Many photographers have debated the need for Fujifilm to continue their X-H series of mirrorless cameras. After all, the introduction of IBIS (In-Body Image Stabilization) into the X-T4 has effectively negated the one big advantage the X-H series had over the X-T series. So, it is not unreasonable for people to ask if we would ever see an X-H2.
The Map Times (news.mapcamera.com) interviewed Mr. Takashi Ueno of FUJIFILM Corporation recently on the newly released Fujifilm X-T4 APS-C mirrorless camera (released 2020-02-26), and it’s an interesting interview because Mr. Ueno talked about some of the reasonings behind the different series and the features included in each.
We were especially intrigued by what he had to say about the X-H series. Currently, there is only one camera in the X-H series, the X-H1 (released 2018-02-15) — and, as far as features are concerned, the X-H1 has fallen way behind the X-T series. So, it is not unreasonable for people to ask whether there was any reason to keep the X-H series going anymore. After all, like it or not, any new and better feature that gets introduced into the X-H series will eventually find its way into the X-T series.
Well, apparently, Fujifilm’s vision for its mirrorless cameras is the following: the X-T series willl be the “all-purpose” enthusiast camera, keeping it as compact and light as possible. The X-H series would be for a completely different (pro) audience (who would not be concerned with size or weight), and providing the features that pro photographers demand, such as a large grip and a more rigid and robust body (to allow long and heavier telephoto lenses to be attached).
Therefore, we would like to make the XH series a camera with a clearly different concept from the XT series. [The XH series] is intended for users who have different shooting purposes and shooting scenes, including the video function. The mere difference in design and operability does not make it possible for the two series to be [merged into the same camera].
X-Pro series: For street snapshots and reportage photos. Kept as simple as possible, with “nothing extra,” hence no IBIS (“dial up the ISO and use a faster shutter speed”). Might add IBIS in the future if size/weight of camera can be kept more or less the same.
X-T series: The “Can-Do-Anything” — compact, lightweight and stylish. For stills and video.
X-H series: For pro use. Tough, robust.