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Fujifilm X-T3 vs X-H1: Which is better?

Fujifilm X-T3 vs X-H1: Which is better?

By  Sigismondo Eisenhower 2019-07-02 1951 0

Fujifilm has two high-end devices, theoretically, the X-H1 is called the "flagship", the flagship supposed to be the most expensive device in the range, with the most technological innovation is the X-H1. Problem, it is a generation behind the X-T3, cheaper than it is...

If we compare the X-H1 and X-T3, how do we choose? We're talking about it....

Let's analyze the differences between X-T3 and X-H1:

●The X-H1 is an X-T2 with stabilized sensor, look at the comparison X-T2 / X-T3 which is not included here. Everything is applied to this comparison.

●Who is the best in video?

●Who has the best autofocus?

●Who has the best ergonomics?

●Who has the best Autofocus?


●Future update

●Is the IBIS stabilized sensor so important in the picture? What about video?

●What about using a gimbal with the X-T3?

Fujifilm X-T3 vs X-H1

Hard for the X-H1

Please note that the X-H1 is generally an X-T2 with a stabilized sensor. So I invite you to go and see in the preamble of this video my comparison of the X-T2 and X-T3 since everything I say applies to the X-H1 and I will not repeat it here. We will assume that you know exactly what the differences are between an X-T2 and an X-T3 and we will focus on the remaining differences between the X-H1 and the X-T3.

Fujifilm X-T3 vs X-H1

A question of price especially

It's an extremely difficult subject because at the time I'm shooting this video, the X-T3 has just been released and costs €1499 while X-H1 is still available around €1800 - 1900 and it really doesn't make sense, I can't understand what Fujifilm is doing.

The X-H1 in terms of ergonomics, it is exceptional. It's my favorite camera. If you come from reflexes, if you want a nice handle; you see that wrist; and a great ergonomics, it's really my favorite camera. So yes, the X-H1 is bigger than the X-T3. We really, look, I can put all the fingers here on the handle, I have space with the lens. It really exudes strength. It is made of a stronger and more resistant alloy than X-T2 and X-T3.

I love the ergonomics of the H1

Honestly in terms of ergonomics, we have more distance to go in the viewfinder, so we're really comfortable, we don't have the nose that comes crashing down on the screen at all. There are others, we have a new shutter, so the button when you press it is something that is extremely flexible, extremely nervous, reactive. It's really extremely soft.

We also have a camera that is extremely quiet with a shutter where you can use the mechanical shutter, it is silent, but it's incredible. So all this obviously, the X-T3 doesn't have it since the X-T3 keeps an ergonomics with a more minimalist camera, smaller with almost no grip, where the X-T3 really, you can put any lens on the X-T3, it will hold comfortably.

Fujifilm X-T3 vs X-H1

6 months only... and already dated

The problem is that I can't get there, there's a 6-month gap between the two cameras, between the X-H1 and the X-T3. However, there is a generation gap between the two. So that's really what's disturbing, how to pay more to get less in the end. It's something I can't explain to myself, why did Fujifilm do it? For me, Fujifilm should have finally started with something that would have been the X-H2, but well, now I'm going through a complete spin. We'll come back, we'll focus.

Let's take again, the X-H1, the reason to buy it, it's its stabilized sensor. It is therefore up to you to know whether or not the stabilized sensor is useful. Just remember that if you take a picture, the stabilized sensor is only useful if you use slow speeds. If you are photographing something that is moving, if your shutter speed is fast enough, stabilization is absolutely useless.

A useful stabilized sensor

Stabilization is useful when you are actually at a shutter speed that is a bit limited compared to your focal length. When I say a little limited, it's more like two stops below the speed that you should apply in relation to your focal length, otherwise stabilization doesn't help you much. It is not stabilization that will help you stop a movement and get a clear picture.

So, I'm sorry, I hope I'm clear if you don't understand what I'm saying. Just remember that stabilization, it is only useful on photos where you are photographing something that does not move because stabilization is there to compensate for your own movements.

In my opinion, stabilization is useful at times. We can do some exploits with half a second or a quarter of a second pictures by show of hands, do things that allow us to lower to ISO. We can do some things. It works well. But despite everything, I think that in photography, we manage to do without it amply and stabilization is not a real argument in photography.

In the picture, you can use tripods, even if obviously many of you don't want to carry around with a tripod. All this to say that in photography, we rarely have stabilization problems, in addition to having a beautiful range of stabilized lenses at fujifilm. So if you have a stabilized objective, stabilization is not much use to you.

It depends on the objectives

So obviously, if you use fixed focal lengths, if you use the XF 16-55mm F2.8 at Fujifilm, you are on lenses that are not stabilized. Enjoy the stabilization of the lens to death, but once again on very particular subjects and very particular photos where there is no movement in your photo and where your shutter speed is a little low. So that makes a lot of noise in pictures. In my opinion, stabilisation does not make any particular sense.

On the other hand, in video, stabilization really makes sense. In video, it is difficult to do without stabilization. So if for you stabilization is ultra important, the X-H1 is probably the best choice. Despite everything I think that roughly 90% of the time, the X-T3 is almost 400 - 500 € cheaper and it offers video options of the 4k 60fps, H.265, 10 Bit while the X-H1 is stuck in the old 8 Bit.

So overall, the X-T3 is much better and probably with the price difference between the X-T3 and the X-H1, you can perhaps invest in a gimbal that will stabilize your camera much more than the X-H1 will ever do.

Hard to choose

So that's about my analysis of that. It really hurts my heart because once again the X-H1 is the device whose ergonomics I prefer. It's really a device that I feel really good with, that I have really good control over. I love the very muffled sound of the shutter which makes very little noise.

I also like the little button very much. I've gotten used to the screen that's backlit at night. This allows you to just look at your settings like that, here with this small screen. Frankly, there are a lot of things that are great on this X-H1, but sold for more than the X-T3 when there is a generation between the gap.

Honestly, I know that when making video, we generally prefer a stabilized sensor to a stabilized lens. But finally, I think that, at the limit, it may be better to use an X-T3. Put a stabilized lens on it. If that's not enough for you, you can put a gimbal. But you're going to have better technology, better autofocus if you do low light. There are really too many things in this X-T3 that are superior to this X-H1 for me to recommend the X-H1.

In short, the conclusion of this video is that between the two there are very few cases where I recommend the X-H1. The only time I recommend the X-H1, if you know at all costs that you need an ibis sensor, then yes yes, I will recommend the X-H1. But in all other cases, the X-T3 is really so much better and cheaper. That's what's crazy. That is, the X-H1 would be cheaper than the X-T3. At the limit, he would have a match. But here 400 - 500 € more expensive than the X-H1, I can't tell you that the X-H1 is...


For me, it's a shame, but it's a 6-month-old camera that is now "a little out of fashion. "So I'm going to keep my X-H1, I'm not ready to sell it because I love my X-H1. It will serve me as a second box. That is, the X-T2, I will no longer use it at all and I will use the X-T3 as my main camera and as soon as I am in a situation where I need a stabilized sensor, or I use an optics that is not stabilized, I will use the X-H1.

But in general, when I use, when I need to take a picture that needs stabilization, it's because I'm playing with the shutter speed, probably in low light. And if I'm in low light, the autofocus of the X-T3 is much better than the autofocus of the X-H1. So here again, the choice is not so clear-cut.

In short! Anyway, I can't wait for Fujifilm to release the X-H2 because it's going to be the perfect camera. I really hope that Fujifilm will not be long in coming and will not wait 18 months to release this X-H2.

That's what I had to tell you, it melts my heart like that to torpedo the X-H1 because it's a great camera. If you have an X-H1, it's no less good, it's just that someone who has to buy a camera today and who has a choice between the two, I recommend the X-T3 instead.

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