Fujifilm X-H1 + 16mm f/2.8 WR silver kit
Mirrorless Digital Camera
An excellent choice for both professional video and image capture, the X-H1 from Fujifilm is a mirrorless digital camera packed with features. Utilising Fujifilm's unique, randomised pixel array, the 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III image sensor comes together with the X-Processor Pro Engine, to provide fast high quality image capture with low noise at sensitivities up to ISO 51200. The X-Processor Pro also contributes to fast performance throughout the camera system, including a start-up time of 0.4 seconds, a continuous shoot rate of 14 fps when working with an electronic shutter, or 8 fps with a mechanical shutter. This is combined with an in-body 5-axis image stabilisation system, which is capable of compensating for up to 5.5 stops of shutter speed, helping you to capture sharper images, even when working in low light conditions.
The X-H1 also offers DCI 4K video shooting at 24 fps and a boosted 200 Mb/s bit rate for internal footage, and slow motion can be achieved in a high-speed video mode with Full HD 1080p video at up to 120 fps. Internal F-log recording to an SD card is possible, which allows for a more streamlined workflow, and a dedicated 400% dynamic range setting is available that gives you approximately 12 stops to work with for impressive shadow detail. DCI 2K is also possible, and the camera features a high quality built-in 24-bit/48 kHz microphone as well as a 3.5mm jack. Additionally, HDMI output is supported with an 8-bit 4:2:2 signal.
Using both contrast- and phase-detection methods, the AF system employs 325 total points for a high degree of focusing accuracy. A revamped algorithm expands the minimum aperture from f/8 to f/11, ensuring proper focusing even when stopped down. Other improvements include changes to AF-C performance when operating in zoom and fine-tuning of the phase-detection system.
The camera also integrates several Film Simulation modes to mimic the look and feel of some of Fujifilm's classic film types. Introduced with the camera is the ETERNA film simulation mode, which copies the look of cinematic film with understated colours and richer shadow tones. Several other effects are also available for both monochrome and colour shooting. In addition to simulating specific film types, a Grain Effect mode is also available to replicate the look of old film photos with an organic textured appearance, which is especially noticeable when printing.
All this is housed inside a durable magnesium-alloy body. Several improvements have been made to the design of the X-H1, including a larger hand grip and back buttons, an info display on the top right side, and the addition of an AF-ON button. The weather-sealed body sports dual UHS-II SD card slots and makes use of a 0.5" 3.69m-dot EVF with 0.75x magnification, which features a low display time lag of only 0.005 seconds and a refresh rate of 100 fps for smooth and accurate composition. When not shooting at eye level, the articulated 3.0" 1.04m-dot LCD offers touch functions and a unique three-way tilt that allows you to achieve nearly any viewing angle. Also available is a 1.28" sub-LCD info screen on the top right of the camera for viewing your settings on the fly. And for those that regularly shoot sports under fluorescent lighting, the XH-1 comes with a flicker reduction mode to help your exposures stay accurate at fast shutter speeds.
While most of the X-H1's signature features are built directly into the body; a couple other capabilities can be unlocked with the addition of the optional Vertical Power Booster Grip. Its boost mode allows for the use of multiple batteries simultaneously, resulting in faster shooting speeds during burst shots. The maximum continuous shooting period is increased to 30 minutes, and the grip offers focus lever, AE-L, AF-ON, and Fn buttons beyond the shutter release. Additionally, a 3.5mm headphone jack allows for audio monitoring during recording.
The X-H1 is paired here with the XF 8-16mm f/2.8 R LM WR Lens from Fujifilm. With four aspherical and six ED lens elements, including three super ED elements that specifically target lateral chromatic aberration, this lens offers exceptional control over fringing. A Nano-GI coating on the front two lens elements helps reduce ghosting and flare. Also in the lens is a field curvature correction element that can adjust position depending on the zoom. This element helps retain sharpness and reduces optical distortion that is normally found in ultra-wide angle lenses. Autofocus is powered by an internal linear motor that provides quick, quiet, and accurate focus. The lens is also weather sealed at 11 points and can withstand temperatures as cold as 14°F for use in adverse conditions.