2018-02-15

Fujifilm X-H1 vs X-T2 Review

With the announcement today of the new Fujifilm X-H1, there will be obvious comparisons made to the next pro-level camera in the X-Series range, the Fuji X-T2. We're here to cut through the spiel with a direct comparison of these two pro-level mirrorless cameras with our Fujifilm X-H1 vs X-T2 review.



The Fujifilm X-H1 is a professional level mirrorless camera with a rugged and durable build quality that's the first X-Series camera to features 5-axis in-body image stabilisation and includes, among other things, 4K video at up to 200 Mbps output, dual SD card slots, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and F-Log recording at 4K directly to the SD card.


Key differences of the Fuji X-H1 vs X-T2


Feature

Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm X-H1

Resolution &
Sensor
24.3 Megapixel APS-C
X-Trans CMOS III
24.3 Megapixel APS-C
X-Trans CMOS III
Viewfinder
0.75x 2,360K-dot 100fps
0.75x 3,690K-dot 100fps
Rear Monitor 3 inch, 3-axis 1,040K-dot LCD 3 inch, 3-axis 1,040K-dot LCD
Touchscreen
Top Panel LCD None1.28 inch LCD
Tough Body None Yes
Scratch Protection Paint None Yes
Silent/Delicate 
Release Button
None
Yes
Silent Mechanical
Shutter
None Yes
IBIS None 5-Axis In-Body Image
Stabilisation up to 5.5 Stops
Burst Shooting 5 fps 5.7 fps
Internal Video Recording
4:2:0 8bit at 100Mbps
4:2:0 8bit at 200Mbps
Audio 48 kHz / 16-bit 48 kHz / 24-bit
Start-Up Time 0.3 Seconds 0.4 Seconds
Connectivity Wi-Fi Wi-Fi & Bluetooth


Image Quality


Both the new Fuji X-H1 and the X-T2 are built around the same 24.2 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor, which is well versed in delivering unrivalled image quality with that distinctive Fuji look and reproduction of colours and tones. They also both use the X-Processor Pro image processing engine.



Where these two cameras differ on image quality, however, is that the X-H1 is the first X-Series camera to introduce in-body image stabilisation. This 5-axis system offers up to 5.5 stops of compensation and is compatible with box XF and XC lenses.

A number of technical advancements in Fuji's manufacturing process have led to this introduction of IBIS in the X-H1. We've looked at these in more detail over on our Fujifilm X-H1 announcement blog.


Body Differences


The body of the new Fujifilm X-H1 is larger than the X-T2 in order to accommodate the increased amount of electronics inside required to power the 5-axis image stabilisation system.

However, there are several other key differences in the bodies of the X-H1 vs X-T2, including the addition of a GFX-like top panel LCD screen on the X-H1. This new panel makes waist-level photography and changing settings while shooting incredibly easy and convenient.



The Fuji X-H1 is a professional level camera, like the X-T2, but now has a rugged body that's dust and water resistant, as well as scratch resistant paint for added durability.

Using the X-H1 will be noticeably different with a larger and distinctive grip as well as addition of a rear AF-ON button for thumb-operated autofocus.

Fujifilm have kept the same 3-axis 3-inch LCD screen on the rear of both the X-H1 and X-T2, however it's now a touch screen on the X-H1.


Video Features


Where the Fujifilm X-H1 really stands out over the X-T2 (apart from the addition of image stabilisation) is in its comprehensive range of video features.

Both cameras area capable of 4:2:0 8-bit 4K video, but the X-H1 now records at a higher bit rate of up to 200Mbps, over the 100Mbps available in the X-T2.



Additionally, the X-H1 will now record in DCI 4K video at 4096x2160 resolution and features a 400% dynamic range setting of approximately 12 stops.

Audio is improved in the X-H1 over the X-T2 as well, with the latest camera now recording audio at 48 kHz 24-bit, previously it was 48 kHz 16-bit.


Other Differences


Photographers who love to share on-the-move will appreciate the addition of Bluetooth technology in the new Fujifilm X-H1, as well as Wi-Fi which was also found in the X-T2.

The viewfinder in the X-H1 has been improved over the X-T2 as well; while they are both 0.74x magnification at 100fps refresh rate, the resolution has been improved from 2,360K-dot to 3690K-dot.



Speed of shooting has also been improved, with the new Fuji X-H1 offering a burst shooting speed of 5.7 fps, an upgrade over the 5 fps in the X-T2.

Other changes include a slightly slower start-up time, down from 0.3 seconds to 0.4 seconds, and a slightly lower battery life, down from 340 frames to 300 frames (or 1000 frames to 900 frames with the grip).