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The name …
Where did the letter “H” come from?
Many colleagues assumed that this is from the word “Hybrid” because this novelty is adapted for video shooting way better than other Fujifilm cameras.
However, in the official presentation, it wasn’t the “hybrid” character of Fujifilm X-H1 but “High Performance for Professionals” that the focus was placed on.
So, the positioning of this model is not only and not so much about video-shooting, but about high performance in all directions.
This is a new flagship line, released “on top” of the existing X-T.
Fujifilm X-H1: Body and Design
Most camera manufacturers today have proper orientation towards professionals’ needs.
As it seems the creators of mirrorless cameras seem to have given up their efforts to make the whole world lovecompact and light cameras.
In any case, with the pro-segment their expectations didn’t materialize.
As a result, Fujifilm X-H1 acquired a more massive body with a large, gripping handle. The thickness of the walls of the magnesium body was increased by 25%, with the special ribs of rigidity inside.
No, the camera didn’t become shockproof, although it did receive some protection from inaccurate treatment.
The strengthening of the case is necessary mainly for the use of new massive lenses.
Very soon the big and heavy by the current standards XF200F2 is expected.
Meanwhile, in June we will see new cinema lenses on sale such as FUJINON MKX 18-55mm T2.9 and FUJINON MKX 50-135mm T2.9.
The rear panel also bears the imprint of the heritage of professional DSLRs.
In the thumb finger area there is a joystick for direct selection of the points of autofocus, large buttons AF-L and AE-L, multifunction navigation, call button menu Q and the button DISP.
Laconic, but everything in its place.
The developers said good-bye to the expodiscs.
Perhaps, the experience of professional DSLRs was taken into account (where such a disk is not available).
But, there is an exposure compensation button on the top panel of the Fujifilm X-H1 body.
And the area of the expo-disk went to a smart information display (and again an analogy with the “DSLR” pro-segment).
To the delight of Fujifilm fans, the quasi-mechanical drums of setting the photosensitivity and the exposure remained intact.
The shutter and exposure modes are still selected by separate selectors, and the focus modes is this small “twirl” button on the front panel.
Traditions are a sacred thing.
The coating of the camera body was also subjected to processing.
It has become thicker and now has as many as three layers.
Vintage attire looks stylish, but the metal case still needs to be protected from oxidation.
A total of 94 sealing points save the smart camera from the the ingress of dust and moisture. The cold resistance of the novelty is stated to be up to -10 degrees.
Note that the new design has a shutter release button.
It is very soft and light. After half-pressing, the button releases the shutter earlier than the finger goes until the limit point. Unusual, but after a couple of hours of shooting you’ll adapt.
Half-pressing is generally instantaneous. Just touch the button, and the camera has already focused.
In general, this solution reduces the risk of having blurry images.
One of the interesting features that we were told about (which can’t be seen in the store) is the increased area of the copper plate-radiator located behind the block of the sensor. This is done for 4K video.
And for photographers, a damper (shock absorber) is important, which mechanically unleashes the shutter block and the body.
The shutter works tremendously quietly, almost silently, and doesn’t create any vibrations. An electronic shutter is also available.
At the conference, the Fujifilm representative has told us that there are improvements both in hardware and in algorithms. But some of them probably can be added to the firmware of other cameras as well.
This way, the birth of X-H1 can simultaneously improve the characteristics of the same X-T2.
Fujifilm X-H1 Review: Video Capabilities
Fujifilm X-H1 Video-Shooting
Video capabilities of the camera were also greatly expanded.
Undoubtedly, it implements the recording of 4K (up to 4096 × 2160) with a frequency of up to 25/30 fps. The maximum bitrate is up to 200 Mbit/s. The time code and F-Log (8 bits) are supported.
For shooting Full HD, the slow-motion mode is available up to 120 frames per second.
At the same time, the survey resolution is very, very high.
Out of the interesting features is a new film-simulation “Eterna”.
Even in the photos, it allows you to capture a lot of information in the shadows and lights. And this is a good alternative to F-Log.
For the enthusiasts of the video shooting, two lenses were created, which absorbed Fujifilm’s many years of experience in creating cinema optics.
These are FUJINON MKX 18-55mm T2.9 and FUJINON MKX 50-135mm T2.9.
With these lenses there are no distortions which we prefer to ignore in the photography world.
They don’t have breathing effect, don’t shift the focus after zooming, there is no shift of the optical axis when zooming or focusing.
They have step-by-step control of the diaphragm.
And all three rings – focusing, zoom and diaphragm control – are equipped with prongs for pairing with a follow-focus, have a standard 200 degrees.
All this provides an amazing smoothness in the management of such lensess, especially with the use of the appropriate body kit.
Testing all the innovations that have appeared in the Fujifilm X-H1, in one day simply impossible. (We will try to prepare a detailed test of this camera in the future).
Now let’s note some features that caught our eye.
So, the camera supports two UHS-II memory cards.
The speed of the serial shooting is very high. With a battery handle, it reaches 11 frames/s, and without it – 8 frames/s.
The camera has an excellent viewfinder: 3.7 million pixels with an increase of 0.75x. You especially notice the difference when after X-H1 you start to shoot on X-T2 (also with an excellent viewfinder!).
To connect to the computer, USB 3.0 is used, not the modern Type-C. But we don’t rush to write it off.
First, the transfer speed is high.
Secondly, many studios for Tethering have long used reliable and relatively expensive USB 3.0 cables.
Among the wireless interfaces, an energy-efficient Bluetooth was added, which works together with Wi-Fi (it supports an economical connection and activates Wi-Fi only for data transfer).
And finally, the image.
There are no objective prerequisites to the fact that it will seriously change in comparison to X-T2. The application of the new sensor was not announced.
There are no complaints to color rendition, dynamic range or detailing, although the shooting was sometimes conducted in relatively difficult conditions.
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