Fujifilm XH1 Real World Camera Review

We take the Fujifilm XH1 to the Lake District to put it to the test in this real world review with a landscape photography flavour.

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The Fujifilm XH-1 is Fuji’s new flagship mirrorless camera and sits above the XT2 in the Fuji lineup. It has the same 24mp crop sensor as the XT2 so we know the sensor is capable of capturing some great images.

Many of us need a camera to be rugged and reliable and that’s exactly what this camera is. The all new metal chassis feels rock solid and it’s weather sealed so when the rain starts, we don’t have to stop. One of the big benefits of mirrorless cameras is they can be smaller and more compact than a DSLR. This in part led to popularity of the XT2, especially amongst landscape photographers because weight and size really matters when hiking in the wilderness.

It might seem odd then that Fuji have gone in the opposite direction and made this camera bigger than its predecessor, but I don’t think so. It’s still significantly lighter than a pro DSLR body so weight is still being saved over most pro cameras. However the bigger size makes it much more comfortable in the hand, especially with the optional battery grip. The comfort adds versatility and makes this camera a genuine option for photographers working with their camera all day like wedding and street photographers. It seems to be a genuine all rounder.

One of the big selling points of this new mirrorless camera is the new in body 5 axis image stabilisation. Image stabilisation has never excited me when it comes to stills but it absolutely does when it comes to video. The system works really well to smooth out your shot and also breaths some new life into older lenses you might have lying around that don’t have IS.

This camera is a bit of a beast when it comes to video and I’ve been very impressed. It shoots 4K, it can do 120fps at 1080p and has loads of built in video presets to vary the look of your footage including a log mode. I’ve settled for the new ETERNA film mode that mimics the look of that film but still leaves me with plenty of room for post production if I need it. Aside from that I’ve just been hugely impressed by the sheer quality of the video image. It looks sharp and punchy and just looks really good and is on a par with the Canon 5D mark iv.

An external microphone can also be attached and a really nice feature is the ability to set microphone gain separately for the built in mic and an external mic so you don’t need to adjust it every time you plug a mic in.

So will this be replacing my DSLR. To be honest, not at the moment. It’s very close though and I have been very impressed with the Fujifilm XH1. I have absolutely loved shooting witht the Fuji X-H1 today and I feel it’s definitely better than the lower end DSLR’s and also better than the Canon 6D Mark ii that I reviewed the other week They are very similarly priced.

It’s not the perfect camera, there are slight annoyances like the lack of a built in bulb timer and the touch screen is not as useful as it could be but the biggest issue for me is the cropped sensor. It is a good sensor but it’s just not full frame. Like all cropped sensors any noise that is present looks harsh and kills the sharpness and you lose some dynamic range. That might not matter to you but when you think the new full frame Sony A7R Mark iii is just around the corner, at a pretty similar price, personally I would need to try that out first before finally making the leap to mirrorless.

Anyway this is still a very nice camera and I have had a great time using today here in the absolutely stunning Lake District. If you decided to buy I don’t think you would be sorry.

I’ll put more information down in the description and Please subscribe if you enjoyed this video, I have more reviews coming up and I’ll be out again next week for another landscape photography vlog. leave a comment down below with your thoughts or questions about the camera and I’ll see you another one very soon



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  1. "If it were not for this stupid, stupid screen on the back and don't really know what good that is…."
    I will tell you how good this Fujifilm screen is, it is perfect. For a vlogger no it's not as the flip out screen is better, but for a proper professional photographer who has no need to vlog, then the flip out screen like Canon, Panasonic et al is a complete waste of time and a hindrance.
    For a pro photographer, especially a wedding photographer it is a nightmare, it's not discreet enough and it near doubles the width of the camera. For example I am shooting bride preps and I want to get low down for a different angle I would have to take hold of the screen, flip it sideways and shoot with it away from the camera, instantly everyone knows what I am doing and then I would have to keep it out to continue shooting, as taking it in and out is so inconvenient and defeats the object. Imagine, flipping it out to get a low shot, then to continue I have to turn it and flip it back in, then out, then in…Grrr!
    The screen we have here on the Fujifilm (and on Sony) is so discreet, I can shoot people without them knowing , it's easy it articulate up and down and it stays behind the camera so nobody ever knows what you're doing. As I lower or lift the cameras I can just ease it out with my finger, then ease it back in as I bring the camera back to my eye, impossible to do with a stupid stupid flip out screen like on a Canon. Try an articulating flip out screen like Canon's and try and shoot quickly and discreetly, it makes it so much more difficult..honestly. This is the simple reason I will stop shooting Canon as I have had the taste of the Fujifilm rear screen now and it just works in a fast moving, stressful environment.
    I enjoy your videos and you have a great presenting style, thank you.

  2. Maybe it’s just me, but I got the feeling that this was your first time hands on the camera with this outing. 1st you mention the disagreeable noise when compared to full frame cameras, yes it’s APSC, but your still on the mountain, so you did not examine the shots for noise yet, my understanding this camera does really very good with low nois high iso performance . 2nd, one of the neat features is switching back and forth between video and still, which I have understood the camera has to completely different setting storages that the camera remembers, and that with a bottom push you can go from one to the other. But you stated fiddily. Well, good luck.

  3. It is not the top of the range Fuji, that would be the GFX, secondly it is not a replacement for the XT2, that will be the upcoming "XT3" Re your vlogging issue, why would you need such a large and relatively heavy camera??

  4. Why would you compare Fujifilm's top X-Trans camera with the 6D II? I'm sure Fujifilm sees this as its alternative to the 5D IV.

    Before committing to Sony, do your due diligence on it's support.
    Also, ask yourself what you'd gain. I lot of people think mirrorless cameras are lighter. In truth, mirrorless camera systems are only lighter if they're APS-C, they're designed for APS-C lenses and equipped with APS-C lenses. Under those conditions, DSLRs too could be lighter.

  5. Nice real life review, I would be crazy happy with these weather conditions when visiting the Lake District 🙂 Cheers to this nice vlog (as usual!) and no i will not replace my 5DMKIII with this one, I am waiting for the news canon will one day bring and invest in lenses like a Tilt shift or 100mm macro cause the 5DMKIII is still capable for the job and since there is an A7RIII maybe a refurbisch A7RII with adapter might apear allthough I hope the 5DMKIV will sinc in price as well soon 😉

  6. thanks for the upload adam. fuji focus process is a learning experience that takes longer than a short trial to understand, tracking is usually spot on if you've chosen the appropriate AF custom setting to the scene being captured. Canon DPAF is hard to beat though. i don't understand the noise reference 11:01 , x-series are renowned for noise to be closer in appearance to film grain than digital mush 🙂

  7. Great review Adam. Really enjoy that fact that you test the camera and put it through it's paces and give honest feedback. I'm currently looking to up grade from a Canon 600d so more reviews of camera would be great. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Hi Adam, regarding shooting in Bulb mode I recently watched Chris Paul's video where he shot long exposures with his xt2 through the fuji film app. I thought this might solve your problem although it would have been better if you can do such things in camera.

  9. Great watch adam, love your style. Having just drown my beloved x100t (see vlog) this review was well timed, however my replacement will be the x100F, I just love the size and versatility of the x100 series. Awesome work mate keep it up.

  10. Nice camera, nothing wrong with the mirror less system, it will be some time before I choose to change, Sony upgrade their camera line up so quick, it becomes pretty expensive after a while, chasing the latest body, stick with what your happy with, get the most out of your camera, before making the next jump, it's the person behind the camera that sets the picture up, not the latest camera!

  11. Hi Adam, another good video and was interesting to see you shooting a Fuji. I made the change to Fuji 2 years ago from Canon and have enjoyed my photography so much more…from the dials, the size and the fun that it put back in taking pictures my experience with Fuji and their awesome lens has made me so happy I went the route of fuji over the other mirrorless offerings. If your trying to decide Fuji you may want to wait until Octoberish as the X-T3 should be coming out and that might be more to your liking. I'm holding off buying the XH1 until I see what is coming out in only a few months.

  12. Excellent video Adam, I really enjoy how you do these reviews out on location. Being an x-shooter myself, I’m very interested in the X-H1 mainly for it’s video features. It’s very frustrating that it doesn’t have a fully articulating screen, as you said it would be perfect for vlogging. It’s a shame about the focusing issues, but hopefully Fujifilm can resolve that through a firmware upgrade. Thanks for sharing mate! 👍

  13. hi adam , really good video, would love to see you review the new pentax k1 mark 2. your reviews come across completely unbiased and fair and I think you would give it a fair go. we all know the pentax is never go to win an award for video but the k1 was labelled by another youtuber as the best landscape camera .( am only repeating what he said). anyway, would love it if you could. all the best, nick 🙂

  14. Landscape YouTube Vlogger Gareth Danks is a Fujifilm user and an excellent photographer, has just switched from the XT2 to the XH1 and has posted a couple of Vlogs , taken some excellent shots worth a look

  15. Great review Adam. I am looking at going mirrorless, but it's such a huge expense, especially here in NZ where camera prices are so over inflated it's not real. I will have to sell everything in my current arsenal just to buy the body and a couple of decent lenses. I currently have a canon 7dmk2, canon 70-200 f4 a 17-40 f4 a 10-18 ef-s and a nifty fifty plus all the other bits and pieces that go with it. I am waiting for the right one to come along and although the XH1 looks really impressive I might just wait to see what the Sony AIII's have to offer before making a decision, I might still just go for a 6dmkII. Any advice you could give would be appreciated!!

  16. For landscape photography, or any photography where you want to capture all the detail and dynamic range you can (which is most photography), full frame will always be the way to go and will always be ahead of smaller sensor cameras. Images taken with little cameras such as the the Fujifilm have a little of what I call the "cell-phone" look to them. For video, cameras such as this Fujifilm do almost as well as full frame when the light is good, but low light performance isn't nearly as good. Same is true for still images regarding low light; full frame will always be much better than crop sensors. Add to that other quirks, too small bodies (yes there is such a thing as too small, a camera needs to be above a certain size to be comfortable and handled easily), poor lens selection, not so cheap price, etc., and for me at least, I can't think of a reason to purchase something like this. If I was in the market for a crop sensor camera I'd just buy Nikon D500 or Canon equivalent, which are better at most everything, perhaps with the exception of video, maybe not, which unless you're a professional videographer is good enough anyway, and probably good enough even if you are a professional videographer. Manufacturers such as Fujifilm, Olympus, and Sony will have to do better to get people like me to abandon my Nikon system (with all my cameras, lenses and thousands of dollars invested) and jump ship to their offerings. I don't like crop sensors. I don't like limited lens selection. I don't like tiny camera bodies. I don't care too much about video. And I don't care about mirrorless. I care about capturing the best quality image possible at any given time.

  17. Looks a good camera but again flawed like my Sony with the non flip screen. Have both the A7R2 and A6300 which I can share my lenses between. However maybe sell up both for the new A7iii. Never had an issue vlogging without the flip screen to be honest. The new Sony looks a staggering camera for the money and with early reviews may beat your Canon in a lot of areas.

  18. Nice real world review, I’m sure it’s a very capable camera but the cost of changing from my canon set up is not my priority. I’m looking for a full frame Canon, so I can count the Fuji out for the moment. Great pictures though Adam.

  19. I moved from a xt2 to a Sony A9, as the Sony is a lot quicker in practice. The image review took ages to come up on the lcd. I use the A9 for street photography, and it is amazing. The Fuji would miss a lot in comarison. Also, as you say the high iso is better on full frame. I still use my canon 5d4 for landscape work as I think it has an edge on dynamic range and overall quality. The weight isn't much different as the Sony lenses are massive – but amazing too! I use a little sigma adaptor to use canon lenses on the Sony. I find you do lose some functionality though. Also, get the little grip adaptor for the Sony. I have large hands and my little finger keeps 'floating' without it, which is actually quit uncomfortable and annoying over time. The grip adaptor makes a huge difference. I had the battery grip too, but sent it back as it made the camera unwieldy in my opinion. Had the A7iii been out at the time, I would have bought it instead most likely.

  20. I guess the Sony 7MIII won't become your main vlogging camera as well: it's got just a flipscreen which you can turn up to about 90 degrees and down for about 45 degrees and no turning to the left/right at all. However, for photography it is a very capable camera indeed.

  21. Nice review Adam. The Fuji looks like a nice camera. I too use the 5D Mark 4 and enjoy the dynamic range it offers along with the great focusing for video, things like that would stop me making the switch. However for the right person the Fuji would make a great choice.

  22. It has a B timer doesn't it? You can use T timer for up to 60 minutes on my GFX so I would have expected that to be the same. Question – when you said it does time-lapse built in do you mean it has the normal interval timer or does it produce time lapses straight out of camera?

  23. It’s an interesting offering the XH1, after the attempts I’ve made to vlog with other Fujifilm cameras I’ve come to the conclusion they are not a platform for self video although for b-roll I think they do well.

    I for my needs I think I’ll wait on the XT3 before upgrading my XT1. Would be awesome if you could review the XT3 once it’s out.

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