• Medium format 1,441.0mm2
  • 51.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Hasselblad X1D advantages over Sony A6500

  • Larger sensor
    Medium format vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.29 vs 3.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • More pixels
    51.3 vs 24.2 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

Sony A6500 advantages over Hasselblad X1D

  • Less expensive
    $1598 vs $8995*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    53 mm vs 71 mm
    Thinner
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lighter weight
    453g vs 725g
    Lighter weight
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.1 fps vs 2.3 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Comfortable, premium body with good controls; Touch-screen for subject selection; Hybrid image stabilization system; Excellent image quality; Better high ISO JPEGs than the A6300; Extremely fast 11.1 fps burst capture; Very deep buffers for raw and JPEG alike; 4K video capture with no pixel binning

  • Pricey for an APS-C camera; JPEG colors aren't the most accurate; Very slow buffer clearing; Laggy touch-pad AF function; Poorly-placed movie button; No headphone jack; Mediocre battery life

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm X-Pro2

Hasselblad X1D
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $8995
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
Sony A6500
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Higher max flash sync
  • More dots on screen

Compared to Sony A6300

Hasselblad X1D
Sony A6300
  • $8995
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
Sony A6500
Sony A6300
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Touchscreen
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive

Compared to Fujifilm GFX 50S

Hasselblad X1D
Fujifilm GFX 50S
  • $8995
  • Medium format
  • Built-in GPS
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $5499
  • Medium format
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
Sony A6500
Fujifilm GFX 50S
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $5499
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A7R III

Hasselblad X1D
Sony A7R III
  • $8995
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $2731
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A6500
Sony A7R III
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $2731
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Fujifilm GFX 50R

Hasselblad X1D
Fujifilm GFX 50R
  • $8995
  • Medium format
  • Built-in GPS
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $3999
  • Medium format
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
Sony A6500
Fujifilm GFX 50R
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $3999
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
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