• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 21.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Medium format 1,441.0mm2
  • 51.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon 5D Mark II advantages over Hasselblad X1D

  • Less expensive
    $2699 vs $6495*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.41 vs 5.29 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    3.9 fps vs 2.3 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Hasselblad X1D advantages over Canon 5D Mark II

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    Medium format vs 35mm
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/200 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    2 years vs 10 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    51.3 vs 21.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Longer exposure
    3600 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Sony A900

Canon 5D Mark II
Sony A900
  • $2598
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More pixels
Hasselblad X1D
Sony A900
  • $6495
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Top deck display

Compared to Nikon D3X

Canon 5D Mark II
Nikon D3X
  • $2598
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More dynamic range
Hasselblad X1D
Nikon D3X
  • $6495
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Top deck display
  • Has anti-aliasing filter

Compared to Sony A850

Canon 5D Mark II
Sony A850
  • $2598
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More pixels
Hasselblad X1D
Sony A850
  • $6495
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Top deck display

Compared to Fujifilm GFX 50S

Canon 5D Mark II
Fujifilm GFX 50S
  • $2598
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $5499
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Hasselblad X1D
Fujifilm GFX 50S
  • $6495
  • Medium format
  • Built-in GPS
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $5499
  • Medium format
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Fujifilm GFX 50R

Canon 5D Mark II
Fujifilm GFX 50R
  • $2598
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $4499
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Hasselblad X1D
Fujifilm GFX 50R
  • $6495
  • Medium format
  • Built-in GPS
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $4499
  • Medium format
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
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