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Fujifilm's X-H1 camera adds top video chops to X Series still shooting prowess

Fujifilm's X-H1 camera adds top video chops to X Series still shooting prowess
From TechCrunch - February 14, 2018

Fujifilms mirrorless lineup of X Series cameras has an excellent reputation, especially thanks to their ability to produce great-looking images comparable to full-frame competitors from crop sensors due to their unique image processing. Among still photographers, the X-Pro 2 and X-T2 especially have earned top marks and even replaced the standard Canon and Nikon gear of more than a few pros. Now, Fujifilm is introducing the X-H1, a brand new top-tier camera in the X lineup that could make converts of more than a few more, including those that want great video capabilities from their mirrorless kit.

Already, the X-T2 and X-Pro 2 offer 4K video capture, but the X-H1 is designed to be better all around at recording video, thanks to in-body image stabilization (a first for the X Series line), as well as a brand new flicker reduction feature for dealing with fluorescent and mercury lighting, DCI 4K format recording for maximum editing flexibility when working on captured footage, and with the ability to combine stabilization features with certain Fuji lenses for an extra half-a-stop of stabilization.

The IS features alone are likely to turn heads for Fuji fans and people considering the X Series over competitors including Sony and more traditional DSLRs from the likes of Canon and Nikon. Fuji is promising 5 stops of stabilization form the in-body IS alone, which includes a dual-processor with a range of accelerometers and gyros for use with nay of Fujis XF and XC lenses. As mentioned, when working together with the built-in IS features of certain lenses, youll also get an additional half-stop of compensation. Fujifilm is also touting a redesigned mechanical shutter with a new spring mechanism to decrease resulting vibration, and the camera has an electronic shutter for avoiding any micro vibrations altogether.

Other movie-making features unique to the X-H1 include a new film simulation mode designed to mimic cinematic film, all well as a 120 fps 1080p slow-mo shooting mode. The anti-flicker features mentioned above will help for shooting in less than ideal indoor shooting, and it works with burst shots, too. Finally, a titling touch-panel LCD is good for framing up shots, both in motion and when shooting stills.

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