Fujifilm’s new X-H2 lastly provides excessive decision for its APS-C line

After years of APS-C mirrorless cameras with resolutions within the 20-something megapixel vary, Fujifilm is lastly pushing issues ahead with the newest digital camera in its X-series line. At its X Summit occasion in New York Metropolis in the present day, Fujifilm is asserting a brand new high-res X-H2 digital camera with a 40.2-megapixel X-Trans sensor with 8K video. This pro-oriented digital camera appears to be like identical to the current X-H2S it’s primarily based on, matching it with the identical processor, in-body picture stabilization system, twin card slots, digital viewfinder, and extra. It’s almost the identical digital camera with a distinct sensor for many who worth megapixels most. Although the upper decision counterpart will price about $500 much less than the X-H2S when it ships in late September for $1,999.95 (physique solely).

Accompanying this announcement are two new Fujinon lenses: the $999.95 XF 56mm f/1.2 fast-aperture portrait lens and the $2,499.95 medium format GF 20–35mm f/4 ultrawide-angle zoom. The 56mm might be out there in late September alongside the X-H2, whereas Fujifilm GFX homeowners must wait till October for the brand new zoom.

The Fujifilm X-H2 appears to be like to be just about precisely what was teased again in Might. It’s the identical X-H2S physique with a distinct taste of sensor for many who prioritize decision. The 40.2-megapixel sensor of the X-H2 will not be a stacked design just like the X-H2S, which means it doesn’t obtain the identical burst capturing and readout speeds. For instance, the X-H2 maxes out at 20fps with its blackout-free digital shutter, yielding pictures which might be barely cropped at 1.29x. That’s half the pace of the X-H2S, which isn’t cropped, and the slower sensor of the X-H2 will imply a extra pronounced rolling shutter impact in stills (when utilizing the digital shutter) and video. Although, since these cameras share the identical mechanical shutter, the X-H2 nonetheless achieves as much as 15fps at full decision. Oddly, one space of pace that the X-H2 has an edge over the X-H2S is a sooner digital shutter pace of 1/180,000th of a second — although, rolling shutter results might probably restrict the makes use of of that pace in addition to its means to shoot blackout-free with out distorting shifting topics.

The X-H2 can go additional than its native 40.2 megapixels by means of a multishot mode. It takes a burst of 20 pixel-shifted pictures utilizing the in-body picture stabilization to create a 160-megapixel behemoth of an image with Fujifilm’s Pixel Shift Combiner software program. And if that’s not sufficient to make your storage drives wince in ache, the X-H2 additionally helps 8K video at 29.97fps. However as soon as once more, whereas it reaches increased heights of decision, it’s additionally rated for barely decrease dynamic vary, lacks open gate recording, and misses out on 120fps video in 4K when in comparison with its X-H2S sibling.

The X-H2 is near-indistinguishable from the X-H2S, save for the digital camera’s title on the rear and omitted “S” badge on the entrance.
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It’s not all unhealthy information, although, as low-light stills shooters might really feel some consolation realizing the X-H2 maintains the identical high-ISO speeds because the X-H2S (12,800 ISO, expandable to 51,200) whereas providing a barely decrease base ISO of 125. There are usually all the time going to be sacrifices made for the sake of megapixels, and for a digital camera clocking in at just below $2,000, the X-H2’s tradeoffs appear not less than comprehensible.

This two-pronged digital camera method of 1 mannequin for pace and one mannequin for decision will not be a brand new idea, as picture manufacturers like Canon, Nikon, and others have adopted this playbook for years. It’s new for Fujifilm, nevertheless, which has, up thus far, solely stored its medium format horses within the megapixel race. Since Fujifilm is without doubt one of the few manufacturers with no full-frame system in its lineup, its APS-C line now has to attempt to meet the wants of demanding customers who need high-resolution stills, video, pace, and flexibility in a single system.

The X-H2 additionally makes use of the identical $199.99 add-on cooling fan because the X-H2S for longer video recording occasions. Each cameras can use the beforehand introduced $999.99 FT-XH File Transmitter grip, which ships in late October.
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