The X-H1 is the highest performing camera in the X Series lineup, with a newly-designed robust and durable body. The X-H1 incorporates a range of useful features that support shooting in various scenarios by professional photographers, videographers and experienced amateur photographers. These features include not only the first-ever X Series camera with 5-axis in-body image stabilization, which has a maximum of 5.5 stops, but also a flicker reduction mode which enhances the quality of indoor sports photography.
The X-H1 is compatible with a range of other removable lenses including the MKX18-55mmT2.9 and MKX50-135mmT2.9 professional cinema lenses. In combination, the new camera and lens combinations fulfill the professional still image and video production requirements in all genres, including sports photography.
• X-Trans CMOS III Sensor and X-Processor Pro Processor
The X-H1 features a 24.3 megapixel APS-C sized X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro image processing engine for outstanding image quality and high-speed response.
• 5.5-Stops In-Body Image Stabilization
With the X-H1, 5-axis image stabilization is possible with all XF and XC lenses.
Additionally, the X-H1 is capable of more than 5-stops image stabilization, up to a maximum of 5.5 stops. This is possible when the camera is used with all XF lenses that do not include optical image stabilization technology.
The photographer may also choose to use the electronic front curtain shutter or the electronic shutter, virtually eliminating the effect of vibrations to maximize the benefits of image stabilization.
• Robust Weather-Resistant Body and Easy Operability
In addition to the X-H1’s dust and water-resistant properties, as well as the ability to operate in temperatures down to -10°C/-14°F, the camera also features 25% thicker magnesium alloy than the X-T2 and other X Series models, with increased scratch-resistance and surface hardness.
The viewfinder is a high-magnification, high-precision electronic viewfinder with a magnification ratio of 0.75 times and 3.69 million dot resolution. The viewfinder display is extraordinarily smooth, with a display time lag of just 0.005 seconds and a frame rate of 100 frames per second.
The X-H1 also features a 3-direction tilt 3-inch 1.04 million dot electrostatic touch-panel LCD and a 1.28” sub-LCD on the top of the camera.
The X-H1 incorporates many improvements based on professional photographer feedback, including a large grip design, leaf-Spring/Summer switch for shutter-release button, near-silent shutter sound, a new AF-ON button, enlargements of buttons on the rear of the camera, and a new focus level.
• Comprehensive Range of Video Features for Movie Production
The X-H1 is the first camera in the X Series to include ETERNA, a new film simulation ideal for shooting movies. This mode simulates cinematic film, creating understated colors and rich shadow tones, greatly enhancing creative freedom during post-processing.
The camera’s video image quality has been improved to include the 1080/120P high-speed video mode (1/2, 1/4 and 1/5 speed slow motion) for recording spectacular slow-motion footage, F-log SD card recording which aids smooth workflow, a DCI 4K shooting mode (4096×2160), a 400% dynamic range setting (approximately 12 stops), 200 Mbps high bit rate recording, a high-sound quality internal microphone (24 bit/48 kHz) and verbal time codes.
• Flicker Reduction Mode and Improved AF Algorithms
Flicker reduction modes are essential for indoor sport photography, and the X-H1 is the first X Series camera to feature this mode, allowing for stable exposure during burst shots even under fluorescent and mercury lighting.
AF algorithm improvements include increased low-light limit for phase detection AF, minimum aperture for phase detection has been expanded from F8 to F11, major improvements to the AF-C performance while operating in zoom, and overall improved results across phase detection AF.
• X-H1 Vertical Power Booster Grip VPB-XH1
Dust and water-resistant, the VPB-XH1 can operate in temperatures down to -10°C/-14°F. Two batteries may be attached to the grip, and with a third battery in the body of the camera, the VPB-XH1 increases the max number of shots in normal mode to approximately 900. In boost mode, multiple batteries can be used simultaneously, improving performance for burst shots and reducing the interval between shots, shutter time lag, and blackout period.
The VPB-XH1 increases the max period for shooting movies in 4K to about 30 minutes, making the grip an essential accessory for maximizing the performance of the X-H1.
The VPB-XH1 controls include the shutter-release button, focus lever, AE-L button, AF-ON button, command dial, Q button, and Fn button, providing operability in the vertical position that is equivalent to operability in the horizontal position.
The VPB-XH1 is equipped with a headphone socket, allowing the operator to monitor sound while recording video.
The VPB-XH1 includes recharging capability. The included AC adapter (AC-9VS) can be used to recharge batteries simultaneously over approximately 2 hours.
• Wide Eyecup EC-XH W Also compatible with select X Series and GFX cameras, the X-H1-compatible Wide Eyecup EC-XH W covers a broad area around the eye, greatly reducing light interference and enhancing concentration during long shoots. The eye cup can also be rotated in 90° increments, making it adaptable for either the left eye or the right eye and for shooting in either vertical or horizontal position. The cup includes antistatic coating, reducing the adherence of dust.