Pros Cons
  • Very good image quality in both Raw and JPEG
  • Great choice of attractive JPEG color/response modes
  • Highly detailed 4K video footage
  • Solid-feeling built, designed to be weather resistant
  • Multiple options for shooting high dynamic range video
  • Capable, tunable subject tracking (with caveats)
  • Video AF can be tuned to be pretty reliable
  • Impressively quiet mechanical shutter
  • USB charging is very convenient
  • Supplied charger makes it easy to keep a spare topped-up
  • Relatively large and heavy
  • Some users may miss dedicated exposure comp dial
  • Face and Eye detection AF not up to contemporary standards
  • Full autofocus performance restricted to central PDAF region
  • Limited battery life for this class of camera.
  • 4K capture limited to 15 minutes without battery grip
  • Limited exposure tools for video shooting

Overall conclusion

The addition of in-camera stabilization will make the X-H1 immediately attractive to X-system photographers, even those who aren't necessarily likely to make much use of its video features. However, slotting-in as a higher-end model above the X-T2 puts the X-H1 up against some pretty fierce competition: Sony, for example, offers the broadly comparable a6500 for less money or the impressive-looking full-frame a7 III for only a little more.

Alternatively, more sports oriented shooters might be tempted by Nikon's D500, while landscape shooters might have their eye caught by the Pentax K-1 - another full-frame option. Fujifilm's increasingly well fleshed-out lens lineup will count in the X-H1's favor, for some photographers but these can also be used with the still attractive X-T2.

Video Review

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Body and Handling

The X-H1's body is the largest yet for an X-series camera, allowing room for the kind of hand grip that will be immediately familiar to DSLR users. The user interface fairly straightforward and offers a good degree of scope for customization and adaptation to your preferred way of shooting. The touchscreen and Movie Silent Control functions considerably improve the camera's usability for video shooters, especially those who need to switch back-and-forth to shoot stills.

16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR @ 55mm
Provia/Standard | 1/125 sec | F5.6 | ISO 200
Photo by Carey Rose

Sadly the touchscreen is often rather slow to respond, which rather detracts from the sense of immediacy of the camera. It certainly feels at odds with the very sensitive (arguably over-sensitive) shutter button. Overall, the camera is quick and easy to shoot with, though only a small proportion of photographers is likely to miss the dedicated exposure compensation dial, given you can set the rear command dial to toggle to adjust it.

Image Quality

90mm F2 R LM WR
Astia/Soft | 1/125 sec | F2.2 | ISO 2000
Photo by Richard Butler

The X-H1's image quality is a match for the X-T2, with perhaps a few tweaks having been made to the JPEG noise reduction at high ISOs. The Raw results are similarly impressive, with low noise levels and plenty of detail being captured. Dynamic range is also good: a little behind the very best of its APS-C peers but still sufficient to give plenty of processing flexibility. As always, the standout feature for Fujifilm is the JPEG engine that provides an extensive series of well-judged color modes that provide interesting creative choices.

However, while very good for an APS-C camera, the X-H1 is still at a significant disadvantage compared with similarly-priced full frame models from Pentax and Sony.

Autofocus and performance

The X-H1 can be a highly competent performer in terms of autofocus and is able to both focus and subject track effectively. However, there are some significant caveats. Face detection isn't very consistent and subject tracking often fails if the subject as allowed to move beyond the central, phase-detection region of the sensor. As with the X-T2, the best results are only realized with some of the system's lenses (chiefly the zooms and some of the more recent prime lenses). Overall, though, paired with a fast-focusing lens, the X-H1 is able to autofocus sufficiently quickly and reliably to be used for a wide variety of shooting situations.

Image stabilization is very effective for stills, though again with a significant degree of variation between lenses. For video it seems best suited to carefully held shots, as it doesn't appear to offer enough travel to compensate for large amplitude movements, such as walking.

Video

The X-H1's video quality is very good, with high levels of detail capture and reasonably well-controlled rolling shutter. Internal F-Log recording and the ability to combine the camera's dynamic range modes with its Film Simulations result in plenty of choice and flexibility in how you shoot.

The 200Mbps footage looks great when lined up against almost anything else and, although we're not fully sold on the Movie Silent Control interface itself, it reduces the need to significantly reconfigure the camera which shifting from stills to movie shooting. The fifteen minute limit on 4K capture won't matter for many types of video shooting but the lack of zebras or other exposure tools may be limiting.

The combination of features and the quality of the footage make the X-H1 a very strong option for joint stills/video shooting, arguably on a par with the best of its immediate rivals.

Overall conclusion

The X-H1 is, in many ways, an excellent camera: adaptable to a wide range of photographic challenges and with most of the tools you'd need to shoot excellent video. It brings stabilization and video improvements over the Gold-winning X-T2, along with the kind of 'big camera' ergonomics that some photographers love. However, all of this comes at a price, both financially and in terms of size.

If you already have a number of X mount lenses, the X-H1 is the most capable camera you can mount them on. Its performance is as solid as its construction feels and the addition of stabilization will be appealing. It's also well worth considering as a stills/video hybrid, if you haven't yet picked a system. However, given how good some of its competition is at this point in the market, we can't wholeheartedly recommend it in the way we would with the X-T2, which means it earns a Silver Award.


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Fujifilm X-H1
Category: Semi-professional Interchangeable Lens Camera / DSLR
Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
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Metering & focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
Image quality (jpeg)
Low light / high ISO performance
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Movie / video mode
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Conclusion
The X-H1 is a camera able to adapt to a wide variety of shooting situations, with excellent image quality, very good video performance and solid autofocus performance. As usual, the camera's color in its JPEGs and movie footage is one of the highlights. Our only real concern is the camera's failure to excel in any respect, especially in the light of the competition available at this price.
Good for
Someone looking for a video/stills all-rounder
Not so good for
Anyone looking for the perfect tool for one specific job
86%
Overall score