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Fujifilm Introduce The Flagship X-H1

The Fujifilm's X Series range of mirrorless cameras has expanded today with the introduction of the X-H1 featuring 5-axis, 5.5 stops in-body image stabilisation.

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Fujifilm has announced the new X-H1 mirrorless camera - it will be joining the X Series line-up in March priced at £1699 (body only). 

The new flagship camera offers the highest performance out of all of the cameras in the X Series range to date and features a newly-designed robust and durable body that's weatherproof. The X-H1 is also the first X Series model to include the latest 5-axis in-body image stabilization (IBIS), which has a maximum of 5.5 stops as well as a flicker reduction mode.

The X-H1 uses three axial accelerometers, three axial Gyro sensors and a specially developed dual-processor. You'll also find an APS-C size X-Trans CMOS III sensor (24.30 million pixels, without low-pass filter) and the high-speed image processing engine X-Processor Pro, first seen in the X-Pro2 and the X-T2, built in.

The 3.69 million resolution EVF has a magnification ratio of 0.75 times, a display time lag of 0.005 seconds and a frame rate of 100 frames per second. While the rear LCD monitor is a 3-direction tilt, 3-inch, 1.04 million dot electrostatic touch-panel LCD. On top of the camera, you'll find a 1.28-inch sub-LCD, a current feature of the medium format GFX 50S.

Read our Fujifilm X-H1 Hands-On Review.

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After user feedback, improvements have been made to the grip and shutter release and the camera has the quietest shutter sound of all cameras in the X Series. A new AF-ON button has been added to the back of the camera along with a focus lever and rear buttons have been made larger so they're easier to use. 

A new Eterna film simulation is available which Fujifilm says is great for shooting movies and simulates cinematic film. Talking of movies, the camera's video image quality has been improved as videos can now be recorded at a high bit rate of 200 Mbps. Plus, the X-H1 includes a total of 20 functional and performance improvements including the 1080/120P high-speed video mode (1/2, 1/4 and 1/5 speed slow motion), F-log*4 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.

An additional grip and eye cup for the EVF are also available, each of which is sold separately. 

The Fujifilm X-H1 will be available from March 2018, priced at £1699 body only and £1949 with vertical battery grip. 

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From Fujifilm:

Fujifilm is delighted to announce the launch of the FUJIFILM X-H1 camera, the highest performance camera in the X Series range of mirrorless cameras, known for its superior image quality created using FUJIFILM's proprietary colour reproduction technology.

The X-H1, with a newly-designed robust and durable body, incorporates a range of extremely useful features that support shooting in various scenarios demanded by professional photographers and videographers. The X-H1 is the first X Series model to include the latest 5-axis in-body image stabilization (IBIS), which has a maximum of 5.5 stops as well as a flicker reduction mode which enhances the quality of indoor sports photography.

In combination with the existing FUJINON XF lens range, the camera allows the use of the 5-axis image stabilization in excess of 5-stops, with the exception of some lenses. 

The camera is also compatible with a range of other interchangeable lenses due for release later this year. These include the MKX18-55mmT2.9 and MKX50-135mm T2.9 professional cinema lenses which incorporate the X mount (scheduled for release in May 2018), the XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR, a wide aperture single-focus telephoto lens, and XF8-16mmF 2.8 R WR, designed to meet the needs of scenery or landscape photographers, both of which are scheduled for release by the end of 2018. The new camera and lens combinations will provide outstanding image production and will be ideal for fast action sports photography.

Offering the first in-body image stabilisation (IBIS) system to feature in an X Series camera, the X-H1 harnesses three axial accelerometers, three axial Gyro sensors, and a specially developed dual-processor. Combined, this achieves the high speed of approximately 10,000 calculations per second. When unified with compensating mechanisms, the result is uncompromising image quality and precision with performance as described below.

(1) 5-axis image stabilisation is possible with all XF and XC lenses.

(2) Up to a maximum of 5.5 stops image stabilization, is possible when the camera is used with all XF lenses that do not include optical image stabilization technology.

The following technical breakthroughs have been developed to support this high precision performance:

  • A laser measurement device is used during the process of manufacturing the image stabilization unit, controlling component flatness and position with twice the precision of standard components.
  • The assembly process also includes inspection and adjustment of each individual camera to ensure that even when image stabilization is used, the parallel position of the sensor is achieved with micro-order accuracy equivalent to previous models.
  • In addition, a new spring mechanism has been included to reduce micro-vibrations caused by operation of the mechanical shutter.
  • The photographer may also choose to use the electronic front curtain shutter or the electronic shutter, virtually eliminating the effect of vibrations to maximize the benefits of image stabilisation.

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The X-H1 uses the APS-C size X-Trans CMOS III sensor (24.30 million pixels, without low-pass filter) and the high-speed image processing engine X-Processor Pro. This proprietary FUJIFILM technology was first seen in the X-Pro2 and then X-T2 cameras, receiving many awards globally. When used in combination with the extremely high-quality FUJINON lens, as well as the unique colour reproduction technology developed by FUJIFILM more than 8 decades ago, the X-H1 produces outstanding, unrivalled quality images recording the finest details of the subject including texture, three-dimensional structure and even the atmosphere and vibe of a particular scene.

In addition to the camera's dust-resistant, water-resistant properties, and the ability to operate in temperatures as low as -10°C, the camera also uses a 25% thicker magnesium alloy compared to the X-T2. FUJIFILM has also modified the structure for attaching the mount, resulting in a more compact size and lighter weight body that maintains high precision and strong resistance to impact shock torsion and other sources of deformation. Increased particle size on the camera's external surface provides a high-quality scratch-resistant coating with a surface hardness equivalent to 8H.

The viewfinder is a high-magnification, high-precision electronic viewfinder. The magnification ratio of 0.75 times and the 3.69 million resolution leads the class for mirrorless cameras. The viewfinder display is extraordinarily smooth, with a display time lag of just 0.005 seconds and a frame rate of 100 frames per second, allowing the photographer to instantly confirm the movement of the subject and position of the focus with great precision.

The rear LCD monitor is a 3-direction tilt, 3-inch, 1.04 million dot electrostatic touch-panel LCD which can be intuitively set to the desired angle. In addition, the 1.28 inch sub-LCD on the top of the camera, a current feature of the medium format FUJIFILM GFX 50S, allows for instant confirmation of shooting information.

The camera uses a large-grip design with the new shape and a leaf-spring switch for the shutter-release button to achieve a stable feel when holding the camera and easy operation of the shutter-release button to ensure no opportunities are missed.

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The camera has the quietest shutter sound of all cameras in the X Series, making it an ideal tool for environments where quietness is required such as when shooting animals in the wild, quiet performances or at weddings.

A new AF-ON button has been added to the back of the camera. This makes it easier to operate the autofocus with the thumb, allowing the photographer to focus on using their index finger to operate the shutter-release button. In addition, other modifications have been made to improve operability, including the enlargement of the buttons on the rear of the camera and improvements to the grip of the front and rear command dials.

The X-H1 also features focus lever that facilitates rapid, accurate movement to the desired focus point.

The X-H1 is the first camera in the X Series to include ETERNA, a new film simulation ideal for shooting movies. This mode simulates cinematic film, creating understated colours and rich shadow tones, greatly enhancing creative freedom during post-processing. The camera's video image quality has been improved through the new ability to record a high bit rate of 200 Mbps.

The camera includes a total of 20 functional and performance improvements including the 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.

Flicker reduction modes are essential for indoor sports photography, and the X-H1 achieves this using a mirrorless camera, allowing for stable exposure during burst shots even under fluorescent and mercury lighting.

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In addition, improvements to the AF algorithm have achieved the following performance enhancements:

  • The low-light limit for phase detection autofocus has been improved by approximately 1.5 stops from 0.5EV to -1.0EV, raising the precision and speed of autofocus in low-light environments.
  • The range at minimum aperture has been expanded from F8 to F11. For example, even when using the XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR with the teleconverter XF2X TC WR, phase detection autofocus can now be used.
  • Major improvements have been made to the AF-C performance while operating the zoom, which provides major benefits when shooting sports and other scenarios in which the subjects moves unpredictably.
  • Subjects where results with phase detection autofocus were previously poor, such as finely-detailed surface textures; wild birds and wild animals, can now be captured at high speed and with high precision.

Read our Fujifilm X-H1 Hands-On Review.

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Photographs taken using the Fujifilm X-H1

A Longing LookAt the WindowWaitingAlexandra.spiderBuzzard in my GardenSunflowersAlex's Up Front.Dartmoor DuoBusy BeeEnd of a Day.CootJust RosieBacklit Sparrow- jump -

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Comments


15 Feb 2018 4:14PM
If Nikon could bring something like this out with full frame, I will be kicking their door down to get one!
19 Feb 2018 9:10PM
Arghhhhh, i want one lol

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