Does FUJI have the BEST Camera for VIDEO? (Fujifilm X-H1 vs Sony a7 III)

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Review of the Fujifilm X-H1 for video shooting & value comparison to the Sony a7 III. Does the Fuji X-H1 hold its own against full frame for 4K video?
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Table of Contents:
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0:30 – Why I’m Reviewing the Fujifilm X-H1
1:22 – The Lenses I Tested (XF 23mm f1.4 R & XF 56mm f1.2 R)
1:40 – Total Cost Breakdown
2:18 – Short Answer: Did I Love It?
2:50 – Things I Like about the X-H1: The New Grip
3:09 – The Inclusion of an AF-ON Button
3:21 – Regular Firmware Updates & Solid Menus
4:00 – Build Quality of the Body & Lenses
4:12 – Aperture Rings & Manual Focus Clutches
4:21 – The ISO Dial is Great for Video Shooters
4:52 – The IBIS is Very, Very Good
5:11 – Changing Manual Focus from Non-Linear to Linear
6:03 – The Autofocus Seems Solid, but Not as Good as Canon/Sony
6:37 – Overall the X-H1 Can Capture Great Images, but…
7:12 – Why I Wouldn’t Recommend It
7:23 – The Battery is Terrible
7:43 – The Vintage Dials Actually Waste Time
8:39 – The Secondary Always-On Display Doesn’t Make Sense
9:23 – The X-H1 Relies Heavily on the Grip (Vertical Power Booster)
10:06 – Videos Are Split into 4GB Files
10:31 – The 4K Is Cropped & the 120p Is Fake (Processed Slow-mo)
11:03 – Didn’t Really Like the Look of the Eterna Film Simulation
11:32 – X-H1 Video Samples (Eterna, F-Log, & Included LUTs)
12:51 – Value Considerations & Comparison to Sony a7 III
13:07 – My Sony a7 III Setup & Total Cost
13:40 – The Full Frame Sony Is Actually Cheaper?!
14:21 – Isn’t APS-C Supposed to Be Smaller & Less Expensive?
14:30 – Weight Comparison: The Fuji Weighs More
14:46 – Performance & Quality Notes on Sony vs Fuji
15:06 – Colour Science of Fuji vs Sony: They’re Easy to Match
15:40 – Conclusions & Who Should Buy This Camera

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Products Mentioned:
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Fujifilm X-H1: http://geni.us/iHUvAD
Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R: http://geni.us/NV3IkeA
Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R: http://geni.us/ENb2
Fujifilm VPB-XH1 Grip: http://geni.us/xd2ezX5
Fujifilm X-T2: http://geni.us/74affzy
Sony a7 III: https://geni.us/4t2K1q
Sony 85mm f/1.8: http://geni.us/CpZZq4W
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art for Sony E: https://geni.us/Y9ya

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Gerald Undone says:

Hey hey! 👋 Let me know your Fuji experiences in these here comments! I'd love to hear them.
Here's a giant table of contents for your convenience… I think?

0:30 – Why I'm Reviewing the Fujifilm X-H1
1:22 – The Lenses I Tested (XF 23mm f1.4 R & XF 56mm f1.2 R)
1:40 – Total Cost Breakdown
2:18 – Short Answer: Did I Love It?
2:50 – Things I Like about the X-H1: The New Grip
3:09 – The Inclusion of an AF-ON Button
3:21 – Regular Firmware Updates & Solid Menus
4:00 – Build Quality of the Body & Lenses
4:12 – Aperture Rings & Manual Focus Clutches
4:21 – The ISO Dial is Great for Video Shooters
4:52 – The IBIS is Very, Very Good
5:11 – Changing Manual Focus from Non-Linear to Linear
6:03 – The Autofocus Seems Solid, but Not as Good as Canon/Sony
6:37 – Overall the X-H1 Can Capture Great Images, but…
7:12 – Why I Wouldn't Recommend It
7:23 – The Battery is Terrible
7:43 – The Vintage Dials Actually Waste Time
8:39 – The Secondary Always-On Display Doesn't Make Sense
9:23 – The X-H1 Relies Heavily on the Grip (Vertical Power Booster)
10:06 – Videos Are Split into 4GB Files
10:31 – The 4K Is Cropped & the 120p Is Fake (Processed Slow-mo)
11:03 – Didn't Really Like the Look of the Eterna Film Simulation
11:32 – X-H1 Video Samples (Eterna, F-Log, & Included LUTs)
12:51 – Value Considerations & Comparison to Sony a7 III
13:07 – My Sony a7 III Setup & Total Cost
13:40 – The Full Frame Sony Is Actually Cheaper?!
14:21 – Isn't APS-C Supposed to Be Smaller & Less Expensive?
14:30 – Weight Comparison: The Fuji Weighs More
14:46 – Performance & Quality Notes on Sony vs Fuji
15:06 – Colour Science of Fuji vs Sony: They're Easy to Match
15:40 – Conclusions & Who Should Buy This Camera

Jimmy Kristanto says:

wow, your review is so great and honest! love the way you explain, subscribed !

Mister Man says:

Your reviews are the perfect mix of techspertise and userness. However, in this one, the bias toward this Fuji, due to your unfamiliarity with the brand’s products, was showing from the outset. That made your conclusions seem like confirmation bias. Reviewing a Fuji shortly after its release also sounds unfair, since the firmware updates that come later vastly improve its performance and augment its features. I switched to the X-H1 from Panasonic (G9 and others) because of its similarites to the best aspects of recent Lumices – the shutter and the IBIS, first off. The image quality and picture profiles are wonderful. The X-H1 is now plummeting in price because at the time of its release it was Eclipsed by the Sony A7III, then shortly thereafter semi-superseded by the Fuji X-T3. My sole complaint about the X-H1 is its dismal battery life – though an under-publicized feature of the camera is its being powerable (and chargeable) via USB by an Anker PowerCore PD series battery bank/charger.

Ziggi Mon says:

The biggest problem with Fuji is terrible reliability, they can't survive even one travel. Buttons fail, dirt gets inside, joystick moves erratically …

Manasse Nicaisse says:

We need an update review.. lol 999 on sale

Chip Rock says:

XH-1 for $999 USD including grip!?!? .Suddenly the landscape changes….great review. Disagree on the top screen; its not a retro clash- its definitely for pros who can customize and monitor settings on the go….always on is brilliant for me even though it appears counterintuitive…just wondering if Fuji has fixed the 4K file size cap with an update since you published this?

Ken Okada says:

I doubt you'll see this comment but considering that now you can get the XH1, battery grip, and the 16-55 2.8 lens as a package for 1600, would you change your recommendation?

man eye ake says:

Hey man,
I haven’t seen your cinematography, so I can’t comment on that, but amongst the camera reviewers out there (including your editing but outside you’d opinion of course) you are probably the best I’ve seen!

Manasse Nicaisse says:

it is now 1200 with grip and 2 extra batteries.. is the price a great deal??

grumblekin says:

The best camera for video is always the one that comes out next year…

boran akn says:

OMG Gerald no offense intended but don't you know that you can just leave the shutter speed dial on A and go to the buttoms menu to assign it to either the front or back dial to have the same controls as a sony!? LOL The criticism of the vintage dials is a non point, they are just great, no downsides to them 🙂 @Gerald Undone

Andrew Atm says:

Hi gerald. Thanks for your video. Love ur honesty and i agree with u. If u dont mind me asking, what are u using to edit your videos? Thanks.

ZpG Killua says:

I'm not a Fuji fan but I'm sure there are people here who will be interested. If you ever visit Tokyo, google FUJIFILM SQUARE, you can borrow a Fuji camera and 2 lenses for free for the day as long as you return it before 630pm. I only go there with my buddy so he can rent a camera and I just stick with my A7iii. Each time the Fuji battery will die when the sony is only at 80~70%. I think the AF is slower and face/eye detection is not as good either. Fuji also cannot charge over USB.

Arrested Images Photography and Design says:

plus don't forget you need the extra battery grip which runs around 500 CAD – but still, I think it is a great system, the batteries suck and a touch screen would be nice on the Xt2 but I am really happy with my transition from Canon to Fuji…..

Build Guild n’ Refine TV says:

Hey Gerald, so I picked up a G9 and have been shooting with it for two weeks…and the shutter is driving me nuts everytime I use the camera!
I press it and keep waiting…and waiting for a shutter click, and feel…sooo I’ve got to say that I genuinely hate the shutter mechanism on the G9.
Currently I’m selling the G9 (yes if you can’t tell by now I have camera issues!)
I’m looking at getting both the X-H1 (because it’s stabilized) and an X-T2…..
As opposed to an X-T3.
How would you compare/ contrast the shutter mechanism on the X-H1 to the G9?

For reference, I LOVE the shutter on the Sony A7iii
Thanks!
Adam

Mike Barber says:

Overall, in a vacuum…nothing good comes after that. 😛

Arrested Images Photography and Design says:

sharpness sure change when you switched to the Fuji, far sharper image

Yahya Lemnouar says:

After 7 months, you can get an x-h1 with the grip for half the price, which would be better than buying an a7iii

RJM Pictures says:

Monemt… slipped that in there nicely lol

Bill Gordon says:

I'm deep into Fuji, but still appreciated your review. You have a talent for getting to the point concisely. It's seems unlikely that I'll switch systems at this point, but I really like your content and think you're doing fantastic job. I'm an amateur enthusiast and haven't done any video work yet. I'm still having lots of fun with my Fuji system.
Thanks Gerald, your channel is one of my favorites!

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