In the X-H1, Fujifilm has created a worthy top-tier entry to its mirrorless X-series line-up. There’s no headphone jack either unless again you’re using the optional grip. 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. 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. In terms of phase-detect coverage, the X-H1 is beaten by most of its mirrorless rivals. Fujifilm X-T3 is clearly the smaller of the two cameras. 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). 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. Like earlier models, the X-H1 also considerately displays a timer on-screen during long exposures, either counting-up in Bulb mode, or down from a selected shutter speed. The effects deliver the usual results, but sadly you still canât apply them to video, so no chance of capturing a miniature movie with the X-H1. So if you’re an early adopter of the X-H1, you won’t be enjoying updated GPS positions yet. Now the X-H1 allows you to record F-Log in-camera onto SD cards in 8-bit / 4:2:0. The EVF is amazing and ahead of the X-Pro2. Below: 100% crops. If you opt to ‘display window’, you’ll see a thin strip showing the camera model, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, compensation, white balance, and a small thumbnail of the latest picture taken. Simply the best Fuji ever made. 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. I'd get mine new at Adorama, at Amazon, at B&H or at Crutchfield, or used at eBay. If you prefer an audio version of my in-depth podcast review, use the following player. Like the X-T2, all of these top speeds can operate with continuous autofocus and without viewfinder blackout, but none will provide live feedback – instead you’re looking at the last image taken, so there’s some lag to take into account when trying to follow a subject. In terms of being able to follow subjects through the viewfinder, I found the lack of feedback at 8 to 14fps made it difficult with all but the most predictable subjects when shooting at long focal lengths. Then there’s Nikon’s D500 which feels supremely confident for shooting action, especially if its unpredictable. To be fair, they’re not immune to this effect either, but I noticed it a lot less in my tests with them. Since it’s a dot matrix LCD, you could in theory display anything and I think it’d be fun to be able to upload custom graphics, like a logo, for display on startup. Around the base of the shutter dial is a ring control to adjust the metering mode. Introduction. Fujifilm’s Camera Remote app is available for iOS and Android devices and I tried the latter (v188.8.131.52) on my Samsung Galaxy S7 phone. When testing the X-H1’s rivals under similar conditions, I found them were generally more confident. I started the fourth clip assuming the camera would have sufficient battery to complete the job, but after only four minutes and ten seconds, the battery reported exhaustion and the camera shut down. All of the non-OIS lenses, a selection consisting mostly of XF primes, should enjoy five stops of compensation under CIPA conditions, with the XF 35mm f1.4 and XF 16-55mm f2.8 boasting the best results approaching 5.5 stops. 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. I quizzed the Japanese engineers about this and was told in-camera processing can now correct for any vignetting caused by the sensor protruding slightly outside the imaging circle into an optical region of lower quality. The X-H1 is fitted with Fujifilm’s X-Mount which, with the APS-C sensor behind it, applies a 1.5x field reduction factor to lenses – so the XF 16-55mm f2.8 zoom will deliver a field-of-view equivalent to 24-83mm. Hence IQ might not fully represent the shipping version. The ISO sensitivity is adjusted using a dedicated dial to the left of the viewfinder head as you’re shooting with the camera. The X-H1 also inherits the 3in screen of the X-T2 which supports vertical and horizontal tilting, albeit still unable to face forward to the subject for selfies or filming pieces to camera; on the plus side it’s now touch-sensitive, allowing you to tap to reposition the AF area, pull-focus while filming, as well as swiping through various options. 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. But while it could benefit from some refinement for video use, I’m delighted with it for stills photography. 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. The last option is an interesting one, averaging the entire frame, but for the majority of my shots I stuck with Multi and that’s what you’ll see deployed in my sample images. 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. 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. I could now frame comfortably and precisely with the XF 16-55mm at 55mm, as well as the XF 56mm and especially the XF 90mm, all fabulous lenses which I previously struggled with. Like the X-T2 you can film 4k UHD video at 24, 25 or 30p (with a 1.17x crop), as well as 1080 Full HD (with no crop) at 24 to 60p, and there’s no need to change the video region to access the different frame rates. Of course it’s early days for the X-H1, both in terms of the stabilisation being a version one system, and also my test sample being one of the first out the factory. Above: Download the original file (Registered members of Vimeo only). The A position on the dial sets the X-H1 to Auto ISO with the choice of three customisable banks in the menus, allowing you to adjust the default sensitivity, maximum sensitivity (up to 12800 ISO), and the minimum shutter speed (from 1/4 to 1/500). I cannot believe that this camera exists… It is literally what I ever wanted in a body! I wanted to confirm if both slots really were the same speed, so then timed how long it took to flush a burst of uncompressed RAW files onto the card. Fujifilm Reviews. It’s good, it’s wedding-ready, but it isn’t the best. Like other pro-grade bodies, there’s a reassuring heft and density, while the taller grip means there’s plenty to hold onto and no fingers left dangling underneath. Above: Download the original file (Registered members of Vimeo only). 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. Fujifilm’s also enhanced the touch capabilities in the movie mode. 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). Ken Rockwell compares the shutter sound of the Fuji X-H1 to the Nikon F6, and I believe that he’s right. It takes the X-T2 with its 24 Megapixel APSC X-Trans III sensor and adds built-in stabilisation (a first in the X-series), a touch-screen, tougher build, a bigger grip, enhanced movie features, a more detailed viewfinder, and … A button to the left of the release lets you change the ISO, Film Simulation, White Balance, Flash mode and Self timer. The body may have twin card slots, but you can’t record video to both simultaneously. In your hands the X-H1 certainly feels very confident and comfortable. I also tried the wireless version, connecting my laptop and the camera to my home Wifi network. Unlike some timers though, there doesn’t appear to be any restriction in the shutter speeds you can use at short intervals: I was able to shoot half second exposures at one second intervals for example without an issue. I successfully captured long bursts of my friend Nick cycling round Brighton’s velodrome at approximately 30mph. If you’re looking for a high-end mirrorless camera, you’ve come to the right place! In Wide / Tracking AF mode with focus set to Single AF, the X-H1 automatically selects one or more AF points of its choice from the 13×7 array. The resolution also allows the X-H1 to match the detail presented by the best of its rivals including the Lumix G9 and Sony A7r III (albeit not the Sony A7 III’s viewfinder which stays at 2.36 Million dots). The good news though is RAW is available in the Low and High ISO positions. 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, … Two consecutive frames from a sequence. And finally if you turn both the shutter speed dial and aperture ring away from A, you’ll be in full Manual. The Fujifilm X-H1 is a larger mirrorless interchangeable-lens digital camera announced on February 15, 2018 by Fujifilm. 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. My views are biased as hell! Check prices on the Fujifilm XH1 at Amazon, Nikon Z TC-1.4x TC-2.0x teleconverter review. As you’d expect, the X-H1 also now complements its Wifi with Bluetooth. At least the AF joystick is still present and correct, as well as the clickable finger and thumb dials. In Zone AF you can concentrate the autofocus to a square measuring 3×3, 5×5 or 7×7 points, and adjust its position using the AF joystick or cross keys; again if you’re in Single AF mode you can choose from the 91-point / 13×7 array, or in Continuous AF, the smaller 49-point / 7×7 array. The 100-400 lens performed very well and sharpness is impressive. 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. Note like other models, the contrast-based AF system can continue working down to even lower light levels, I believe -3EV for Fujifilm. As it stands, the X-H1 really needs its booster accessory in order to compete in a number of regards with similarly-priced rivals, and having it fitted all the time transforms it into a different beast. It’s a feature Fujifilm debuted on the X-E3 and as a long exposure photographer I absolutely love it. Above: Fujifilm X-H1 and XF 100-400mm at 400mm. 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. Importantly the majority of the Fujifilm lenses I’ve tested have been of a very high standard. 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 overall look is more modern than many of the X-series bodies which preceded it and you may or may not like this direction in design. I’ll cover each in turn. Jean Pascal October 15, 2019 Roxham Road, Independent journalism quebec, enter … So if you’re experiencing wireless issues, I’d stick with a USB cable instead. It’s the pinnacle of Fujifilm X series of camera and it shows. Ok, that’s the theory, how about the experience in practice? Disclaimer 1: All the images in this review have been shot on a prototype X-H1. Size-wise the X-H1 measures 140x97x86mm (40mm at its thinnest point) and weighs 673g including battery. All the utility is doing is letting you view the exposure settings and save the images direct to your computer / or launch them into an application. 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. 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. Was it third or tenth along from the end of that sequence? 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. It makes sense to exploit optical stabilisation where available in a lens, since it’s optimised for that particular focal length and proves more effective, especially for telephotos. 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. 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. Again like the X-T2, there’s a 3.5mm microphone input built-into the body, while a headphone jack is provided on the optional Vertical Power Booster grip. 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 … The Fujifilm X-H1 is a high-end mirrorless camera aimed at pro photographers and demanding enthusiasts. In a departure for Fujifilm’s X-series bodies, the shutter release has been shifted forward onto the grip and is no longer threaded for a retro-style cable release. 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. Here’s how the coverage looks when mounted on an X-series body. Like the viewfinder, the shooting information cleverly rotates to remain upright. 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. Fujifilm’s made some improvements to the shutter mechanism and new shock absorbers mean the already quiet operation of earlier bodies is now even quieter. It’s a beautiful piece engineering and it does make me want to hold it just for the sake of it. On the X-H1 you can configure the slots to record duplicate still photos for backup purposes on both cards, but sadly not video to both cards simultaneously (something the Sony A7 III can do). The only thing the Bluetooth made easier was not having to manually select the X-H1’s Wifi network in the phone. I used my 80-400 on the D500 and Had my 300 f2.8 + TC1.4 on my D5. Even as Nick the cyclist began to turn the corner of the track, it was hard to keep him centred on the frame at 11fps. Add the Sony E 24-105mm f4G OSS to the A7 III and the length becomes 176mm and the weight becomes 1313g. If you like this wider format, the X-H1 also lets you film 1080p video in the 17:9 shape, although again at only cinematic 23.976 and 24p frame rates. It’s possible to select any of these points individually in the Single Point mode, or if you prefer you can opt for a coarser array of 91 points in a 13×7 array for single autofocus, or 49 points in a 7×7 array for continuous autofocus. I don’t use glasses myself but some of those who do have told me they prefer the X-H1 viewfinder to the X-T2. Having three batteries certainly makes power worries a non-issue, but makes an already fairly large camera even bigger, not to mention more expensive. Like all X-series bodies to date, the Fujifilm X-H1 doesn’t have an exposure mode dial; instead it adopts the same technique employed by older film SLRs for many years. 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. The X-H1 may have phase-detect autofocus, but when pulling focus in movies it can still be strangely hesitant compared to rivals. Reducing the speed to 5fps allowed the X-H1 to deliver live feedback though and made it much easier to follow the subject – this was useful for cycling, but a necessity for random birds in flight. The longest clip length of 15 minutes for 4k or 20 minutes for 1080p falls behind the half hour clips of rivals, and while I know the X-H1 can extend to half an hour with the optional battery grip, its rivals don’t face this limitation. Like earlier X-series bodies, the autofocus experience is highly dependant on the lens you use. The shutter! 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. This leads me to the second option of the app, named Receive. The battery life isn’t very great, but for $1000 USD, Fuji includes the battery grip with 2 extra batteries. 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). But Fujifilm’s Receive mode solves this by letting you initiate the transfer from the playback mode of the camera and push them to the handset. There’s five presets configured for different scenarios (Multi-Purpose, Ignore Obstacles, Accelerating / Decelerating Subjects, Suddenly Appearing Subjects, and Erratic Motion), or you can customize a sixth if preferred, adjusting tracking sensitivity in a scale of 1 to 4, speed tracking sensitivity from 0 to 2, and Zone are switching between centre, auto and front. It’s like Leica-quiet. The bottom line is while the X-H1 is a fine movie camera, it’s still beaten on features by many rivals if video is your primary focus. I quite liked the Vertical Power Booster approach on the earlier X-T2, where you could effectively choose between a small and light body with some performance limitations, or a slightly larger one that unlocked the full power. I then removed the booster grip and set the speed back to 8fps. Above: Fujifilm XF 16-55mm at 16mm (left) and 55mm (right). 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. Check out my Best Fujifilm lenses guide for the models I’ve tested and can personally recommend. After the first 15 minute clip, the base and grip of the camera were slightly warm and the battery meter indicated full strength. Fujifilm X-H1. New to the X-H1 is an electronic front curtain mode which uses an electronic shutter to start the exposure and a mechanical one to end it; this can help reduce the risk of shutter shock, although I never experienced any with the X-H1, so I stuck with either the fully mechanical shutter or the electronic one when I needed silence or the fastest burst shooting or quicker shutter. Finally! Brighton’s swooping seagulls still provided a challenge but my hit rate increased dramatically compared to the wide area mode. The remote control view also has a play button which presents a series of thumbnails with the chance to tick the ones you’d like to import into your handset. 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. The X-H1 becomes Fujifilm’s most capable camera for video to date, building upon the features and quality of the earlier X-T2. Sony also nailed the process of image transfer a long time ago using NFC to simply copy a photo onto your phone during playback with nothing more than touching the two devices together. Fujifilm reckons the battery is good for about 310 frames, but enable the built-in image stabilisation, deploy the wireless connectivity or start shooting movies and you’ll find the power depleting quite alarmingly. I feel this is a missed opportunity as being able to recharge all three batteries unattended with a single power source would be so much easier at the end of a day. Within each category, the degree of compensation varies depending on the lens in question, and rather than simply quoting a best-case scenario, Fujifilm’s been honest about what you can expect from specific models. I’ve been shooting with the X-H1 over an extended period, so read on for my in-depth review, comparing it to key rivals and other bodies in the X-series. If you fancy something more vivid, then choose Velvia, which coincidentally was always my favourite colour film for shooting landscapes. Set the shutter dial to A, but turn the aperture ring and you’ll be in Aperture Priority. I’m particularly fond of Acros with the Red filter option to darken blue skies and bring out cloud detail. ISO, Film Simulation, Dynamic Range and White Balance bracketing are also available from the Drive menu should you want them, and each can be recorded with a RAW version if desired. Here are the top 3 reasons why I bought the #Fujifilm X-H1 back as my main photo camera. 200 ISO with Lee Big Stopper. This camera is the offical camera of the guy that knows what’s up. Likewise for the eye detection which felt a lot less ‘sticky’ than many rival models. Being a mirrorless camera, the X-H1 is still both compact and lightweight, although it wouldn’t go on the list of the most compact mirrorless cameras ever. On Micro Four Thirds, the closest match in coverage is the Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 with its 24-80mm equivalent range, but the f2.8 focal ratio delivers a less shallow depth of field, roughly equivalent to f4 on APSC or f5.6 on full-frame.
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