How to make the difference between a trustworthy and a not trustworthy Fujifilm X-H1 review

Fujifilm has become a master at launching new cameras from a marketing point of view. The days of the underrated X-100 or X-E1 seem far away. The now well-known hype machine is already under way at full-speed. Send pre-production models of the camera to talented artists across the world to see what they will create with it, and invite selected so-called influencers of the net at a well-catered event with stylized models and pre-arranges lighting setups at the ready, with an NDA that expires at the time of the release announcement. Of course, with so many people in the know, all the specifications of your new body will be rapidly leaked, but who cares if that means that potential customers get something to look forward to, rather than buy into another brand.

So here we are with the internet being flooded with a bazillion hands-on first looks, but which one can you really trust? Who should you listen to when trying to forge your opinion and contain your Gear Acquisition Syndrome before it empties your pockets? How long did they have with the camera? Did they push it to its limits or did they just follow the comfort zone detailed in the press release?

Well, fear not, for there is a guaranteed way to know if you can trust someone’s take on any Fujifilm camera. Longtime and hardcore users would already know what I am talking about, because that’s how we recognize each other from casual users. Yes, I am talking about the cover of the Sync terminal on the front of the camera! Anyone who has used a Fujifilm camera knows that you are doomed to lose it on your first day of shooting in the wild. If you don’t know what I am talking about, you probably already lost it.

So the rule is pretty simple and it works all the time: only trust reviewers who have lost the cover of their Sync terminal! If the cover is still there, the reviewer clearly just put the camera on the table while getting a cup of tea… although admittedly even so the cap might have fallen if the window was open and it was windy outside.

OK, so now that you know the trick, you will only made informed purchases to maximize your satisfaction… you’re welcome!

PS: if you are a member of the Team First Degree, you can ignore this article in its entirety 😉

PPS: if you are also always losing this stupid tiny cap, leave a comment below!

8 thoughts on “How to make the difference between a trustworthy and a not trustworthy Fujifilm X-H1 review

  1. t.linn

    Ha! Long time Fujifilm user; first time cap loser—about a month ago. My X-T2’s cap is somewhere in India. This event also marked the first time I ever thought about that useless (for me) PC terminal. It should be hidden behind the left side door with all the other jacks. If space is needed, replace the full size USB 3 connection with a USB-C version (because it’s that simple… :-).

  2. I haven’t lost it yet simply because I’m so paranoid about losing it 😉 But it is a cause of distress each time I remove it (not very often I have to admit).

    Are you suggesting it just falls off on X-T cameras? Once put in it does sit securely in place on XPro.

    1. I have never seen it fall to be fair, it just disappears out of thin air in my experience… one second it’s here, the next one it’s gone and nowhere to be found! Happened to me on X-T1, X-Pro2 (some cap on the side) and X-T2.Then the other day I was looking at some first look video of the X-H1 on YouTube, and noticed that the guy had lost the cap too… Felt vindicated lol

  3. James

    Haha this is the truest rant about how cameras are marketed and ‘reviewed’ I’ve seen. I’m now at the point where I trust so few so-called reviews I basically have to get hold of a camera, even hire one, for a few days to just test for myself.

  4. Richard

    I haven’t lost a sync cap since I don’t own a H1, but am certainly down quite a few Fuji lens caps, which with one lens happened on my first outing.

    A real problem with Fuji camera reviews is not just that some people have merely toyed with the camera at a trade show, but that there is a whole industry of “independent“ reviewers who slavishly maintain Fuji-focused websites and somehow keep popping up at Fuji conferences and events, all the while supposedly independent and without inducement. Fortunately they usually love Fuji products so much that there is never a bad word said or a fault found.

    I remember with my X-E1 it had trouble focusing, continuous focusing didn’t work and still doesn’t, auto ISO routinely dropped to unusably slow shutter speeds, exposure bracketing never got past +/- 1 stop, nothing but an odd Japanese program could process the RAW files, and there was a bunch of other oddities. But no mention of these by the independent reviewers at the time.

    So it’s certainly helpful to be wary of what’s being published and look for clues of the sort you’ve mentioned that show just how superficial or worse some websites can be. Thanks for your fun example.

  5. Ants McPants

    I’m not a reviewer, but one of the first things I do with any new X camera is removed the sync cap and re-attach it, turning it until it cannay turn no further! =D

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