Fujifilm X-H2s: The new APS-C flagship for photo and video enthusiasts

Fujifilm X-H2s: The new APS-C flagship for photo and video enthusiasts
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After Canon presented two new cameras with APS-C sensors last week (see here), another new product is now being presented in this segment. But while the Canon models R7 and R10 are more mid-range cameras below the full-frame models R6, R5 and R3, Fuji is addressing particularly demanding enthusiasts with the new X-H2s. This is also reflected in the price. While the Canon innovations are sold at around 1,000 (R10) or 1,500 euros (R7) respectively, the Fuji novelty hits the market with a full RRP of 2,749 euros. This puts the camera in territory that is now predominantly dominated by cameras with full-frame sensors.

With its photo/video system cameras, Fujifilm positions itself fundamentally differently than the competition and does not offer any full-format models at all, but only APS-C and medium format, with the former clearly focusing on the former. Unlike the big competitors Canon, Nikon and Sony, Fuji also develops very high-quality lenses for the somewhat reduced sensor format due to its concentration on APS-C. With this and with its cameras, which are always slightly trimmed for a retro look, Fuji has won a loyal fan base.

The Fujifilm X-H2s introduced
The heart of the X-H2S is a 26.16 megapixel X-Trans CMOS 5 HS sensor in stacked construction and back-side illumination (BSI), which, according to the manufacturer, should enable signal processing four times faster than the previous sensor generation. It is supplemented by the X-Processor 5, which should also bring a performance boost. With a mechanical shutter, up to 15 frames per second are possible. When using the electronic shutter option even up to 40 fps. The increased performance should also ensure fewer rolling shutter effects.

The camera is equipped with an improved autofocus system, which should enable reliable focusing of dynamic subjects even with continuous shooting at up to 40 frames per second and video recordings in 6.2K or 4K format. In continuous shooting, the phase AF pixels are evaluated independently of the image formation, which allows three times more autofocus calculations than the previous flagship model and thus lightning-fast focusing, Fuji says. The first hands-on tests confirm that the X-H2s have actually made significant gains in the area of ‚Äč‚Äčautofocus and are said to have largely caught up with the competition in this regard. Various modes are available for subject recognition and tracking: animals, birds, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, airplanes and trains.

The sensor is equipped with internal five-axis image stabilization, which promises seven EV steps to compensate for camera shake. The magnesium housing offers a variety of connection options and two card slots for CFexpress Type B memory cards and SD cards.

As a high-end camera, the X-H2s has a correspondingly large buffer with which up to 1,000 consecutive shots can be taken at 30 frames per second in JPG mode or 20 frames per second in RAW mode .

On the video side, the X-H2s offers recording in 6.2K/30p format with 10-bit 4:2:2 color scanning. It also offers the ability to record slow-motion sequences in 4K/120p quality. With the new image sensor, the readout speed for video recordings should be reduced to 1/180 second, which means that the annoying rolling shutter effect can be avoided.

The X-H2S supports various video codecs, including three Apple ProRes codecs: ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 LT. To optimize the workflow, a proxy video with a reduced data rate and resolution can be saved parallel to the ProRes recording. The new F-Log2 mode allows the recording of videos with a dynamic range of more than 14 EV levels, according to the manufacturer’s promise.

Overheating during long-lasting recordings should not play a role, which was largely confirmed in the first tests. Nevertheless, Fuji optionally offers a somewhat strange-looking fan module that can be screwed onto the back of the case when the display is opened. Although the screen can no longer be closed, the fan offers additional protection against overheating and extends the service life of the sensor if very long sequences are to be recorded continuously.

The integrated electronic viewfinder offers 5.76 million pixels, 0.8x magnification and a refresh rate of 120 fps. An LCD sub-display is integrated on the right shoulder side, on which the most important camera settings can be read. According to Fuji, the integrated handle has been revised at the request of users to enable fatigue-free photography with larger lenses over a longer period of time.

New lenses and prices
Fujifilm has also announced two new lenses as part of the X-H2s: The XF 18-120mm F4 LM PZ WR offers a zoom range of 27-183mm converted to 35mm and is a so-called power zoom, i.e. it has motorized adjustment of the zoom range.

XF 18-120mm F4 LM PZ WR

In addition, the super-telephoto zoom lens FUJINON XF150-600mmF5.6-8 R LM OIS WR was presented, which covers a focal length range of 229-914mm (converted to KB). With a 1.4x or 2x teleconverter, the range can be expanded to 1350mm equiv. or 1828mm equiv. extend.

XF150-600mmF5.6-8 R LM OIS WR

Prices and availability:

  • FUJIFILM X-H2S: 2,749 euros, available from July 2022
  • Battery handle VG-XH: 449 euros, available: from July 2022
  • File Transmitter FT-XH: 1,099 euros, available: from September 2022
  • Fan FAN-001: 199 euros, available: from July 2022
  • FUJINON XF150-600mmF5.6-8 R LM OIS WR: 2,199 euros, available from July
  • FUJINON XF18-120mmF4 LM PZ WR: 999 euros, available from September

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