X-H1 and GFX R Reports Surface, Pointing to Big 2018 For Fujifilm

The Fujifilm X-H1 may be what a ton of photographers have been waiting for

Fujifilm has been riding a wave of popularity since the introduction of their [amazon_textlink asin=’B01I3LNMAM’ text=’X-T2′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’68ca57f8-d6e7-11e7-a579-f10151ccfcca’], but with their full range of X-Series cameras now upgraded to the latest X-Trans III sensor, many have wondered what is next for Fujifilm to take their system to another level. If some new reports are accurate, it looks as if we may now have that answer, and it may be coming as soon as next year!According to a report over on Fuji Rumors, the Fujifilm X-H1, which at one point was thought to be called the X-T2s, will be Fujifilm’s first camera with in-body image stabilization or IBIS. This is huge news for Fujifilm photographers and those looking into getting into the system. One huge advantage Sony has had over the Fujifilm system to date has been their implementation of IBIS on their cameras.

This report indicates Fujifilm will be finally bringing that technology to the X-Series with the to be announced X-H1. The name, X-H1, comes from the compatible camera listing within the configuration files of Fujifilm’s new X RAW Studio software which they just released in the last week. IT is expected that this camera will feature some design changes over the current X-T2, and beyond the addition of IBIS, will largely be the same camera internally, with the X-Trans III 24MP sensor.

The other news comes to us via Fuji Addict, and involves what appears to be the next addition to Fujifilm’s medium format GFX system, the GFX R. According to the report, the GFX R will be the ‘big brother’ to the Fujifilm [amazon_textlink asin=’B01A8DUR74′ text=’X-Pro2′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’72b8ea80-d6e7-11e7-9ef0-4701cd017af8′], featuring a rangefinder design but otherwise similar internals to the GFX 50s. Oh, and it will also be quite a bit cheaper than the GFX 50s, according to the report, coming in somewhere between $3,900 and $4,300 – still spendy, but MUCH more affordable than any other digital medium format system camera.

The GFX 50(?)R is expected to be announced (possibly shipping) by Photokina 2018. So there is still a way to go before that comes around. However, that is big news, especially for medium format rangefinder fans who have been somewhat neglected in the digital age.

Now it goes without saying, but all of these reports are unofficial at this point. Please, take them with a grain of salt. However, should these reports be accurate, it looks like there is a lot to be excited for from Fujifilm in 2018. We are definitely curious to see what comes of these reports and how the year shapes up for Fuji.

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.