Fujifilm X-H2: APS-C reaches high definition and 8K

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A few months after the X-H2S, a versatile hybrid cut for action, Fujifilm is back with the equally interesting X-H2. Equipped with a 40 megapixel sensor, this box can also boast of filming up to 8K.

Fujifilm X-H2



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At the end of last spring, Fujifilm struck a blow by unveiling the X-H2S. This new generation hybrid is equipped with a stacked 26 Mpx APS-C sensor, capable of achieving 40 fps in bursts and filming up to 6K. In short, a nervous machine that can compete with some of the best sports hybrids with a 24×36 sensor, such as Nikon Z9 and Sony Alpha 1 (A1). The Japanese are up for the occasion flirting the X-H2, a variation of the previous one, but this time equipped with a non-stacked 40 Mpx sensor.

The most defined APS-C photo sensor on the market

At the end of the summer, Fuji therefore revealed more about the new hybrid with the specified X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor. In addition, with 40.2 Mpx (125 to 124,800 ISO), so far the most specified APS-C sensor on the market, but summing up the X-H2 on this one point would be reductive.

Fujifilm X-H2: APS-C reaches high definition and 8K

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Up to 8K Raw out of video

In fact, thanks to the increase in definition, this box can film up to 8K and 30p, also a great first in terms of APS-C. Even better, it is possible to film in Apple ProRes format in up to 8K and 4:2:2 10 bits, and even get 8K in raw (still in ProRes) through HDMI output, and in 4:2: 2 12 bits. You can also count on 6K and a 4K HQ mode (oversampled from 8K), added to this already well-stocked mode. It is enough to promise a very good quality image.

Fujifilm X-H2: APS-C reaches high definition and 8K

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15 fps burst and 1/180,000 s electronic shutter

The photo component does not beat a burst up to 15 fps with a mechanical shutter, and even up to 20 fps with an electronic shutter, but there is a 1.29x crop for the purpose of limiting the effect of rolling-shutter. An interesting motivation for such a specified sensor and can be used to capture fast sequences. In addition, the electronic shutter is optimized to reach an impressive speed of 1/180,000 s! This extremely short exposure rate will allow you to freeze any kind of action, without flash. For information, the best cameras rarely reach 1/40,000 s, which is to say that the manufacture of this Fuji.

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Fujifilm X-H2: APS-C reaches high definition and 8K

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160 MP files with pixel shift

Thanks to the mechanical stabilization of the sensor, the X-H2 can also, by moving the latter, take very clear shots by combining 20 images. After going through the Fuji software, we get a DNG file of 160 Mpx or 40 Mpx with a wider dynamic range. It only works with a tripod though. By a simple pressure – this is new to Fuji – the photographer can also get 1.4x 2x crop of photos (in jpeg only) like video. In addition, a new visual manual focus aid, similar to that offered by Canon, has been added.

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Fujifilm X-H2: APS-C reaches high definition and 8K

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The aesthetic clone of the X-H2

In terms of ergonomics, the X-H2 is a true copy of the X-H2S, which we invite you to consult in the test. Only the disappearance of the “S” logo allows the difference between the two devices. We see a viewfinder of 5.76 Mpts, a refresh rate of 120 fps, and even a simulation up to 240 fps. Compared to the X-H2S, Fuji says it slightly improves the definition of said viewfinder; a difference, however, relatively small for the human eye.

Who is who?

Who is who?

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Finally, regarding autofocus, if the X-H2 uses the X-Processor 5 chip of the X-H2S, its tracking will be less efficient on moving subjects. An event that can be attributed to a more defined sensor and not together. The newcomer also retained the recognition and tracking of faces and eyes of people, animals, birds, but also cars, 2-wheelers, planes and trains.

Fujifilm X-H2: APS-C reaches high definition and 8K

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Alongside the announcement of the X-H2, Fuji introduced an update to a popular X-mount optic, the XF 56mm F1.2R WR. New construction, weather protection, new autofocus or even a modified optical formula: all information can be found in our dedicated article.

Fujifilm X-H2: APS-C reaches high definition and 8K

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Price and availability

The Fujifilm X-H2 will go on sale from the end of September 2022 for €2,249 bare. As a kit with Fujinon XF 16-80mm F4 R OIS WR, it will cost you 2749 €. This is a relatively aggressive price compared to the X-H2S which sells for € 2749 bare, the fault of the expensive stacked sensor. The X-H2’s pricing puts it in the footsteps of the Nikon Z6 II and the Canon EOS R6, or even the Sony Alpha 7 IV (A7 IV). 24×36 sensor devices, but a little less ambitious than this latest from Fuji, at least on paper.

Fujifilm X-H2: APS-C reaches high definition and 8K

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