Top 5 Things You Need to Know About the New Fujifilm X-H1

Fujifilm has announced its most powerful X Series camera ever! The all-new Fufjilm X-H1 will be available on March 1 for a few cents under $1900 for the body or just under $2,200 for a kit that includes a Vertical Power Booster Grip. Featuring a 24.3 megapixel APS-C sized X-Trans CMOS III image sensor and X-Processor Pro image processing engine, the X-H1 features fast burst shooting modes, 4K video recording, film emulation modes, a 200-12,800 native ISO range, and Bluetooth 4.0.

But those stats are just the tip of the iceberg. Here are the top five things you need to know about the X-H1.
1. Stabilize This!

The new X-H1 is the first X-Series camera with in-body image stabilization (#IBIS), a feature we've come to love in Olympus, Panasonic, and Sony mirrorless systems for added stability when shooting still and/or video. Using XF and XC lenses, you'll be able to extend the camera's low-light performance by up to 5.5 stops (depending on the lens, of course). This will also help smooth out your hand-held movies. The system, which does 10,000 calculations per second, will also reduce micro-vibrations caused by the mechanical shutter (or, if you use the e-shutter, eliminate those micro-vibrations altogether).
2. Vlogger & Filmmaker Friendly... Almost

The X-H1 is taking aim at independent filmmakers and digital content creators. At the top of a very impressive list, the X-H1 can record two different forms of 4K: 1) DCI 4K, aka 4096x2160, the resolution used in professional filmmaking, where you can shoot up to 24fps. Or 2) 4K Ultra HD, aka 3840x2160, the resolution used on 4K TV, Ultra HD Blu-rays, and streaming, where you can shoot up to 30fps. In either 4K mode, recording time is limited to 15mins. In Full HD, aka 1920x1080, you can shoot up to 60fps or select a 1080/120p Slow Motion mode that allows you to slow the footage down up to 5x (if it's like other systems, it records an in-camera 24p Full HD file). 

Plus, the X-H1 includes the ETERNA film simulation mode, which "created understated colors and rich shadow tones", a 12-stop (400%) dynamic range setting, 200 Mbps recording, and a 24 bit/48 kHz internal microphone. And, if you purchase the optional Vertical Power Booster Grip (VPB-XH1), you can extend 4K recording by 30mins.

These are a lot of solid features (though nothing revolutionary). However, there is one downside here. The 3.0" tilting touchscreen is incapable of facing the front (ala a vari-angle, flip-up, or flip-down screen). It's not a dealbreaker, for content creators who work alone filming themselves and/or hand-hold the camera while vlogging, you can't frame your shots precisely without getting an external monitor. Again, not the end of the world, but a bit of a bummer for a camera that's set up to take gorgeous 4K video. (I guess the YouTubers will need a two-person crew!)
3. It's Tough & Ergonomic

Constructed from a 25% thicker magnesium alloy than the X-T2, the X-H1 is dust and weather resistant. That means you can take this bad boy out into the rain or use it in temperatures as low as 14°F \ -10°C. The lightweight body also boasts a scratch-resistant coating and should resist getting banged up when you drop it. (Fujifilm describes this as "strong resistance to impact shock torsion and other sources of deformation.")

Along these lines, the X-H1 features improved ergonomics, including a large grip, near-silent shutter, a new focus level, a new AF-ON button, and a leaf spring shutter-release button. Also, the buttons around back are bigger, and the  1.28" sub-LCD on the camera's top allows you to see your current settings quickly.
4. So Long, Flicker 

Shooting under fluorescent and mercury lights can be challenging, but the X-H1 boasts a Flicker Reduction Mode to help stabilize your exposure under those lights while you unleash the camera's 8fps burst shooting mechanical shutter (14fps e-shutter) capabilities. This is perfect for stadiums and classroom and other poorly-lit locations.

Speaking of poorly-lit, the X-H1's phase detection AF has been bumped 1.5 stops to -1.0EV, which means the camera will focus faster and more accurately in darker conditions. Plus, you can now extend the AF system's minimum aperture to F11 and AF-C at full zoom is better than ever.
5. Hybrid AutoFocus Improved

Speaking of poorly-lit, the X-H1's Hybrid AF system is better than ever. You'll see improved performance using AF-C while at full zoom and tracking rapidly moving subjects. Plus, you can extend the AF system's minimum aperture to F11. And, the system's phase detection AF has been bumped 1.5 stops to -1.0EV, which means the camera will focus faster and more accurately in darker conditions. 

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And keep your eyes peeled here to Steve's Digicams. We're getting an early look tomorrow night should have a First Look Review up in the next week or so.