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This shootout explores the best quality possible from both the Hasselblad X1D versus the Nikon D810, the D810 offering the best quality available in a mainstream DSLR as of early 2017*.
The Nikon D810 at ISO 64 has a special hardware mode at ISO 64 which takes its image quality into medium format territory. The D810 was compared to the 645Z back in 2014. Note that while the 645Z sensor might be the same as the X1D, but that the entire imaging pipeline is the consideration.
Due to the size of the images presented, the late 2015 iMac 5K or better is recommended.
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These systems are hugely expensive, so make the right choice for your own needs (full frame vs medium format).
- In-depth lens evaluations covering behaviors not likely to be found anywhere else, based on real-world field shooting.
- How to configure menus and buttons and best operating practices, gotchas and how-to.
- Real world examples with insights found nowhere else. Make sharper images just by understanding lens and camera behaviors.
- Jaw-dropping image quality found nowhere else utilizing Retina-grade images up to 100 megapixels filling up to 5K display, plus large crops.
- Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
- Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.