Fujifilm XH-1 review: Fujifilm’s contentious contender

Fujifilm XH-1
  • Fujifilm XH-1
  • Fujifilm XH-1
  • Expert Rating

    3.75 / 5

Pros

  • Great autofocus
  • Solid, tough build
  • Great photos in JPEG
  • Very good touchscreen LCD
  • Good operating system
  • Top LCD screen

Cons

  • Too big and heavy for a mirrorless camera
  • Doesn’t sit well in the hand
  • Pricey (1): For what it offers, the XH-1 is just a little too expensive
  • Pricey (2): Needs the Vertical Power Booster Grip + extra batteries
  • Rendering of RAW photos at higher ISOs is questionable
  • The APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor is already two years old
  • Battery life is pretty average with image stabilisation and Bluetooth on

Bottom Line

This X-Series flagship feels like a transitional step in the range. There are some excellent features but it also needs some tweaking.

Would you buy this?

Image Gallery

Great macro definition of these ants on the moveCredit: Mike Gee
Great macro definition of these ants on the move
sharp, accurate colourCredit: Mike Gee
sharp, accurate colour
The colour pops and the contrast is lovelyCredit: Mike Gee
The colour pops and the contrast is lovely
Great depth in the macro definition in the layers of this rusting boltCredit: Mike Gee
Great depth in the macro definition in the layers of this rusting bolt
iron filing up close – it is no more than 1.5cm in real lifeCredit: Mike Gee
iron filing up close – it is no more than 1.5cm in real life
Again the detail is fabulous and the colour is impressively realCredit: Mike Gee
Again the detail is fabulous and the colour is impressively real
The theme of many of the photos is detail, clarity and good, lifelike colourCredit: Mike Gee
The theme of many of the photos is detail, clarity and good, lifelike colour
The colours are pushed a little in this close-upCredit: Mike Gee
The colours are pushed a little in this close-up
Face of a stone garden sculpture – very impressiveCredit: Mike Gee
Face of a stone garden sculpture – very impressive
Model for the day – the family dog, IssyCredit: Mike Gee
Model for the day – the family dog, Issy
The detail is impressiveCredit: Mike Gee
The detail is impressive
The colour transitions nicely to black and whiteCredit: Mike Gee
The colour transitions nicely to black and white
It’s all in the eyesCredit: Mike Gee
It’s all in the eyes
Play timeCredit: Mike Gee
Play time
This portrait of Issy shows the quality of image the XH-1 producesCredit: Mike Gee
This portrait of Issy shows the quality of image the XH-1 produces
Macros make great textural photos – this is part of a palm treeCredit: Mike Gee
Macros make great textural photos – this is part of a palm tree
The humble peg - again, great definition and colourCredit: Mike Gee
The humble peg - again, great definition and colour
Fujifilm cameras do deliver very lifelike colourCredit: Mike Gee
Fujifilm cameras do deliver very lifelike colour
An rather evil-looking sundialCredit: Mike Gee
An rather evil-looking sundial
Excellent macro shot of layers of broken down metalCredit: Mike Gee
Excellent macro shot of layers of broken down metal
A macro lens isn’t just capable of great close-upsCredit: Mike Gee
A macro lens isn’t just capable of great close-ups
Landscape shows the versatility of the lens and the quality colour out of the cameraCredit: Mike Gee
Landscape shows the versatility of the lens and the quality colour out of the camera


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