Testing the colour profiles of the Fujifilm X-H1

Having been a Fuji user for nearly 5 years, I was very excited to hear them put attention towards video users. Whilst this may not be every one's interest, my involvement with video has only increased since using fuji, to the point where I now work for a production company, but not using Fuji cameras. Perhaps.. until now.

I am very excited to put the brand new X-H1 to the test on a trip to Slovenia next week, where I will likely re-do this test with a more interesting viewpoint, but for now I used a local London spot that would provide plenty of detail and test the dynamic range. A superbly un-glamorous underpass. 

Below you can find screenshots of the different profile's test to see how far the X-H1 can go. Please excuse my off-white balance, this is purely a test of dynamic range and the last 4 compare the sharpness of recording at 23.9fps and 120fps, you'll see a noticeable softness which is even clearer in the raw video, not so much when compressed and uploaded here! 

I do think I will re-do this test, as well as test the grading abilities of each profile, I am particularly interested to see how the in camera reduction of shadows and highlights in eterna will compare with the f-log when grading, how far can they go!? Watch this space for more soon!
 

Provia 23.9fps

Provia 23.9fps

Provia 23.9fps H-2, S-2, C-2

Provia 23.9fps H-2, S-2, C-2

Eterna 23.9fps

Eterna 23.9fps

Eterna 23.9fps H-2, S-2, C-2

Eterna 23.9fps H-2, S-2, C-2

F-Log 23.9fps

F-Log 23.9fps

Eterna 23.9fps H-2, S-2, C-2 crop

Eterna 23.9fps H-2, S-2, C-2 crop

F-Log 23.9fps crop   

F-Log 23.9fps crop

 

FPS 120fps

FPS 120fps

Eterna 120fps crop

Eterna 120fps crop

F-Log 120fps crop

F-Log 120fps crop

I would say, observation wise, Eterna with the shadows, highlights and colour reduced produces a very night half-way to Log filming, which means much less effort in grading afterwards. This will be dependent on the 100mbs video allowing for that level of flexibility. 

The sharpness is a bit concerning, you can see it most notably on the F-Log crops right here at the end. The 23.9fps seems to have some in camera sharpening, which is a pet-hate of mine and I'm sure many fellow filmmakers will opt for the sharpness reduction in camera. This is definitely something I'll test later, but will it go too far? I do feel the 120fps is lacking in sharpness, but hopefully with appropriate usage in peoples videos, it wont be much of an issue!

As I said, plenty more tests to be done, so do watch this space! 

UPDATE

I had a quick test of grading to see how the f-log can be played with briefly. Fine the short video below!

 

I would be interested in any feedback on this, I am not used to full scale grading, mostly just quick corrections and so I think I am leaning towards favouring the flattened Eterna profile I tested above, particularly when you notice the noise in the far right of this video when the cupboard becomes visible. If I have to smack up the contrast every time to remove noise, there isn't much point in having log filming! I hope this is something Fuji can address in an update soon. 

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