Thoughts and Field Test of the Fujifilm X-H1 Camera

30. May 2018

This spring, the Fujifilm X-H1 was launched to the masses. It’s promoted as the business’s video camera with the most video functions to this day, even topping the popular X-T2. As veteran owners of the Fujifilm X-Pro2, my other half and I got on the X-H1 bandwagon early, sending out in our preorder the day it was revealed.

Our primary objective was to utilize it to support our brand-new endeavor into videography. In the brief number of months that we’ve been shooting with the Fujifilm X-H1, we’ve discovered it to be not just an exceptional electronic camera for video however for still photography also.

Here are our ideas up until now. This video camera is most equivalent to the Fujifilm X-T2, which is currently a reputable video entertainer. We do not have the X-T2 however will make some contrasts to the X-Pro2 that we do have.

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Key Specs First revealed in February 2018 24-megapixel X-Trans APS-C sensing unit 5-axis in-body image stabilization(IBIS) Touchscreen rear LCD with 2-axis tilt 3.69M-dot OLED viewfinder DCI and UHD 4K video capture at as much as 200 Mbps Sluggish movement 1080p (from 120 and 100 fps

  • )Internal F-log capture
  • New movie simulation– Eterna
  • 24-bit audio capture
  • Timecode
  • Double UHS-II suitable SD card slots
  • Anti-flicker shooting mode
  • Integrated Wi-Fi with Bluetooth
  • Presently priced at $1899 USD for body-only; $2199 when bundled with the VPB-XH1 vertical battery grip.What’s New?Physical Body Compared with most other Fujifilm video cameras, such as the X1ooF and X-Pro2, the X-H1 is much bulkier, however that isn’t really always a bad thing. Much of the bulk originates from the video camera’s bigger hand grip and buttons, making it a lot easier to bring the cam. The X-H1 likewise advertisements an AF-On button for those who choose utilizing back-button autofocus. It likewise has top-panel LCD just like a DSLR. In practice, the top-panel LCD appears unneeded, particularly because it fills in the Exposure Compensation dial that exists on the X-Pro2 and X-T2. New Quiet Shutter Mechanism This is amongst&our preferred functions of the X-H1: its shutter is whisper-quiet, providing a soft yet audible click when a picture is taken. Not just is the shutter peaceful, it likewise permits the video camera to provide an Electronic First Curtain(EFC)shutter mode. EFC permits you to decrease the

    threat of shutter shock without increasing the threat of rolling shutter. 5-Axis In-Body-Stabilization(IBIS)For videomakers, in-camera stabilization is essential for assisting capture smooth video footage. The X-H1 is Fujifilm’s very first electronic camera to consist of IBIS and right off the bat, we’re

    impressed with its efficiency. When triggered and utilized with an image-stabilized lens, recording smooth hand-held video footage is much easier than before. As an included reward, IBIS likewise assists you shoot still images at low

    shutter speeds. Improved Video Performance Although based upon the exact same sensing unit and processor as the X-T2, the Fujifilm X-H1 boasts considerably enhanced video functions. Shooting choices have actually been encompassed consist of DCI 4K and UHD 4K shooting. If you’re not familiar with the 2 terms, here’s a fast summary. DCI (brief for Digital Cinema Initiatives) 4K is 4096 x 2160, while UHD (Ultra High Definition) 4K is 3840 x 2160. For videos ending up on YouTube or TELEVISION, UHD is great. However for videos that will be forecasted in theaters, DCI 4K is a much better option.

    The X-H1 likewise permits tape-recording F-log video internally. In video-terms, shooting in log format resembles shooting in RAW. Your log video has the tendency to be less saturated and less detailed so that you can color grade (post-process) the video footage to your preference later on. F-log made its launching on the X-T2, however it might just be done through an external recorder. The X-H1 is Fujifilm’s very first video camera that enables the recording of F-log straight to an SD card in 4K.

    Another important video function making its Fujifilm launching on the X-H1 is 120 fps sluggish movement video. It can just be taped at complete HD, however the slow-motion video quality has actually been outstanding, particularly when coupled with IBIS.

    fujifilm x-h1 mirrorless camera - shot of a car in the mountains

    New Eterna Film Simulation Fujifilm has actually long been understood for their exceptional color recreation, even in the pasts of movie photography. Luckily, that is handed downed in Fujifilm digital video cameras through movie simulation modes. They’re comparable to the color profiles provided in digital video cameras from Canon, Nikon, and Sony. Up until just recently, Fujifilm had 6 distinct movie simulation modes on its cams: Provia, Velvia, Astia, Classic Chrome, PRO-Neg STD, and PRO Neg HI. The X-H1 is the very first video camera to deliver with Fujifilm’s seventh movie simulation, Eterna

    . Created for videographers, Eterna is identified by more soft, suppressed colors and abundant shadow tones. Our observations up until now are that Eterna is created for more color grading in post-production, as well as to bring in the video audience’s eye to the action in the scene and far from the remainder of the frame.

    fujifilm x-h1 provia film type - car next to a field

    What might be enhanced Among lots of things to like about Fujifilm is that they truly pay attention to their clients. Kaizen firmware updates are regular and they include helpful functions that develop on the electronic cameras. Here are

    a couple of things we ‘d like to see presented in firmware updates, or in the next variation of the X-H1. Physically, the chunky handgrips and the larger buttons are valued for enhanced ergonomics. Nevertheless, the missing direct exposure payment dial is a huge dissatisfaction. Likewise, the rear LCD having just a two-axis tilt is restricting; it has to have the ability to totally rotate to attract the vloggers as well as make it simpler to shoot from various angles.

    Lastly, battery life and video recording limitations on this cam leave much to be preferred. The X-H1 restricts 4K video taping to 15-minute clips. This can be encompassed about 29 minutes of shooting in 4K if you utilize the optional battery grip. Nevertheless, the battery grip includes great deals of bulk to the video camera, making it less enjoyable to shoot with.

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    Hopefully, Fujifilm will take a hint from Sony and their brand-new NP-FZ100 battery, which perhaps is the best-performing battery for mirrorless cams at the minute.

    In Conclusion

    The Fujifilm X-H1 is the very first of a brand-new line of electronic cameras that make the vibrant declaration that Fujifilm is a practical option for videomakers. This video camera constructs on the currently reliable video functions of the X-T2 by taking it an action even more with the addition of functions such as Eterna movie simulation and 5-axis IBIS. If you’re a major video maker, watch on the X-H series. It will just enhance more with each brand-new release.

    General Rating: 9/10

    To hear more about our experience with the X-H1 and how it compares with the X-Pro2, have a look at the video listed below including the primary Fujifilm shooter of the 2 people: my partner Martin.

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