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There are various means for doing the update, using software on a computer or an app on a phone. But I opted to do it the old-fashioned way, via memory card. The instructions said to format a card and put the firmware update file (it’s a 54MB download) on it. Rather than wiping the main card I was using for photos, I grabbed an old 1GB Kingston SD card from my odds-and-ends box, copied the firmware file to it, popped it in the camera and switched it on.

Whereupon the camera became completely unresponsive.

And that, of course, got me worried that I’d bricked the Fujifilm X-H1 somehow with an unsuccessful firmware update. I removed the card and switched the camera on and off several times. Still nothing.


So I popped the battery out, waited a few seconds and put it back. And the camera worked. Phew!

I figured that I’d better format the card in camera, then put the firmware update back on it and try again. So I stuck the card in my computer’s card readers and zapped the firmware update file. And then I put the card back in the camera and switched it on.

Fujifilm X-H1

And the camera again became unresponsive. Weird.

I popped out the card and the battery, put the battery back in and the camera started up fine. I wondered if perhaps it didn’t like standard SD cards. So I stuck in an old 512MB SD card, and the camera worked fine.

I could have just used that card for the update, but by this time I was intent on solving the problem of why the card was taking out the camera.

I decided to freshly format the 1GB Kingston card in case there was something wrong with it. And then I noticed that it only had a potential capacity of 277MB, not something close to a gigabyte. Windows Disk Management revealed that the card had a 277MB active partition, and 600MB+ unallocated. I deleted the active volume, created a new volume covering the whole card and formatted it. And then it happily went in the camera without causing problems.

So I’d suggest the next time Fujifilm is doing a firmware update, they make it handle card problems a little more elegantly.

After that, the updates proceeded uneventfully.

Photo transfers

The Fujifilm X-H1 includes both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and with the Fujifilm app you can control the camera, GPS tag your photos and transfer them to your device.

The physical connections are Micro HDMI and USB.

Fujifilm X-H1

The built-in USB port is bit of a surprise. It’s a USB 3.0-style Micro-B USB port. That is one of those odd arrangements with a regular Micro-B USB socket fused with a smaller one to its side. I guess that helps it retain compatibility with regular Micro-B USB, albeit at lower speed. But I’d suggest if you really want speed, then why not just jump straight to USB Type-C? That’s increasingly becoming the standard, and USB-C cables are more common than those weird double Micro-B ones.

Using this port and my own cable it took 5:44 to transfer 351 files amounting to 17.5 gigabytes to my computer. The card was an SDXC card with UHS-II bus, so it was pretty fast. The files were a mixture of JPEGs, large RAW files (around 50MB each for those) and three movie files. The largest of the latter was nearly 6.5GB. That made for a decent transfer speed of around 52MB/s.