Fujifilm X-H1 Review; the first mirrorless X Series with built-in five-axis stabilizer

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Fujifilm X-H1 is the first model of this firm that includes an image stabilizer in the body of the camera. Designed combining ” a robust and durable body with superior image quality and simple operation “, although it looks a lot like the well known X-T2 from the house they announce it as a superior model, ” the highest performance camera in the series X. “

Fujifilm X-H1 Review; the first mirrorless X Series with built-in five-axis stabilizer

That said, it would even be placed above the X-Pro2, until recently the banner of the Fujifilm X-Series, consisting of cameras without mirrors with APS-C sensor. And that’s essentially the same thing. That is, the well-known APS-C size, 24.3 megapixel X-Trans CMOS III sensor with no low-pass filter that works in conjunction with the X Processor Pro processor, which ensures “images of exceptional and unmatched quality capture the picture. ” most subtle details on the topic, “it says in the press release.

Image Stabilizer

These “powers” are improved in the X-H1 thanks to the incorporation of a stabilizer called IBIS that, as we say, works in five axes in conjunction with all Fujinon XF and XC lenses, compensating up to 5.5 stops (with the XF that do not have optical image stabilization).

Fujifilm X-H1 Review; the first mirrorless X Series with built-in five-axis stabilizer
It is the first system of this type included in an X-Series camera and operates on the basis of a system consisting of three axial accelerometers, three axial gyroscope sensors, and a dual processor that performs approximately 10,000 computations per second to fix a potential error and provide “uncompromising image quality”. To maximize the benefits of the stabilizer, a spring mechanism is included to reduce the microvibrations produced by the mechanical shutter.
Fujifilm X-H1 Review; the first mirrorless X Series with built-in five-axis stabilizer
As rumor has it, this feature brings the X-H1 closer to the video area, an area that really wanted to be strengthened, like the company “20 Function and Performance Enhancements” […], to meet the needs of film production fulfill. “Including the first time in the X-series” ETERNA “, a new method that” simulates the movieand produces sober colors and nuances full of nuances that greatly increase creative freedom in finishing.
Fujifilm X-H1 Review; the first mirrorless X Series with built-in five-axis stabilizer

In addition, to improve the image quality of the video captured by the X-H1, it has been equipped with the ability to record at a speed of 200 Mbpsand a high-speed video mode 1080 / 120P (1/2, 1 / 4 and 1/5 speed in slow motion). Also recording with SD card F-log, to facilitate a smooth workflow, DCI 4K shooting mode (4096 × 2160), 400% dynamic range adjustment, internal HQ microphone (24 bit / 48 kHz) and codes verbal time.

Improved AF and “flicker reduction”

Another novelty of the camera lies in the focus area, where new and improved focusing algorithms have been integrated. As a result, “the lower light limit for phase detection AF has been improved by about 1.5 steps, increasing the accuracy and speed of auto focus in low light environments.” They also claim that they have significantly improved the performance of continuous autofocus when zooming. “This offers great benefits in sports photography and other scenarios where subjects move unpredictably.”

 

Fujifilm X-H1 Review; the first mirrorless X Series with built-in five-axis stabilizer

On the other hand, the X-H1 incorporates ” the first mode of reduction of the flicker in a camera of the X series .” These are some modes that, according to the brand, are fundamental in indoor sports photography, where the X-H1 ” Allows stable exposure during bursts, even under fluorescent and mercury light.”

Externally, its similarity to the X-T2 is large and confusing at first glance. But if we look around, we will see many differences, including one important. We talked about disappearing in the upper right part of the exposure compensation wheel, which was replaced by a 1.28-inch sub-LCD screen borrowed from the Fujifilm GFX 50S medium format.

Fujifilm X-H1 Review; the first mirrorless X Series with built-in five-axis stabilizer

The construction is sealed against dust and water and can withstand temperatures down to -10º. In this case, however, a “magnesium alloy 25% thicker than that of X-T2” was used. In addition, the particle size of the surface covering the chamber was increased in the search for a “high-quality scratch-resistant coating with a surface hardness of 8H”.

On the other hand, the mounting structure of the frame has also been changed to “provide a more compact and lighter body that maintains high precision and strong resistance to torsion and other sources of deformation.”

The electronic viewfinder seems to have been slightly improved, as it now offers a resolution of 3.69 million points (the best in Fujifilm cameras without mirrors), although the rest of the data did not appear to have changed (0.5 ”). Delay of 0.005 seconds, speed of 100 frames per second and magnification of 0.75x). The rear LCD display is adjustable in three positions and has three inches and 1.04 million points.

Fujifilm X-H1 Review; the first mirrorless X Series with built-in five-axis stabilizer

On the other hand, Fujifilm says to have introduced up to 19 operational modifications ” based on the recommendations received from professional photographers .” Among them a new design for the grip, a suspension switch for the trigger, the quietest shutter of all models of the X series and a new AF-ON button on the back.

Fujinon MKX18-55 mm T2.9 and MKX50-135 mm T2.9

Fujifilm X-H1 Review; the first mirrorless X Series with built-in five-axis stabilizer

The new camera is compatible with a variety of lenses, including several that will be on sale this year in 2018 of the MK series, now MKX, which was introduced a year ago, and an optics designed with the idea in mind of the offer contains “High optical performance and convenient usability for professional video recording.”

The first to appear in early summer is the Fujinon MKX18-55mm T2.9 and the MKX50-135mm T2.9, later (already at the end of the year) the Fujinon XF200mm F2 R LM OIS WR (fixed focal length telephoto and large aperture) and the XF8-16 mm F 2.8 R WR (designed especially for landscape).

Fujifilm X-H1 Review; the first mirrorless X Series with built-in five-axis stabilizer

The first two cover the range of 18-135 mm (27-206 equiv.), The focal length most used in video production according to Fujifilm, and offer a constant T2.9 aperture over the entire zoom range, ” what It allows for a shallow depth of field and a beautiful bokeh effect . “

Its design has been optimized for recording videos by minimizing focus shift and optical axis during zoom operation, ” as well as lens breathing .” Both have three rings, one to enable manual and independent operation of the focus, another for the zoom and a third for the diaphragm.

 

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