Do I need a full frame?

Or: did X-H1 stop making photo, because there are Nikon Z7/Z6, Canon EOS-R, Sony A7III i Fujifilm X-T3 on the market?

OK, the X-T3 is not a full frame, but it is new, so the X-H1 is old πŸ™‚ But why do we usually look at full frame with lust? Because of shallow depth of field, what is not interesting to me, or because of good image quality at high ISO. So – is the X-H1 so old that it cant do high ISO? Today is a very cloudy, dark and foggy day. I took my X-H1 with XF 800mm Macro and went to the backyard. In fact purposely – to check the high ISO, as I usually use ISO 200 – ISO 800. And there are effects:

X-H1 + XF 80mm Macro – ISO 2500, 1/125s, f2.8

The first shot was taken with just ISO 2500. But on the other hand, it is just fraction of the entire frame. Something like half of the frame. Not bad, isn’t it? Let’s try something more:

X-H1 + XF 80mm Macro – ISO 6400, 1/125s, f/5,6

This time entire frame, with no crop. Still not bad. What’s more, there is some noise, but… it looks like grain of the traditional color film – it doesn’t disturb. More – when I recall old days, this grain looks like what I had on the ISO 800 color negative film in the past πŸ™‚

So next step:

X-H1 + XF 80mm Macro – ISO 8000, 1/40s, f/8

ISO 8000 – I very rarely use such level of ISO. In the catalog of 30 000 shots, I have found just 117 shots I took at ISO 8000 or higher. And again – the noise is quite OK, visible as nice grain of the traditional film. This is also about half of the entire frame. In case of this shot I was not able to decide about color or B&W version, so there is also the B&W version πŸ™‚

X-H1 + XF 80mm Macro – ISO 8000, 1/40s, f/8

Answering my own question: I definitely don’t need the full frame. And the X-H1 definitely is still a capable camera – regardless the fact that so many new cameras are on the market. I like my X-H1 everyday more and more and I have more and more fun out of photographing with it. The only point is that one must remember that this is a very sophisticated tool with huge possibilities. No doubt one has to get known this camera very well and precisely configure it for one’s needs.