So the Fujifilm X-H1 was released with many conversations appearing online. Most people see it as an upgrade to the Fujifilm X-T2, is it, or is it a completely new camera line…..
From a Fuji perspective, we think the X-H1 sits very nicely in between the X-T2 and the mighty GFX, it is, in essence, a hybrid, everything ergonomic from the GFX and everything Fuji learnt with the X-T2, with one BIG difference In Body Image Stabilisation (IBIS).
From what we have been reading on social media, the X-H1 comes across a little like marmite, a love or hate (hate being a strong word). A lot of people don’t understand IBIS as a ‘stills’ camera, one decision we don’t understand, which is why we have done some videos and this blog post.
Most people compare the X-H1 to the X-T2, so let’s have a look at one verse the other.
A started with a look at tracking; Fuji says the X-H1 has better Auto Focusing (AF), with this we wanted to see if it had better tracking with its AF. With a lot of talk about the X-H1 ‘reinventing’ some of the slightly older lenses, i.e. the 56mm f/1.2, we thought we would give this ago. NOTE: we love the 56mm anyway 🙂
We wanted to make our test a little more ‘real world’ scenario, so we took a trip to our local church, being wedding photographers what better way than getting in a dimly lit church on an overcast day in the UK.
We set up both cameras having a 56mm on each body, the same zone tracking settings and got shooting, you can see the video here:
The full results as hit rates are:
XT2 NO Face Track
In Focus x18 – 69%
Out Focus x8 – 31%
XT2 Face Track
In Focus x12 – 48%
Out Focus x13 – 52%
XH1 NO Face Track
In Focus x17 – 74%
Out Focus x6 – 26%
XH1 Face Track
In Focus x10 – 43%
Out Focus x13 – 56%
So the IBIS, something Nathan has already touched on in a video in more control conditions using the 90mm, we decided to do this again in the church. To us, when you have a couple kneeling or standing very still at the end of the aisle, why not take full advantage of the subject not moving and lower the ISO and let the IBIS assist. The IBIS video shows us doing this with Nathan as the subject and Ben using the X-H1 with the 90mm f/2:
You can see Nathan’s other video on our YouTube channel.
To give you a little example of the images, here is a direct comparison of the X-T2 against the X-H1:
All images were taken using the 90mm f/2 @ f/2.8.
The first Image is the X-T2 with a shutter of 1/125.
The second image is the X-H1 with a shutter of 1/100
The first Image is the X-T2 with a shutter of 1/25.
The second image is the X-H1 with a shutter of 1/13
We are going to release a couple of more comparison videos on the YouTube channel, looking at the shutter etc, please pop along and subscribe to be kept up to date.
Thanks for reading/watching,
Nathan & Ben
The Photography Team