Fujifilm X-H2: New APS-C camera comes with 40 megapixels
With the Fujifilm X-H2, the manufacturer has introduced a new APS-C format DSLM camera that breaks the record in its sensor class with a high-resolution 40.2-megapixel sensor and is priced below the manufacturer’s X-H2s. We’ve summarized all the information.
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Fujifilm X-H2 in detail
After Fujifilm had already introduced the new APS-C camera X-H2s in May, they promised a lower-priced but higher-resolution sibling model at the same time. This has now been officially presented in the form of the Fujifilm X-H2, which is visually very similar to the s-model in terms of the body.
Interestingly, the X-H2 is significantly cheaper than its sibling, but it offers some exciting advantages in some areas. One of these is the X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor used, which resolves at a whopping 40.2 megapixels, marking a new record in the APS-C segment.
For comparison, the Canon EOS R7 introduced in May, for example, comes in at 32.5 megapixels, the R10 at 24.2 megapixels, and the X-H2s sibling offers the 26.1-MP sensor we already know from the X-T4.
In addition, the new model is also capable of recording video in 8K resolution at 30 frames per second. Nevertheless, the X-H2s is ahead in videos and especially action shots, offering, for example, the faster continuous shooting function (40 frames/second versus 20 frames/second with electronic shutter).
The case is the same one Fujifilm uses on the X-H2s, which offers many advantages. For example, all accessories such as batteries, battery grip and more can also be used. The ports are also the same.
High-resolution photos up to 160 MP
However, the new X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor of the Fujifilm X-H2 should not only score with its high resolution, but also offer an improved image processing algorithm, which benefits the overall image quality, as, for example, image noise is minimized.
The APS-C camera now even captures images in ISO 125, which marks the new standard light sensitivity and no longer needs to be selected via the extended ISO range. This also allows for short exposure times, up to 1/180,000 second with an electronic shutter.
Thanks to the “Pixel Shift Multi-Shot”, the X-H2 takes 20 minimally shifted images in succession, which can be combined into a single image with a resolution of 160 megapixels with the help of the software – so it’s particularly exciting for all those who like to have large prints.
Shooting in the space-saving 10-bit HEIF image format is also supported, video is possible in 8K/30p 4:2:2 10-bit format, while Full HD resolution also offers slow-motion recording at up to 240p.
Improved autofocus and image stabilizer
When it comes to autofocus, especially of rigid subjects, the Fujifilm X-H2 should also be able to show its strengths compared to the X-H2s. The object-based AF system is constantly evolving thanks to Deep Learning technology and is capable of effectively tracking various subjects and objects. These include birds, animals, motorcycles, vehicles, aircraft and more.
In AF-S mode, more phase detection pixels provide more precise focusing, which marks an advantage especially in landscape and portrait photography. The AF algorithm is also said to be able to even predict the movements of animals or people and intelligently follow the subjects.
The built-in five-axis image stabilization (IBIS) is said by the manufacturer to be capable of up to seven EV stops slower shutter speeds, which is especially useful in difficult lighting conditions.
The X-H2’s case is also weather-resistant, allowing use in temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius. The rear 3.2-inch LCD touchscreen can be fully rotated and has a resolution of 1.62 million pixels. The OLED viewfinder’s resolution of 5.76 million pixels also speaks for tremendous sharpness.
The DSLM camera, which weighs around 660 grams, can be equipped with SD cards in UHS-II format and CFexpress Type B cards, with two slots available. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB-C, HDMI, 3.5 mm, 2.5 mm, a hot shoe and a sync port are also offered.
Of course, the X-H2 also offers the familiar movie simulation modes that Fujifilm fans know and love. A total of 19 modes such as Provia, Velvia, Classic Chrome or Eterna are available to give your pictures that classic “Fuji look”.
Price and Availability
The Fujifilm X-H2 is expected to make its way to retail stores by the end of September 2022, and will initially be offered exclusively in a black color scheme. The MSRP for the camera body only is 2,249 euros, alternatively you can get the camera as a kit with the XF16-80mm F4 R OIS WR lens for an MSRP of 2,749 euros.
That’s 500 euros less than Fujifilm is charging for the X-H2s. You can find more details and all technical specifications on Fujifilm’s official product website.
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