What Has The New FujiFilm X-H1 Camera To Offer

The New FujiFilm X-H1 Has To Offer • IBIS • New Shutter Button • Secondary LCD Monitor • Touch Screen • Larger Buttons… 


The opportunity came up to test the new FujiFilm X-H1 camera here in South Africa. The new camera had quite a few new “add ons” compared to the FujiFilm X-T2. For sure I was curious, I had the camera in a shop in my hands and tried it a bit, as far I was able to, in a shop environment! I love the new shutter button. It’s sensitivity is superb, as well the new exposure compensation button placed right beside the shutter button is a welcome, with changing the settings with a wheel. Very similar to my old Canon gear. The new secondary LCD monitor on top of the camera, is quite handy, I should not forget the new IBIS – integrated body image stabilisation of 5 stops. I was curious to test this new camera.
The question came up, where to go to test this FujiFilm X-H1 in the real world as a wildlife photographer . Well, due to some help of a lodge guide I have met at a workshop of mine the search was very short. She mentioned the Zimanga Lodge here in South Africa. I gave them a call, few emails forward backwards, all was set. The Zimanga Lodge provided terrific accommodations and guide services during my stay. The guides are outstanding I have to say, not to mention the wildlife and hides you will encounter there 😀

What I Like – What I Dislike About The New FujiFilm X-H1 Camera

In this post I will write what I like, as well what can be improved and what I dislike. While I was able to test the new FujiFilm X-H1 camera, FujiFilm neither paid me nor gave me a camera to keep as my own. This post is written on my very own to clear up many questions I receive about FujiFilm X-H1 camera. The camera I had to test was a loan from FujiFilm for a few days. I did end up purchasing the FujiFilm X-H1 camera for the full market price as everybody else out there! That said… then we start.

FujiFilm X-H1 Camera Top View of full body, the Eye cap, the dials for settings of photography, back display and all buttons on camera

X-H1 Key External Features

Body Style and Size

There are many digital cameras for professional photographers on the market. I consider the new Fujifilm X-H1 camera to be a great camera! It has a more substantial, tougher body built for durability with magnesium alloy, perfect for sports, wildlife and landscape photographers. The larger body of the FujiFilm X-H1 camera provides better balance when using longer lenses. It’s weather sealed to protect it from the elements of nature.

Some points I find good / great and some which I miss or dislike on this camera:

      • New Shutter Button – Sensitivity is just superb
      • Secondary LCD Monitor on top of camera – inbuilt light for at night, helpful here and there
      • Exposure compensation button beside shutter button, turn the back wheel to change these settings.
          • This EC-button should be a tad larger or a bubble on top to feel it better with your fingers!
      • Most of the button sizes have increased, including the back focus button.
          • Just not all! The buttons on the battery grip are still to small – this is missing! The grip is bigger, why not the buttons as well? I would love to know the reason/s that FujiFilm kept these buttons still same size as on the X-T2 camera. See images below.
      • Robuster Magnesium Body, better weather sealed. Looking forward to my next rock crabs session at the ocean! Then I will see, if it can stand the wave splashes as the X-T2 did.
      • Body is slightly larger to X-T2 camera, weight increased slightly, not a big deal actually. That the body is larger is a welcome for many out there I was talking to. For me as well.
      • The Eye Cup is bigger and much better as on the X-T2, I say it is much more comfy for your eye, or when you use glasses!


 Backside FujiFilm X-H1 camera booster grip or also battery grip showing the small buttons

The Battery Grip / Booster Grip of the new FujiFilm X-H1 with the same size of buttons as on the X-T2 below

Backside FujiFilm X-T2 Camera Booster Grip | Buttons Small
The Battery Grip / Booster Grip of the FujiFilm X-T2 – small buttons

Battery and Vision

The battery life of this camera is sufficient. The power booster grip is great for the extended battery life as well as an excellent handhold. Just it’s buttons are still to tiny. The grip is now larger, but the buttons not, compared to the X-T2! I was able to take photos throughout the 3-4 hour excursions at Zimanga. Since I was focusing more on wild animals images, I’m not sure how well the batteries will perform when I am out in the bush for a full day or taking long exposure landscape photos. I also did not try video, which also affects battery life quite a lot. At this point, I am pleased with how long they lasted on this trip! I do know, when out in the bush for a day tour, if the battery power goes low, I always can charge them via my USB plugs in my jeep. Just hook up the FujiFilm X-H1 body with a USB cable. It charges the battery in the camera body, but not in the battery grip! Keep that in mind.

Wildlife Photographers

will appreciate the low volume of the shutter release, making it less likely your subject will hear and take off. The shutter button itself is touch sensitive and placed at the front of the hand grip for easy access. The back focus button has been increased in size and is located in a better position than even the X-T2. For me this was quite a welcome in handling this camera out in the bush.
The bigger viewfinder allows for better clarity when looking through it to your subject, and the photographer can see how the image will look. The eyecup is further away from the body of the camera so those wildlife and landscape photographers with glasses will have an easier time using it!
Meanwhile, if you have now a tad more insight of this X-H1 camera, you might like to know more what this camera features insight, go over to the reasons why I switched from Canon to FujiFilm cameras. This post gives you even more insights about the menu and much more.

African Elephant Bull taken with the new FujiFilm X-H1 camera. Elephant walks towards photographer, landscape behind him, African bush
African elephant bull; I took this picture with holding the camera as deep as I could, back display flipped out and using it for composition and touch screen to focus. Works great, not to forget the electronic level!

FujiFilm X-H1 Internal Features

Settings and IBIS

The body of the camera passes the durability, comfort, and rugged tests, but how do the internal features stack up? Overall, they are great! The menu is user-friendly, and most of the settings are easy to access and customize. The touch display takes some getting used to, but the camera does have a handy tilting display for better viewing.

The menu is more or less the same as in the X-T2. Easier to understand.
The camera boasts a 24.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS III image sensor and 325-point autofocus. It has a new X-Processor Pro image-processing engine, and is mirrorless, of course. Well, the details in the images are really noticeable better as in the X-T2.
The new auto-focus algorithm got faster as in the X-T2, this I recognised right away.
Now the famous 5 Axis IBIS – the built-in shift stabilisation sensor, or integrated body image stabilisation of 5 stops. Sounds great, is great, WHEN you find the right menu options to access the IBIS! It’s not apparent, well not quite for me understandable. Where is it and where can I switch it on and off? Instructions are in the manual on page 129. I read it a few times to understand it. My mother tongue is not English, but my manual is. For me it is just not quite clearly written. Maybe for you!

The IBIS Switch ON/OFF Should Be Added To The Quick Menu!


Additional Features

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities come as standard. No extra buying gadgets on the market. Get the free App for your mobile, connect via wifi with your camera, that’s all. The FujiFilm X-H1 camera also boasts customizable back display for all capturing situations, and I could see the histogram while capturing wild animals images! This feature is one of my favorites, and I love it. The camera is capable of up to 14 frames per second of continuous taking pictures and offers both DCI 4K recording at 24 fps and 4K UHD video at 30 fps.
Overall, I enjoy using the new FujiFilm X-H1 camera.The camera produces great photo prints at 24.5 Megapixels, has great details and I love the results of my wildlife imaging. I’m looking forward to see its capabilities or not on my next trip to photograph landscapes. For sure I will see how the batteries will do with long exposure photography.

You might be interested how the FujiFilm X-T1 with Greenland Icebergs performed.
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Why I Switched From Canon to FujiFilm Cameras

Do I Regret That I switched From Canon to FujiFilm Cameras? – No

Right now my camera bag carries a FujiFilm cameras; X-H1 & X-T2. From where did it come from, the switch? It was Greenland. I had the opportunity to switch one of my Canon cameras to a FujiFilm X-T1 in my bag. FujiFilm Switzerland lent me their new camera at that time, the FujiFilm XT-1 and 3 lenses; XF 16-55mm/2.8; XF 50-140mm/2.8; XF 10-24mm/4.0. Wow, my bag was suddenly a few kgs lighter, what a bliss. I got to spend some time learning the camera and using it to capture iceberg photographs. After FujiFilm brought the follower model, the FujiFilm X-T2, I sold all my Canon gear, even that I was a CPS member. I switched from Canon to FujiFilm cameras for good. Well, for quite some reasons you can read below. As a professional landscape and wildlife photographer, I need my cameras to take high quality photographs, as well being weather sealed, robust, light weighted for traveling also for quite some other reasons. My bag carries now solely FujiFilm cameras, of course all my filters I used as well with my Canon gear before.

Why I switched to FujiFilm Cameras

As a nature photographer, I need my camera gear to take high quality photographs, being weather sealed, robust and few more things I am asking for. The FujiFilm cameras I use right now are X-H1 & X-T2. These have nearly all the features I need for my nature photography, for my photo prints… etc. The 24 MP sensor, gives me high image quality, provides amazing details in the photographs, in Jpeg and RAW files. The FujiFilm lenses, give me more freedom for my compositions of my wildlife and landscape photographs.

          • Weight and size
          • Customizing your display, see below
          • EVF shows you a electronic level, histogram, highlights…etc. during taking photos
          • EVF shows you a very close final image
          • Solid weather sealing
          • More AF points and focus on AF performance
          • Excellent Image Quality for both, Jpeg and RAW
          • Takes 14 frames per second, for the birders some fun
          • Wifi and Bluetooth inbuilt
          • No extra costs were involved for new filters…etc.


Switched From Canon to FujiFilm Cameras, FujiFilm X-H1 LCD Monitor showing camera settings on screen, same you see when you look the viewfinder

FujiFilm X-H1 LCD Monitor Camera Settings I have right now. These settings I see as well while taking pictures through the viewfinder. The green line going from the right to the left is the electronic level. When you hold the camera in level, the line changes its color to green! All this is also viewable through the viewfinder, well actually even more. I just did not set up all, only what I need.


Switched From Canon to FujiFilm Cameras, the FujiFilm X-H1 LCD Monitor showing it's Focus Frame on the rear display, also be viewable through viewfinder

The Focus Frame / focus point display of the FujiFilm X-H1, it looks the same as in the X-T2. You have single point, zone and wide tracking, with each selection the square gets bigger. The white squares are your selection points. When I compare that to my old Canon cameras, I really prefer this. Yes the FujiFilm has also a back focus button which you can assign to a button of your choice, of course.


Menu and Features

of the cameras are easy to use. The histogram in viewfinder, highlights and the auto-horizon level are helpful with every composition and settings of a photograph. FujiFilms EVF is big, nearly all my changes I make in the camera settings show in the viewfinder. The EVF of these mirrorless cameras will show you a very close final image. Well, a DSLR not!

You program your EVF to show level, histogram, highlights, exposure compensation, ISO, aperture and shutter settings… etc. Actually, you can set just all up to see in your viewfinder what you need or want. Not all you can see in the viewfinder of a DSLR. Like showing the level during taking photos. Or showing the histogram while pushing the shutter release. Why can’t a DSLR do this? Simple it has a mirror! Oh well. I know Canon and Nikon have the level inbuilt, but you do not see it while taking pictures! This is a great add on when hand holding your camera.

When I switched from Canon to FujiFilm cameras, I was also able to keep using all my landscape photography gear; filters, filter holder… etc. This saved me quite a sum of money by not having to buy any extras, what I have owned already.

One thing what I really dislike is; I cannot download my menu settings to the memory card further to my PC. This is something which I would love to have. Can I live without? Of course, but it would be really nice to have. It safes me the time to set up two menus and whatever comes along my way with settings, of course.

From Canon to FujiFilm Cameras

Swop to Lightweight Gear

As a traveling landscape and wildlife photographer, the weight of my camera bag matters, especially when flying to different countries. Carrying a heavy weight camera bag through the knee-deep snow in Greenland or the jungles of Asia or Peru! Who wouldn’t like to avoid that. With the 2 FujiFilm X-T2 and lenses, I was able to complete the 4-day hike of the original Machu Picchu Inca Trail without any problems. Millions of steps to climb up and down (I accelerate with the step number!), it was fine, as I had not to heavy gear in my bag.

Even Getting to My Destinations By Airlines Have Became Difficult

Airlines claimed my camera bag was too heavy to be a carry-on at the check in counter. Canon cameras where in my camera bag! The airlines started to ask for overweight payments for the equipment, and my camera bag would still end up in the belly of the aircraft! I didn’t like that option at all. Who does? Yes, some special protective cases help you with such further, but why buy protective cases for heavy gear. It can be quite a never-ending story with buying and buying… etc. By now I can put my camera bag on the weight scale without worrying to get into any discussion for “overweight” at a checkin counter.

Firmware Upgrades and Extra Purchases

Many camera manufacturers make certain features available only by buying upgrade models and extras. They also make users to “buy firmware upgrades”, which is in some cases, upgrade to the follower model. FujiFilm releases firmware upgrades more often than other camera companies and make them available for their customers right away. The company has continued to do so even after releasing new camera models in a frequent matter. What I have noticed, they listen to their customers very well!

FujiFilm releases extra gear, such as lenses, at a price that is affordable and reasonable. Canon and other companies make their extra gear quite expensive. To get the technology you need or want, you have to spend more money. Aren’t our wallets the closest to us? Indeed. With FujiFilm, even an upgrade to a new camera body is now very affordable for us photographers!

The new FujiFilm X-H1 is an incredible camera that a sports or wildlife photographer would enjoy capturing photographs.

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