Fujifilm’s New X-H1 4K Mirrorless Camera With In-body Stabilization Is Coming
Stephan Jukic – February 19, 2018
Fujifilm’s fairly pricey but definitively high-quality lineup of compact cameras with 4K video recording has a new family member as of today. The latest arrival is called the X-H1 and it’s joining as one of the company’s pro-grade X-series models. With this new camera will come some nice trimmings, including pro video recording with 4K resolution and the rather unique feature of in-body image stabilization.
According to Fujifilm’s own press release materials, “The new X-H1 is the highest performance camera in the X Series line of mirrorless cameras,” In other word’s it’s also going to be one of their pricier compact cameras as well, but then this is to be expected from a brand like this.
In terms of specs, the new shooter nicely lives up to what it promised when rumors about the camera were circulating. The X-H1 features a robust 24.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS III crop sensor along with an X-processor Pro image processing engine. These are further augmented by a decent ISO of 200 to 12,800 which can further be augmented to 100-51,200. There’s also a continuous shooting speed max of 14fps here for still shots, which is pretty good too.
Aside from these photo capture specs, the X-H1 delivers some very nice video recording chops as well. These include the ability to grab cinematic DCI 4K video at 4096 x 2160 pixels and 1080p HD video at a high speed of 120p. F-log SD card recording is also supported and a 400% dynamic range setting of 12 stops along with a 200Mbps bit rate recording capacity all add to the pro video capabilities of the X-H1. Further cool features for video pros include verbal time code insertion and an internal mic that’s actually pretty damn good with a spec of 24 bit/48KHz.
A for its autofocus capacities, the X-H1 comes with a 325-point intelligent hybrid AF with improved low-light phase detection for faster precision focus during varied and low light situations. It’s minimum aperture in this AF settings is also enhanced over that of previous models, going up from f/8 to f/11.
What’s also worth noting about the X-H1’s video recording capabilities is a very new, first-ever (for an X Series camera) feature called ETERNA, which allows for simulation of the cinematic experience in movie-making, creating a sort of “new film” feel which creates rich shadow tones and understated colors for enhanced post-processing flexibility of footage. In addition to this, the X-H1 comes with one other major unique feature in the form of its flicker reduction mode, designed to stabilize exposure during burst shooting under varied or difficult lighting conditions.
Next but definitely not least, we come down to the X-H1’s in-body image stabilization technology. This is another very new and rather distinct feature of this camera, which offers 5.5 stops of compensation across three axial accelerometers, three axial Gyro sensors and a custom dual processing engine which plows through an impressive-as-hell 10,000 calculations per second to make sure your hand shake or other destabilizing externalities don’t screw up image quality. This is –as its name makes obvious- built right into the camera and compatible with all XC and XF lens types for the new Fujifilm shooter.
To smooth image quality even more firmly down, there’s also a new spring mechanism inside the camera which is built to compensate for micro-vibrations caused by the X-H1’s mechanical shutter. Fujifilm has in fact taken this last problem so seriously that they’ve also installed an electronic front curtain shutter to further eliminate problems that the already-stabilized mechanical shutter might cause despite the spring system.
Moving on to the X-H1’s external features, we get a rugged magnesium allow body that’s thicker and more element-resistant than previous models were. This includes increased dust-proofing, water resistance and cold weather endurance (with full functionality down to 14°F\-10°C, making this a great winter weather camera for most places. The body on the H1 is also just physically tough, being both resilient against scratches and the kind of occasional banging around that’s almost inevitable in any field recording situation.
Finally, there are the X-H1’s image viewing and editing displays. These consist of a 0.5 inch 3.69 million dot 0.75x electronic viewfinder with 0.005s of display lag at a 100fps frame rate and at the back of the camera, a 3-way flexible, adjustable 3 inch high resolution LCD touchscreen that can be used to do some basic photo editing/deleting and viewing. Another tiny 1.28 inch LCD screen along the right top part of the camera provides handy shooting information at a glance as an extra bonus. Overall, the camera is also just nicely built, with a firm grip, a very quiet unobtrusive shutter (always useful in almost any situation) and a body that’s compact without being clumsily small.
The Fujifilm X-H1 will be going on sale on March 1 at a body-only price of $1,900. A basic lens will cost extra of course and expect to pay closer to $3000 at least for both. .