Fujifilm X-H1 Brief Review


REVIEW SUMMARY

Specifications

  • Other Features : New film simulation effects for video, flicker reduction
  • Weight : 673g
  • Battery : Li-ion rated at 310 frames or 35 minutes of 4K (non-continous)
  • Weather Sealing : Yes
  • Screen : 3-inch tilting touchscreen, electronic viewfinder
  • GPS : No
  • Wi-Fi : Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Flash : Built-in or hot shoe
  • Video : 4K at 24-30 fps for up to 15 minutes, 1080p HD at 60 fps for up to 20 minutes
  • RAW : Yes, 14-bit
  • Image Stabilization : 5-axis sensor shift
  • Autofocus System : Hybrid contrast and phase detection
  • Autofocus Points : 91 areas
  • Burst Speed : 11 fps (14 fps with electronic shutter)
  • Shutter Speed : 30 -1/8000 sec., bulb (electronic up to 1/32000
  • ISO : 200-12800 (extended 100-51200)
  • Processor : X-Processor Pro
  • Sensor : 24.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor
  • Release Date: 2018-03-01
  • Final Grade: 94 4.7 Star Rating: Recommended


The Fujifilm X-H1 earns X-series flagship status with stabilization, video features
The Fujifilm X-H1 is the company's new top-of-the-line APS-C camera, so what does the camera have that the X-T2 does not?
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 4/6/2018

Fujifilm's X series is an excellent mirrorless line -- but now that line expands to even more users with the Fujifilm X-H1. The camera adds the company's first in-body stabilization system while adding a list of new features for shooting video.

Based on the same sensor as in the X-T2, the X-H1 uses a 24-megapixel X-Trans sensor. Paired with the X Processor Pro, the camera can snap bursts as quick as 14 fps using the electronic shutter or 11 fps with the mechanical shutter with a respectable 28 RAW shot or 70 JPEG buffer. And while shooting at those fast speeds, the X-H1 uses an anti-flicker detection to avoid timing the shot when fluorescent lights flicker, a perk for indoor sports.

Unlike the X-T2, however, those images are now stabilized with a five-axis system, even when using a lens without stabilization. The addition of a stabilization is a welcome one to see, since Olympus and Panasonic already have solid stabilization systems as one perk to sway users to a smaller Micro Four-Thirds sensor.

While the X-H1 looks just as capable photo-wise as the earlier X-T2, video sees several improvements in the new H series. 4K is included and full HD includes slow-motion modes up to 120 fps. Fujifilm's film simulation modes are popular among still photographers, but the X-H1 comes with an Eterna film simulation mode that's designed for creating a more traditional cinematic look in video. Video shooters will also see internal f-logs and 24-bit audio. Video shooters will, however, still have to work around a limited shooting time with up to 15 minutes of 4K or 20 minutes of HD recording.

The body of the X-H1 is a bit larger than the X-T series with larger controls based on user feedback. The camera body also houses an extra screen at the top to display shooting settings, like many of the higher-end DSLRs. The rear LCD screen tilts and has touch controls, while the electronic viewfinder offers no blackout shooting. The larger body also houses dual SD card slots and is weather-sealed.

The X-H1 includes several nice upgrades including in-body stabilization and several video features. The identical sensor would make an upgrade from an X-T2 a tough sell, however, and if those video features and stabilization options aren't so essential, the X-T2 sits about $300 cheaper. Videographers will also want to consider the Panasonic GH5 or GH5s, which has similar features but doesn't have the same short recording time limits. The X-H1 will go on sale beginning March 1, 2018, for a list price of $1,899 body-only.


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