Here are the top 3 reasons why I bought the #Fujifilm X-H1 back as my main photo camera. 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. Which leads me onto the Vertical Power Booster. In both cases I found the X-H1 wasn’t sufficiently quick to consistently identify and lock-onto a moving subject when set to Wide area, even with the custom profiles adjusted to better suit a subject suddenly appearing in 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. In the X-H1, Fujifilm has created a worthy top-tier entry to its mirrorless X-series line-up. The aperture is sufficiently large for some separation from the background, especially when focused at close range. This time the X-Acquire utility connected slowly, but disconnected before I could do anything useful. Facebook 0 Twitter LinkedIn 0 Reddit Tumblr Pinterest 0 0 Likes. Here’s how the coverage looks when mounted on an X-series body. 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. 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. 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. Fuji X-H1 Review -- Overview. 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. 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. Summary The Fujifilm X-H1 is the new flagship in the mirrorless X-series. 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). 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. To be fair, that’s longer than Fujifilm estimates in its specs, but compare it to the Lumix G9 which in my tests managed to record almost two and a half hours of 4k / 24p footage at 100Mbit/s on a single charge, and in more useful 30 minute chunks too. So if you’re an early adopter of the X-H1, you won’t be enjoying updated GPS positions yet. While the X-H1 is classed in the mirrorless bracket, its design and feel is certainly akin to that of a premium DSLR. Like the X-E3 you can tap to pull-focus while filming, but the X-H1 now additionally offers a new Movie Silent Control option which ignores the positions of the aperture, shutter and ISO dials in favour of touch-screen controls. Face detection proved inconsistent here. 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. There’s also face detection with optional eye detection. It’s good, it’s wedding-ready, but it isn’t the best. 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. This camera is the offical camera of the guy that knows what’s up. You can customize the function of most of the buttons, including the exposure compensation, AE-L, AF-ON and cross keys, as well as choosing what happens when you swipe the screen in one of four directions; the rear dial is also customizable, although weirdly, the front dial is not. Fujifilm X-H1 autofocus and burst shooting. 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. Here’s how a few of them look on the same scene. Finally! Meanwhile the Multiple Exposure option lets you take two shots and have the camera combine them into one. The body may have twin card slots, but you can’t record video to both simultaneously. Not only can I now handhold at much slower shutter speeds than before, I can finally enjoy a nice steady view when composing. There’s sadly no zebra patterns, nor indication of blown highlights or crushed shadows when filming, although manual focus fans will appreciate the chance to display focus peaking as well as exploiting the extra detail of the viewfinder to nail the exact position. 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. For a classy vintage look, try Classic Chrome or Sepia. Above: Download the original file (Registered members of Vimeo only). 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. Like that option, you can view thumbnails in two different sizes, tap to enlarge for a closer look and choose to import if desired. In poor light, it’s better than my X-Pro2, but not like a D5 and the likes. Fujifilm’s solution is the same as the X-T2 before it: fit the optional Vertical Power Booster and triple the life with three batteries at your disposal. 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 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). 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. Size-wise the X-H1 measures 140x97x86mm (40mm at its thinnest point) and weighs 673g including battery. Like the X-E3 before it, the X-H1 also offers gesture controls. 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). 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). May not be used without permission. By sharing the same sensor as the X-T2, the core capabilities are the same, although Fujifilm has enhanced a number of aspects. Coming: GFX 50S X-A7 X-A5 Brighton’s swooping seagulls still provided a challenge but my hit rate increased dramatically compared to the wide area mode. Like previous bodies, the X-H1 applies its main image processing parameters using a set of Film Simulations that emulate classic Fujifilm film stock. Like most mirrorless cameras, the Fujifilm X-H1 employs a combination of phase-detect and contrast-based autofocus systems. 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. Two consecutive frames from a sequence. 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. Fit the optional Vertical Power Booster grip though and both cameras can extend any format to half hour clips. There’s also a PC Sync port for external lighting. Meanwhile, Fujifilm’s MK-X cinema and Zeiss lenses use the full five axes of the body-based system, while adapted M-mount lenses or those mounted with a macro extension tube utilise three axes. If you prefer an audio version of my in-depth podcast review, use the following player. Was it third or tenth along from the end of that sequence? Like 0 The Film Simulations are another part of the equation behind the lovely output from Fujifilm’s cameras. 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. 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. I tested the XF 16-55mm a few years back (see my Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f2.8 review) and was impressed by the quality and flexibility, but was disappointed it didn’t include optical image stabilisation. This in turn could explain the differences in compensation between lenses – perhaps the system deliberately reigns itself in when the imaging circle on a certain model is tight with little breathing space beyond. 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. No restrictions, no exploring unfamiliar menus, no need for accessories, just keep turning the dial until you get the exposure you want and fire-away. It’s this kind of clever, balanced processing which makes the out-of-camera JPEGs from modern Fujifilm cameras a dream. As you’d expect, the X-H1 also now complements its Wifi with Bluetooth. Switching the same card into Slot-2 and a burst of 26 uncompressed RAW frames took 10.49 seconds to finish writing. X100V X100F X100T X100S X100. The first Fujifilm X Series camera, officially called the Finepix X100, was launched back in March of 2011. Note like other models, the contrast-based AF system can continue working down to even lower light levels, I believe -3EV for Fujifilm. This leads me to the second option of the app, named Receive. It can be a subtle difference day-to-day, but point the X-T2 and X-H1 viewfinders at very fine details and you’ll notice the latter resolves them better with less moire or blurring, leading to a more natural view. 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. Like earlier X-series bodies, the autofocus experience is highly dependant on the lens you use. Fujifilm’s also enhanced the touch capabilities in the movie mode. So the X-H1, like the X-T2 before it, is certainly capable of capturing fast action. Above: Fujifilm X-H1 and XF 100-400mm at 400mm. In particular, this was one of my major bugbears with the XF 16-55mm and XF 90mm, both superb lenses, but both models that I struggled to handhold as accurately as I wanted for prevision framing. Meanwhile the electronic viewfinder now employs a higher resolution 3.69 million dot OLED panel with 0.75x magnification. 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. 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. But an unstabilised system can be hard to compose with, especially when you’re attempting to get it right in-camera with no cropping or rotating later. The X-H1 inherits the dual card slots and AF joystick of the X-T2, but adds a new AF-ON button as well as enlarging some of the buttons on the rear. 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. 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. 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. The X-H1 is equipped with Wifi, allowing you to wirelessly transfer images or remote control the camera with a compatible smartphone. 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. 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. The 100-400 lens performed very well and sharpness is impressive. 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. Turning to the rear, there’s been some minor juggling of buttons with AF-L now becoming AF-ON. 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 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. 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. 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. The only thing the Bluetooth made easier was not having to manually select the X-H1’s Wifi network in the phone. Here’s an example. Jean Pascal October 12, 2019 Fuji X-H1 review, X-H1 vs X-Pro2, review fuji x-h1. 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. Sadly the cross keys remain unnecessarily small though, especially given the larger real-estate of the rear panel. I also love the way the display remains active when the camera’s switched off, indicating the shots and battery life remaining at glance. 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. 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. Once again it’s breathed a new lease of life into Fujifilm’s collection of fabulous prime lenses without optical stabilisation. 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. The third option is Browse Camera, which presents exactly the same thumbnail view as tapping play in the Remote Control option described earlier. Anyway, hereâs how some of the effects look in practice. 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. Set to uncompressed RAW, I managed 22 frames in 2.74 seconds for a speed of 8.03fps. If you prefer a more subdued look, go for Astia, while portrait photographers may like Pro Neg Hi and Standard. 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. So while the X-H1 didn’t overheat even when filming 4k / 24p at 100 or 200Mbit/s with stabilisation active, it still only managed just under 49 minutes worth of video at 200Mbit/s or 52 minutes at 100Mbit/s on a single charge, and in 15 minute chunks too. Classic Chrome setting (16-55mm f/2.8 Fuji and the X-H1.). I did occasionally experience the five stops quoted by Fujifilm, but not consistently. If you’re an owner of an earlier body hoping for a fix, I believe you’re completely out of luck as the updating will require Bluetooth hardware in the camera and at the time of writing that’s just the X-E3 and X-H1. I have several other clips demonstrating this effect in my first-looks video at the top of this page. 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. Above: Fujifilm XF 16-55mm at 16mm (left) and 55mm (right). 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. Fujifilm today announced its new flagship X-series mirrorless compact digital camera, the Fujifilm X-H1. First off, the Fuji X-H1 is a beefier camera. 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. Above left: Fujifilm XH1, above right: Fujifilm XT2. The EVF is amazing and ahead of the X-Pro2. 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). The battery life isn’t very great, but for $1000 USD, Fuji includes the battery grip with 2 extra batteries. Check prices on the Fujifilm XH1 at Amazon, Nikon Z TC-1.4x TC-2.0x teleconverter review. Set the X-H1 to Zone AF or Wide / Tracking AF modes and it switches to the 91-point system only, reducing to the 49-point phase detect region only if you’re using continuous autofocus. As for Eterna, here’s how it looks applied to the same scene as above, although you may prefer to judge its muted output on video. 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. 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 I tried the X-Acquire utility on my Mac which can connect over USB or Wifi; you’ll first need to set the camera’s connection settings to the desired connection type. 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.
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