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Fujifilm X-H1 Fast Start

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Camera Controls: Left Side, Right Side & Bottom

John Greengo

Fujifilm X-H1 Fast Start

John Greengo

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15. Camera Controls: Left Side, Right Side & Bottom

Lesson Info

Camera Controls: Left Side, Right Side & Bottom

Over on the left side of the camera, we can see our diopter a little bit more clearly up here. We talked about that earlier, adjusting the focus of the viewfinder. We do have a door that gives us lots of connections in here. To start with, we have a microphone. Fuji makes their own microphones, but you can hook up any generic microphone in here. Uses the standard 3.5 millimeter mini-stereo jack. The Micro USB jack is used for connecting up to a computer, but the lower 2/3 of it is used for hooking up to the Fujifilm RR-90 remote release, and I know when I first got this release, I was trying to figure out where does it get plugged on the camera? It wasn't completely obvious, 'cause it didn't fit in the smaller port next to it, and it didn't seem like it was the right size here. It's just that you're using the lower 2/ of this particular port. We have a Micro HDMI, and this is sending a video signal out of the camera, so you would connect up to a TV or a monitor with this system here. T...

here is a 2.5 millimeter remote for this, and there's a variety of remotes out on the market. For instance, you can use the Canon RS-60E3, and it's a very simple remote. If you just need a basic remote to trigger the camera, this will do it. Over onto the right side of the camera, we have our memory card options. We do have two card slots, uses two SD cards in here. There is a variety of ways that you can record in the camera. So you can record Card One or Card Two or both cards simultaneously, and you can record a large number of options, as far as RAW to one card and JPEG to the other card, and so this will all be made more clear when we get into the Setup menu under the Save Data setup, how are you setting the camera up to save this sort of data? Another little shortcut for you, think we've mentioned this one before, but it's worth mentioning again. If you press down on the playback button for two seconds, it'll switch you from Card One to Card Two, as far as playing back the images. As I had mentioned, this uses the Secure Digital system. There are two different types of cards out there and the UHS-I and the UHS-II, which has more pins on it for faster reading. The camera is UHS-II compatible in both slots, and so it works well, and I'd highly recommend getting those faster cards with this camera, especially for those of you shooting video. Now the SD cards, of course, have a little lock switch on the side, which will lock the information from being deleted or recorded over, so be aware if you accidentally bump that lock switch. We have different sizes of cords of course, that are putting it into the different categories of SD, HC, and XC. We talked about the UHS-I versus II option already, and the maximum speed of the card is important for anyone who is shooting a lot of fast action and shooting photos very quickly. This is gonna help the camera clear the buffer and download those images onto the memory card as quickly as possible if you have a faster card speed. Very important for anyone who's shooting video is the minimum speed of the card. Because video requires a lot of data on a very consistent basis, you need to have a card that's very fast in its minimum speed. And this is why Fuji recommends the UHS-III cards for shooting video, especially the high resolution 4K video. So for downloading, of course you can download from the computer or from the camera to the computer. It tends to be a little bit on the slow side, so I recommend using a standard card reader. They're pretty cheap, 10 to 20 bucks, and they'll download quite a bit quicker. If you have the option of plugging it straight into your computer, that works very well as the card reader. And in all cases, you're gonna wanna format your cards, probably on a regular basis. Don't do it right now. It'll get rid of all the images you have on there. And so this is something that I typically do as part of a standard process, when I'm going out on a new shoot. I wanna go out there with fresh memory cards that don't have any other information on there, and by formatting the cards, it's gonna prolong the life of those cards. It's better than just deleting the images off of 'em, and you can do that by going into the Setup menu under User Setting and Formatting. Looking to the bottom of the camera, we have your standard tripod socket for monopods, tripods, and all those sorts of accessories. We do our speaker down there, kind of an unusual location for the speaker but that's what it is, and then we of course have our battery compartment, and with our orange battery release which helps indicate which way the battery goes in the camera. So all of 'em have a little orange dot or square on the bottom and you wanna line that up with the battery release. Now the latest batteries from Fuji are the NP-W126S batteries with the circle on 'em. The circle is the newest, the square is the older. It is compatible with the squares, but the new circle ones, I believe, have a better heat management to them, I don't know exactly what they're doing in there, but it's a little bit better in this camera and the camera will last a little bit. Now the camera will be able to shoot a little bit longer with that newer type battery. The camera comes with a travel charger, and they'll be a little light indicating that it's charging, whether it's charged or whether there's a problem with it. One of the annoyances about this charger is that it comes with this long, gangly cord, and one of the simple options is to get one of these angle plugins, and so you can get a right angle adapter or a duck head adapter that plugs into that charger, and then it becomes much more like a travel charger which plugs straight into the wall, and that's a very simple system for changing on the road you might say. Now on the display on the back of the camera, up in the top-right is a very precise battery indicator. It's not that easy to see, and some people overlook it, but in this case, it'll show you exactly the power of the camera by pressing that display button, and so if we were to take a look on the back of my camera right now, what you need to do is hit the display button until you get that screen that's mostly black, and if you look up here you can see that my battery is currently at 54%. Now I know at other screens, it just shows you a simplistic battery symbol, but that's where you get to find the exact number. Ooh, we're down to 53%. I better turn the camera off to save a little battery power. Alright, there is a little door in the side over here, and this is for plugging in this adapter. It's a DC adaptor if you need to supply constant power to the camera for scientific, studio-type reasons, maybe doing an extended time-lapse. You can plug the camera into an AC power outlet, and using this dummy battery in there, it provides constant power to the camera. Little rubber gasket down here is the grip connector, and so the optional VPB-XH1 Vertical Power Booster Grip from Fuji is a way for prolonging the battery life, because it uses two batteries in there, as long with the battery in the camera. It allows you to shoot vertically, which is very handy for portrait and sports photography, and there's a lot of implications of using this. It's a very, very capable accessory with the camera. There is a vertical release on it. There is a shutter lock so that you don't accidentally bump it. There is additional queue buttons and function buttons up here. We have another front command dial, so you don't have to move your hand to make all the necessary adjustments, and this is going to extend the recording time to 30 minutes. It is dust and moisture-resistant, just like the camera is. It has a Boost feature built into the battery, or into the system as well, along with all of the other controls in here. And so this Normal and Boost performance is gonna boost the performance of the camera beyond what it would have just as a camera body alone, so from eight, you go up to 11 frames per second, and the shutter lag reduces ever so slightly as well. And the Boost mode will only work if you have at least two batteries in there. However, the Boost mode does reduce battery life by about 25%, so if you are shooting sports and action, do recommend getting this and using it in the Boost mode. It is well worth the battery reduction that you have out of it. There is a battery tray, takes two batteries in there. With three batteries you can expect to get about 900 shots out of the camera. This also does give you the option for headphone jacks, so you have a standard headphone jack for monitoring audio recordings and video recordings. We do also have an AC power adaptor if you need to supply AC power to the camera, and this is supplied with the battery pack that you get, so if you need constant power from the camera to keep it on for a long period of time you can do that, and you can also charge batteries in the cameras as well with this system.

Class Description

Get the most out of your new Fuji X-H1 camera with this complete step-by-step walkthrough of the camera’s features. This camera has gotten great reviews as being the best of the X series mirrorless cameras. You'll learn why this camera is highly sought after by enthusiasts and professional photographers alike. Join expert photographer John Greengo as he gives you all the information you need to understand the camera's buttons, menus, and functions.

In this Fast Start class John will show you how to use:

  • The new shutter which can work mechanically, electronically or with an electronic first curtain
  • The new focus stacking option for infinite depth of field
  • Fujifilm's first 5-axis in-body image stabilization
  • The new video features with slow motion and time lapse capability

John is a CreativeLive veteran instructor and an experienced photographer with over 50 Fast Start classes in the CreativeLive catalog. With his experience in analyzing camera manuals, he will discuss the complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. After this class, you’ll be able to use your new Fuji X-H1 with confidence.



I have been thinking about buying this camera. After watching this class I know that I have made the right decision. John is fantastic! Previously I have watched a random assortment of youtube videos by self-proclaimed experts. It turns out that many of the things that these so-called experts have said about this camera are simply wrong. John is the real deal. He goes in depth for every function and explains everything very clearly. His graphics are wonderful, he obviously spent a huge amount of time on preparation. If you have this camera and want to understand it better, or are thinking of buying it, I highly recommend this class which is taught by a true expert.

Mark Ballard

Well done! Worth every penny. Shined shoes too.