Fujifilm Announces New X-H2 High-Resolution Mirrorless Camera

Fujifilm Announces New X-H2 High-Resolution Mirrorless Camera

After years of APS-C mirrorless cameras with resolutions in the 20-megapixel range, Fujifilm is finally stepping things up with the latest camera in its X-series lineup. At its X Summit event in New York today, Fujifilm is announcing a new high-resolution X-H2 camera with a 40.2-megapixel X-Trans sensor with 8K video. This pro-oriented camera resembles the recent X-H2S it’s based on, pairing it with the same processor, in-body image stabilization system, dual card slots, electronic viewfinder, and more. It’s almost the same camera with a different sensor for those who value megapixels the most. Although the higher resolution counterpart will cost around $500 less than the X-H2S when it ships in late September for $1,999.95 (body only).

Accompanying this announcement are two new Fujinon lenses: the $999.95 XF 56mm f/1.2 fast aperture portrait lens and the GF 20–35mm f/4 ultra-wide-angle medium format zoom lens at 2,499 $.95. The 56mm will be available in late September alongside the X-H2, while Fujifilm GFX owners will have to wait until October for the new zoom.

The Fujifilm X-H2 appears to be pretty much exactly what was teased in May. It’s the same X-H2S body with a different flavor of sensor for those who prioritize resolution. The X-H2’s 40.2-megapixel sensor isn’t a stacked design like the X-H2S, which means it doesn’t achieve the same burst shooting and playback speeds. For example, the X-H2 maxes out at 20 fps with its electronic shutter without power failure, producing slightly cropped images at 1.29x. That’s half the speed of the X-H2S, which isn’t cropped, and the X-H2’s slower sensor will mean a more pronounced rolling shutter effect in stills (when using the electronic shutter) and video. However, because these cameras share the same mechanical shutter, the X-H2 still achieves up to 15 fps at full resolution. Curiously, one area of ​​speed that the X-H2 has an advantage over the X-H2S is a faster electronic shutter speed of 1/180,000th of a second – however, rolling shutter effects can potentially limit the uses of this speed as well as its ability to take blackout-free photos without distorting moving subjects.

The X-H2 can go further than its native 40.2 megapixels thanks to a multishot mode. It takes a burst of 20-pixel shifted images using the in-camera image stabilization to create a 160-megapixel monster of a frame with Fujifilm’s Pixel Shift Combiner software. And if that’s not enough to thrill your storage drives, the X-H2 also supports 8K video at 29.97 fps. But again, while it reaches higher resolution heights, it’s also rated for slightly lower dynamic range, lacks open-door recording, and lacks 120fps video at 4K compared to its X-brother. H2S.

The X-H2 is almost indistinguishable from the X-H2S, except for the name of the camera on the back and the omitted “S” badge on the front.
Picture: Fujifilm

It’s not all bad news, though, as low-light photographers can feel some comfort knowing that the X-H2 maintains the same high ISO speeds as the X-H2S (ISO 12,800, expandable to 51,200) while offering a slightly lower base ISO. of 125. There will usually always be some sacrifices to be made for megapixels, and for a camera at just under $2,000, the X-H2’s trade-offs at least seem understandable.

This two-pronged camera formula of one model for speed and one model for resolution is not a new concept, as photo brands like Canon, Nikon and others have been following this manual for decades. years. However, this is a novelty for Fujifilm, which until now has only kept its medium-format horses in the megapixel race. Since Fujifilm is one of the few brands without a full-frame system in its lineup, its APS-C line must now try to meet the needs of demanding users who want high-resolution photos, video, speed and versatility in one system. .

The X-H2 also uses the same additional $199.99 cooling fan as the X-H2S for longer video recording times. Both cameras can use the previously announced $999.99 FT-XH file transmission handle, which will ship in late October.
Picture: Fujifilm

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