The all new Fujifilm X-H1

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Til Jentzsch, Fuji X Photographer from Switzerland, spent the last weeks testing the new Fujifilm X-H1 and kindly shared his thoughts with us, as well as a beautiful selection of sample pictures.

You can read the full review on his website, but below we’ll present the main highlights:

 

Product specifications:

  • 5-axis hand shake correction with effect of up to 5.5 steps
  • Electronic front curtain shutter, electronic shutter
  • 24.3 MP, X-Trans CMOS III sensor
  • X-Processor PRO
  • A rugged magnesium alloy body
  • EVF is 3.69 million dots, the maximum framelet is 100 fps, the response is 0.005 seconds
  • 3 inch 1.04 million dot touch type liquid crystal monitor
  • Film Simulation ETERNA
  • Cinema 4K 24 fps, 4 K 30 fps
  • 120 fps slow motion video in full HD
  • F-log (can be recorded on F-Log directly to SD card at 4K)
  • Video bit rate up to 200 Mbps
  • Built-in high-performance microphone
  • Improvement of AF algorithm
  • ISO 200 – 12800 (ISO 100, 25600, 51200 in extension)
  • Dual card slot
  • Wifi
  • Size 139.8 x 97.3 x 85.5
  • Weight 623 g (including battery 673 g)

“I was a bit sceptical when I saw the new Fujifilm X-H1 for the first time in December 2017. I was holding a camera in my hand that is almost as big as my old Nikon D3. The camera size was one of the reasons why I actually had switched to Fujifilm in the first place.”

Image source: Fujifilm Europe

Ergonomics
“Yes, the X-H1 is larger than a X-T1 or a X-T2, which also has to do with the second display it inherited from the GFX. But once you’ve started taking pictures with the X-H1, it doesn’t distract you too much.”

Using the Camera Size Comparison tool, below we present a series of side-by-side examples so you have an idea of the size of the X-H1:

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Image source: camerasize.com

“The second display can be switched between photo and film mode. Maybe it’s handy to have the most important information on an “external” display while filming, but I wouldn’t have needed it personally for taking pictures.”

In terms of ergonomics, there are only two aspects that Til Jentzsch would like to see changed in a next generation of the X-H1:

“The AF-On Button (AF-L button at the X-T2) is a bit too far left in my opinion. I would have liked to have the same arrangement as the X-T2 (AE-L, rear dial, AF-L). Since the rear handle is slightly larger, the functional aspect of the AF-On button is lost with the arrangement of the X-H1. In addition, I find the position of the Q button directly on / at the back handle a bit unfortunate. During the shootings I accidentally hit the Q-Button several times and suddenly I had the Q-Menu in the viewfinder. With the size of the camera, an identical or at least similar arrangement as with the X-T2 (above the focus joystick) would have been probably possible without any problems.”

Linn Koch-Emmery performing at the Bierhübeli in Bern, Switzerland.
justin Fassbind

 

Performance
“The big highlight of the new X-H1 is the built-in image stabilizer (IBIS). Many will say right now that they didn’t need it. I was one of them at first. The “most important” lenses of the Fujinon line-up already have an image stabilizer (OIS) and thus compensate for up to 5 f-stops. With this you can take such pictures with one fourth of a second handheld… However, there are still some lenses that do not have an image stabilizer, such as the XF 16-55mm or XF 90mm. For the these lenses the image stabilizer in X-H1 is a welcome addition.”

The stabilization can be easily controlled via the menu and has 3 levels:

  • Off
  • Shooting only
  • Permanent

“What is also noticeable is that the autofocus has also received a performance boost. Compared to the X-T2, with the latest firmware, lenses like the XF 35 f/1.4 and XF 56mm f/1.2 focus faster.”

Taken with 0.25 sec handheld
Giovanna Feder

Other details
“The EVF has become even bigger. It is now the same size as the GFX, but with less magnification. Actually the magnification of the X-T2 is still slightly better. Anyone who knows the GFX viewfinder however will agree that this is a welcome improvement.”

“It is already a tradition that with almost every new camera series a new film simulation is introduced. The X-H1 has the film simulation “Eterna”. The basis for this is the old Fujifilm colour negative film for cinematographic films, which was known for its ultra-fine grain, natural skin tones and excellent gray balance.”

“The X-H1 also features a touch screen for the rear display, which has the same shooting and playback modes as the GFX and the recently introduced X-E3.”

Johnossi performing at the Bierhübeli in Bern, Switzerland.
Lindsay Jacobs

Summary
“Initially I thought the Fujifilm X-H1 will be an improved X-T2, but it is definitely more.”

“Its all new magnesium alloy body, faster autofocus, built-in image stabilizer are just as convincing as the larger viewfinder. I will probably also focus more on filming in the future, because the X-H1 is predestined for this.”

“Actually, I didn’t want to return the X-H1 after trying it out.”

You can read the original post HERE.

All photos: Til Jentzsch

 

Now you can watch a selection of the best X-H1 videos we’ve made for you:

FujifilmGlobal

Palle Schultz

cinema5D

Fujifilm UK

Fuji Guys

Fuji Guys

Wex Photo Video

Dan Edwards

Maarten Heilbron

John Armstrong Photography

Vistek


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