Fujifilm’s New X-H2S Shoots 26 Megapixel Photos at 40fps

Fujifilm X-H2S release

Fujifilm has announced the launch of their new flagship X Series mirrorless stills and video camera. The X-H2S will join Fujifilm’s lineup of X Series compact and lightweight mirrorless cameras, and boasts a newly-developed stacked sensor and a high-speed image-processing engine.

The X-H2S is built around a brand new, stabilised 26 megapixel APS-C stacked and backside illuminated sensor, allowing it to read data four times faster that Fujifilm’s previous X-Trans CMOS 4.

With its high-speed X-Processor 5, the camera boasts double the image processing speed of its predecessor.

This processor also powers the X-H2S’ improved autofocus system. Using an AI processor alongside the X-Processor 5, the camera has a powerful autofocus which maximises tracking speed and accuracy of moving subjects.

Fujifilm X-H2S release

The use of AI technology allows the camera’s autofocus function to identify birds, animals, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, aeroplanes, and trains, as intended subjects. The in-body stabilisation is rated to 7-stops.

The X-H2S also features blackout-free bust shooting of up to 40 frames per second with Electronic Shutter (and up to 15fps with the mechanical shutter). It can, according to Fujifilm, write over 1,000 frames continuously when shooting JPEGs at 30 frames per second (or 20 frames per second in raw format).

As a video camera, the X-Processor 5 enables the recording of 10-bit 4:2:2 video in resolutions up to 6.2K/30P and frame rates as fast as 4K/120P and FHD/240p. Support for professional codecs, like Apple ProRes HQ/ Pro Res 422/ Pro Res LT, provide incredible flexibility within post-production workflows.

Fujifilm X-H2S release

Fujifilm have made some upgrades to the X-H2S’ hardware to enhance user experience. Upgrades include an adjustment to the shutter button, improving operability when half-pressed, and a separate video button has been added for ease of shooting video. The shutter has also been improved to withstand 500,000 actuations during its internal performance testing.

Victor Ha, vice president, Electronic Imaging and Optical Devices Divisions, Fujifilm North America Corporation, firmly believes that the X-H2S “will be the versatile, hybrid digital camera that can meet the diverse needs of photographers and motion production professionals.”

The X-H2S will be available in early July at a RRP of £2,499/$2,499.


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