New pro-level model will sit above existing X-series cameras
Posted March 3,2018 in Science and Technology.
After months of speculation, Fujiﬁlm has conﬁrmed the imminent arrival of a new pro-oriented X-H1 camera.The new model is positioned above the current co-ﬂagship X-Pro2 and X-T2 models, and combines a handful of familiar technologies with some new additions.
It inherits the same combination of an APS-C-sized 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro engine from the X-T2, together with an updated version of its 4K video recording option, a feature that has been included in a handful of its recent cameras.
One notable inclusion is ﬁve-axis sensorbased image stabilisation, something that has not been designed into previous X-series models. This is said to have a maximum compensatory effect of 5.5EV stops and is effective for both stills and video. It also mirrors the systems on many other recent models in its ability to work in concert with lens-based image stabilisation technologies.
The camera’s weather resistant body makes use of magnesium alloy in its design, and Fujiﬁlm states that being slightly larger than the X-T2 means that it better supports heavier ‘red-badge’ lenses. As with the X-T2, an optional Vertical Power Booster battery grip will also be made available, which increases the maximum frame rate when using the mechanical shutter from 8fps to 11fps, in addition to providing more power.
The X-H1’s body also incorporates a topplate LCD that appears similar to the one integrated into the GFX-50S’s top plate, plus a 3.69 million-dot electronic viewﬁnder and a tilting touchscreen display on the rear.
The announcement comes just weeks after conﬁrmation of a more junior member of the X-series, the X-A5. It bears a similar design and feature set to the existing X-A3 camera, although Fujiﬁlm has equipped it with 4K UHD video capabilities, phase-detect AF and faster processing speeds.
The X-H1 will go on sale in March with a body-only RRP of £1,699/$1,900.