Hasselblad X1D arrives in wave of hype, alas no 4K. Also: has full frame image quality peaked?

Hasselblad X1D medium format mirrorless camera

Today the Swedes introduced a medium format mirrorless camera, proving that a 44 x 33 sensor can in fact be compact, in terms of both the body and lenses.

However the camera goes without the 4K RAW mode of the recently introduced H6-50C system with similar Sony 50MP CMOS and the H6-100C (100MP sensor). (Unhappy face).

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Meet the Forbes 70 – an IMAX 70mm motion picture camera prototype

Forbes 70

The digital Forbes 70 is based on a heavily modified Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera using 65mm ground glass for the IMAX 70mm look to medium format lenses.

Recording in Cinema DNG raw the camera delivers an utterly spellbinding image but is currently only at the prototype stage with just two in existence.

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Leica S medium format camera to feature 4K video

leica-s-front

Because full frame is just too small, Sony are supplying a 4K video capable sensor to Leica and Pentax in the region of 40 to 50MP. According to a Leica rep at NAB the company is planning 4K video for their implementation of the sensor in the Leica S. Indeed Pentax have already announced that their 645Z will record 4K video.

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Rumour: Phase One to release digital back with live view, RAW video


(Thanks to Glen Ryan who brought this to our attention)

Medium format looks set finally to enter the world of live view, and that means video capabilities. There is a rumour circulating which suggests Phase One have a digital back for medium format / Hasselblad cameras which records RAW video.

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