Fuji Rumors: Fujifilm X-H1: Full English Press Release and More Images with MK Lenses


“In case you missed it, I have google translated to English the entire press release leaked in German as well as manually translated the full specs sheet (see below). You can also download the specs sheet in English here at my dropbox….”

Fujifilm X-H1 with battery grip and Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 R LM OIS kit zoom, image released by Nokishita and republished at Fuji Rumors.


Fujifilm X-H1 with Fujinon MK 18-55mm T2.9 X-Mount Cinema Zoom

Fuji Rumors has outdone itself on the Fujifilm X-H1 with heavily detailed specifications lists, press releases, images and size comparisons between the X-H1 and other hybrid stills/video cameras whether mirrorless or DSLR, in advance of Fujifilm’s official X-H1 product announcement on February 15.

That announcement will no doubt also include the X-Mount versions of Fujifilm’s MK Series 18-55mm T2.9 and 50-135mm T2.9 cinema zoom lenses, previously released in E-Mount versions for Sony cinema and Sony Alpha hybrid cameras in the α7 and α9 series.

I will be publishing official product photographs, specifications, and links to articles and videos by moviemakers and photographers who have been working with pre-production versions of the Fujifilm X-H1 and X-Mount versions of the Fujinon MK Series zoom lenses after Fujifilm’s announcement on the 15th and no doubt that article will be a lengthy one.

Samsung NX1 with Samsung Premium S 50-150mm f/2.8 ED OIS zoom lens, still the benchmark for up-to-date Super 35mm hybrid video cameras, though it missed out on a fully-articulated monitor and 10-bit 4:2:2.

With the leaks by DigiCame-Info, Fuji Rumors and Nokishita, there has been much discussion and speculation at online moviemaking fora, much of it comparing the X-H1’s video specifications to Panasonic’s Lumix DC-GH5 and DC-GH5S Super 16/Micro Four Thirds cameras, and Samsung’s discontinued but still revolutionary Super 35/APS-C NX1.

All three cameras raised the bar for mirrorless video very high indeed.

This is the set of video-centric features I have been hoping to see appear in the X-H1:

  • 4K UHD and 4K DCI 200 Mbit
  • 4K 60p
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization (IBIS) that works in conjunction with optical image stabilization (OIS)
  • 10-bit 4:2:2
  • Battery grip with full controls for vertical/portrait orientation
  • Decent battery sizes
  • Decent body grip
  • Decent set of of well-spaced colour-matched native X-Mount prime and zoom lenses with manual clutch focus or at least linear focus-by-wire
  • Dual memory card slots
  • Exposure zebras with ability to set percentages/IRE levels
  • External recording via HDMI 2.0+
  • Full 10-bit internal F-Log
  • Fully-articulated monitor
  • Fully-customizable picture profiles
  • In-body audio-monitoring aka headphone port
  • Unlimited recording duration
  • Viable eye and face autofocus
Is this the camera that inspired Fujifilm’s X-H1 designers? The Contax N1 autofocus analog SLR, last in a long line of Kyocera-made Contax cameras licensing the Contax brand from Zeiss, released in 2000. Kyocera also made Yashica brand cameras.

How many of these boxes, as it were, will the DSLR-style Fujifilm X-H1 tick and how much will any non-inclusion of essential features mitigate against the X-H1 in being a viable, up-to-date video camera for the sorts of productions that warrant Super 35 image quality?

Or, will that good old Australian saying, “close enough is good enough”, be applicable enough in the case of the Fujifilm X-H1?


Mirrorless Rumors: Too good to be true? High-end Samsung APS-C camera based on Exynos 9810 SoC


“Well it’s years now Samsung NX line is dead. So I was really surprised to get a rumor about a new NX model in my mail box. The rumor comes from an anonymous source. It sounded soo strange that I almost think there is some truth behind this….”

Samsung NX1 Super 35/APS-C hybrid digital camera with battery grip and Samsung Premium S 16-50mm f/2.0-2.8 ED OIS standard zoom lens
Samsung made a number of excellent lenses for its NX series of interchangeable lens cameras and there were apparently more on the way when the company suddenly shut down its camera and lens division.


If Samsung had not so spectacularly and in so short a period killed off the most technologically advanced hybrid stills/video Super35/APS-C camera of its day, the Samsung NX1, a camera that current Super 16/M43 and Super 35/APS-C DSLR-style hybrids have yet to match much less surpass, I would have been relying on the NX1 and its lenses and accessories to this very day and beyond.

Instead I ended up buying my Panasonic Lumix GH4 as a sort of consolation prize when it proved next-to-impossible even to simply see an actual NX1 and its lenses and accessories in any Sydney stores much less actually purchase any.

It is as if Samsung went out of its way to sabotage itself and the incredible technology underlying the NX1 with marketing and distribution that can only be described as travesties.

Far too late, I finally did see a sad, lonely, grimy, neglected NX1 with a pancake prime lens attached chained up on a high shelf in an inner city white goods store but I had placed my order for a GH4 by then and the writing was already on the wall for Samsung’s entire camera division given how badly they had botched it.

If Samsung really is considering going back to the camera-making business then they need to think seriously about the legend of the boy who cried wolf.

Their destruction of the finest hybrid camera system of its day along with the new premium lenses that were supposed to be following the first two to appear, and the shattering of hopes and possibilities that ensued, has left a nasty taste in the mouth.

We have yet to see a NX1 successor appear at the hands of any other camera company, and perhaps we never will, instead making do with also-rans and other substitutes that go some way towards becoming what the NX1 was and what its successors might have been.

Now we live in a world where Samsung’s suicided disruptive technology still casts its pale shadow over the stills and video hardware we use and feign excitement over.

Samsung NX1 Camera and Battery Grip

Samsung Lenses

Before Samsung suddenly, silently eliminated its entire camera division, it had sixteen lenses in its collection with a 300mm telephoto next cab off the rank and I had been hoping for a Premium S update to its 12-24mm wide-angle zoom lens in order to complete the necessary professional stills and video zoom lens troika.


Rigged and ready for Super 35 moviemaking action – the Motion9 Cube NX1 camera cage for the Samsung NX1. Motion9 later produced a quick-release top handle and a quick-release cable clamp, CubeCage Classic Pro and One-Touch Cable Clamp, to further improve the usability of their NX1 and other cages. Since rebranding as Seercam, they have released the CubeCage Classic Plus Handle.

Samsung’s web pages for the NX1 and related products are progressively disappearing so best to check them out while you can.