A new camera from Fujifilm promises in-body stabilization and enhanced video capabilities in a nod to the increasing consumer use of cameras in dynamic applications.
The new X-H1 is the first in Fujifilm’s X-Series of cameras to feature in-body image stabilization, also known as IBIS.
IBIS works by combining accelerometers, triple axis gyro sensors, and a custom dual processor that can analyze an image and correct for motion at “10,000 calculations per second and add up to 5.5 stops of stabilization” according to Dan Bailey Photo.
Working in combination with the OIS featured on some Fujifilm lenses, photographers will achieve greater image stability in a much wider variety of applications. The new X-H1 should be ideal for a tripod, free-hand, or even shooting from a moving vehicle.
The new X-H1 with IBIS comes as a bit of a surprise to Fuji watchers who had inquired about such a system on the X-Series of cameras as shortly as a year ago.
Fuji engineers basically ruled it out, saying IBIS on an X-Series camera would require a bigger sensor and a larger lens mount. Looking at the specs for the X-H1, Fujifilm engineers must have overcome this issue because the new camera has 24MP X-Trans APS-C sensor and the regular Fuji X Mount.
Another massive highlight for the new X-H1 is the camera’s enhanced video capturing abilities, a market that Fujifilm targeted in the design of the X-H1. The camera can shoot 4k video at 200Mbps at a time 1.5 times longer than sibling X-T2. This can be improved with the addition of the X-H1 Vertical Booster Grip.
The X-H1 will also sport two new aspect ratios 3840 x 2160 UHD (Ultra Hi Def) and 4096 x 2160 Cinema 4K (DCI 4K). The camera has an ETERNA film simulation. For those that may not know, Fujifilm got its start making cinematography film and the ETERNA is iconic in that regard.
The new X-H1 from Fujifilm will arrive at retail stores on March 1, 2018.