New flagship Fuji X-H1 in March

Rumours that Fujifilm’s upcoming pro-oriented X-H1 mirrorless camera will be announced this week have been accompanied by leaked pictures and a press release.

UPDATE: Yep – it happened! Arriving in March. Full local press release here: Fujifilm X-H1 February... Or read one for the short version…

The Fujifilm X-H1 – from the Nokeshita camera rumours blog.

This will be Fujifilm’s third camera release for the year, following two more consumer-oriented cameras which have already been announced overseas – the waterproof XP130 and the entry-level X-A5 mirrorless.

The X-H1 is the first model in the popular X series with in-body image stabilisation. (IBIS) and also offers genuine 4K video (at 30fps, rather than the Mickey Mouse 15fps for five minutes the new X-A5 is capable of.)

Here’s the list of key specs:
– 24.3 megapixel X-Trans CMOS III sensor;
– X-Processor PRO;
– ISO 200-12800 (extendable to 100-51,200);
– 5-axis in-body stabilization of 5.5 stops;
– Electronic front curtain shutter, electronic shutter;
– Magnesium alloy body;
– EVF with 3.69 million dots, 100 fps, and 0.005 sec response time;
– 3-inch 1.04 millionm dot tilting touchscreen LCD;
– ‘Eterna’ Film Simulation;
– 4K at 24fps and 30fps;
– 120fps slow motion in 1080p;
– F-log (can be recorded on F-Log directly to SD card at 4K);
– Video bit rate up to 200 Mbps;
– Built-in high-performance microphone;
– ‘Improvement of AF algorithm’ (whatever that means);
– Dual memory card slots;
– Wi-fi and Bluetooth;
– 140×97×85mm;
– 673g with battery.

The new camera trumps the X-T2 in a number of specifications, with Bluetooth, a touchscreen, Flicker Reduction Mode, electronic 1st curtain shutter, internal F log, 4K face detection, higher res EVF, and SD relay recording.

US price is US$1900, which should see it retail at around $2700 incl GST in Australia.

…UPDATE Mk II: Unfortunately, the ‘guesstimated’ price above is way off the mark. Fujifilm Australia has opted to bundle the X-H1 with an accessory vertical grip, boosting the local RRP to $3399 (US price for the bundle is $2199). This represents an ‘Australia tax’ of around $250.  That’s a big premium on the US body only price, which may create some challenges for local retailers, especially if local prospects don’t really want to buy a vertical grip.

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