The Fujifilm X-H1 Development Story Continues With The Camera Body

Fujifilm released their third development story today and it’s probably the area of least change. In X-H1 Development Story #3 -Camera Body- Fujifilm elaborates on the weather sealing and new coating on the Fujifilm X-H1. The Fujifilm X-H1 seems to be sealed in much the same way that the X-T2 and X-Pro2 were sealed, but the X-H1 requires more seals because it has more buttons.

“The X-H1 camera body can be described as simple as weather resistant structure, but the designing process is not so simple. The assembly process is not so simple either. It has total of 68 sealing points on the body alone, and additional 26 sealing points for the battery grip.

For your reference, the number of sealing points is 61 for X-Pro2 and 63 for X-T2. Just by comparing these numbers, you can see that the X-H1 required more work. There are more buttons on the X-H1.”

Unlike Part #1 and Part #2 when the differences were pretty apparent and useful the only somewhat significant difference pointed out here is the new scratch-resistant coating, which doesn’t really do anything to affect the performance of the camera. The previous coating was already very durable and the new coating is appreciated, but not a selling point. You still need to treat your camera with care.

“The scratch resistance of the coating is measured in H. Previous X Series models are 4H, which is very durable already. The value is same as that of automobile body coating. The X-H1 achieves 8H scratch resistance. This is as tough as a coating can get. The X-H1 is not only more robust with the frame and camera structure, but also with the exterior coating.

It does not mean that you can treat the camera poorly. You should treat the camera with care just as before.”

Fujifilm tests their cameras extensively, but nothing beats real world use and it’s where the X-Photographers shines for Fujifilm R&D. Fujifilm always hands out lots of their flagship cameras to their X-Photographers for testing at the extremes before launch and many push their cameras to the breaking point during this period of time. Years ago someone took it a bit too far with an X-Pro2 and it ended up in Fujifilm marketing materials.

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