First look at Fujifilm’s video-focused X-H1 mirrorless camera

Apr 13, 2018

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

First look at Fujifilm’s video-focused X-H1 mirrorless camera

Apr 13, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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A couple of big areas where users have felt Fujifilm have lacked a little in their cameras are their video capabilities and lack of in-body image stabilisation. Well, they’ve addressed both of those concerns with the new Fujifilm X-H1 in a big way. But while the X-H1 is more video-focused than previous Fujifilm cameras, it’s no slouch when it comes to stills, either, capable of shooting up to 14 frames per second. DIYP had the chance to check it out in person and have a chat with Fujifilm UK about it during The Photography Show last month.

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When the camera was first announced in February, it looked like Fujifilm were finally starting to take video seriously. And they really seem to have done. With 5-axis in-body image stabilisation, 4K video footage at 4fps with all the lovely Fujifilm film emulation, and 1080p slow motion at up to 120 frames per second, it’s a very interesting camera. It shoots up to 24.3 megapixel stills, too, at up to 14 frames per second with the electronic shutter or 8 frames per second with the mechanical shutter.

The Fujifilm X-H1 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor also lacks the anti-aliasing low-pass filter, too, which should result in sharper stills and video footage. The ISO performance isn’t super high, but still very respectable with a native range of 200-12,800 expandable to 100-51,200. A 325 point autofocus system utilises both contrast and phase detection, although we didn’t get the chance to see how well this performs when shooting video.

Imaging
Lens Mount Fujifilm X Mount
Camera Format APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
Pixels 24.3 Megapixel
Max Resolution 6000 x 4000
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.6 x 15.6 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MOV
Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo)
Bit Depth Not Specified by Manufacturer
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Way
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Video Format 4096 x 2160p at 23.98, 24 fps
3840 x 2160p at 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 fps
1920 x 1080p at 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 fps
1280 x 720p at 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 fps
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
Optional External Mic: With Video (Stereo)
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points Hybrid: 325
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Size 0.5″
Viewfinder Pixel Count 3,690,000
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.75x
Display Screen 3″ Rear Touchscreen Tilting LCD (1,040,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200-12800 (Extended Mode: 100-51200)
Shutter Type: Electronic
Speed: 1 – 1/32000 Second
Type: Mechanical
Speed: 30 – 1/4000 Second
Metering Method Not Specified by Manufacturer
Exposure Modes Not Specified by Manufacturer
White Balance Modes Not Specified by Manufacturer
Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 14 fps at 24.3 MP
Flash
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe

The Fujifilm X-H1 is shipping now and is available in a range of packages.

We’ve still got more content from The Photography Show to come, but for now, also check out these.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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One response to “First look at Fujifilm’s video-focused X-H1 mirrorless camera”

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    Michael Dornieden

    If I would like to make videos, I buy a video cam.