Fujifilm X-H1 review

Does Fujifilm's newest X-series deserves its flagship status?

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Fujifilm X-H1: Verdict

With a weather-sealed body that's larger and sturdier than the X-T2's; the advantage of in-body image stabilisation; and a healthy range of control over video recording, it's clear that Fujifilm is aiming the X-H1 towards a high-end and professional audience. Indeed, Fujifilm credits the professional market for driving the success of mirrorless cameras. 

It's a camera that's ideal for those using longer X-series lenses for wildlife, sports or nature who find the X-T2's body a little small, together with anyone who wants to shoot in low light with the security of in-body stabilisation. This feature alone is highly useful and does make the X-H1 stand out against other X-series models that rely on lens-based optical stabilisation, which is not provided on all X-mount optics.

Of course, strong and keenly priced rival models that already offer this feature in-camera mean that, to some extent, Fujifilm is playing catch-up here. Each rival has attracted something of a niche audience with their own models, with Panasonic focusing more on video-recording capabilities and Sony's ace card being the draw of the full-frame sensor inside its A7-series cameras.

But the X-H1 makes a lot of sense, especially for those who have already invested in the X-mount system or are swayed by its design, image quality and lenses. Given what it does, the X-H1's price actually looks very reasonable. It doesn't cost a great deal more than the X-T2, and investing further in the optional battery grip turns the X-H1 into a fast, powerful and – above all – affordable flagship camera with great strengths and comparatively few weaknesses.

Fujifilm X-H1: Competition

Nikon D500

Like the X-H1, the D500 is a flagship APS-C camera aimed at enthusiasts, experts and professionals, with the same blend of continuous shooting speed, sophisticated autofocus, 4K video and rugged build. It really comes down to preference – mirrorless or DSLR?

Panasonic Lumix G9

The Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds sensor area is roughly 30% smaller than the X-H1's, but it makes up for it with ultra-high-speed continuous shooting, 4K photo modes, 4K video and decent handling. Read our full review here.

Sony A6500

On paper, the A6500 is a good match for the X-H1, but cheaper and smaller. In practice, its small body makes it handle awkwardly with big lenses and it's doesn't feel as snappy in its burst mode. Read our full review here.

Fujifilm X-H1: Specs

  • 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor
  • X-Processor Pro
  • Fujifilm X mount
  • 5-axis, 5.5-stop in-body Image Stabilisation system
  • ISO 200-12,800 (exp to ISO 100 and 51,200 equivalents)
  • DCI 4K to 24p (up to approx. 15min) 
  • UHD 4K to 30p (up to approx. 15min)  
  • Full HD to 60p (up to approx. 20min)
  • 0.5in OLED viewfinder, approx. 100% coverage, 3.69m dots
  • 3in tilting LCD touchscreen, 1.04million dots
  • 1.28in top-plate LCD screen
  • 8fps (14fps with electronic shutter)
  • Eterna Film Simulation feature
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Flicker reduction mode
  • 310-shot battery life
  • 139.8 × 97.3 × 85.5mm 
  • Approx. 673g (including battery and memory card) 

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