Fujifilm X-H1 Review

The Fujifilm X-H1

The Fujifilm X-H1, DSLR camera
The Fujifilm X-H1, DSLR camera

Fuji XF16-55mm/f2.8 lens

At my first meeting with the acclaimed Fujifilm X-H1, I was struck by the simple ergonomic design.  Before any handling started the solid feel and look to it stirred an expectancy for quality. As a creative photographer, lighting engineer and 3D modeler that operates in a multimedia design company, I need a camera that gives me full control and engineered in such a way that handling does not interfere with the creative process.   This camera did not disappoint. I experienced the Fujifilm X-H1 to be quite user-friendly, especially with the two big shutter- and ISO dials at a handy spot. I tested it while on a two-day photo- and film shoot at a game farm where we had to constantly search for wild animals on the move. Always having a stable position while shooting was therefore almost never possible.  As frustrating as this could be, with the Fujifilm X-H1 I was surprised by the smooth experience. The accuracy and speed of this machine’s autofocus feature along with the shutter button’s sensitivity facilitated my need to quickly manipulate steadiness. With hardly any effort, I ended up with sharp, clear, detailed and focussed images. The great design and engineering invested in this machine actually took care of the ‘stability challenge’ I was faced with, while I could focus on the creative process of ‘making’ great images and footage.  Of all the great features that I discovered in this camera, its ability to autofocus and quickly respond to the shutter input, made it clear that this camera is worth its reputation as a world-class camera.  

The Fujifilm X-H1 is an OUTDOOR PRO

After two days of shooting in the bush, the Fuji X-H1 revealed itself as a seasoned and sturdy companion. With its robust, dust- and waterproof casing it is an excellent choice for travelers.  

VIDEO ABILITY

On the video side, I was not let down and found all the features I needed for short professional ‘on-location’ shooting.  The crystal clear lens and super cool stabilizer stood out and the main reason why this machine is on my wish list.

BATTERY LIFE

One major downside of this DSLR camera is battery life.  The power consumption of the viewfinder is much higher than the LCD’s back panel display!!  Therefore, the battery’s life span is much shorter!!  Fortunately, with some techie support, you are not at a dead end with additional battery accessories available and features to save battery power.  Make sure you study the manual in detail to inform yourself in this regard and a quick tip is to switch off “thirsty power drainer” functions!

IN CONCLUSION 

In the context of professional but brief ‘on-location’ shooting and studio photography of products and models, the dual functionality of this DSLR camera empowers the photographer with both professional image and footage ability at a fraction of the price  

At the reasonable price and quality, you get this camera is definitely a good choice for those who take professional photos and video material for their projects or clients.

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