The X-H1’s wireless implementation – at the time of writing in March 2018 anyway – is disappointing when you compare the overall experience to rivals like Sony and Panasonic, both of which deploy Bluetooth to seamlessly geo-tag images as you shoot. X100V X100F X100T X100S X100. Two consecutive frames from a sequence. Again like the X-T2, an optional booster grip (the VPB-X-H1) allows you to accommodate two extra batteries, boost mechanical burst shooting to 11fps and extend all movie clips to half an hour, while also sporting an AC input and headphone jack. Meanwhile the X-H1’s stabilisation may work a treat when you’re trying to frame a steady shot, but once you start to pan even slowly, the system becomes visibly jerky, whereas more mature rivals can support smoother handheld pans. I did however have to keep an eye on the exposure, often applying compensation to handle the overcast skies. 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. By sharing the same sensor as the X-T2, the core capabilities are the same, although Fujifilm has enhanced a number of aspects. Gratifyingly you can tap anywhere on the live image on your phone to reposition the AF area, and the X-H1 will refocus straightaway. That said, there is a Bulb mode if you want to deploy exposures as long as 60 minutes using a cable release, but most photographers won’t need to as it’s possible to manually select exposures of 30, 40, 50 or 60 seconds, or two, four, eight of 15 minutes using the T mode and rear dial. In your hands the X-H1 certainly feels very confident and comfortable. Sony’s A6500 and A7 III both have very confident autofocus systems that operate across virtually the entire frame, respond well to subjects suddenly entering, offer live feedback at 8fps, and allow eye detection to work with continuous AF. For a classy vintage look, try Classic Chrome or Sepia. Despite being paired, the app asked me to manually select ‘Wireless Communications’ from the X-H1’s menus and also manually enable the phone’s own Wifi before it would connect them. 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). To be honest, I don’t miss the compensation dial as it invariably turned by mistake when I’d take the camera out of my bag. The X-H1 also inherits the customizable continuous AF profiles introduced on the X-T2. Fujifilm X-H1 Review | Functions. 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. If you’re into tethered shooting, Fujifilm offers two solutions: the simple and free Fujifilm X-Aquire utility which allows you to save images direct to your computer, or the more advanced Tether Shooting Plug-in Pro for Adobe Lightroom which costs $79 and provides broader remote control with live view. Panasonic and Canon also offer simple remote shutter release apps that operate using Bluetooth only for a responsive experience and no connection delays. Above: Download the original file (Registered members of Vimeo only). I also felt it was odd that despite six pages of options for the various buttons, none of them allowed you to assign movie record to any of them. Fit the optional Vertical Power Booster grip though and both cameras can extend any format to half hour clips. The X-H1 was a joy to use, I enjoyed every moment, the size, the responsiveness and the IQ is fantastic. Here are the top 3 reasons why I bought the #Fujifilm X-H1 back as my main photo camera. Note in the absence of a dedicated movie record button, you’ll be using the shutter release to start and stop movie recordings. As with previous bodies, Film Simulations can be applied to photos or videos, and while you can apply Eterna to stills, it’s really aimed at video use. Fans of slow motion will appreciate the ability to film 1080 up to 120p and have the camera interpret it to the desired output frame rate – for example filming in 120p and outputting at 30p or 24p for a four or five times slowdown respectively, or in 100p and outputting at 25p for a four times slowdown. 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. 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. 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. The one function that sets the Fujifilm X-H1 apart from all other cameras in the X series range is the addition of In Body Image Stabilisation (IBIS), which allows up to 5.5 stops of stabilization. If you prefer an audio version of my in-depth podcast review, use the following player. I hope Fujifilm can improve their Bluetooth implementation in the near future, starting with proper geotagging. 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. I have several other versions available: Fujifilm X-H1 C4k F-Log sample movie, Fujifilm X-H1 4k UHD sample movie, Fujifilm X-H1 1080p sample movie. First off, the Fuji X-H1 is a beefier camera. Having three batteries certainly makes power worries a non-issue, but makes an already fairly large camera even bigger, not to mention more expensive. Read our full review of the new Fujifilm X-H1, Fujifilm's flagship X series camera, with 5-axis Image Stabilisation, and CINE 4K video recording. Regardless, there are a number of handling reasons to make you choose this somewhat larger body. The Bracketing menu offers a wealth of options including exposure, ISO, film simulation, white balance and dynamic range. So again, a reliable three to three and a half stops of compensation and a little more if you could accept minor blurring. 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. The 16-55mm f/2.8 still delivers quite a bit of a smooth bokeh. Above: Fujifilm X-H1 and XF 100-400mm at 400mm. 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. And if you’re into Black and White, go for the standard Monochrome or the higher-contrast Acros, both of which are available with additional yellow, red and green digital filters. But now on the X-H1, the view with both was satisfyingly steady, allowing me to easily fine-tune and nail the composition. Switching to the longer primes for portraiture, like the XF 56mm f1.2 and XF 90mm f2, challenged the system more, but still generally performed well. Switching the same card into Slot-2 and a burst of 26 uncompressed RAW frames took 10.49 seconds to finish writing. Above: 240 second exposure with X-H1 and XF 10-24mm. If you’re shooting with continuous autofocus, the X-H1 exclusively uses this AF system and area, but if you switch to single autofocus, the coverage expands widthways using a contrast-based system to fill in the gaps at the sides for a total of 325 areas in a 25×13 array. I can certainly live with vignetting or software correction for it, but am more concerned with softening in the corners. Fujifilm X-T3 is clearly the smaller of the two cameras. Fujifilm’s Camera Remote app is available for iOS and Android devices and I tried the latter (v18.104.22.168) on my Samsung Galaxy S7 phone. 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. (including batteries) which makes it is the bulkiest camera in the X Series. I’m particularly fond of Acros with the Red filter option to darken blue skies and bring out cloud detail. Of course a body is only half a system. 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). Fujifilm has extensively profiled all of its X-Mount lenses, and by default LMO is enabled on the X-H1 when you fit one of them. 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). Importantly the majority of the Fujifilm lenses I’ve tested have been of a very high standard. 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. Like the viewfinder, the shooting information cleverly rotates to remain upright. 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. When set to Continuous AF, the array again reduces to a 7×7 grid and lets you choose the starting area for tracking; the idea is you position a single AF area over the desired subject and once you hold the shutter in a half-press, the camera will attempt to track it, moving the AF area(s) as required within the 7×7 array. 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 … Disclaimer 2: Fujifilm X-Photographer here. Above: Fujifilm X-H1 and XF 100-400mm at 400mm, 11fps, Zone AF. For example, in these portraits of Harry using the XF 90mm, the X-H1 regularly flipped in and out of face detection and only rarely engaged eye-detection, forcing me to disable the feature and simply select a single area instead. The aperture is sufficiently large for some separation from the background, especially when focused at close range. More maybe like my Nikon Df/D600. A button to the left of the release lets you change the ISO, Film Simulation, White Balance, Flash mode and Self timer. 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. The X-H1 can film 4k video in UHD and now also the wider Cinema 4k formats (for clips up to 15 minutes in length), and 1080p is now available up to 120p for slow motion, and there’s also a new Eterna Film Simulation designed for a cinematic look out-of-camera, although you can alternatively record in 8-bit F-Log direct to the SD card. In previous comparisons with small apertures around f16, I found the versions with LMO enabled were crisper, especially towards the edges, but equally never felt over-sharpened. However, the X-T4 now includes IBIS making it an incredibly appealing option. 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. As a camera aimed at experienced photographers though, the X-H1 lacks the full Auto mode switch of recent lower-end models. 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 X-H1 autofocus and burst shooting. 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. After the first 15 minute clip, the base and grip of the camera were slightly warm and the battery meter indicated full strength. 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. This can stabilise footage from lenses with no optical stabilisation of their own, transforming their usefulness for handheld filming. In the meantime, here’s a quick vlogging test. I spoke to Fujifilm about this and was told it had already been resolved for the X-E3 with an update in January 2018 and that a future firmware update would fix it for the X-H1, but I wasn’t provided with any timescales. The display is also highly visible in any conditions whether backlit on a white background, or reversed with white text on a dark background. Panasonic remains the exception, choosing to enhance its DFD system that’s contrast-based only. Moving onto the XF 90mm f2, on the conditions of the day I required a shutter speed of 1/200 for a perfectly sharp result when stabilisation was disabled. The X-Trans III sensor also equips the X-H1 with embedded phase-detect autofocus, although Fuji has improved its low-light sensitivity from 0.5 to -1 EV and now supports focusing at f11 (handy if you’re using teleconverters). 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. There’s also a PC Sync port for external lighting. In terms of exposure, you can manually set the aperture, shutter and ISO, and if desired, shoot with auto ISO when the shutter and aperture are fixed and effectively in manual mode. 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. 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. For me this is a major benefit of stabilisation when it comes to stills photography, as it’s possible to avoid camera shake by simply using a fast enough shutter speed. 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. 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. In a useful upgrade over the X-T2, the X-H1’s screen is now touch sensitive, allowing you to tap to change focusing area or pull-focus during movies, as well as swiping through images, pinching to zoom and dragging during playback. 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. The X-H1 may have phase-detect autofocus, but when pulling focus in movies it can still be strangely hesitant compared to rivals. 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. Like previous bodies, the X-H1 applies its main image processing parameters using a set of Film Simulations that emulate classic Fujifilm film stock. 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. So the X-H1, like the X-T2 before it, is certainly capable of capturing fast action. 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. The FUJIFILM X-H1 has a large, class-leading 3.69-million-dot high-resolution electronic viewfinder with the magnification ratio of 0.75x, boasting a display time lag … Several years ago it was normal for mirrorless photographers to carry several spare batteries, but in 2018 it should be a thing of the past, again especially for a large flagship body and particularly when your rivals have banished this issue on their latest generations. Then there’s Nikon’s D500 which feels supremely confident for shooting action, especially if its unpredictable. 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. 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. The Olympus OMD EM1 Mark II phase-detect coverage is broader, while the Sony A6500 and A7 III, not to mention all of Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS sensors, support phase-detect autofocus across almost their entire frames. I feel this is an area Fujifilm really needs to address, especially on a larger flagship camera with built-in stabilisation. Fuji X-H1 Review -- Overview. Face detection does however only work with contrast-based AF, and if you have focus set to continuous, the additional eye detection capability becomes disabled. I became very fond of Eterna while testing the X-H1 and found it became my default option, although like previous models you can alternatively apply any of the Film Simulations to video. Fujifilm Reviews. This mode simulates cinematic film, creating understated colors and rich shadow tones, greatly enhancing creative freedom during post-processing. 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. Brighton’s swooping seagulls still provided a challenge but my hit rate increased dramatically compared to the wide area mode. It also makes manual focusing with or without peaking easier to perform without magnifying the image. Set the X-H1 to Single Point AF area and you can manually select any of the AF points (whether using the default 91-points or the finer 325-point array) using the AF joystick or by tapping the screen (if you have touch controls enabled). 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. A slider at the bottom lets you choose between shooting stills or filming video, after which pressing the big red and silver release button above will trigger your choice. 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 did occasionally experience the five stops quoted by Fujifilm, but not consistently. With identical cards in both slots, the time matched the Slot-2 figure of just over ten seconds. I feel I’m one of the few people who bother to test this, so I’ll report back when there’s any news. I didn’t get to try a side-by-side with the X-H1 and another X-series body shooting the same subject with the same lens, so I’ll try to revisit this in the future, but for now I’m satisfied the built-in stabilisation is not having a negative impact on the corner quality of the frame. Sure it’s nowhere near what you’d achieve with the XF 56mm f1.2, but you’ll still enjoy some pleasant effects. This is a frustrating limitation inherited from earlier models and something that really should be fixed by now. Fujifilm X-H1. 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. 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. Meanwhile the Multiple Exposure option lets you take two shots and have the camera combine them into one. Above: Harry with the Fujifilm X-H1 and XF 90mm. So ultimately while the X-H1’s autofocus and burst capabilities are respectable and capable of good results, there’s simply better options out there if your primary focus is sports or action photography. Set to uncompressed RAW, I managed 22 frames in 2.74 seconds for a speed of 8.03fps. Above: Fujifilm XF 16-55mm at 16mm (left) and 55mm (right). I’d say I was getting at least three stops of compensation in this particular example, or a little more if you didn’t mind some very minor shake. Set to compressed RAW, I captured 27 frames in 3.54 seconds for a speed of 7.63fps. Like 0 Here’s two examples using the XF 16-55mm, one panning, the other walking. 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. Previous. Check out my Best Fujifilm lenses guide for the models I’ve tested and can personally recommend. 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. Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) is available in three, five, seven or a whopping nine frames, unlike the basic three-frame option of earlier models (at least with their original firmware anyway). 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. 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. But while it could benefit from some refinement for video use, I’m delighted with it for stills photography. The shutter! There’s also now an Auto option for the minimum shutter speed that takes focal length into account, using the one-over-equivalent-focal-length rule; I welcome this enhancement, but there’s an opportunity to be more sophisticated still like Sony which lets you additionally prioritise faster shutters in Auto ISO when shooting moving subjects, or slower shutters when motion isn’t an issue. 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. I’ll discuss the real-life AF performance in a moment. It’s a beautiful piece engineering and it does make me want to hold it just for the sake of it. As you’d expect, the X-H1 also now complements its Wifi with Bluetooth. The Fujifilm X-H1 is a high-end mirrorless camera aimed at pro photographers and demanding enthusiasts. So far so similar to the X-T2, but as mentioned at the start, the X-H1 offers some AF enhancements.
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