Fujifilm X-T4 VS X-H1 – What's Better?

Fujifilm X-T4 VS X-H1 – What's Better?

Fujifilm X-T4 VS Fujifilm X-H1

Are you wondering what the key differences between the Fujifilm X-T4 VS Fujifilm X-H1? Throughout this blog, we’ll compare the specifications, benefits and main differences between the two powerhouse cameras.

If you’re currently an X-H1 owner and considering the upgrade, I’ve got you covered. Additionally, no matter if your a photographer, videographer or hybrid shooter like myself. This blog will have you covered with the in’s and out’s, giving you my genuine and honest opinion. 

Finally, as an owner of both cameras, I wish to give you a real-world perspective. After using both cameras for different purposes, this allows me to advise you if the upgrades are worth it, or to keep persisting with the X-H1.

X-T4 V X-H1 Comparisons

The Fujifilm X-T4, the desired almost perfect camera I was waiting for. In a recent vlog regarding the X-H1, I expressed the key features I desired for my next Fujifilm upgrade, flip screen, larger battery and improved AF performance. However, it doesn’t stop there, so let’s find out the key differences.

What’s similar?

  • Viewfinder (3.69M dots, 100fps and 0.75x magnification)
  • 15-minute exposure (T-mode only)
  • Dual SD card slot (Both UHS-II)
  • Mechanical shutter – 1/8000s
  • Electronic shutter – 1/32000s
  • Weather sealed (splash, dust and temperatures down to -10˚C)
  • Connectivity (WiFi & Bluetooth)

Fujifilm X-T4 vs X-H1 Physical Comparison

Firstly, the physical feel of these camera’s is the most evident cosmetic differences. This is due to the more substantial handgrip from the X-H1, personally, giving it that more ‘professional’ feel in hand. However, this does come down to personal taste and preference.

Secondly, it must be said that the X-H1 is better suited to those more significant lenses such as XF 50-140 & XF 100-400mm

Fujifilm X-T4 Fujifilm X-H1
Size
134.6 x 92.8 x 63.8mm
139.8 x 97.3 x 85.5mm
Weight
607grams (21.41oz)
673grams (23.73oz)
Battery Rating
2200mAh (500 Shot Rating)
1260mAh (310 Shot Rating)
LCD Display
Fully Articulating (1.62K-dot)
3-Way Tilt (1040K-dot)
ISO Value
Top DIal
Top LCD Screen
Shutter Button
Normal
Leaf Spring
Manufactured
China (Japan US Only)
Japan
X-H1 VS X-T4 Size Comparison
X-T4 V X-H1 Size Comparison

Top LCD VS Dials

Another characteristic of the X-H1 is the top LCD panel, showing the current settings being used. (something I’m a massive fan of) The X-T4 doesn’t have this, continuing with the tradition X-T range, the exposure compensation dial.

Battery

Finally, the X-T4 introduces a new battery, the NP-W235, hosting almost double the power of the X-H1 NP-W126 battery. Personally, I hated the older Fujifilm batteries, in fact, this nearly singlehandedly made me leave Fujifilm altogether. The X-T4 is rated to 500 frames per charge (or 600 with the new economy mode) The X-H1 has a rating of only 310 shots.

Sensor

The X-T4 features and X-Trans IV pixel pattern APS-C sized chip with a BSI structure, the same sensor found on the X-T3. The ISO range goes from 160 to 12800, compared to ISO 200 to 12800 in the X-H1. The X-H1 features an X-Trans III generation sensor, a similar resolution at 24.3MP to the X-T range.

Finally, the X-Processor 4 found on the BSI sensors offer a faster readout and three times speedier image engine compared to that of the X-Processor Pro on the X-H1. Personally, this shouldn’t come into play when deciding between the two.

I’ve written a full comprehensive blog about the X-T4’s sensor, IBIS, battery life and additional features here

Specifications: Fujifilm X-T4 vs X-H1 Specs

Fujifilm X-T4 Fujifilm X-H1
Sensor
X-Trans IV BSI
X-Trans III
Processor
X-Processor 4
X-Processor Pro
Phase Detection
Full Sensor
Central Only
IBIS
6.5 Stops
5.5 Stops
Digital IS
Yes
No
AF Points
425 Points
325 Points
Base ISO
160 ISO
200 ISO
USB Charging
USB-C Fast Charging
None
Continous Shooting
15fps
8fps

Firstly, this is where the X-H1, unfortunately, starts to show it’s age. As a result, falling far back in the winds, I still rated this camera as one of the most underrated cameras of 2018-2019.

Sweet, simple and straight to the point. If autofocus regarding tracking, speed, face and eye detection is your top priority, upgrade!

Secondly, two significant upgrades come in the form of IBIS and continuous shooting. 

X-H1 VS X-T4

IBIS

Correct, both systems run an IBIS system. Still, the X-T4 has received an overhaul in this department. Running with a magnetic system which has an improved structure to absorb shock. As a result, the re-designed unit is 30% smaller and 20% lighter than the one on the X-H1. Paired with the Fujinon lenses, you’re now able to achieve 6.5 Stops (with 18 of 29 lenses according to Fujifilm). This is an impressive upgrade which you’ll be able to witness over on my YouTube. 

Autofocus

Fujifilm X-T4, congratulations on being awarded the title of the fastest continuous shooting speeds seen on an APS-C camera. The mechanical shutter can reach 15fps (with continuous AF). The X-H1, by comparison, does 8fps. (11fps if you attach the VPB-XH1 grip). As a result, if constant shooting is your top priority, upgrade and be blown away.

Video Specifications

The X-T4 has activated beast mode when it comes to the video specification. However, even when compared to the X-T3, it’s had a significant upgrade. Here is exactly how they compare:

Fujifilm X-T4 Fujifilm X-H1
Headphone Jack
USB-C Adaptor
Battery Grip Only
4K Modes
4k @ 60FPS
4K @ 30FPS
Slow-Motion
240fps@ 1080p
120fps @ 1080p
Bit Depth (Internal)
10-bit 4:2:2
8-bit 4:2:0
Bitrate
400mbps
200mbps
Slow-Motion (120FPS)
NO Line Skipping
Line Skipping
Zebra Pattern
Yes
No

Side Note: Battery Life, not directly related to the video but still needs to be noted when comparing the two. Therefore, the reality is, I’m about to get 100% honest, so why not just start here! The battery life sucks in the X-H1, especially when recording 4K. (cold conditions can see the batter last 1 hour from a fully charged battery)

Sticking to the brutely honest route, the video features out of the X-H1 are already more than what the average consumers require. However, the handy additions to the X-T4, which I already had on the X-T3, Zebra readout, no line skipping at 120fps, and more profound bit rate. Therefore, why in good earth would I change? Let’s find out…

Fujifilm X-T4 VS X-H1 – What’s better?

Previously, I’ve used the Fujifilm X-H1 as a backup camera to the Fujifilm X-T3. Firstly, the X-H1 served me as my primary YouTube camera, handheld video camera when filming promotional content and a backup camera on my workshops. My primary purpose for upgrading to the X-T4 is IBIS, Flip Screen, battery life and better AF, especially face/eye detection.

In conclusion, the only compelling reasons I can argue for purchasing the X-H1 – financial situation, ergonomics, and top LCD. Finally, the X-T4 excels in every department for photographers, videographers and hybrid shooters in comparison to the X-H1.

Disagree? Therefore, let me know in the comments below why you’d keep the Fujifilm X-H1 vs X-T4.

More Questions? Ask Away…

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