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Fujifilm X-H1 Hands On, Quick Review: The Son of the GFX 50S

We take the X-H1 for a spin!

Fujifilm continues to strengthen its professional camera portfolio in recent months. Last year, Fujifilm launched the Medium format GFX 50S, and they followed it up this year with the X-H1. A newly-designed model for Fujifilm’s X series, the X-H1 has elements from both the GFX 50S and the X-T2, making it a newly-designed body that features the best of both worlds. Let’s take a quick look at Fujifilm’s latest flagship camera:

 

Initial impressions: Half X-T2, half GFX 50s

If the X-T2 and the GFX 50s have a lovechild, that would be the X-H1. On the first impression, you can see the GFX 50S’ DNA with the top LCD and beefy grip. On the other hand, you can see the DNA of the X-T2 with the dial arrangements on the top plate, along with the top camera bump housing the electronic viewfinder.

From the top, you have dial controls for shooting mode and ISO, metering mode and shutter speed, and a 1.28-inch E-ink LCD panel displaying all pertinent shooting information.

 

At the back, you have a tiltable 3-inch touchscreen display, along with a control dial, a joystick, and a thumb grip. You get a large eyecup too, which makes the X-H1 comfortable to use in case you prefer shooting using the EVF.

 

The X-H1’s display can be tilted both horizontally and vertically. You also get a tap-to-focus option as well, which is handy for tricky shooting situations.

 

Keeping the lights of the X-H1 is an NP-W126s Li-Ion battery, which is the same battery used with the X-T2, X-E3, and X-T20. Those planning to upgrade from the said models will find this as a good news for them.

 

Improved weather sealing makes it a tank

Aside from the updated magnesium body, the X-H1 is also weather sealed, evident with the rubber seals surrounding the SD card slot covers, battery cover, and port covers. Speaking of ports, you get 2 SDXC card slots with the X-H1 on the camera’s right side.

 

On the left side, you have a 3.5mm microphone jack, a USB 3.0 SuperSpeed port, a Type D HDMI port, and a 2.5mm remote port. If you want a headphone jack, you will be needing the VPB-XH1 Power Booster Grip to have the extra feature.

 

That’s it for our first impressions. We got a chance to use the X-H1 for a few minutes, and we will be posting sample photos and using the camera soon on the site.

The X-H1 retails at Php 106,990 for the body only, and at Php 124,990 with the VPB-XH1 Power Booster Grip.

 

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