Fujifilm has confirmed the release of its X-H1 high-performance camera, the first in the series to include 5-axis in-body image stabilisation (IBIS) with 5.5 stops of shake correction.


Angled front view of the new  Fujifilm X-H1 camera with the XF 50-140mm zoom lens. (Source: Fujifilm.)

Featuring a newly-designed robust and durable body, the X-H1 uses the company’s APS-C size X-Trans CMOS III sensor (24.30 million pixels, without low-pass filter) and the high-speed image processing engine, X-Processor Pro. Its reinforced body uses a 25% thicker magnesium alloy than the X-T2’s and is dust-and moisture-resistant and able to operate in temperatures as low as -10 ° C. It also has a high-quality scratch resistant coating. Sensor-shift stabilisation provides up to 5.5 stops of shake correction, thanks to three axial accelerometers, three axial Gyro sensors, and a specially developed dual-processor.


Rear view of the Fujifilm X-H1 camera showing the tilting monitor.(Source: Fujifilm.)

The viewfinder has 3,690,000-dot resolution, a high-magnification ratio of 0.75x and a display-time lag of only 0.005 seconds. Its refresh rate is 100 frames/second. The rear LCD monitor is a 3-direction tilt, 3-inch, 1,040,000-dot electrostatic touch-panel LCD and the camera includes a 1.28-inch sub-LCD on the top of the camera, similar to the data screen on the medium format Fujifilm GFX 50S.

The X-H1 is the first X series camera to include ETERNA, a new film simulation mode for shooting movies. This mode simulates cinematic film, creating understated colours and rich shadow tones, extending creative freedom for 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, F-log SD card recording which aids smooth workflow, a DCI 4K shooting mode (4096 x 2160), a 400% dynamic range setting (approximately    12 stops), 200 Mbps high bit rate recording, a high sound quality internal microphone    (24-bit/48 kHz) and verbal time codes.

AF algorithm enhancements include a lowlight limit for phase detection autofocus improved by approximately 1.5 stops, raising the precision and speed of autofocus in lowlight environments. The range at minimum aperture has been expanded from f/8 to f/11.  Major improvements have been made to the AF-C performance while operating the zoom, to improve performance when shooting sports and other scenarios where the subjects move unpredictably.

The Vertical Power Boost Grip will be supplied exclusively with the X-H1 and is weather-proofed to match the camera body. Two batteries may be attached with a third battery in the body of the camera increasing the maximum number of available shots in normal mode to approximately 900. The maximum period for shooting movies in 4K is increased to about 30 minutes, and controls include the shutter release button, focus lever, AE-L button, AF-ON button, command dial, Q button and Fn button.

The X-H1 is also compatible with a range of interchangeable lenses due for release this year, including the MKX18-55mmT2.9 and MKX50-135mmT2.9 professional cinema lenses, which will go on sale in June 2018. An optional Wide Eye Cup will be available for X Series and GFX cameras. It covers a broad area around the eye, greatly reducing light interference and enhancing concentration during long shoots.

The X-H1 kit will be bundled with the Vertical Power Boost Grip for an RRP of AU$3399. It is expected to be available in Australia in early March 2018. For details, visit www.fujifilm.com.au.