP | 51.0 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|
|Continuous Shooting||7.0 fps | 2.3 fps||Low continuous shooting|
|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 Nikon D850 and Hasselblad X1D 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 290g less than the Nikon D850. 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 Nikon D850 and Hasselblad X1D 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. Nikon D850 features a 46.0 MP Full frame sized BSI-CMOS sensor . Hasselblad X1D, in its turn, comes with a 51.0 MP Medium format sized CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Nikon D850 and Hasselblad X1D by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Hasselblad X1D is equipped with a sensor that is 0.6x larger than the one featured in Nikon D850. Compared to the cameras with smaller sensor area, the ones with larger sensors ensure more control on the blurry background and depth of field if you shoot in the same aperture and focal length. Thus, the first model has a significant advantage here.
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 Nikon D850 and Hasselblad X1D 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||Nikon D850||Hasselblad X1D|
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, Nikon D850 or Hasselblad X1D, 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 Nikon D850 and Hasselblad X1D 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 Nikon D850. 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:
|Nikon D850||Hasselblad X1D|
|Announced||Aug 24, 2017||Jun 22, 2016|
|Body Type||Mid-size SLR||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Size||Full frame||Medium format|
|Sensor Dimensions||35.9 x 23.9 mm||44 x 33 mm|
|Sensor Area||858.01 mm2||1452.00 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||46.0 MP||51.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||8256 x 5504||8272 x 6200|
|Max Native ISO||25,600||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||102,400||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||64||100|
|Lens Mount||Nikon F||Hasselblad X|
|Number of Lenses||287||4|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1x||0.79x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||153||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||99||n/a|
|Screen Type||Tilting||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||2,359k dots||920k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||2,360k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||7.0 fps||2.3 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Front-curtain sync (normal), Rear-curtain sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync||no built-in flash|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||100||102|
|DxO Color Depth||26.4||26.2|
|DxO Dynamic Range||14.8||14.8|
|DxO Low Light ISO||2660||4489|
|Video Resolutions||3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM||1920 x 1080 (25p)|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160||1920 x 1080|
|USB||USB 3.0||USB 3.0|
|Weight||1015 g||725 g|
|Physical Dimensions||146 x 124 x 79 mm||150 x 98 x 71 mm|
|Battery Life||1840 shots||n/a|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||n/a|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported) + XQD||Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots|