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Fujifilm Brings Stacked CMOS to Flagship X-H2S Cam

A brand-new Stacked CMOS sensing unit makes 40fps autofocus and 6K video possible. New lenses were likewise tipped at the business’s X Top virtual occasion.

The Fujifilm X Top is a routine occasion that functions as a platform for the business to introduce brand-new items, and the big news today is the X-H2S, the much-anticipated follower to the X-H1, a design that debuted at the start of 2018.

The X-H1 was a revolutionary design for Fujifilm; it was the very first X series cam to consist of in-body image stabilization, and included pro-quality 4K video tape-recording to a system that had actually been formerly slammed for dull movie-making tools. Its Eterna movie simulation profile, tuned to match among Fujifilm’s precious movie emulsions, made its launching too.


X-H2S: Powered by Stacked CMOS

With the X-H2S, the business is moving its system another advance. Its image sensing unit is brand name brand-new and is made with a Stacked CMOS architecture. These sensing units have the ability to process info faster than the BSI CMOS chips Fujifilm utilizes in video cameras like the X-T4. The faster readout makes it possible to freeze movement utilizing an electronic shutter, to track and focus at 40fps, and does it all with an interruption-free view when making pictures.

Fujifilm X-H2S, front view showing image sensor


We anticipate to see more video cameras targeted at major enthusiasts and experts utilize this kind of sensing unit in the future. OM System’s current OM-1 carries out in the Micro 4 Thirds format, however the X-H2S is the very first time we have actually seen it pertain to the upsized APS-C chip size. Prior to this year, the $4,500 Sony a9 II was the most affordable expense Stacked CMOS mirrorless on the marketplace.

The X-H2S is priced at $2,499, the most Fujifilm has actually ever charged for an X series design by a large margin—prior to this it was the titanium surface edition of the X-Pro3 for $1,999; the X-H1 debuted at $1,899. It’s agent of a basic uptick in costs in the cam market, however the cam likewise guarantees remarkable efficiency to validate its rate point.


New Focus System for 40fps Tracking

Stacked CMOS sensing units have actually ended up being a preferred for professional photographers catching fast-moving topics for 2 big factors—a high burst rate, and a real interruption-free capture experience. The one inside the X-H2S has 26MP resolution and an X-Trans color filter range. It supports Raw, JPG, and HEIF image formats, and is packed with the Movie Simulation modes that set the X series apart from other systems.

The X-H2S guarantees to stay up to date with moving topics and make Raw pictures at approximately 40fps, and keep a smooth view from the lens even as it makes direct exposures. If you have actually attempted to track a hummingbird feeding or the on-field action at a professional soccer match, you’ll value the modification versus the stuttering view produced by a mechanical shutter opening and closing. You can likewise utilize its mechanical shutter, at approximately 15fps, or set the electronic shutter to a lower speed if 40fps isn’t required.

Fujifilm X-H2S, rear view


In order to make the most of the speed, the X-H2S is has a brand-new image processor, one Fujifilm is branding as X-Processor 5. It has loads more processing power than the previous-generation 608MHz XP4; the XP5 performs at 1GHz and includes a 600MHz subprocessor devoted to the 5-axis IBIS system, netting approximately 7-stops of payment. The cam likewise supports quicker CFe (Type B) memory in its primary slot, with assistance for UHS-II SDXC media in its 2nd.

Fujifilm has actually remodelled the autofocus system too, leveraging the additional processing power for smart subject acknowledgment. I have actually not yet had a possibility to attempt the X-H2S myself to see how it works, however some examples Fujifilm shared program pledge. The autofocus system has the ability to acknowledge animals, birds, autos, planes, and trains—and obviously has the face and eye detection for people that’s gotten out of any cam today.


SLR Design Mirrorless With PASM Dial

While other makers tend to keep the standard shape and design of video cameras constant throughout their line, Fujifilm is more about variety in body design. Its line consists of video cameras of all designs; some count on shutter speed dials, like you’d discover on an old movie cam, others follow more traditional methods and choose a PASM mode dial. The X-HS2 falls in the latter classification.

A focused EVF and swing-out screen cement its place as a stills-video hybrid design, and there’s a substantial handgrip to make it a match with the big lenses typically utilized for action photography. However, it’s a bit smaller sized all around than the X-H1, and a hair lighter. Building and construction is as tough as you’d anticipate; the chassis is magnesium alloy and Fujifilm costs the body as weather condition resistant, though it does not reach to provide an IP score.

Fujifilm X-H2S, top view with lens


The electronic viewfinder is a brand-new style, with a high 0.8x zoom style. Fujifilm informs us it’s worked to enhance the viewfinder to get the most out of its 5.76 million dot OLED panel. It supports 120fps revitalize and has a 24mm eye point; we’ll report back on how well it works when using glasses.

The swappable battery guarantees to run the cam for around 580 direct exposures (in single release mode—you’ll get more at 40fps). A set of add-on grips are readily available, both with vertical controls and assistance for 2 more batteries. Utilizing either presses the anticipated life to 1,700 direct exposures. The costlier File Transmitter Grip ($999) exists if you require much better connection; it enhances the 802.11ac Wi-Fi efficiency from 60Mbps to 170Mbps and includes an Ethernet port.


Movie Theater Grade Video Too

The X-H1 was a crucial movie theater cam for Fujfiilm, and it appears like the X-H2S will be too. There are some initially here, consisting of internal 10-bit ProRes 422 recording, open gate 6.2K30 recording at a 3:2 element ratio, DCI 4K120 with a 1.29x crop, and full-width 4K60. You can utilize any Movie Simulation for video, or go with the flat F-Log or F-Log2 profile. F-Log2 offers approximately 14 stops of vibrant variety at ISO 1250, so bring some neutral density filters along.


XF 150-600mm and 18-120mm Lenses

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR, profile view


Fujifilm is tipping a set of lenses too. The XF 150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR is a long telezoom, one that’s most likely to be a preferred amongst the wildlife crowd. The $1,999 lens has an internal zoom, direct focus motors, and an affordable 3.5-pound bring weight. It’s weather-sealed, and we like that its detachable tripod foot deals with Arca fast release installs. It will begin delivering in July.

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18-120mm F4 LM PZ WR, profile view


The $899 XF 18-120mm F4 LM PZ WR follows in September. It’s a video-friendly power zoom, however Fujfiilm is billing it as a hybrid lens for photography too. The 1-pound zoom is simple to bring, focuses close for 1:5 macros, and is weather-sealed.


X-H2 and Lens Roadmap Additions

In addition to the 26MP X-H2S, Fujifilm has actually revealed advancement of a X-Trans CMOS 5 HR 40MP image sensing unit. The sensing unit will be utilized in the upcoming X-H2 design. The X-H2 is anticipated to come to market at a lower rate point than the X-H2S, and more information will be exposed at the next X-Summit occasion, set up for September of this year.

Fujifilm X system lens roadmap


It’s likewise included a couple of lenses to its advancement roadmap (above)—the XF 56mm F1.2 Mark II and XF 30mm F2.8 Macro are coming later on this year, with an XF 8mm F3.5 following in 2023.

The X-H2S is priced at $2,499 as a body just. Fujifilm prepares to provide the cam to retail around July 7.

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