Announcing the Fujifilm X-H2 High-Resolution Camera

The long-awaited Fujifilm X-H2 camera has been unveiled with a high resolution of 40.2 megapixels and the ability to record 8K or 6.2K video at up to 30 fps.

Angled view of the new Fujifilm X-H2 camera fitted with the new XF16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR lens. (Source: Fujifilm.)

The 40-megapixel sensor (which isn’t a stacked chip) offers the highest resolution yet for an APS-C camera and the camera takes advantage of this by also supporting 8K video up to 30 fps (25 fps for PAL system countries), another “first” for an APS-C camera. It is paired with the same high-speed X-Processor 5 image processor used in the X-H2S camera. This combination supports the first Pixel Shift Multi-Shot function to be provided in a Fujifilm camera. This dedicated setting produces a 160-megapixel image, built by composing 20 reference images, which are recorded automatically when the sensor is moved with high precision. The resulting images are stitched together in post-production using special “Pixel Shift Combiner” software. The X-H2 provides standard JPEG and RAF.RAW recording formats as well as support for the HEIF image format, which delivers 10-bit image quality in files up to 30% smaller than standard JPEG files. The new sensor can also record 8K movies internally at 30P in 4:2:2 10-bit color and also output 8K/30P 12-bit RAW video in Apple ProRes or Blackmagic RAW to an external recorder. In addition to F-Log, X-H2 also supports F-Log2, which records a wide dynamic range of over 13 stops.

The new camera body features the same heat dissipation design as the X-H2S to enable 8K/30p video recording for up to 30 minutes. It can also record 4K HQ video, upsampled from 8K to deliver optimal image quality. Like the X-H2S, the X-H2 supports three Apple ProRes codecs: ProRes 422 HO, ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 LT, with the ability to also record ProRes 422 Proxy to streamline post-production workflows during editing in 8K. The X-H2 also has a digital zoom feature that uses the camera’s 40.2 megapixel sensor to provide up to 2x digital zoom with minimal resolution loss when recording 4K video. .

The native sensitivity range starts at ISO 125, a new benchmark for X-series cameras, and extends up to ISO 12800 with adjustments in 1/3 increments. It can be extended up to ISO 80 and ISO 100 or upwards to ISO 25600 and ISO 51200. Sensor shift stabilization claims up to seven stops of correction against pitch and yaw with the XF35mm lens f/1.4 R attached. Digital image stabilization is available in movie mode.

The X-H2 features an intelligent hybrid AF system (TTL contrast/phase detection) with single point (13 × 9 / 25 × 17) or area (3 × 3 / 5 × 5 / 7 × 7 from 117 areas on a 13×9 grid) selection plus wide and tracking AF modes. Low-light focusing is available down to -4.0 EV with contrast detection or -7.0 EV with phase detection. The new camera features the same subject recognition AF technology as the X-H2S and can automatically detect and track a wide range of subjects including animals, birds, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, aircraft and trains. Users can easily achieve precise autofocus in situations where AF-S is typically used, such as landscape and portrait photography. The X-H2 includes a focus meter, which can be combined with focus peaking to provide manual focus assistance during video recording for more precise focus adjustment.

Front, back and top views of the new Fujifilm X-H2 camera. (Source: Fujifilm.)

Physically, the camera body is almost identical to the X-H2S, with 79 weather-sealed points, generous grip, top-panel LCD data display and 1.62 vari-angle LCD screen. million points making it easier to use when not using the EVF or when vlogging. The EVF uses a high resolution 5.76 million dot OLED panel with 0.8x magnification. A frame rate of around 120 fps also provides better visibility and also removes distortion that can occur when the viewer’s eye moves relative to the viewfinder. Like the X-H2S, the X-H2 has two memory card slots for CFexpress Type B and SD UHS-II cards.

Optional accessories include the new FT-XH File Transmitter, which can provide wired LAN connectivity and high-speed wireless communication capability for studio shooting or sports and multimedia shooting. It can also be used as a vertical grip and accepts the same NP-W235 batteries. The X-H2 is also compatible with the VG-XH Vertical Battery Grip, which is dust and moisture resistant and operates in temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius. It accepts two high capacity NP-W235 batteries and has an array of buttons in convenient locations for vertical shooting to replicate existing controls. The optional FAN-001 cooling fan can be installed on the back of the camera body without cables to transfer heat from the camera body, minimizing the incidence of shutdowns caused by overheating when recording video. high resolution video. The X-H2 is also compatible with the CVR-XH cover kit for X-H2S to protect the various camera terminals.

The Fujifilm X-H2 is slated for a local release this month at an RRP of AU$3,399 for the camera body. Click here for more information.

Image sensor: 23.5 x 15.6 mm X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor with 40.2 effective megapixels, primary color filter
Image processor: Processor X 5
Lens frame: Fujifilm X mount
Focal Length Crop Factor: 1.5x
Image formats: Photos: JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.32), HEIF-4:2:2 10bit, RAF.RAW (14bit), RAW+JPEG, TIFF-8bit/16bit RGB (in-camera raw conversion only ); Movies: MOV/ Apple ProRes (422, HQ, LT), HEVC/ H.265, MPEG-4 and MP4, AVC/ H.264 with All Intra/Long-GOP compression
audio: Linear PCM and AAC
Image sizes: Stills – L: 7728×5152, 7728×4344, 5152×5152; M: 5472×3648, 5472×3080, 3648×3648; S: 3888×2592, 3888×2184, 2592×2592; Videos: 8K (7680×4320) and 6.2K (6240×3150) at 29.97p/ 25p/ 24p/ 23.98p, DCI 4K (4096×2160) and 4K (3840×2160) at 59.94p/ 50p / 29.97p/ 25p/ 24p/ 23.98p, Full HD (2048×1080 and 1920×1080) at 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p plus high speed recording at 240p/200p /120p/100p
Aspect ratios: 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Image stabilization: Image sensor shift mechanism with 5-axis compensation, pitch/yaw correction up to 7.0 stops with XF35mm f/1.4 R lens
Dusting: Ultra sonic vibration
Shutter (speed range): Focal-plane shutter (Mechanical shutter 30-1/8000 sec plus Bulb at 60 min; Electronic shutter: 30-1/80000 sec plus 15 min in S/M modes); X-sync at 1/250 sec mechanical shutter or 1/125 sec electronic shutter
Exposure compensation: +/-5 EV in steps of 1/3EV (+/-2EV for movies)
Exposure bracketing: 2, 3, 5, 7 or 9 in 1/3EV increments over +/-3EV
Other bracketing options: Film simulation, dynamic range, ISO, WB, focus
self-timer: 2 or 10 seconds delay selectable
Interval recording: Yes, for the time-lapse
Focus system: Intelligent hybrid AF (TTL contrast/TTL phase detection)
AF selection: Single point (13×9/25×17 adjustable), AF area (3×3/5×5/7×7 from 117 areas on 13×9 grid), Wide/Tracking AF
To concentrate fashions: AFS (Single) / AFC (Continuous) / MF
Exposure Metering: 256-zone multi-pattern detection system with multiple, center-weighted, average and spot metering modes
Shooting modes: Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual Exposure
Film simulation modes: PROVIA/Standard, Velvia/Vivid, ASTIA/Soft, Classic Chrome, PRO Neg.Hi, PRO Neg.Std, Classic Neg., Nostalgic Neg., ETERNA Cinema, ETERNA BLEACH BYPASS, ACROS, ACROS + Ye Filter, ACROS + R Filter, ACROS + G Filter, Black & White, Black & White + Ye Filter, Black & White + R Filter, Black & White + G Filter, Sepia
Filter settings: Toy camera, Miniature, Pop colors, High-key, Low-key, Dynamic tone, Soft focus
Other in-camera settings: Clarity (+/-5 steps), Monochromatic color, Grain effect (Roughness: High, Low, Off; Size: Large, Small), Color chrome effect, Color chrome blue, Dynamic range (AUTO, 100%, 200%, 400%), HDR mode
Color space options: sRGB and Adobe RGB
ISO range: Auto, ISO 125-12800 in 1/3 increments plus expansions to ISO 80, ISO 100, ISO 25600, ISO 51200
white balance: AWB, AWBc, AWBw, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Flash, White set (x 4), Color temperature adjustment (x 4)
Glow: Hot shoe for external flashes (EF-X8 GN approx. 8/ISO100m)
Flash Modes: TTL (TTL Auto / Standard / Slow sync. ) / Manual / Commander / Off Hot shoe mount flash TTL (TTL Auto / Standard / Slow sync. ) / Manual / Multi; 1st/2nd curtain synchronization available
Sequence shooting: Max. 20 frames/sec. with electronic shutter and crop 1.29x, 15 fps with mechanical shutter
Buffer capacity: 1000+JPEG images, compressed RAW; 202 uncompressed RAW images
Storage media: Two slots for CFexpress Type B card (-2 TB) and SD, SDHC, SDXC cards (UHS-I / UHS-II / V90 compatible)
Viewfinder: 0.5 inch OLED color EVF with approx. 5.76 million dots, approx. 100% FOV coverage, 24mm eyepoint, -5 to +3 dpt adjustment, 0.80x magnification, built-in eye sensor
LCD screen: 3.0-inch vari-angle touchscreen color LCD with 1.62 million dots, 3:2 aspect ratio
Interface terminals: USB Type-C (USB3.2 Gen2x1), HDMI Type A, 3.5 mm microphone and headphone ports, 2.5 mm remote trigger connector
Wireless function: Built-in Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11a/b/g/n/ac); Bluetooth v4.2 (Bluetooth Low Energy)
Power source: NP-W235 rechargeable Li-ion battery; CIPA rated for approx. 580 shots/charge with monitor (720 frames in Economy mode) or up to 70 minutes of 8K video
Dimensions (WxHxD): About. 136.3×92.9×84.6mm
: About. 660 grams with battery and card

Recommended retail priceprice: AU$3,399 (body only); body with XF16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR kit – $4,249
Distributer: Fujifilm Australia; 1800 226 355;

Jack C. Nugent