Fujifilm has recently announced the release of the highest performance camera in their X-series range, the new X-H1. Featuring a robust, durable body with superior image quality, the X-H1 is the first in the series include 5-axis, 5.5 stops in-body image stabilisation (IBIS) and the new ETERNA Film Simulation for outstanding video reproduction. The latest mirrorless offering is ideal for both professional photographers and videographers. It uses the APS-C size X-Trans CMOS III 24.3 megapixel sensor, without low-pass filter.
Ideal for shooting in a wide variety of environments, the X-H1 boasts dust-resistant and water-resistant-properties, and can operate in temperatures as low as -10°C. The compact, lightweight, shock resistant body uses 25% thicker magnesium alloy compared to the X-T2. The viewfinder has high-magnification with a ratio of 0.75 times as well as a 3.69 million resolution. The display-time lag is just 0.005 seconds and the frame rate of 100 frames per second allows photographers 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 that can be set to the desired angle. Additionally, the 1.28-inch sub-LCD on the top of the camera – a feature of the medium format FUJIFILM GFX 50S – allows for instant confirmation of shooting information.
New video features support movie production requirements, and the the X-H1 is the first X-series camera to include ETERNA, a new film simulation that is 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 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, a DCI 4K shooting mode (4096x2160), a 400% dynamic range setting (approximately 12 stops), 200 Mbps high bit rate recording, and a high sound quality internal microphone (24-bit/48 kHz).
The vertical power boost grip allows for an additional two batteries to be in operation, increasing the maximum number of available shots in normal mode to approximately 900 and the maximum period for shooting movies in 4K to about 30 minutes. The autofcous has also received some attention, and is blisteringly fast – considerably faster than other cameras in the range. And the mechanical shutter has also been revamped, and is now even quieter than the X-T2.