Fujifilm X-H1 Review at DPReview: “An Excellent Camera, but We Can’t Wholeheartedly Recommend it Given How Good Some of its Competition is”


DRPreview just published their Fujifilm X-H1 review and it gets the silver award with a 86% score. It’s as usual a long and in depth review, so I will share just some highlights from the conclusions:

Overall Conclusion:

The X-H1 is, in many ways, an excellent camera: adaptable to a wide range of photographic challenges and with most of the tools you’d need to shoot excellent video. It brings stabilization and video improvements over the Gold-winning X-T2, along with the kind of ‘big camera’ ergonomics that some photographers love. However, all of this comes at a price, both financially and in terms of size.

If you already have a number of X mount lenses, the X-H1 is the most capable camera you can mount them on. Its performance is as solid as its construction feels and the addition of stabilization will be appealing. It’s also well worth considering as a stills/video hybrid, if you haven’t yet picked a system. However, given how good some of its competition is at this point in the market, we can’t wholeheartedly recommend it in the way we would with the X-T2, which means it earns a Silver Award.

Image Quality:

The X-H1’s image quality is a match for the X-T2, with perhaps a few tweaks having been made to the JPEG noise reduction at high ISOs. The Raw results are similarly impressive, with low noise levels and plenty of detail being captured. Dynamic range is also good: a little behind the very best of its APS-C peers but still sufficient to give plenty of processing flexibility. As always, the standout feature for Fujifilm is the JPEG engine that provides an extensive series of well-judged color modes that provide interesting creative choices.


The X-H1 can be a highly competent performer in terms of autofocus and is able to both focus and subject track effectively. However, there are some significant caveats. Face detection isn’t very consistent and subject tracking often fails if the subject as allowed to move beyond the central, phase-detection region of the sensor. […] Overall, though, paired with a fast-focusing lens, the X-H1 is able to autofocus sufficiently quickly and reliably to be used for a wide variety of shooting situations.


The X-H1’s video quality is very good, with very good levels of detail capture and reasonably well-controlled rolling shutter. […] The 200Mbps footage looks very good when lined up against almost anything else

Make sure to read the whole review at DPReivew here.

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Fujifilm Managers Talk About Sony A7III, Low Resolution X-H1S, X-Trans 4 and Fujifilm X-T3, Sensor Shift Multishot, Mirrorless Future, DSLR’s & More


Today I’d like to share with you guys 2 interviews that Fujifilm managers gave to the Spanish site albedomedia and the French site focus-numerique. Both are focused on the Fujifilm X-H1, but not only.

Let’s start with the one in my favorite language, Spanish, and the interview at albedomedia:

  • X-H1 size: The truth is that the ‘feedback’ we obtained from users is that they wanted a larger camera, especially a ‘grip’ of larger dimensions to improve its operation,
  • IBIS in Smaller Bodies: [The Fujifilm X-H1] could not be made smaller either, due to the system of stabilization in the body -IBIS- , which needed a more contundent mechanical structure
  • High Resolution multi shot: Technically it is possible, yes, although at the moment we do not have plans to incorporate it […] although it is not something strictly necessary, it does represent a very interesting option for certain situations where this extra resolution is needed, especially in this APS-C format, more limited in these aspects than higher-order sensors. size.
  • Sony A7III: […] we believe that, globally speaking, the Fujifilm system is more balanced […] we believe that our optics, much more balanced, are an advantage […] However, it is true that they [Sony] have better marketing; that is something that we must improve
  • X-H1 Vs. X-T2 (and Fujifilm X-T3): The X-H1 is oriented as a hybrid product for photography and video, while the X-T2 is focused mainly for photography, so [the latter] will evolve especially in this aspect
  • X-T2 video enhancements via Firmware Update: Yes, some models will be updated with some of these developments, but we have yet to decide when it will be done
  • X-T2 Vs. X-H1 heat dissipation and hardness: In fact, in the X-T2 we used a 6H hardness, while in the X-H1 it is 8H, thanks to its new paint particles applied. In addition, heat dissipation is improved by 25%
  • Battery Life: It was about finding a compromise between size and autonomy, in addition to maintaining compatibility with existing cameras. For those users who need greater autonomy, opt for the external grip with additional battery
  • Low Resolution X-H1S like A7S and GH5S?: We do not have it planned; at the moment we want to focus on a hybrid photo / video product, although perhaps in the future we could consider it, depending on the success of the video
  • Next X-Trans Sensor: The [current] 24 Mpx are a good compromise for now. On the other hand, increasing the resolution would not increase the quality either, due to the limitations of the optics
  • AF Improvement: The performance of the AF could be improved. The area of ​​AF covered by our cameras is smaller than that of our competitors […] our current 6 × 6 X-Trans matrix works quite well, there’s no need to change it

I agree that Sony has a better marketing strategy than Fujifilm, and I am happy to hear that it is technically possible for Fujifilm to implement the sensor shift multi shot feature on the Fujifilm X-H1 X-Trans camera. It’s a feature that honestly will be very rarely used (if ever), but one of those things that you better have than not… just in case.

They also basically confirm our rumor, that the Fujifilm X-T3 won’t have a much increased pixel number. We reported that the new X-Trans sensor will still below 30MP.

And now the interview by the French site focus-numerique:

  • Advantages of X-H1 over GH5, GH5s and Sony A7S II: most important advantage is in the quality of color reproduction. We have integrated into the X-H1 the new Eterna film simulation which is particularly adapted to obtain a cinematic aesthetic
  • Sensitive Shutter Button: opinions about trigger sensitivity were mixed. We decided to keep our initial choices, but we intend to offer our users the opportunity to contact Fujifilm after-sales service to rectify the sensitivity of the trigger if they wish
  • Autofocus compared ot DSLR: We believe that sooner or later we will catch up with the few delays we still have in the world of SLRs
  • Mirrorless Future: We also believe that from 2019, more than 50% of cameras sold worldwide will be hybrids.

I am pretty sure that Fujifilm plans to close the gap in AF speed with DSLR already with the Fujifilm X-T3, which will have a more powerful processor and a new sensor with lenss than 30MP. Keeping the megapixel still below 30 megapixel will allow the new processor to calculate the data faster.

Regarding the Fujifilm X-H1, if I understood the google translation correctly, Fujifilm offers a service, where you can change the sensitivtiy of the shutter button if you wish.

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

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Where is the XC 15-45 Lens Compatibility for older X cameras? Digital Rev X-A5 with XC15-45 Review – UPDATE


Fujifilm X-A5 and XC15-45 Review

First off, Digital Rev just shared their Fujifilm X-A5 and XC 15-45 Hands-on Review.

Regarding the camera they say it feels plasticy. No surprise, though, and also no dealbreaker, since the X-A camera line sells better than any other camera brand in some Asian countries (yes, even better than Canon, Sony and Nikon).

They also talk about the Fujinon XC 15-45, and complaint about its performance in video mode.

And yet… the X-A5 (whose development has been outsourced by Fujifilm), will again sell strong.

Fujinon XC 15-45: BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama
Fujifilm X-A5: BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS

XC 15-45 Support for Older Cameras

NOTE: According to Rico Pfirstinger, all cameras are full compatible with the XC15-45 and no compatiblity update is needed

NOTE 2: The Fujifilm X-A3 and X-A20 got a firmware udpate for full compatibiliy with XC 15-45. Such an update is still missing for the X-A2, which has the same flippy screen of X-A5. I get requests by readers owning the X-A2 for Fujifilm to add support for it.

Until today, Fujifilm always did it like this: shortly before or right at the day of the official release of a new lens, Fujifilm delivered a firmware update to add lens compatibility to Fujifilm cameras.

However, the last updates back in February 2018 just added XC15-45 support for Fujifilm X-A10 and X-A3.

Now the camera is shipping and falling into hands of X-shooters worldwide… and still, I can’t see any new update at Fuji’s site.

Now, I assume that newer cameras come already with the proper firmware support for this lens, but what about older cameras? Believe it or not, dear Fujifilm, there are X-shooters out there who still own and use older cameras (like me with my X-T1), and we would like our cameras to support this lens too.

I hope Fujifilm will deliver soon a firmware compatibility update, and if not, then we would like an official statement where you tell us which cameras will support this lens and which ones not.

So guys, you know FujiRumors is Fujifilm’s by far favorite place for online feedback… so if you would like to see XC15-45 support also for your camera, then let Fujifilm know in the comments.


Fujinon XC 15-45 “Muffin Zoom” Review: “Detail is Reproduced Very Well for such a Compact and Affordable Lens”

Fujinon XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ Shipping Starts Tomorrow

Fujinon XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ Shipping Starts Tomorrow

Fujinon XC 15-45mm

The official “shipping embargo” ends tomorrow, and finally BHphoto, AmazonUS and Adorama will start delivering Fuji’s smallest zoom lens, the XC 15-45mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OIS.

The XC15-45 is an interesting option for those of us, who’d like to travel as light as possible, but do want to keep the flexibility a zoom lens offers.

The Fujinon internal competitor of the XC15-45 is the XF 18-55 (the XC16-50 will probably be discontinued).

Having 3mm more at the wide end can make the difference especially for landscape photography. I personally applaud Fuji’s decision to go wider (15mm) and sacrifice a bit of reach at the long end.

True, the XC15-45 won’t be able to keep up optically with the XF18-55 and it is also a slower lens, but these are inevitable tradeoffs for a lens, the XC15-45, that is about half the size of the XF18-55.

It remains to see how well it performs optically, and we now have the first review at photographyblog. Their conclusions:

What we do know about Fujifilm’s lenses, even the budget-friendly ones, is that we can expect very good image quality. The Fujinon XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens is no exception. Paired with the Fujifilm X-A5, we have been able to make images with wonderful clarity.

Fine and complex detail is handled and reproduced very well for such a compact and affordable lens. Usually kit lenses are below par, not so here.

All in all, the handling of the lens is average. Really, it’s to be expected of a lens at this level and price point. With an unmarked electronic zoom, it’s more friendly to filmmakers than photographers.

What is clearly the champion feature is its diminutive size and weight, and for that reason alone we expect the lens to be very popular.

Yet, what may get overlooked is how much wider this lens is than many other kit lenses. If you are into landscape photography, then the lens’ 23mm wide setting will be very accommodating.

Bottom line; the Fujinon XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ could handle better, but it is compact, it is light, it has a wider angle of view than most kit lenses and creates very sharp images indeed.

So overall a nice little lens, that performs better than comparable kit lenses of other manufacturers.

Fujinon XC 15-45: BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama
Fujifilm X-A5: BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS