New York, NY—Introducing its largest firmware update at one time, Hasselblad launched Firmware Update 1.2.0 for the X1D II 50C and 907X special edition medium-format cameras. The Hasselblad firmware updates expand creative functions. It also released Firmware Update 0.1.24 for the XCD 45P lens.
Among the features added to the X1D II 50C and 907X special edition are 2.7K/29.97 video recording; focus bracketing with all XCD lenses; image rating for simple sorting and selection; as well as a white balance picker tool.
Hasselblad Firmware Updates
Enhancing the options of the X1D II 50C and 907X SE, 2.7K (2,720×1,530) and Full HD (1,920×1,080) video capture were added. Video is recorded at 29.97 fps with 4:2:0 8-bit color for improved detail while balancing storage space.
In addition, focus bracketing now allows photographers trying to capture a subject with very limited depth of field, such as in macro photography, to capture a series of exposures at a fractionally different focus point. They can then combine these captures in stacking software. Photographers have control over the number of frames in the sequence; the step size between captures; and also an initial delay to allow support system vibration to diminish.
What’s more, photographers can now apply an image rating function to still images in-camera. This makes image sorting and selection easier when the captures are transferred to a computer. When in image playback mode, with the capture details overlay on-screen, photographers press the star button or the displayed stars. The image’s metadata stores the rating.
Moreover, exposure bracketing function step options were expanded to support 2/3 stops steps in addition to the existing steps. The menu organization and selection of white balance presets was also improved with the display of color temperature and tint at each setting. For more precise color, a picker was added so photographers can sample a neutral portion of the image to balance color.
Finally, auto white balance is now based on the captured image; so AWB works when shooting in manual quick mode (X1D II 50C). It also solves issues when working with flash in tungsten lighting. Previously, the correct white balance showed in either live view or the captured image; now, it is present in both live view and the final image.
Specific to X1D II 50C
In addition, it is now possible for users to adjust the sensitivity of the EVF proximity sensor. The improved setting accommodates users whose typical handling does not always engage the sensor or prefer to disable the EVF completely. Also, a menu option now permits the custom buttons to default to factory settings.
Specific to CFV II 50C Digital Back in 907X Special Edition
Hasselblad also incorporated cable-free operation with the CFV II 50C digital back on 2000-cameras and unmodified 200-cameras. However, some cameras may not fully work due to mechanical tolerances of old cameras.
It is also now possible to automatically set white balance for captured images.
Firmware Update 0.1.24 for XCD 45P
This update enables focus bracketing when using the XCD 45P lens. It also improves stability of autofocus and manual focus; full-time manual focus input sensitivity now reduces the possibility of AF stopping when holding the lens.