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The X-H2S is Fujifilm's newest flagship X series camera

By Kenny Yeo - on 1 Jun 2022, 10:39am

The X-H2S is Fujifilm's newest flagship X series camera

The new Fujifilm X-H2S. (Image source: Fujifilm)

Fujifilm unveiled a new flagship X series camera at the company's X-Summit event in Omiya, Japan, yesterday.

This is a high-end camera that was designed for both stills and videos. And to do that it, Fujifilm says that the X-H2S is significantly faster and has better autofocus tracking than its predecessors.

To start, it has a new 26-megapixel X-Trans CMOS 5 backside-illuminated stacked APS-C sensor. This sensor was designed to have fast readout speeds and Fujifilm says it can read data four times faster than its last-generation X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor.

A key reason for the X-H2S' amazing speed is that it has a new processor. Inside is Fujifilm's fifth-generation X-Processor 5. This processor runs at 1GHz and according to Fujifilm has double the processing power of the last-generation X-Processor.

The X-Processor 5 even has a 600MHz sub-processor that's used solely for managing the X-H2S' new five-axis in-body image stabilisation system, which can deliver up to 7 stops of stabilisation.

(Image source: Fujifilm)

Thanks to these improvements, the X-H2S can shoot blackout-free at up to an incredible 40fps. Fujifilm also says it can write over 1,000 frames continuous at up to 30fps when shooting in JPEG and up to 20fps when shooting in RAW. And all while maintaining continuous autofocus. These speeds are achieved using the electronic shutter.

Speaking of autofocus, the X-H2S has an all-new autofocus system that Fujifilm says was developed with "Deep Learning technology" and can autodetect a wider range of subjects including human faces and eyes, animals, birds, cars, motorcycles, planes, and more. 

Video capabilities are also impressive. The X-H2S can record DCI or UHD 4K at up to 60fps using the entire width of its sensor. It can also capture 4K 60fps footage in 3:2 aspect ratio using at entire sensor, or 4K 120fps footage using a 1.29x cropped area. It can also do Full-HD at up to 240fps. And thanks to the sensor's fast readout speed of 1/180 seconds, Fujifilm says the effects of rolling shutter is minimised. 

You can attach a cooling fan to the back of the camera when shooting in warmer climates. This does mean you have to leave the LCD panel open. (Image source: Fujifilm)

Heat is always a concern when shooting videos and Fujifilm says the X-H2S can capture 4K 60fps footage continuously for up to 240 minutes. However, this figure was measured in a 25ºC environment. If you are shooting in warmer climates, Fujifilm recommends using the optional cooling fan accessory that attaches to the back of the camera.

As befits a flagship-class camera designed for professional use, the X-H2S features two memory card slots – one for SD cards (up to UHS-II) and another for CFexpress Type B.

The OLED viewfinder is 0.5 inches large and has a resolution of 5.76 million dots, while the rear LCD is 3 inches large and has a resolution of 1.62 million dots.

 

Availability and pricing

The Fujifilm X-H2S will be priced at S$3,999 (body only). Exact date of availability has yet to be confirmed.

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