Fujifilm X-H2S – APS-C Flagship: What You Need to Know The best APS-C Hybrid camera?

This Tuesday Fujifilm announced a new flagship APS-C camera that is an updated version of its original X-H1 with changes and improvements to almost every aspect in the form of the Fujifilm X-H2S. Alongside this new camera, the company also introduced two zoom lenses – the XF 18-120mm F4 LM PZ WR and the XF 150–600mm F5.6–8 R LM OIS WR.

Fujifilm X-H2S new features

The camera brings a whole host of new features to the table including a new 26.1MP BSI APS-C sensor with -TRANS technology. The camera is capable of reading the sensor up to 4 times faster than the one in the older generation. There is also a new processor called X-Processor 5 which is up to twice as fast as the older one.

The new Fujifilm X-H2S

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The new sensor and processor together bring better ISO, dynamic range, and colors including a new AI processor which helps with subject tracking which is part of an improved AF (including human, animal, and different vehicle tracking).

The new focus system is also much more sensitive – up to -7EV which is important in different situations including the use of extenders (something that we shall mention later on).

The camera has an impressive shooting speed – 15fps with a mechanical shutter and up to 40dps with an electronic shutter and a substantial buffer (depending on the memory card you can shoot up to around 200 burst of shots).

Talking about memory cards the camera has two – CFexpress Type B & SD UHS-II. The camera has a 7 (!) stop image stabilizer on the sensor and 5.76 EVF with 0.8 magnification and 120 fps and finally a fully articulated 3″ touch screen plus a top info screen.

The video features are very important on this camera. The sensor can shoot up to 6.2K at 30p and 4K up to 120p or 1080p up to 240p. This is very impressive for an APS-C camera but even more impressive is the support for ProRes Raw and Blackmagic RAW, the internal 4:2:2 ProRes 422 in 10bit and F-Log2 and F-Log and the ability to shoot up to 90 min with the battery (the same as the one for the X-T4 and other Fujifilm cameras).

The Fujifilm X-H2S veri angle monitor

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Fujifilm X-H2S Main Specs

Here are some of the main specs of the Fujifilm X-H2S:

  • Sensor: 26.1MP APS-C X-Trans Stacked BSI
  • AF system: 425-Pt. Hybrid AF, AI Subject Detection.
  • Video: 6.2K 30p, 4K 120p, FHD 240p 10-Bit and internal ProRes 4:2:2 HQ and F-Log 2.
  • Image Stabilization: 7-Stop In-Body.
  • EVF: 5.76m-Dot OLED.
  • Monitor: 3″ 1.62m dots vari-angle touchscreen LCD.
  • Shooting speed: 40 fps E. Shutter, 15 fps mechanical shutter.
  • RAW video support: ProRes & Blackmagic RAW via HDMI
  • Mmeory: CFexpress Type B & SD UHS-II slots

XF 150–600mm F5.6–8 R LM OIS WR and XF 18-120mm F4 LM PZ WR lenses

Aside from the camera Fujifilm announced two new lenses – the XF 18-120mm F4 LM PZ WR and the XF 150–600mm F5.6–8 R LM OIS WR.

The XF 18-120mm F4 LM PZ WR is a power zoom lens (first for the Fujifilm XF series) it includes 15 elements and 12 groups with dust and moisture resistance, a weight of 460 grams, 7 aperture, and 60cm min focus distance.

The XF 18-120mm F4 LM PZ WR

Fujifilm_XF 18-120mm F4 LM PZ WR

The XF 150–600mm F5.6–8 R LM OIS WR is a long 6X zoom telephoto lens that can work with 1.4X and 2X teleconverters.  it includes 24 elements in 17 groups with several programmable buttons, made of magnesium with dust and moisture resistance, linear focus motor, 2.4m min focus distance, 1.6kg, and 82mm filter as well as Arca leg.

The XF 150–600mm F5.6–8 R LM OIS WR

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Pricing and availability

When it comes to pricing, the new X-H2S will start selling in early July 2022 for $2500 while the XF 150-600mm f/5.6-8 R LM OIS WR Lens will also ship around the same time for $2000 and the XF 18-120mm f/4 R LM PZ WR lens for $900. There are also some battery grips and a new fan for the camera. You can pre-order all the new products announced by Fujifilm today – here on B&H.

Hands-on and reviews from across the web

There are already quite a few early hands-on reviews of the new lenses and camera online and here are a few of them:

Chris and Jordan from DPR on the X-HS2

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Gerald Undone in-depth video-centric look at the Fujifilm X-H2S

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Fujifilm X-H2S review – Gordon Laing

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ZY Cheng looks at the X-H2S

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Vistek look at the X-H2S

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Fujifilm XF 18-120mm f4 first look – Gordon Laing

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Fujifilm XF 150-600mm first look – Gordon Laing

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Maarten Heilbron look at the XF 150–600mm F5.6–8 R LM OIS WR

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Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of LensVid.com. He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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