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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.