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Canon EOS M50 vs Hasselblad X1D

We compare the Canon EOS M50 to the Hasselblad X1D: Which digital camera has the better sensor? Which has the better viewfinder or monitor? Which is faster?

Both cameras belong to the Mirrorless category.

Here are both models side by side. The Canon EOS M50 is on the left, the Hasselblad X1D on the right:

EOS M50 vs X1D - Side by side

For a more detailed size comparison, see the section further down below.

Canon EOS M50 vs Hasselblad X1D: Specifications at a glance

EOS M50

  • Introduced in February 2018
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • 24 megapixel
  • 10 frames/second
  • 100 - 25600 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 80.00mm (3.1") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount EF-M
  • WiFi built-in
  • 116.3 x 88.1 x 58.7mm³ (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3")
  • 387g (12.5 oz.)

All specs: Main page for EOS M50

X1D

  • Introduced in June 2016
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Medium format
  • 50 megapixel
  • 3 frames/second
  • 100 - 25600 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor
  • Lens mount XCD
  • WiFi built-in
  • 150 x 98 x 71mm³ (5.9" x 3.9" x 2.8")
  • 725g (23.4 oz.)

All specs: Main page for X1D

Our advice: From our own experience, we recommend SanDisk memory cards. The SanDisk Extreme Pro is fast enough for high-speed image sequences and 4K video:

Memory card for EOS M50 and X1D

The 64 GB Extreme will take up to 90 minutes of super high-res 4K video. For Full HD video we recommend the SanDisk Ultra.

EOS M50 vs X1D: The sensors

The EOS M50 features a APS-C sized sensor, while the X1D uses a Medium format sensor.

This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Infographic: EOS M50 and X1D sensor area comparison

Note: 1-Euro coin for scale; the coin at 23.25mm diameter is slightly smaller than a US quarter.

Featuring an area of 1441mm² (2.31 sq.in.), the X1D's sensor is a lot larger that the chip that the EOS M50 employs at 332mm² (0.53 sq.in.). A larger sensor can produce images of interiors or at night that have less noise and better contrast than photos shot with APS-C sized chips.

Advantage: Hasselblad X1D

EOS M50 vs X1D: The viewfinders

The EOS M50 uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel. The magnifcation is c. 0.60x.

The X1D features an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel and a magnification of around 0.75x.

This infographic illustrates the viewfinder magnifications of both cameras. The black area represents a magnification of 1x, corresponding to natural size; indicated in red is a magnification of 0.85x, the highest value in a any camera on the market today.

EOS M50 (0.60x)

X1D (0.75x)

Simulated viewfinder of the EOS M50Simulated viewfinder of the X1D

Note: Differences in the image area are the result of different image ratios, 3:2 or 4:3. That can make it difficult to compare the viewfinder magnification of both cameras. However, with these two cameras the difference is considerable in any case.

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Canon EOS M50 on the left, the Hasselblad X1D in the right column:

Advantage Canon EOS M50...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

EOS M50

X1D

Sensor cleaning (3)
Faster (4, frames/second)103
More AF points (4)1431
Larger lens selection (3)73
Built-in flash (2)
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)1.040.92
Articulated monitor (2)
Better Video (2)3840 x 21601920 x 1080
Longer battery life (3, photos)235
Weighs less (2)387g
(12.5 oz.)
725g
(23.4 oz.)
More portable (2)601cm³
(38 cu.in.)
1044cm³
(66 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the EOS M50 are built-in automatic sensor cleaning, that the camera is faster and the faster and more accurate auto focus. Additional pros for the Canon are the larger selection of lenses, the built-in flash and that the display has a higher resolution. A nice touch is the articulated display, the superior video recording and that the battery has more stamina. Another advantage over the X1D: the lower weight than the X1D and the more compact size.

The EOS M50 scores 29 points.

...and here's where the Hasselblad X1D has an edge...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

EOS M50

X1D

Larger sensor (5)APS-CMedium format
Higher resolution (5, megapixel)24.1050.00
USB 3.0 (2)
GPS (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the X1D are the larger sensor, the higher resolution and the support for USB 3.0. HArdly a luxury, given today's image size and the requirements of 4K video. Finally, there's the the built-in GPS.

Yields 14 points for the X1D.

...and here's what both have in common

EOS M50

X1D

Sensitivity100 - 25600 ISO100 - 25600 ISO
Touch screen
External microphone
WiFi

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Canon EOS M50 again on the left, Hasselblad X1D on the right:

Front view of the EOS M50 and the X1D...

EOS M50 und X1D, front viewEOS M50 und X1D, front view

...and here we see the Canon and the Hasselblad from above:

EOS M50 und X1D, view from aboveEOS M50 und X1D, view from above

Our recommendation

Comparing features and specifications of both cameras yields the following score:

Canon EOS M50

Hasselblad X1D

29
14

CameraCreativ recommends the Canon EOS M50.

Our rating of the Canon EOS M50

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Our rating of the Hasselblad X1D

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