In the camera world, most people don’t even know who DJI is! While the Chinese manufacturer is best known for its line of DJI Drones and action cameras, it also became the majority stakeholder of Hasselblad products around five years ago – meaning that it technically owns the rights to some of its original models. With this in mind, it’s not out of the question for DJI to reproduce an almost carbon copy of the Hasselblad X1D and re-release it with a few changes.
Back in 2019, rumor had it that DJI was producing a mirrorless medium format camera that very closely resembled the Hasselblad X1D, as it had registered a non-branded Chinese clone of the Swedish camera (DJI, of course, owns Hasselblad).
These speculations have resurfaced following two leaked images that reveal a new DJI-branded camera, again in the shape of the Hasselblad X1D. In addition, fresh reports of a new Hasselblad X2D expected in 2022 have also made headlines.
The initial rumors of a new medium format camera began in early 2017, when a design patent and rebadged version of the X1D, without a product name, was registered online at CNIPA by DJI in Asia. Leaked images ( Courtesy of Photo Rumors) have recently resurfaced, and look relatively authentic, suggesting this medium format may in fact be a genuine product.
With the introduction of this camera, the interest in medium format digital cameras may become bigger than ever. Photographers will truly appreciate the bigger sensors that produce amazing photos, better than they ever have had before.
As can be determined from the images, this camera looks pretty real. It’s unclear as to where Photo Rumors got these images from, but it’s likely a reliable source.
It doesn’t quite make sense for DJI to compete against itself, with such a large stake in Hasselblad, so why remove the branded name that it paid so much money to acquire? Who is the target market of this new camera? Will it cost as much as the Hasselblad X1D, or a few thousand dollars less?
While the specifications and details of this camera are obviously unknown, it would be interesting to find out if it will feature the same 50-megapixel sensor as the original Hasselblad X1D.
The front body of the leaked image does look strikingly similar to the original X1D, with a few minor differences including what appears to be a change of material used for the grip, a darker color palette and rounded AF Illuminator LED, similar to that of the Hasselblad X1D II 50C.
RUMORS OF SONY MEDIUM FORMAT CAMERA IS ALSO SURFACING.
Sony has plans to enter the medium format camera market. In the next two years, Sony is rumored to introduce a medium format camera with a 150MP and/or 200MP 54x36mm sensor, which is 2.25 times larger than the full-frame 36×24 sensor. Price: $7,500 and $9,999 respectively (for 150MP and 200MP).
Interesting to hear about these cameras, but right now, they are just rumors.
How do these rumors get started? Because someone knows that works with these companies, that they are researching the idea to see if they think they can make money on this. If this looks good, then it will be introduced soon.