• 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 20.8 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 102,400
  • Medium format 1,441.0mm2
  • 51.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Nikon D5 advantages over Hasselblad X1D

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.45 vs 5.29 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Higher-res screen
    590k vs 307k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • 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
    12.1 fps vs 2.3 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    3276800 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Hasselblad X1D advantages over Nikon D5

  • 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.
  • 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 1/250 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Lighter weight
    725g vs 1415g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    51.3 vs 20.8 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • 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
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality; Excellent high ISO performance; Fast 153-point autofocus system; Fast continuous shooting speeds; 4K video recording; Pro-quality camera body; Outstanding battery life.

  • Large and heavy body might not be right for all; Loud shutter; Underutilized touchscreen; Low ISO dynamic range not as good as predecessor; Extended high ISOs not very useful; Sluggish Live View AF.

The Competition

Compared to Canon EOS-1D C

Nikon D5
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Touchscreen
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $6989
  • 35mm
Hasselblad X1D
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $6495
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $6989
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoot 4K video

Compared to Nikon D4S

Nikon D5
Nikon D4S
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $5869
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Hasselblad X1D
Nikon D4S
  • $6495
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $5869
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Top deck display

Compared to Canon 1DX Mark II

Nikon D5
Canon 1DX Mark II
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
Hasselblad X1D
Canon 1DX Mark II
  • $6495
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Fujifilm GFX 50S

Nikon D5
Fujifilm GFX 50S
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $5499
  • Medium format
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
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

Nikon D5
Fujifilm GFX 50R
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $4499
  • Medium format
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
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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