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Fujifilm X-H1 IBIS Test, Bugs Update, and More

The Photography Team Youtube – Fuji X-H1 IBIS Test compared to Fujifilm X-T2 – 90mm Lens

Fujifilm X-H1 Roundup

We already reported yesterday about the AUTO ISO bug and about the occasional lock-ups. And we also recommended you to use only Fujifilm approved SD-cards to avoid your camera to freeze, as well as using the NP-W126S batteries.

So, if you want to read more, and see the full list of Fujifilm recommended SD-card, read yesterday’s article here.

Now a new video showed up, showing how the camera locks up when using E-Front curtain shutter. We do not know if the tester has a “Fuji approved” SD-card. But I thought to share it anyway, so that you guys can try to duplicate it. You’ll find the video down below, but first feedback is that issue can NOT be duplicated by others.

My personal opinion is that the E-front fail is due to a faulty sample.

Also in this roundup, some IBIS tests, comparisons to Panasonic and more.

I will give you the link down below, and all the youtube videos will be also embedded in the article after the links.

Fujifilm X-H1: BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama, Focuscamera

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Fujifilm X-H1 Face Detection, Low Light AF and IBIS tests, CP+ Fujifilm Coverage, Laowa 9mmF2.8 and More

ZedProMedia Youtube – Fuji X-H1 Launch event. Testing Face Detection, Low Light AF, IBIS and samples.

FujiRumors Non Stop

With the Fujifilm X-H1 now shipping and finally in stock, there will be tons of X-H1 content flooding the web in the next weeks. But don’t worry, FujiRumors is here to collect it, order it and share everything you need to see and read with you.

Moreover, the CP+ in Japan just started, and there are some tidbits coming from there too. FujiRumors will be your window to the CP+ and deliver you everything Fujifilm related CP+ content on this blog.

Don’t miss anything, and make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and RSS-feed.

An impressive amount of X-H1 content is continuously shared also on our X-H1 facebook group and X-H1 facebook Page.

Fujifilm X-H1: BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama, Focuscamera

Shared earlier Today

  • fujirumors – Fujifilm Explains how they developed their IBIS system
  • fujirumors – Fujifilm X-H1 is now in Stock!

Fujifilm X-H1 Mini-Roundup

Also feedback from our X-H1 facebook group by Mario V. here.

First Shots & First Impressions with the X-H1…

1. Ergonomics… Amazing. Yes, Better with the grip with the 16-55 but still very nice without the grip.
2. Shutter Sound… What??? For a mechanical shutter that is so damn Sexy and quiet!!
3. Focus. Yes, it’s better, faster and the face and eye focus is f’ing awesome!
4. I have a Sony a7R iii and NO, I would not buy an a7 iii after having tried this. I will be ordering a second X-H1.
5. Size… Not even an issue. The ergonomics make up for the minimal size difference compared the the X-T2.
6. Low Light Focusing… Yes, snappy and fast!
7. I shot these with the 56 f1.2 which I normally don’t tend to use because I can’t hold steady for crap! With the IBIS the results were soooo much better.

Tomorrow I’ll be taking it into the studio to try it there. I can’t quite put my hands on it but this camera just functions fast. Reacts fast and the focus isn’t jumpy as I used to experience.
The face and eye auto focus feel as good as the Sony but we’ll soon find out.

CP+ 2018

The CP+ in Japan just started, and here are the inital tidbits:

Fujifilm X-T3 vs Sony A6600, Low Light X-T3 vs A7III Wedding Photography, X-T3 Water Resistance and More – X-T3 Roundup

The inevitable will happen: the Fujifilm X-T4 will ship within March, and this means that the time of dedicated Fujifilm X-T3 roundups will soon be over, and the X-T3 content will be moved to the general camera roundups.

But we are not yet there.

The Fujifilm X-T3 is still today the DPReview most recommended camera below $1,500 and at the same time the DPR camera popularity winner.

So, it’s still a beast of a camera, that will soon get even better, thanks to this firmware update.

Hence, here we have one more glorious Fujifilm X-T3 roundup for you.

The Fujifilm X-T4 will have a serious challenge: improve what is already very, very good. Let’s see if it will stand up to this task.

Don’t forget also…

X-T3 Roundup

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This Photographer Left Fujifilm APS-C for Sony FF and then Switched Back Fujifilm APS-C… Here is Why!

From Sony to Fuji – Why?

Italian photographer Roberto owned Fujifilm X series gear, but at some point followed the siren songs of full frame Sony.

Now, after using Sony for a while, he switched back to Fujifilm.

In his (Italian) video he explains why.

But don’t worry, you are lucky that FujiRumors is a polyglot (I speak 4 languages), so I am going to translate it for you ;).

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Why I Chose the Fujifilm X-T3 over the X-H1 for Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography with Fujifilm

Reggie Ballesteros picked the Fujifilm X-T3 for his wedding photography business, and not the Fujifilm X-H1. Why?

You can see it in the video above. Down below a summary for those, who are in a hurry and can’t watch it right now.

Why X-T3 is better for weddings:

  • Low Light AF: X-T3 has -3EV autofocus, whereas the X-H1 is at about -1EV
  • AF speed: X-T3 has fastest AF in AF-S and AF-C
  • X-T3 has 100% phase detection coverage (X-H1 only center part)
  • Good enough image quality in low light, dynamic range and ISO performance to deliver high quality images to his clients
  • X-T3 is smaller and lighter
  • X-T3 has better video specs and features
  • X-H1 has IBIS, but it stabilizes only camera shake. It does not freeze the motion of people in your picture. That you can only do by raising shutter speeds or flash
  • at weddings he captures lively images of people in motion
  • he usually shoots at 1/250s and in low light he drops down at a minimum of 1/160s. He never goes slower than that, unless he uses flash
  • one of his workhorses is the 56mmf/1.2, and with that lens, IBIS would only be effective at slower speeds than he uses

Raggie then asked other X shooters, why they think the X-H1 is better for wedding photography, and they said:

Why X-H1 is better for weddings:

  • some drop down to 1/10s to do exterior shots. But Raggie takes maybe 2% of exterior shots on a wedding
  • some say they don’t trust that their hands are steady enough
  • a good reason is if you use the 90mm f/2, where IBIS becomes effective at 1/270, which is faster than what he shoots (1/160). But the XF90mm F2 is the least use lens in his lineup
  • X-H1 ergonomics are way better than X-T3
  • X-H1 shutter is very quite and discrete
  • X-H1 has better high ISO performance over X-T3, because X-T3 has more megapixel. It’s not a huge difference, but a little bit there is difference
  • X-H1 smooths out any handheld video. It does not replace a gimbal, but gives you stable handheld look


  • he could find IBIS useful in less than 5% or 10% of his shots
  • he uses autofocus 95% to 100% of his shots
  • if he must buy a camera based on better autofocus or IBIS, he goes for the one with better AF
  • there is no best camera for everybody, just cameras that suite your style better


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TESTED: Does Fujifilm’s IBIS or OIS Impact Negatively Image Sharpness When Used on Tripod?

Does IBIS or OIS impact negatively on image quality, when working on a tripod?

Let’s see what Fujifilm says:



  • Fujifilm officially says in their X-H1 and GFX100 owner’s manual, you should turn off IBIS when using a tripod

So the conclusions would be:

  • you don’t have to turn OIS off, on the contrary, in some cases it is beneficial to keep it on [NOTE: Here on FujiRumors we still recommend to turn off OIS when you work on a tripod]
  • turn always off IBIS

Well, fellow FR-reader David partially investigated this over at his blog, and here are his findings:

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Fuji Guy Billy & Jonas Rask FujiLove Podcast: About Global Shutter GFX Revolution, Dropping Full Frame, XF 16-80mm and More

The fifth episode of the Fujilove podcast with Fuji Guy Billy and Jonas Rask just went online. For your convenience, here are the previous 4 episodes:

  • episode 1 – XF33mm development challenges and X-H1 market misunderstanding
  • episode 2 – autofocus motors of lenses compared and no more Kaizen love for Fujifilm X-T20
  • episode 3 – digital image stabilization via firmware update and GFX100 talk
  • episode 4 – APS-C crop factor cheating and fast GF lenses potentially coming

It’s a 1 hour podcast, and in case you are in a hurry and don’t have time yet, I cover the whole podcast below. You can listed to it all at sticher and Fujilove.


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Fujifilm X-H1, Still Worth Buying? Fuji X-H1 IBIS Compared to Sony a7iii (with a Clear Winner)

Fujifilm X-H1 vs Sony A7III IBIS Comparison

When the Fujifilm X-H1 came out, it was the first Fujifilm camera with IBIS (well, after this one actually, but…).

Inevitably everybody started comparing Fuji’s IBIS to the ones available on other systems, especially on Sony… and so did Lee Zavitz now!

He now grabbed a Fujifilm X-H1 and tested its IBIS using the latest Fujifilm X-H1 firmware.

If you click the video above (which will start at 4:55), you will see it compared side by side to the IBIS on the Sony a7iii. The difference is hugely in favor of the Fujifilm X-H1. Actually it’s that bad on the Sony a7III, that one might think IBIS was disabled.

On the Sony IBIS side, things do not really get better with the smaller Sony A6600.

As we reported just yesterday Gordon from Cameralabs said that:

in some cases tuning on IBIS on Sony A6600 almost gives as shaky results as with IBIS turned OFF“.

Don’t get me wrong, Sony is great and we are all lucky to have such a wonderful camera manufacturer on the market. They deserve all the success they have, and in some areas they lead the pack (eye-aufofocus).

But sometimes, like IBIS and weather sealing (as reported here), one could get the impression Sony wants to put those specs on paper as a selling point, but they don’t really put all the R&D necessary to make them work at their best.

Not sure if Fujifilm should do the same, meaning don’t care much about how well the IBIS on their smaller X-T prototypes currently works, and just release an X-T4 or X-T40 with IBIS as soon as possible.

At the end of the day it will show up on the specs sheets, and hence become a selling point, no matter how well or not it works.

Or maybe Fujifilm should remain obsessed by how well their stuff actually works, and just wait until their smaller IBIS unit works properly.

Fujifilm X-H1, Still Worth Buying?

So, is the Fujifilm X-H1 still worth buying?

Well, now that you can get it with vertical grip and 2 additional batteries for $999 only, there can be only 1 possible answer: I don’t know, it’s up to you! :)

But if your answer is “yes”, then you have on big problem: the Fujifilm X-H1 is back-ordered on many stores, so good luck finding one.

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The Photography Community is Toxic? The Fujifilm X Cure in this Fun Image Roundup!

A couple of influencers have recently published videos and blog posts, saying that the photography community is toxic.

Well, I don’t notice such a toxicty here on FujiRumors. Maybe, as also Hugh Brownstone said here, most Fujifilm shooters are just more on the cooler side of life. So I am lucky to have you guys on board ;).

I just allow myself to notice, that sometimes it’s the influencer, who provokes and clickbaits people. So don’t just blame people, who comment, for toxicity. Always first ask yourself, if the way you share your content is maybe good for clicks, but leads inevitabily to strong reactions.

With all that said, FujiRumors is on a mission: bring lightness and fun back into the photography community.

And how do we do that?

Well, in the good old Fuji X shooter style: using the power of the images!

So, if you have just been irritated by somebody, who does not get it how to convert focal lengths from FF and MF, or who claims that APS-C is dead and only full frame is for Pros, I hope that these images can put a little smile back on your face.

Turth is: sometimes we might hit hard on each other in the comments, but if we would sit together on a beer, we would discover that there is so much more that unites us than what divides us, no matter if you shoot APS-C, Fuji, Sony, CaNikon, Full Frame, Pentax, GFX or whatever: we are united by the passion for photography.

Take it easy,

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