Delve into the menus and you’ll also find an interval timer, with up to 999 (or infinite) frames captured at intervals between one second and 24 hours. Anyway, here’s how some of the effects look in practice. Camera type: Mirrorless Sensor: 24.3Mp APS-C (23.6 x 15.6mm) X-Trans CMOS Processing engine: X Processor Pro Lens mount: Fujifilm X Sensitivity range: ISO 200-12,800 expandable to ISO 100-51,200 Autofocus system: Hybrid with 91 or 325 points Max continuous shooting rate: Electronic shutter: 14fps for 42 jpegs, 28 lossless compressed raw or 25 uncompressed raw, … The latter is the default option. I have several other clips demonstrating this effect in my first-looks video at the top of this page. If you’re in Aperture Priority you can adjust the aperture on-screen by tapping the value below the live image. If you fancy more reach, there’s the Leica 12-60mm f2.8-4, which with the G9 weighs 978g. Bluetooth on those models also take care of the Wifi connection for you, so there’s no need to access any other menus in the camera or phone, they just connect. The X-H1 employs the same 24 Megapixel APSC X-Trans III sensor as most of the bodies in the current X-series line-up, but is the first to stabilize it within the body; Fuji claims this new 5-axis system delivers up to five stops of compensation. I’ll be adding a page with detailed analysis over the performance throughout the sensitivity range, but for now, please head over to my sample images page which features a broad selection of pictures taken with a variety of lenses. Not only can I now handhold at much slower shutter speeds than before, I can finally enjoy a nice steady view when composing. The X-H1 also inherits the Grain simulations introduced on the X-Pro2, with a weak and strong option to choose from and, like film simulations, you can apply these to RAW files after the event using the in-camera processing. I tried a USB 3 connection first and the utility connected quickly, and allowed me to backup or restore my camera settings as well as automatically saving images direct to a desired folder on my computer. This initiates playback on the camera, with the option to send a photo as you browse through them. On the day with stabilisation disabled, I required at least 1/100 to capture an image without wobble, but with stabilisation enabled, I achieved perfect results down to 1/10 and a handful of good ones down to 0.4 seconds. Interestingly though, the camera became hotter by the end (despite starting from fully cooled-down), perhaps due to the heavier compression in use, but again it didn’t actually overheat. The X-H1’s viewfinder 23mm eye-point may be the same as the X-T2, but the eyecup is larger and the viewfinder head also positioned further back so to avoid your nose accidentally interacting with the touchscreen. No Wifi connection, no delay, no hit on battery life, no configuration, just constantly updated locations automatically embedded on your images. So far so similar to the X-T2, but as mentioned at the start, the X-H1 offers some AF enhancements. Check out my Best Fujifilm lenses guide for the models I’ve tested and can personally recommend. So the X-H1, like the X-T2 before it, is certainly capable of capturing fast action. In use it felt very much like Sony’s Mark II A7 bodies when stabilisation was first introduced to that system: certainly very beneficial, but not quite up to the more mature systems of Olympus and now Panasonic. Olympus, Panasonic and Sony now all have new larger batteries on their flagship bodies with roughly twice the power of their earlier generations, eliminating the short battery life worries of their predecessors. The Z6 uses Nikon’s new Z-mount, so while there’s not as many lenses currently available, Nikon also made available a lens adaptor that enables Nikon F-mount lenses to be used on the new mirrorless camera. Once again it’s breathed a new lease of life into Fujifilm’s collection of fabulous prime lenses without optical stabilisation. Moving on, behind a weather-sealed door in the grip are twin SD memory card slots, both of which will exploit the speed of UHS-II cards, although as I discovered in my tests (see later), one was still a little slower than the other (but nowhere near as big a difference as on the Sonys). This makes the X-H1 by far the largest and heaviest X-series body to date, most obviously sporting a substantially deeper grip and larger viewfinder head than the models that came before it. Note in the absence of a dedicated movie record button, you’ll be using the shutter release to start and stop movie recordings. Meanwhile L represents 100 ISO and H represents either 25600 or 51200 ISO, chosen from a camera menu; I find the latter a bit messy as surely if there’s two H settings, why not just have two H positions on the dial? Ken Rockwell compares the shutter sound of the Fuji X-H1 to the Nikon F6, and I believe that he’s right. Moving onto the screen, the X-H1 inherits the unique articulation first seen on the X-T2 and refined on the GFX-50S. Here’s how a few of them look on the same scene. It’ll stay focused on a subject at 8 to 14fps and at long focal lengths, although for the best success you’ll be using a smaller AF region, and for ease of tracking you’ll want the slower burst speeds with feedback. Previous. When I first encountered this panel on the GFX-50S, I wasn’t 100% convinced, but over time I’ve grown to find it very useful and while it means the X-H1 departs from its purely retro styling, it is simply very useful. I’m also delighted those big chunky icons in the Q menu are now tappable too, although you can of course still use the AF joystick or cross keys for navigation. As you’d expect, the X-H1 uses Fuji’s X-mount, which means there’s plenty of optical choice out there. Note the Lumix G9 takes the crown for the largest actual image size with a 0.83x magnification that really does look bigger, especially since the native shape of Micro Four Thirds will fill the viewfinder panel height, whereas the APSC and full-frame models normally use the wider 3:2 shape which has to be displayed with letter-boxing in most viewfinders. Mounted on a G9, the total weight becomes 1040g. In your hands the X-H1 certainly feels very confident and comfortable. My views are biased as hell! So far so normal, but if, like me, you prefer to shoot in the portrait orientation, just push a button on the side and angle it out sideways by about 60 degrees (this is also easier than the sliding lock on the X-T2). Yes, it’s that good. Here’s an example. Fujifilm X-H1 has external dimensions of 140 x 97 x 86 mm (5.51 x 3.82 x 3.39″) and weighs 673 g (1.48 lb / 23.74 oz) (including batteries). The first X-series camera with in-body image stabilization, it offers several major upgrades from the X-T2, including more extensive video options, flicker reduction mode, electronic shutter, improved AF performance, and a higher-resolution EVF. Lower the speed to 5fps or less and there’ll be minor blackout but the benefit of live feedback between frames, allowing you to more easily follow erratic subjects. The larger body is to accommodate the built-in stabilisation and more substantial heatsink to keep the sensor cool, especially when filming video at the higher bit rates, but obviously the additional heft will be welcomed by anyone with larger hands or those who’ll more regularly shoot with Fujifilm’s bigger lenses. Fujifilm’s X-series may be younger than Micro Four Thirds and Sony’s E mount, but in six years they’ve launched 25 quality models, and there’s several more from third parties, covering most bases. Above left: Fujifilm XH1, above right: Fujifilm GFX. Of the lenses with OIS, the XF 18-135mm, XF 80mm Macro, XF 50-140mm and XF 100-400mm should all enjoy up to five stops of compensation. It’s definitely a very unique shutter sound, unlike anything I’ve used before (Pen-F, Sony A7R, Fuji X100S, Fuji X-Pro1 and 2, Nikon Df/D800/D300/D3s and Canon 5d MK-something). A button to the left of the release lets you change the ISO, Film Simulation, White Balance, Flash mode and Self timer. The grip also provides a headphone jack and an AC input for use with an AC adapter supplied with it; this allows you to power the X-H1 from the mains, and when the camera’s switched off it’ll also charge the two batteries in the grip, albeit sadly not the one in the camera body itself. For the record, Nikon’s D500 DSLR measures 147x115x81mm and weighs 860g including battery, so the X-H1 remains a little smaller and noticeably lighter, but it’s certainly one of the heftiest mirrorless cameras to date, and it’s revealingly a tad larger than the full-frame Sony A7 III. Below you can see the front view size comparison of Fujifilm X-T3 and Fujifilm X-H1. Moving onto controls, the X-H1’s top panel shares the dedicated and lockable shutter speed and ISO dials of the X-T2 with their respective drive and metering collars, but loses the exposure compensation dial in favour of the LCD screen. Fujifilm XF 16mm f1.4 review The Fujifilm XF 16mm f1.4 is a high quality wide-angle prime lens for Fujifilm X-series bodies. It’s virtually the best camera ever made: 11 FPS with autofocus tracking, 325 autofocus points, touch screen, 14 fps without tracking, 24mp, industry-leading image stabilization, weather sealed, great ergonomics, best shutter sound ever…the list goes on and on. Panasonic remains the exception, choosing to enhance its DFD system that’s contrast-based only. This however no longer matters when paired with the X-H1, as it’s the first body in the X-series to feature built-in sensor shift stabilisation. I successfully captured long bursts of my friend Nick cycling round Brighton’s velodrome at approximately 30mph. Meanwhile the Multiple Exposure option lets you take two shots and have the camera combine them into one. Above left: Fujifilm X-H1 Provia, above right: Fujifilm X-H1 Velvia, Above left: Fujifilm X-H1 Astia, above right: Fujifilm X-H1 Classic Chrome, Above left: Fujifilm X-H1 Acros, above right: Fujifilm X-H1 Sepia. Tapping your way through these nested menus can take time, but does allow you to make adjustments without visible clicks and also neatly allows you to maintain very different settings for photos and video without constantly having to readjust things like the shutter speed. The Fujifilm X-H1 looks like a chunkier version of the X-T2 with some aspects of the medium format GFX-50S thrown into the mix; indeed if the X-T2 and GFX got together, the X-H1 could be their offspring. Like 0 You can choose the direction of the pan and the size from the menus with typical horizontal and vertical orientations generating images with 6400×1440 or 6400×2160 pixels respectively. The X-H1 certainly inherits a great deal of the X-T2 – indeed it could be described as an X-T2 with built-in stabilisation, a touch-screen, bigger grip, enhanced video and Bluetooth. To me this feels like a less satisfactory solution than on the X-T2, where the smaller body could be used as an excuse for reduced performance. The effect above reminds me of earlier stabilised systems on rivals before gradual refinement began to better understand the differences between unwanted wobble and deliberate movement. The Fujifilm X-H1 marks the latest release in the X series of mirrorless digital cameras.Initially released spring 2018, it man’s the helms as the current flagship line for the camera maker with a 24.3-megapixel X-Trans III APS-C sensor and 5-axis image stabilization. In terms of connectivity, the X-H1 inherits the same four ports of the X-T2 before it: a 2.5mm remote jack, mini HDMI port, USB 3 port and a 3.5mm microphone input; if you want a headphone jack, you’ll need to fit the optional Vertical Power Booster grip. Fujifilm has once again revolutionized the X-series with its latest release, the Fujifilm X-H1.Since its humble beginnings with the original X100 and X-Pro1, Fuji … Note you can record to the SD card and output over HDMI simultaneously, but if you’re filming 4k you can only do it to one at a time – a menu lets you choose whether the 4k is going to be saved onto the SD card or output over HDMI, the latter having the benefit in F-Log of supporting 8-bit / 4:2:2. To be fair though, on Sony’s A7 III I found its Slot-2 was half the speed of Slot-1 when using UHS-II cards, so at least the X-H1 suffers nowhere near that fall in performance. Like the X-E3 before it, the X-H1 also offers gesture controls. This provides a duplicate set of controls for more comfortable shooting in the portrait orientation, along with accommodating two additional batteries that work alongside the one in the body to triple the overall lifespan. The only issue I faced was when shooting with a zoned area, the X-H1 sometimes focused on his body rather than his face, resulting in some shots being a tad soft, but the fast bursts meant I had plenty of frames to choose from. Some of them, particularly the primes, can be fairly leisurely to focus, while others, typically the sporty zooms with Linear Motors (LM on the model name), snap into focus much faster. Like the X-T2 before it, recording times are limited per clip when filming with the body alone, although the additional heft of the X-H1 has at least allowed Fujifilm to extend them a little. Now it’s time to examine the image quality of the X-H1. With the quality set to Large Fine JPEG and the drive set to 8fps with the mechanical shutter, I fired-off 142 frames in 17.91 seconds for a speed of 7.92fps, after which the camera continued to shoot, but at a reduced speed of around 5fps. The Fujifilm X-H1 is the most advanced X-series mirrorless camera to date with in-body image stabilisation, touchscreen control and pro-spec build quality Note this is just for indication, not control – you’ll still need to change settings on the camera and use the camera’s shutter release to take the shot. The X-H1 is also weatherproof with 94 points of sealing. It can be fun to have it playing in the background as you go through this page…. Fujifilm Reviews. Finally! While the X-H1 is classed in the mirrorless bracket, its design and feel is certainly akin to that of a premium DSLR. The body has a shutter speed dial and (most of) the lenses have aperture rings; both offer an A position. Compare that to the Sony A7 III which measures 127x96x73.7mm (62.7mm at its thinnest point) and weighs 650g including battery. I find I can achieve the mood I want using these subtle but effective processes, rather than resorting to often heavy-handed filters on other systems. The effects deliver the usual results, but sadly you still can’t apply them to video, so no chance of capturing a miniature movie with the X-H1. Above: Fujifilm XF 16-55mm at 16mm (left) and 55mm (right). If you prefer an audio version of my in-depth podcast review, use the following player. If you enable this, the app proudly states it’ll provide and embed location details for the next 60 minutes, but what it doesn’t tell you is it’ll be the same position for every single picture you take over the next hour, even if you move to a different location. The X-H1’s sensor shift stabilisation operates in five axes and delivers up to 5.5 stops of compensation depending on the lens in use. Certainly in my initial tests with the X-H1 and XF 16-55mm for video, it lacks the eerily smooth, floating experience of the latest Olympus and Panasonic bodies. After an initial struggle in sales, a price cut in 2019 gave it a second boost. I’m hoping this performance may be improved with new firmware, but at the time of writing, this is an illustration of what you can expect. The Fujifilm X-H1 measures 5.5 x 3.8 x 3.4 inches and weighs 23.7 oz. Even more impressive, you can dial-in up to 3EV increments regardless of the number of frames, allowing you to achieve a +/-12EV maximum range if desired (nine frames at 3EV increments). Fujifilm’s also enhanced the touch capabilities in the movie mode. Sample Images Intro Grip Specs Performance Compared User's Guide Recommendations More Fujifilm X-H1 (23.8 oz./674g with battery and card, $999 new or about $850 used if you know How to Win at eBay) and Fujifilm 16mm f/2.8. Panasonic and Canon also offer simple remote shutter release apps that operate using Bluetooth only for a responsive experience and no connection delays. Above: Fujifilm X-H1 Eterna Film Simulation, Above: Portrait processed in-camera using, from left to right, Provia, Pro Neg Hi and Pro Neg Standard. The Fujifilm X-H1 is a high-end mirrorless camera aimed at pro photographers and demanding enthusiasts. In terms of phase-detect coverage, the X-H1 is beaten by most of its mirrorless rivals. And again while the face and eye detection can work well in some situations, I found them sufficiently inconsistent that I was wary to use them outside of controlled posed situations. Hence IQ might not fully represent the shipping version. But by sticking with the already modest older battery and making the body potentially hungrier than before, power becomes the Achilles’ heel of the X-H1. Sadly the cross keys remain unnecessarily small though, especially given the larger real-estate of the rear panel. One thing to note: The autofocus of the X-H1 is faster than the X-Pro2 and the sensor, even tho it is the same on paper, does better at high iso. Fujifilm X-H1 Review | Functions. Perhaps the most important new movie feature for the X-H1 over previous models though is its built-in sensor-shift stabilisation. Here’s how the coverage looks when mounted on an X-series body. Above left: Fujifilm XH1, above right: Fujifilm XT2. Set the shutter dial to A, but turn the aperture ring and you’ll be in Aperture Priority. Strangely on some earlier Fuji bodies, RAW recording was disabled in these bracketing modes, with the cameras switching to JPEG only, although this has been resolved on some models with firmware updates. The third option is Browse Camera, which presents exactly the same thumbnail view as tapping play in the Remote Control option described earlier. 100% crops with IBIS off (left) and IBIS enabled (right). Above: Download the original file (Registered members of Vimeo only). Throughout my tests with unstabilised lenses on the X-H1, I experienced similar results: typically a reliable three stops of compensation, or in some instances a little more. Bucking the trend for remote control apps, the choice of quality is actually set within the camera, not the app – you can choose the original image size or a reduced one at 3 Megapixels. Fujifilm X-H1 still good even 1 year later, review March 2019 Fujifilm’s Camera Remote app is available for iOS and Android devices and I tried the latter (v3.1.0.9) on my Samsung Galaxy S7 phone. This mode simulates cinematic film, creating understated colors and rich shadow tones, greatly enhancing creative freedom during post-processing. Like other bodies employing the X-Trans III sensor, the X-H1’s phase-detect system embeds 169 autofocus points within a 13×13 square area on the frame – occupying roughly 75% of the height and 50% of the width. After the second clip, the base and grip were a little warmer still, but still far from hot and the battery indicated three bars remaining. Like the X-T2, the X-H1 employs a 0.5in OLED panel for its electronic viewfinder and while the quoted magnification has fallen fractionally from 0.77x to 0.75x (a difference that’s not visible in real life), the panel resolution has been boosted from 2.36 to 3.69 million dots – that’s an upgrade from 1024×768 pixels to 1280×960 pixels. One could argue that Fuji’s timing of the X-H1 release in February of 2018 was a bad marketing move due to the release of the X-T3 months after the announcement. To put it through its paces, I used Eterna on all the video samples you’ll find in this review, unless otherwise stated. Alternatively you can set the second card to take over when the first one fills, or record JPEGs to one card and RAWs to the other. Set to uncompressed RAW, I managed 22 frames in 2.74 seconds for a speed of 8.03fps. You can also set a delay up to 24 hours before the sequence begins, although the camera still won’t assemble them into a timelapse video afterwards, something Canon, Olympus and Panasonic now offer as standard, sometimes even at 4k resolutions. To adjust the compensation on the X-H1, you’ll need to push and hold the EV button like a shift key as you turn the rear thumb wheel; I couldn’t do this one-handed and needed to support the camera in my left hand in order to use my thumb and index finger simultaneously. Like the X-T2, burst shooting with continuous autofocus is available at 8fps with the mechanical shutter or 14 with the electronic shutter, and thanks to new shock absorbers, the mechanical shutter is quieter than before. And yet in order to match the battery power, movie clip length, burst speed and connectivity of rival bodies, you still have to fit this grip accessory. I’ll cover each in turn. I then fitted the Vertical Power Booster grip, set the drive to 11fps and managed to fire-off 79 Large Fine JPEGs in 7.46 seconds for a speed of 10.59fps. I repeated my tests with the card in Slot 2 and measured essentially the same results in terms of burst depth and speed. The weather-sealed body is Fuji’s toughest yet in the series with a shell employing magnesium that’s 25% thicker than the X-T2, and a harder, more scratch-resistant surface coating. bigger. I then removed the booster grip and set the speed back to 8fps. As of September 2019, oddly you can get the X-H1 with the VPB-XH1 Vertical Power Gripas a kit (camera & grip weigh 34.3 oz./972g with card and one battery) at a deep package discount for less … In use the X-H1’s mechanical shutter really is one of the quietest around with just the faintest click that’s virtually inaudible if there’s any ambient noise. If the subject is fairly predictable, like an approaching cyclist on a track, the X-H1 has no problems at all, even at 400mm (600mm equivalent). I’m pleased to report you can now charge the battery internally over USB (I confirmed with an external Anker USB battery), although Fujifilm also supplies a more traditional AC external charger if you prefer; note you can’t power the camera over USB though, a feature still only offered by Sony and Panasonic. The body may have twin card slots, but you can’t record video to both simultaneously. Considering these resolve essentially my only complaints about the XT2, it looks set to be one of the most satisfying cameras this year, although possibly the last to use the X-Trans III sensor. Meanwhile, Panasonic’s Lumix G9 measures 137x97x91.6mm and weighs 658g including battery. One disappointing aspect of the X-H1 ownership was the sudden deprecation that occurred in January of 2019, only 10 months after the camera was released. The battery life isn’t very great, but for $1000 USD, Fuji includes the battery grip with 2 extra batteries. May not be used without permission. The Film Simulations are another part of the equation behind the lovely output from Fujifilm’s cameras. Compare that to the X-T2 at 133x92x49mm (35.4mm at its thinnest point) and a weight of 507g including battery, and it’s clear the X-H1 is comfortably larger in every dimension, especially the thickness; indeed it begins to approach the GFX body in this regard. So if you’re experiencing wireless issues, I’d stick with a USB cable instead. The magnesium alloy shell is also 25% thicker than the X-T2, making it twice as strong overall, and the surface coating is more scratch-resistant too. This is a great quality general-purpose lens with a 24-83mm equivalent range taking you from wide-angle to short telephoto, with a constant and bright f2.8 focal ratio. Meanwhile the performance of the X-Trans III sensor is well-known, delivering clean images with long exposures even when noise reduction is disabled; here’s an example where I dialled-in a four minute exposure using a 10-stop ND filter from Lee. Simply the best Fuji ever made. This top row of buttons are also slightly larger and more rounded than on the X-T2, making them easier to press especially with gloves. Around the base of the shutter dial is a ring control to adjust the metering mode. If you set the shutter speed dial to T, you can use the rear dial to choose from the entire shutter speed range of 1/8000 (or 1/32000 if using the e-shutter) to 15 minutes, an enhancement over the original X-T2 (as well as most other cameras) that stop at 30 or 60 seconds before handing you over to Bulb for anything longer. I did occasionally experience the five stops quoted by Fujifilm, but not consistently. This allows the 3in / 3:2 shaped display to fold up vertically by 90 degrees or down by around 45 degrees. I did however have to keep an eye on the exposure, often applying compensation to handle the overcast skies. As you’ll see, the Multi metering mode does a good job at evaluating the majority of the subjects I pointed the camera at, and I only needed to intervene for my long exposures or shots of distant birds against a bright sky. There’s many times I’ll have gone through a series of almost identical images on the camera in playback, then got completely lost when viewing them all as thumbnails on a remote control app – which was the one I liked best? This is a frustrating limitation inherited from earlier models and something that really should be fixed by now. Set both the shutter speed dial and the lens to A and the XT2 enters Program mode. There’s also face detection with optional eye detection. Of course a body is only half a system. When you first fire-up the app, it encourages you to pair the camera and phone over Bluetooth, a process that went smoothly for me, but it didn’t subsequently make the Wifi connection as easy as rivals with Bluetooth. The X-H1 was a joy to use, I enjoyed every moment, the size, the responsiveness and the IQ is fantastic. Disclaimer 2: Fujifilm X-Photographer here. If you’re keeping the camera mostly still or making very small adjustments, I found it proved quite effective at eliminating the wobbles, but once I started to pan, the system would often mistake deliberate motion for shake and correct it – the effect being a shudder as it caught up with itself and reset; I saw this when panning or walking with the camera. Lenses without any optical stabilisation employ all five axes of the body-based system. It’s fast – with the 16-55mm f/2.8 XF, the X-H1 is as fast as a 1Dx or Nikon D5 with a 24-70mm f/2.8 in good light. There’s four options on the X-H1: Spot (2% of the total are in the centre), Center-weighted, Multi and Average. 200 ISO with Lee Big Stopper. It’s also worth remembering that while the Lumix G9 has a smaller sensor, its stabilisation is even better still, the screen can flip forward for filming pieces to camera, and there’s the option of filming 4k up to 60p; the GH5(s) adds unlimited recording times and 10-bit internal recording. When testing the X-H1’s rivals under similar conditions, I found them were generally more confident. To test the effectiveness of the built-in stabilisation for stills with the XF 16-55mm f2.8 lens, I set it to 55mm (83mm equivalent) and shot a sequence of inages with progressively slower shutter speeds, first without stabilisation enabled, then with it working in continuous mode; as with all stabilised systems, I allowed it to settle-down for a second or so with a half-press before pressing fully to capture the shot.

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