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