Fujifilm has unveiled the X-H2S, which now joins the celebrated X Series of mirrorless digital cameras. The new flagship model, the X-H2S boasts the highest performance in both stills and videos in the history of the X Series. This has been made possible by the use of the new stacked-layer back-illuminated 26.16MP X-Trans CMOS 5 HS sensor and the high-speed X-Processor 5, which delivers double the processing speed of the previous model.
The X-H2S features an evolved AF system capable of shooting up to 40fps, and it offers newly developed subject-recognition AF technology and can deliver 6.2K/30P and 4K/120P video.
Other features include five-axis in-body image stabilisation that offers up to a seven-stop advantage, a robust magnesium body, hardware that incorporates operability improved from the previous model and extensive interface options, including a new slot for a CFexpress Type B card and an optional file transmitter.
Tracking a Moving Subject
The new CMOS 5 HS sensor, the 5th generation of X Series’ image sensors, has a signal readout speed about four times faster than the current model to achieve blackout-free continuous shooting of up to 40fps. The camera controls phase-detection pixels independently from image display during the burst mode. This triples the number of calculations in phase detection information from the current model, and enables high-speed focusing even during high-speed continuous shooting of 40fps, thereby significantly improving AF accuracy in the burst mode.
The use of the new sensor and the processor is coupled with an increased built-in memory capacity to dramatically increase the number of frames that can be continuously recorded in the burst mode. When using the electronic shutter, the camera can shoot over 1,000 frames continuously at up to 30fps in JPEG and 20fps in RAW.
The EVF uses a high-resolution 5.76-million-dot panel with the magnification of 0.8x. The smooth viewfinder with the frame rate of approx. 120fps also offers improved visibility thanks to strong suppression of parallax and distortion that occur when an eye position becomes displaced while using the viewfinder, thereby enabling accurate tracking of subject movements.
Substantially-evolved AF performance
The use of the new devices and improved prediction algorithm for AF have led to a major boost in the camera’s capability to track a moving subject and autofocus accurately in Zone AF or in low-contrast conditions. This means a subject that keeps on moving, such as athletes and wild animals, can be accurately tracked.
The new image processor features a subject-detection AF function, developed with Deep Learning technology. It detects and automatically tracks not only the human face / eyes but also animals, birds, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, airplanes and trains to maintain autofocus. Users can concentrate on shutter opportunities and framing, as the camera can keep a targeted subject in focus constantly.
Evolved video performance
The use of the new sensor / new processor has enabled 4:2:2 10-bit video at 6.2K/30P internally, recording high-definition video while retaining extensive colour information. The camera also supports filming high-speed 4K/120P video so that a momentary action of a fast-moving subject can be presented in smooth slow-motion with fine details.
The sensor`s readout speed during video recording has been reduced to as fast as 1/180sec. The rolling-shutter effect is well-controlled to present a moving subject naturally. X-H2S supports three Apple ProRes codecs; ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422, and ProRes 422 LT. When recording ProRes, the X-H2S also supports proxy recording such as ProRes 422 Proxy, streamlining the overall workflow from filming to post-production.
AF performance for video recording has been enhanced. The camera supports the AF+MF function in the video mode, and also offers the subject-detection AF function during video filming, tracking a fast-moving subject in both stills and video. Another new feature is F-Log2 capability with dynamic range expanded up to 14+ stops. Greater dynamic range than the current F-log broadens post-production potential.
To cater to the needs of professional photographers, the camera has a new heat-dissipating structure to substantially increase the maximum video-recording time and to enable the recording of 240 minutes of 4K/60P video. The optional cooling fan can be attached to enable extended video recording even in high-temperature conditions.
Hardware / design / operability to assist users’ shooting experience
The camera features an all-new five-axis in-body image stabilisation mechanism, which offers up to a 7-stop advantage, thanks to the new processor and a new sensing control function. Users can comfortably choose to hand-hold the camera to shoot active situations, such as sports, or in low light conditions such as nightscapes.
The new camera inherits the popular design features of the X-H1, such as a large grip that works well with large lenses, an LCD display on the top panel for users to check settings any time, and a highly robust camera body that withstands heavy professional use.
The Fujifilm X-H2S will be released in July 2022, priced as follows:
Fujifilm X-H2S Black Body Only £2499.00
X-H2S Cover Kit (CVR-XH) £19.99
X-H2S Vertical Battery Grip (VBG-XH) – no battery included £399.00
X-H2S Cooling Fan (FAN-001) £169.00
X-H2S File Transmitter grip (FT-XH) – no battery included £949.00
Joining the Fujinon Lens Line-Up in July will be the XF150-600mm f/5.6-8 R LM OIS WR, (equivalent to 229-914mm in the 35mm format). The lens supports teleconverters and, if fitted with the XF2X TC WR, its range extends to up to 1200mm (equivalent to 1828mm in the 35mm film format), enabling photographers to capture wildlife and wild birds, or to track athletes across all corners of a vast stadium. The lens boasts a lightweight design and fast and highly accurate AF, and comes with a five-stop image stabilisation mechanism. Cost of the new optic will be £1899.
Also new is the Fujinon AF18-120mmf/4 LM PZ WR, which offers the 35mm equivalent of a 27-183mm range. The highly versatile 6.7x power zoom in a compact design facilitates a variety of shooting situations, including landscape (wide angle) and portraiture (telephoto). Furthermore, the lens can produce premium quality video thanks to advanced video performance the company has nurtured over many years in the fields of broadcast leases and cine lenses.
Due for release in September, the lens will retail for £899.
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