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

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

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

Fujifilm X-H2



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Late last spring, Fujifilm made a big splash by introducing the X-H2S. This next-generation hybrid is equipped with a 26MP stacked APS-C sensor, capable of 40fps burst shooting and up to 6K shooting. All in all, a nervy machine that can compete with some of the best sports hybrids with 24×36 sensors, like the Nikon Z9 and Sony Alpha 1 (A1). The Japanese had for the occasion mocked the X-H2, a variation of the previous one, but this time equipped with a 40 Mpx unstacked sensor.

The sharpest APS-C photosensor on the market

So, in late summer, Fuji revealed a bit more about its new hybrid with the sharp X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor. Also, with 40.2 Mpx (125 to 124,800 ISO), it is to date the sharpest APS-C sensor on the market, but to summarize the X-H2 in this single point would be reductive.

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

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Up to 8K Raw externally in video

In fact, thanks to the definition increase, this box can shoot up to 8K and 30p, also a great novelty in terms of APS-C. Better yet, it’s possible to shoot internally in Apple ProRes up to 8K and 4:2:2 10-bit, and even get raw 8K (still in ProRes) via the HDMI output, and in 4:2:2 12-bit . You can also count on 6K and a 4K HQ mode (upsampled from 8K), adding to this already well-stocked mode. 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 sec electronic shutter

The photographic component is not far behind with a burst of up to 15 fps through the mechanical shutter, and even up to 20 fps with the electronic shutter, but with a crop of 1.29x in order to limit the effect of blind. An interesting liveliness for such a defined sensor and that can be used to capture fast sequences. In addition, the electronic shutter has been optimized to reach an impressive speed of 1/180,000 sec. This extremely short exposure rate will allow you to freeze any type of action, without a flash. For information, the best cameras are rarely capable of reaching 1/40,000 s, which is the performance 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 offset

Thanks to the mechanical stabilization of the sensor, the X-H2 can also, by moving the latter, take very sharp pictures combining 20 images. After going through the Fuji software, we get a 160 Mpx or 40 Mpx DNG ​​file with a wider dynamic range. However, this only works on a tripod. Through simple pressure, this is new to Fuji, the photographer can also get a 1.4x or 2x crop on photos (jpeg only) as well as video. In addition, a new visual manual focus aid has been added, similar to what Canon offers.

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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 faithful copy of the X-H2S, which we invite you to consult the test. Only the disappearance of the “S” logo allows the distinction between the two devices. We found the 5.76 Mpts viewfinder, a refresh rate of 120 fps, and even a simulation of up to 240 fps. Compared to the X-H2S, Fuji says it has slightly improved the definition of said viewfinder; a difference, however, quite marginal to the human eye.

Who is who ?

Who is who ?

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Finally, regarding autofocus, if the X-H2 uses the X-H2S’s X-Processor 5 chip, its tracking would be slightly less efficient with moving subjects. A phenomenon that must be attributed to the sensor more defined and not piled up. The newcomer also retains the recognition and tracking of human faces and eyes, animals, birds, but also vehicles, two-wheelers, planes and trains.

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

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Along with the announcement of the X-H2, Fuji introduced an update to a popular X-mount lens, the XF 56mm F1.2R WR. New construction, weather protection, new autofocus or even revised optical formula – all the 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 be available from the end of September 2022 for €2,249 bare. In kit with the 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 retails for just €2,749, due to its expensive stacked sensor. The X-H2’s price placement puts it in the footsteps of the Nikon Z6 II and Canon EOS R6, or even the Sony Alpha 7 IV (A7 IV). Devices with a 24×36 sensor, but a little less ambitious than this latest Fuji, at least on paper.

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

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