Fujifilm X-H1 Review

  • By: John Lochert
  • Date: July 31, 2021
  • Time to read: 5 min.

The Fujifilm company has been in the market for ages, and they surely left a stamp of their own. They pretty much own the field with a high-quality camera with reasonable price ranges. And now they are back, stronger than ever with their new unreleased camera, this camera is the talk of all the blogs, groups and most certainly rumors. So we made this Fujifilm X-H1 review with all that we have heard so far, and what we are expecting.

It is said that the new Fujifilm X-H1 will beat Fujifilm X-T2 out of its place with better and higher features, despite sharing the same sensor and processor, the Fujifilm X-H1 will have the same 24 MP X-TransIII sensor of the Fujifilm X-T2 along with a higher AutoFocus. The main upgrade over the Fujifilm X-T2 is the in-body image stabilization (IBIS).

Read more about the new Fujifilm X-T2 undertaken by TechRadar.

Fujifilm X-H1 Mirrorless Digital Camera w/Vertical Power Booster Grip Kit

Let’s start with the body axis, you may have been wondering and speculating whether it will have a 3 or 5 body axis, but to put that debate,  the good news is that it will be 5 axis in-body image stabilization.

Unlike we see on some Olympus and Panasonic cameras, the IBIS on the X-H1 can not be combined with the OIS. So you have to use either IBIS or OIS, but they won’t work together.

As reported earlier, it will have full sensor readout meaning no crop when IBIS is activated, the sensor readout will cover the full sensor area. It will lack sensor-shift and dual IS, at least at the current firmware stage, but the IBIS only function will work just fine.


Shot at a Fujifilm press event in Seattle, Washington, to launch the X-T2 camera.

Just like the X-T2 and GFX, the X-H1 will have the 3 way fully articulating tilting screen, but they must have read the fans demands and so they have added a touch feature to it, unlike the X-T2.

It was also said that Fujifilm X-H1 In Body Image Stabilization will be compatible and work with all Fujinon X-Mount Lenses, it will not have its own set of lenses.

This Fuji X-H1 review is not done yet; it will have a new film simulation “eterna” in addition to a top LCD panel adding more visible outdoors in bright sunlight, and not as distracting in dark locations.

It is reported that the video specifications will be 4K with a 1.17x crop, 30p, and a f-log 4:2:0 8 bit 200 mbps, making it probably also an ideal camera for sports photography especially in combination with the XF200mF2.

It also has a 4K photo feature which is a Timelapse feature, adding a better video experience.

The Fujifilm X-H1 will have the headphone jack build into the camera body which is a huge update comparing to the X-T2 that has the headphone jack only in the vertical grip.

The unreleased model feels fantastic in hand; it is all metal and much better made in Japan than most of the other expensive but all-plastic cameras popular today.

Shoot with it, and you’ll love how smooth and quiet it is. It is a small, discreet camera. It takes a while to learn because it’s menu system is awful, but once you get past that and get it set, it is a joy to shoot.

This unreleased model’s system is the first serious system designed from the ground up as a digital camera system with no ties whatsoever to film.

Fujifilm X-H1 Mirrorless Digital Camera w/Vertical Power Booster Grip Kit

For instance, the lenses are designed knowing they’ll be working with a digital system, and the system automatically works in concert with these lenses to correct lateral color, distortion, light fall-off and even diffraction all automatically.

There is no way to shoot these lenses off the camera to see how they work without correction; they are intended to work with the camera as a complete system.

It also adds a few nice features, like a cable release socket and dual card slots, to the already excellent Fuji X-T1 of 2014.

They are both what a Japanese camera should be: tiny, tight, precise, fast, quiet, easy to use and extremely well made out of all metal.

It’s not another off-shored to China excuse made out of plastic.

In-depth Fuji X-H1 Review

The first impressions given to the unreleased model were that it gave us a reminiscent of an old film camera. It is very easy to get into just shooting frames with it; it has great ergonomics and is as fast as any pro camera.

The new joystick on back, which you can use to select focus points, is such genius add that we believe all cameras should have one. This is a shooter’s camera with manual controls even if you don’t need them on a digital camera.

This model is the company’s reliable imaging algorithms and appealing film simulation software, and it is easier to just let the camera do the work on its own, spending little time if any, post-processing. That is the Fujifilm magic and if you invest in their system, it will reward you with studio-quality images.

This model has added the advantage of offering a compact, rugged, water-resistant design that is built to take anywhere.

The unreleased model is recommended highly to all the Fujifilm fans who aspire for perfection, this versatile is also recommend as a superb mirrorless camera to those photographers looking to step up from their sleek but underpowered smartphones or get rid of their bulky DSLR gear.

It is also rumored that this model will take exceptionally sharp and undistorted images, due to no anti-alias filter on the sensor and super sharp lenses optimized for the Fuji sensors and the camera’s DSP.

The X-H1 is light, fast, and offers excellent image quality. It is a serious mirrorless camera for serious photographers.

Finally, we end this Fujifilm X-H1 review with the EVF update. In continuous shooting, the EVF black out time on the upcoming Fujifilm X-H1 will be much shorter than on the X-T2. Almost seemingly, it will be basically black out free, hence getting closer to Sony A9 territory, and perhaps beating it.

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