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New pro-level model will sit above ex­ist­ing X-se­ries cam­eras

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The lat­est prod­uct an­nounce­ments and in­dus­try de­vel­op­ments

Af­ter months of spec­u­la­tion, Fu­ji­film has con­firmed the im­mi­nent ar­rival of a new proori­ented X-H1 cam­era. The new model is po­si­tioned above the cur­rent coflag­ship 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 weath­er­re­sis­tant 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.

Above SHOOT­ING INFO

The model mir­rors the medi­um­for­mat GFX 50S in of­fer­ing a 1.28in

top-plate LCD

Right TILT­ING The cam­era’s three-inch LCD can be tilted to a range of po­si­tions,

much like on the X-T2

Inset TOP OF THE LINE The X-H1 will sit at the helm of

Fu­ji­film’s X se­ries

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