Fujifilm has launched its new flagship APS-C mirrorless camera, the $2,500 X-H2S, with an all-new 26.2 megapixel (MP) stacked BSI CMOS sensor and a host of impressive features. Key highlights include 40fps non-blackout burst shooting, 6.2K video at 30fps, and 7-stop in-body stabilization.
The X-H2S is the long-talked-about successor to the X-H1, released over four years ago. However, it bears little resemblance to that model (aside from the top LCD screen) with a noticeably different grip and button layout. It’s also lighter at 660 grams versus 673 grams. Unlike the X-H1’s tilt-only display, the X-H2S has a fully articulating 1.62 million-dot rear display, making it much better for vloggers and solo videographers. The 5.76 million dot 120Hz EVF outperforms other APS-C cameras and hopefully solves the performance issues of the EVF on the X-T4.
This is the first Fujifilm camera with a stacked back-illuminated sensor (the X-Trans 5HS) and a new X-Processor image processor – although the 26.2MP resolution sensor is the same as the one we have seen on models as old as the X-T3. In contrast, Canon’s new EOS R7 APS-C camera has a 32-megapixel sensor, but it’s not back-illuminated or stacked.
The stacked sensor enables impressive shooting speeds. It can achieve up to 40 fps in silent electronic shutter mode without power loss, or 15 fps in mechanical shutter mode (at 1/8000th maximum), both with autofocus and auto-exposure enabled. It comes with a large capacity buffer, allowing you to capture 175 compressed RAW images in ES mode at 40 fps (4.4 seconds) and 400 compressed RAW images in mechanical shutter mode.
Fujifilm promises much improved phase-detection autofocus (AF) performance over the X-T4, with three times the speed and improved accuracy. Meanwhile, AF algorithms can make predictions for moving subjects, while enabling detection of Area AF subjects and low-contrast situations. Besides recognizing humans (face/eye), it can also detect animals, birds, cars, bicycles, planes and trains.
The faster sensor/processor also allows for a big jump in video specs over the X-T4. The X-H2S supports 6.2K video at 30 fps, DCI 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels) at 120 fps and Full HD at 240 fps, with no cropping or downsampling on all video modes up to 60 fps. 4K at 120p is cropped slightly at 1.29x, but still upsampled with no pixel bunching or line breaks.
It is also the first Fujifilm APS-C camera to support ProRes (ProRes422, ProResHQ, ProResLT and ProResProxy), as well as H.264 and H.265 video. All of these resolutions can be recorded in 4:2:2 10-bit quality, and Fujifilm has introduced F-Log2 recording which allows over 14 stops of dynamic range below 30 fps and 13+ stops at higher frame rates. high (with settings at or above ISO1250) — impressive, so precise.
External recording via the full-size HDMI 2.1 port is equally impressive. In addition to all the above settings (6.2K/29.97P, 4K/120P 4:2:2 10bit), you can record ProRes RAW at 6.2K/29.97P and 4.8K/59.94P, both at 4: 2:2 12-bit with 13 stops of dynamic range. External recording with ProRes RAW means Fujifilm won’t have to deal with RED RAW patent lawsuits like the one recently inflicted on Nikon’s Z9.
Like other stacked sensor cameras, the X-H2S promises a well-controlled rolling shutter at 1/90th of a second (11ms) for sub-30fps video and 1/180th of a second (5.6ms) for higher frame rates. It’s right up there with other stacked sensor cameras like Sony’s A1 or Canon R3, meaning you should see minimal jello or wobble in the video, especially at frame rates. higher images.
Overheating doesn’t seem to be an issue at normal temperatures, with four hours of 4K60p shooting promised at 25 degrees C (77 degrees F). That drops to 20 minutes at 40 C (104 F), but you can increase that to 50 minutes with an optional $199 cooling fan.
The X-H2S has also improved body stabilization over older Fujifilm cameras. It offers 7 stops of shake reduction compared to 6.5 stops on the X-T4, which should help smooth out videos and reduce blur in photos.
Other key features include CFexpress and SD UHS II card slots, USB 3.1 gen 2 (10Gbps) port with convenient cable lock screw, 3.5mm microphone/headphone jacks, support for 10-bit HEIF photo and an optional $400 vertical grip. It also supports wireless and wired functions such as live streaming, tethered shooting, webcam functions (no app required), and cloud storage uploads. CIPA battery life is up to 610 shots with the electronic viewfinder or 1,580 shots with the vertical grip.
Along with the camera and accessories, Fujifilm has launched two new lenses, the XF150-600mm f/5.6-8 R LM OIS WR telephoto zoom lens (left), arriving July 7, 2022 for $2,000. He also showed off the XF18-120mm f/4 LM PZ WR (right), a versatile telephoto zoom coming September 2022 for $900. Meanwhile, the X-H2S will be Fujifilm’s most expensive APS-C camera to date, arriving July 7 for $2,500 – the same price as Canon’s full-frame EOS R6.
Updated 05/31/2022 2:07 PM ET: Updated post to note that the X-H2S will be the same price as Canon’s EOS R6, not the EOS R5 as originally stated (thank you Phillip!).
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