Fujifilm XH-1 Review by Engadget

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The Fujifilm X-H1 is pretty large for an APS-C sensor camera. It weighs a good 30 percent more than the X-T2, and is even heavier than Sony’s full-frame A7R III. It’s nearly as heavy as some small DSLR’s. The problem is that many shooters use Fujifilm cameras specifically because they’re not clunky DSLRs.

… For still photography, I was able to get sharp shots with shutter speeds as low as 1/8th to 1/15th of a second or so. Without a stabilized body, I wouldn’t usually shoot below 1/30th, so this really helps out in low light situations. It worked just as well for video, smoothing out small movements like handshakes better than other models, including Sony’s A7R III. Unfortunately, unlike most other cameras with built-in 5-axis in-body stabilization (IBS), you can’t assign the setting to a button but have to scroll through menus to turn it on and off.

… With the X-H1, Fujifilm reached has greatly elevated its video capability. The camera is much more capable than ever with DCI 4K resolution (4,096 x 2,160), a 200 Mbps bit rate that’s twice that of the X-T2, and a nearly full sensor readout with super-sampling. It also offers several modes for video autofocus, which I found worked well, but weren’t as smooth as Sony’s A7R III, for instance. Continuous shooting is limited to 15 minutes in DCI 4K or Ultra HD modes, but you can double that with the optional power booster grip.

 

Pros

  • Great RAW and JPEG image quality Sharp DCI 4K video with little moire or aliasing
  • Solid weather-resistant build
  • Good autofocus for both video and photos
  • 5-axis image stabilization works well for still and video shooting

Cons

  • Big heavy body that Fujifilm fans might not like
  • Lacks exposure compensation dial
  • Autofocus doesn’t work well outside the phase-detect zone
  • Limited battery life
  • Video shooting times limited to 15 minutes
  • No built-in headphone jack

Summary

The X-H1 is Fujifilm’s most advanced camera, thanks to the brand new 5-axis stabilization, high-resolution EVF, quiet electronic front curtain shutter and DCI 4K video. However, it’s a lot bigger and heavier than other X-series cameras, which may give Fujifilm fans pause. At the same time, it’s not as good at video as the Panasonic GH5, and serious photographers may prefer similar priced, but more feature-rich offerings from Sony or Nikon. Nevertheless, the X-H1 offers stellar performance and consistently delivers excellent photos and video.

Source: Engadget

 

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