Fujifilm Launches the X-H1 Flagship Mirrorless Camera in Singapore

Fujifilm Singapore has launched its latest flagship, the X-H1 at the beautiful CHIJMES Hall on Singapore on 9 Mar 2018. For some reason, the X-H1 was already available from the usual dealers ahead of the launch event, though.

The exterior of the CHIJMES Hall, where the event was held.
CHIJMES Hall Interior

Being a video-focussed camera, Fujifilm has also setup a video booth with a mock movie set, and two Fujifilm X-H1 cameras (one with the MKX 18-55mm T2.9) and Aputure lighting equipment. This was run by Flying Kick Asia.

Fujifilm X-H1 with MKX 18-55mm T2.9
Mini Exhibition showcasing photos from the X-H1
A visitor trying out the X-H1

At 7pm, Favian Loo, the Divisional Marketing Manager of Fujifilm Singapore, kicked off the event, this was followed by a rundown of the new features and improvements of the X-H1 by Keitaro So, the regional product manager. The poor guy tripped on the stage when he ran up for his presentation, thankfully he was alright.

Favian Loo, Divisional Marketing Manager of Fujifilm Singapore, kicks off the event
Keitaro So, Regional Product Manager giving a run-down of the new features of the X-H1.

Here are some of the highlights.

Stronger Body and Improved Grip

The X-H1’s magnesium body is 25% thicker than the X-T2, with a larger heat-sink for the sensor, 4-layer coating on the exterior and 94 points of weather sealing. It also comes with a more substantial grip, which improves handling. All these meant that the X-H1 at 673g is heavier than the X-T2, which weighs 507g.

Fujifilm X-H1 internal body structure

5-axis In-Body Image Stabilisation (IBIS)

With the X-H1, Fujifilm finally has a camera with a 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilisation (IBIS) feature. Fuijfilm up to 5.5 stops of stabilisation when used in conjunction with certain XF lenses.

Shutter and IBIS mechanism

Feather Touch Shutter Button & Shock Absorber

With a feather-touch shutter button and improved shock absorber on the shutter mechanism, the X-H1 aims to reduce shutter shock, allowing it to be used at lower shutter speeds.

Improved AF Speeds

Despite having the same sensor and processor as the X-T2, the X-H1 is able to achieve higher AF speeds due to the use of a new AF algorithm that analyses 60 different data points, and 3 types of phase difference (horizontal, vertical and pixel.)

Improved Video Features

The X-H1 can now record DCI 4K 24fps at up to 200Mbps and 4K UHD at 29.97fps. It can also record at up to 120fps at 1080p. Audio recording can now be done at 24-bit 48kHz. F-Log is now available when recording to the internal SD card, and 400% of dynamic range is available in all the film simulation modes.

Eterna Film Simulation

Based on the Fujifilm Eterna series of motion picture film, the Eterna film simulation on the X-H1 records at a lower saturation level, and aims to reduce the need for the colour grading step during post production.

MK-X Lenses

Along with the X-H1, Fujifilm has also launched a duo of “affordable” cine lenses—the MKX 18-55mm T2.9 and MKX 50-135mm T2.9.

Like other Fujifilm camera launches, Fujifilm has also gotten X Photographers to share their experience with using that newly launched camera. On this evening, we have Derrick Ong and William Chua. Derrick talks about using the X-H1 for weddings while William talks about using the X-H1 in sub-zero (-30ºC!) conditions while shooting in Mongolia. Despite the extreme cold, the camera continued to work,

Finally, we have the guest speaker, Nicholas Chee, Director and Executive Producer from Flying Kick Asia talks about using the X-H1 for video production. A short film made using the X-H1 was also shown. To end of the presentation, Nicholas shared what he liked and disliked about the X-H1:-


  • Good body build
  • APS-C (Super 35) sensor
  • Great Film Simulation – Eterna
  • F-log
  • Great skin tones
  • 5.5-stop IBIS
  • Very good low-light performance
  • 24-bit audio


  • No 10-bit 4:2:2 recording
  • 29:59 min limit for video
  • No headphone jack on camera body
  • Micro HDMI port
  • High battery consumption, slow charging


Before the event started, I got the opportunity to test out the camera. The deeper grip does make it easier and nicer to hold the camera, but of course, as mentioned before, this meant that the camera is now heavier. At 673g, it’s coming close to the weight of the Nikon D7500 (720g). If the weight keeps increasing, the weight benefit of mirrorless cameras will soon be nullified.

Fujifilm X-T2 and X-H1 side by side.

The feather-touch shutter is indeed feather-touch and very sensitive. It’ll take a bit of getting used to to find the correct “pressure” needed to reach the “half-press” point. One of the Fujifilm staff told me that this can be customised at the service centre, with 9-levels to choose from. Also, the new shutter button feels a bit more like those on a pro DSLR, which is less “clicky” than the one on the X-T2.

Speaking of the shutter, the shutter sound is incredibly silent. And I’m talking about the mechanical shutter on the X-H1. I actually went into the menu to check that it is indeed set to mechanical shutter. This is welcome in situations when a loud shutter can be disruptive, such as in a wedding.

The new EVF, which has 3.69 million dots (compared to 2.36 million on the X-T2) looks excellent. The rear LCD is now a touch screen, but I did not try that out.

One of the new additions to the X-H1 is the always-on top LCD, which can also be illuminated. This seems to be brought over from the GFX 50S, and let’s you see all your important settings at a glance. Having used the X-T1 and X-T2 for a long time, which does not have this LCD, I don’t find myself wanting or needing it, though I can see how it can be useful for some.


For people who likes or prefers to use the so-called Back-button Focussing, Fujifilm has now placed an “AF On” button at the back, much like what’s on DSLRs. Previously, one would have to customise one of the rear buttons (e.g. AE-L) for this.

The Fujifilm X-H1 is now available at an early-bird price of S$2899 for the body alone at the regular Fujifilm dealers. There’s also a package with the VPB-XH1 at S$3299. Both comes with freebies, including UHS-II SD cards and a microphone too! The promotion ends on 31 March 2018.


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