My Fuji XH-1 and Me

All That Glitters and Shines

Fuji XH1 with Battery Grip
Fuji XH1 with Battery Grip

About two months ago the magical UPS fairy delivered a rather nondescript brown box to my doorstep. Inside it contained a shiny new toy. Well, not really shiny. It was mostly matte black, but you get the point.

I ripped into the package and quickly unboxed my new Fujifilm XH-1. Oh, what a joy!  Clean black packaging, minimal design, nothing more than what you’d want or expect. Fuji and Apple share the same approach it seems. There’s something to be said for that. It sets you up for an amazing product. I must say once again, Fuji didn’t disappoint.

What’s In A Name?

To be clear, I’ve never been a fanboy when it comes to a particular brand of cameras. I looked at them as just a thing. A tool. Prior to owning a Fuji, I usually felt excited to pick up my camera to shoot, but never inspired. Then I purchased an X-T10. A simple camera, but packed with Fuji magic. The love affair had begun.

And now this hot little XH-1 is in my hands. More on size in a minute, because we know it matters.

Fuji XT-10 Times Square NYC
Fuji XT-10 w/ 18-55mm f/2.8-4 Times Square NYC

That Shutter Though

You have to hand it to Fuji. Their design is impeccable. It’s a mix of the old and the new. Retro styling coupled with modern functionality all in a compact body. What’s not to like? The body is rugged, weather sealed. It feels good in the hand. Sure, it’s a bit heavier than other models, but still lighter than most DSLRs. Personally, I walked around DC for hours carrying it, and didn’t have a problem, except for the summer heat.

Art Museum in DC (Fuji XH-1 w/ 16-55mm f/2.8 Classic Chrome JPG)

The beauty of Fuji’s design extends to guts of the camera as well. Oh but that shutter though. It might seem silly, but that silky, buttery shutter gives me shivers almost every time I hear it.

This camera isn’t just about outward design and looks. It produces incredible images and video, even with that crop sensor. In a world that great cameras are easily accessible, does size really matter? Video isn’t something Fuji is known for, but I believe with the XH-1 that will change. Fuji is known for its color and the JPGs they produce are just sexy. Let’s not forget about that Eternal film log. So good! 

Did someone say specs? I try not to get caught up in those, but inevitably, it does happen. We’re photographers. For those of you that do care and want a reference on the specs, here’s a link.


Progress Over Perfection

Fuji XH1 16-55 f/2.8 Philadelphia
Fuji XH1 16-55 f/2.8 Philadelphia

Clearly I love my Fuji cameras. I’ve become a fanboy, and I’m okay with that.  But I should state that I’m

not blind to everything else that’s out there. The camera doesn’t make the photographer. I like what Fuji is doing. They’re listening to their photographers. They’re making an attempt to innovate while taking into account what the users are actually experiencing.

At the end of the day, the specs don’t matter. Pick up a camera that helps to inspire you to shoot. For me, that’s a Fuji and currently the XH-1. I’m sure that will change, but there’s one certain truth – I will always use the tools that get me jazzed about the work I create.


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