Fujifilm have a new high-performance camera in the X Series range – the flagship X-H1.
It’s the first X Series camera to feature in-body image stabilisation (IBIS). Three accelerometers, along with Gyro sensors and a specially developed dual-processor work seamlessly together to give up to 5.5 stops of stabilisation, even with XF lenses that do not have built-in stabilisation technology.
Sporting a robust magnesium alloy body, the X-H1’s lightweight construction maintains a strong resistance to impact damage, while the external surface provides dust and water resistant properties and a hard scratch-resistant coating.
The X-H1 uses Fujifilm’s tried and tested 24.3MP X-Trans APS-C sensor first seen in the X-Pro2 and X-T2 and delivers high quality images with Fujifilm’s excellent colour reproduction.
The body styling is very reminiscent of the GFX 50S with a crisp LCD on the top panel and the deeper than usual hand grip makes the X-H1 very stable in the hand.
Having listened to feedback from professional photographers, Fujifilm have incorporated many improvements to existing X Series features; a new AF-ON button on the back of the camera makes AF operation accessible with your thumb and a focus lever allows the user to quickly select a focus point. The X-H1 also boasts the quietest shutter sound in the X Series range, making it ideal for wedding, sports and wildlife photographers and a redesigned leaf-spring switch on the shutter release gives a more tactile feel.
Serious videographers haven’t been forgotten either. The X-H1 is the first X Series camera to feature Fujifilm’s new ETERNA cinematic film simulation mode, which creates subtle colours and rich shadow detail, greatly enhancing the post-production creative process. Other video performance improvements include a 1080/120P high-speed video mode (1/2, 1/4 and 1/5 speed slow motion) for recording spectacular slow-motion footage, F-log SD card recording which aids smooth workflow, a DCI 4K shooting mode (4096 × 2160), a 400% dynamic range setting (approximately 12 stops), 200 Mbps high bit rate recording, a high-sound quality internal microphone (24 bit/48 kHz) and verbal time codes.
A dedicated battery grip, the VPB-XH1 is also available which gives extended frame rates when shooting stills and extended movie recording times for video.
- 24.3MP (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS III with primary colour filter
- Image sensor shift mechanism with 5-axis compensation (up to 5.5 stops)
- 100-51,200 ISO (extended range)
- 14.0 fps (with the Electronic Shutter), 8.0 fps (with the Mechanical Shutter)
11.0 fps (with the Mechanical Shutter and when fitted with VPB-XH1)
- 3.0″ LCD monitor, 1.04 million dots
- Movie recording: 4k (4096 x 2160), 2K (1920 x 1080) & HD (1280 x 720)
Alongside the new X-H1, Fujifilm have also announced 2 new dedicated high-performance cinema lenses for the X Series cameras, the MKX 18-55mm T2.9 & MKX 50-135mm T2.9
Both lenses comprise an advanced optical design using 22 elements in 17 groups and use ED & Super ED elements to ensure edge-to-edge sharpness and superb colour fidelity. Manually controlled zoom, focus and iris rings make usability extremely comfortable and a long 200º focus travel ensures precise and accurate focus at all focal lengths. Focus-shift while zooming is eliminated thanks to the front focusing group of lens elements and the zooming group of lens elements being driven independently from one another. The constant T2.9 aperture also means that no exposure compensation is required when reframing during a zoom.