Fujifilm X-H1 Snap Verdict
The Fujifilm X-H1 combines elements of the Fuji GFX 50S, X-T2 and X-E3, with better autofocusing, a first-rate viewfinder and a robust build that includes a large, comfortable grip. The image quality that the sensor and processing engine produces is the same as from the X-T2 and X-Pro2 etc, but the improved focusing and 5-axis image stabilisation give the photographer greater chance of getting the full benefit of that imaging combination. In many ways the X-H1 is a delight to use, but I miss the exposure compensation dial of the X-T2.
For Fujifilm X-H1
- C4K video with F-Log and 200Mbps
- 5-axis image stabilisation built-in
- Superb viewfinder
Against Fujifilm X-H1
- Autofocusing not as good as some of the competition in low-light
- No dedicated exposure compensation dial
- EVF eye-cup can block the view of the top of the main screen
What is the Fujifilm X-H1?
The Fujifilm X-H1 is a mirrorless or compact system camera with Fujifilm’s respected 24.3Mp APS-C format X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro engine. While this is the same sensor and processor combination as the X-T2 and X-Pro2, Fuji has given the X-H1 a few enhancements including C4K video capability and 5-axis in-body image stabilisation (IBIS), plus some handling refinements to give it flagship status. The Fuji X-H1 is aimed at experienced and professional photographers.
The X-H1 is like a cross between the Fujifilm GFX 50S and the X-T2 with some of the gesture control of the X-E3 added for good measure. Externally it seems like a mini-FGFX, but it has much of the technology of the X-T2 inside (although the viewfinder has the same resolution as the GFX’s).
At the heart of the X-H1 is the same APS-C format 24.3Mp X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro as is found in Fuji’s current X-Series range of interchangeable lens cameras. This means that the new camera produces the same image quality as the X-T2.
However, one of the most widely anticipated introductions made by the X-H1 is the 5-axis in-body image stabilisation system (IBIS). This is a first for the Fuji X-Series and it uses three axial accelerometers, three axial Gyro sensors, and a dual-processor arrangement to enable the hand-held shutter speed to be extended by a claimed maximum of 5.5 stops with the XF 35mm f/1.4 R mounted.
In a bid to draw the maximum amount of detail from the X-H1’s low-pass filterless sensor, the camera’s mechanical shutter has a new spring mechanism that helps reduce the vibration that results from its release. This also contributes to making the X-H1’s mechanical shutter the quietest of Fuji’s X-Series to date.
If you need to shoot silently, there’s an electronic shutter – which naturally reduces vibration even further.
Like the X-T2, the X-H1 has an Intelligent Hybrid Autofocus (AF) system that combines phase detection with contrast detection. There’s a maximum of 325 AF points available for selection, but this can be limited to 91 if you prefer.
Fujifilm has improved the X-H1’s phase detection autofocus (AF) algorithm over that of the X-T2, making it sensitive down to -1EV. The contrast detection element remains the same and is sensitive down to -3EV.
While that’s an improvement on the X-T2, with cameras like the (much more expensive) Nikon D850 having phase detection focusing that’s sensitive down to -4EV, -1EV isn’t an especially impressive figure – although it is augmented by the contrast detection system.
The phase detection system is also able to operate with maximum apertures as small as f/11. That means it will function when the XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR is mounted via the XF2X TC WR teleconverter, which is a major plus for wildlife photographers.
Fujifilm also says that the continuous autofocus (AF-C) system has been enhanced to make the X-H1 better when shooting moving subjects than previous X-Series cameras.
Fujifilm’s Eye Detection Autofocusing is available and it’s possible to set it to automatically detect for Eyes or to specify whether to give the left or right eye priority.
The headline video features of the X-H1 are its C4K (4096×2160) and 200Mbps shooting capability long with F-log recording that operates when the footage is saved to an SD-type memory card.
There’s also a new ‘Eterna‘ Film Simulation mode that is intended for use in movie mode. This calibrates the camera to output footage that resembles the appearance of cinematic film, reining-in the colour saturation and delivering rich shadows.
Footage is 8-bit and has 4:2:0 colour when recording to a memory card or 4:2:2 when recording to an external device.
Slow motion fans can shoot Full-HD footage at up to 120p.
The Dynamic Range setting for video can also be set to 400% and this is claimed to extend the range to 12EV.
An internal mic (24 bit/48 kHz) is provided but there’s a 3.5mm port to connect an external mic for sound recording. If you want to connect headphones, however, you’ll have to invest in the optional Vertical Power Boost grip VPB-XH1. This grip also extends the 4K video recording time to 30mins at a time.
Good news for multi-camera shooters is that the X-H1 has a Time Code option.
|Camera Name||Fujifilm X-H1|
|Date announced||15th February 2018|
|Price at launch||£1,699/$TBC (body only), £1,949 with the vertical power boost grip VPB-XH|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.6 x 15.6mm)|
|Effective pixel count||24.3 million|
|Processor||X Processor Pro|
|Sensitivity range||ISO 200-12,800 expandable to ISO 100-51,200|
|AF system||Hybrid with 91 or 325 points|
|Max shooting rate||Electronic shutter: 14fps for 40 jpegs, 27 lossless compressed raw or 23 uncompressed raw,
Mechanical shutter: 8fps for 80 jpegs, 31 lossless compressed raw or 26 uncompressed raw or 11fps with VPB for 70 jpegs, 27 lossless compressed raw or 23 uncompressed raw
|Max video resolution||4K (4096×2160)] 24P / 23.98P up to approx. 15min.
4K (3840×2160)] 29.97P / 25P / 24P / 23.98P up to approx. 15min.
Full HD (1920×1080)] 59.94P / 50P / 29.97P / 25P / 24P / 23.98P up to approx. 20min.
HD (1280×720)] 59.94P / 50P / 29.97P / 25P / 24P / 23.98P up to approx. 30min.
With Vertical Power Booster Grip attached, individual movie recording time is extended up to approx. 30min. on both 4K and Full HD mode.
|Storage||2 SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)|
|Viewfinder||0.5 inch 3.69 million-dot OLED Color Viewfinder with approx 100% coverage
Eyepoint: approx. 23mm Diopter adjustment: -4~+2m-1
Magnification: 0.75× with 50mm lens (35mm equivalent) at infinity and diopter set to -1.0m-1
Diagonal angle of view: approx. 38° (Horizontal angle of view: approx. 30° )
|Screen||3-way tilting 3-inch LCD with 1,040,000 dots|
|Dimensions||139.8 x 97.3 x 85.5mm|
|Weight||623g (body only), 673g with battery and card|