Hasselblad X2D NEW Face Detection AF Tested!
Unveiling the Update
Photography technology continues to leap forward, and today we dive into the groundbreaking new face detection focusing feature introduced in the Hasselblad X2D.
This long-awaited firmware version 3.1.0 from Hasselblad delivers an exciting addition: face detection focusing. For those entrenched in fashion and beauty photography like myself, this is a game-changer. No more manual focusing or finicky focus point selections; this update streamlines the process, promising an efficiency boost to our workflow.
In addition to the firmware update, the arrival of the new 90mm XCD V lens adds another layer of excitement. I can't wait to put this lens through its paces, comparing it to existing lenses and offering a comprehensive review in the near future.
Putting it to the Test
To truly understand the capabilities of this new face detection feature, I enlisted the help of Amber, our talented customer support assistant and occasional on-screen co-star. We embarked on a series of tests, exploring the accuracy and adaptability of the face detection tracking.
With Amber gracefully moving through various positions, I scrutinised the camera's ability to track her movements, focusing specifically on the eyes and facial features. What became evident was the system's proficiency in tracking single subjects with precision.
Interface and Functionality
Navigating the interface for face detection setup was intuitive. Hasselblad's design made it easy to switch between auto and manual modes, offering control over the selection of the focus point or allowing the camera to make the decision autonomously.
While the system did impressively track movement, it's important to note that continuous focus updates aren’t yet a part of this feature. However, the ability to half-press the shutter to activate focus in tandem with face tracking drastically improves the speed of capturing those critical moments.
Reviewing the Results
The introduction of face detection focusing in the Hasselblad X2D marks a significant leap forward in photography technology. Its ability to accurately track subjects, adapt to multiple faces, and perform consistently across various lenses is commendable.
For professionals engaged in portrait, fashion, or group photography, this update streamlines workflows and enhances efficiency, promising more accurate and compelling shots with minimal focus adjustments.
As Hasselblad continues to refine this feature, the future looks promising for photographers seeking innovative tools to elevate their craft.
Stay tuned for more detailed insights, comparisons, and reviews as I delve deeper into the capabilities of this groundbreaking update from Hasselblad. Happy shooting!