Fujifilm’s X-H2S flagship camera offers 6.2K video and 40fps burst shooting

Fujifilm has launched its new flagship APS-C mirrorless camera, the $2,500 X-H2S, with a brand new 26.2-megapixel (MP) stacked BSI CMOS sensor and a host of impressive features . Some of the key highlights are 40fps blackout-free burst recording, 6.2K 30fps video, and 7-stop in-body stabilization.

The X-H2S is the long rumored successor to the X-H1 that was released over four years ago. However, it bears little resemblance to this model (aside from the top LCD display), with a substantially different grip and button layout. It’s also lighter at 660 grams compared to 673 grams. Unlike the X-H1’s tilt-only display, the X-H2S has a fully articulated 1.62 million-dot display on the rear, making it far better suited for vloggers and solo video shooters. The 120Hz 5.76M dot EVF outperforms other APS-C cameras and hopefully fixes EVF performance issues on the X-T4.

It’s the first Fujifilm camera to feature 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 we’ve seen on models up to the X-Trans T3. In contrast, Canon’s new EOS R7 APS-C camera has a 32-megapixel sensor, but it’s neither back-illuminated nor stacked.

Fujifilm's X-H2S flagship camera offers 6.2K video and 40fps burst shooting

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The stacked sensor allows for some impressive recording speeds. It can reach up to 40 fps in silent electronic shutter mode with no blackout, or 15 fps in mechanical shutter mode (at a maximum of 1/8000), both with autofocus and autoexposure enabled. It has a high-capacity buffer that allows 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 significantly improved phase-detection autofocus (AF) performance over the X-T4, with three times the speed and improved accuracy. Meanwhile, the AF algorithms can make predictions for moving subjects while still allowing for Zone AF subject recognition and low-contrast situations. Besides recognizing people (face/eye), it can also recognize animals, birds, cars, bicycles, airplanes and trains.

The faster sensor/processor also allows for a big leap 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 subsampling in all video modes up to 60 fps. 4K at 120p is slightly cropped at 1.29x but still oversampled with no pixel binning or interlacing.

Fujifilm's X-H2S flagship camera offers 6.2K video and 40fps burst shooting

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It’s also Fujifilm’s first APS-C camera to support ProRes (ProRes422, ProResHQ, ProResLT and ProResProxy) along with H.264 and H.265 video. All of these resolutions can be recorded in 4:2:2 10-bit quality, and Fujifilm introduced F-Log2 recording, which allows 14+ stops of dynamic range below 30 fps and 13+ stops at higher frame rates (with settings at or above ISO1250) – impressive, if accurate.

Equally impressive is the external recording via the full HDMI 2.1 connection. In addition to all the settings above (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 12bit with 13 levels of dynamic range. Recording ProRes RAW externally means Fujifilm doesn’t have to deal with RED RAW patent lawsuits like this one recently struck on Nikon’s Z9.

Like other stacked-sensor cameras, the X-H2S promises a well-controlled rolling shutter at 1/90 second (11 ms) for videos below 30 fps and 1/180 second (5.6 ms) for higher frame rates. That’s spot on for other stacked-sensor cameras like Sony’s A1 or Canon’s R3, meaning you should see minimal jelly or shake in video, especially at higher frame rates.

Fujifilm's X-H2S flagship camera offers 6.2K video and 40fps burst shooting

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Overheating doesn’t seem to be a major issue in normal temperatures, with a promised four hours of 4K60p recording at 25 degrees C (77 degrees F). That drops to 20 minutes at 40C (104F), but you can boost that to 50 minutes with an optional $199 fan.

The X-H2S has also improved in-body stabilization over previous Fujifilm cameras. It offers 7 stops to reduce shake compared to 6.5 stops on the X-T4, which should help smooth video and reduce blur in photos.

Other key features include both CFexpress and SD UHS II card slots, a USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps) port with a convenient cable retention screw, 3.5mm mic/headphone jacks, 10- Bit HEIF photo support and an optional vertical grip for $400. It also supports wireless and wired features like live streaming, tethered shooting, webcam capabilities (no app required), and cloud storage uploads. CIPA battery life is a maximum of 610 shots with the EVF or 1,580 shots with the vertical grip.

Fujifilm's X-H2S flagship camera offers 6.2K video and 40fps burst shooting

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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 (left), which will be available on July 7, 2022 for $2,000 is. Also introduced was the XF18-120mm f/4 LM PZ WR (right), a versatile wide-angle telephoto zoom available in September 2022 for $900. Meanwhile, the X-H2S will be Fujifilm’s most expensive APS-C camera to date, available on July 7 for $2,500 – the same price as Canon’s full-frame EOS R6.

Updated 5/31/2022 2:07pm ET: Post updated to indicate that the X-H2S will be priced the same as Canon’s EOS R6, not the EOS R5 as originally stated (Thank you Philip!).

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