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FUJIFILM X-H2S: New Video-Centric APS-C Mirrorless Camera, for $2500
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    The camera supports recording 4:2:2 10bit video at 6.2K/30P and 4K/120P internally. The sensor’s readout speed during video recording has been improved to 1/180 seconds, suppressing the rolling shutter effect. It supports three Apple ProRes codecs; ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422, and ProRes 422 LT. When recording ProRes, X-H2S also supports proxy recording such as ProRes 422 Proxy. Another new feature is F-Log2 capability with dynamic range expanded up to 14+ stops, which enables much smoother tonal expression.

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  • Could it be a GH6 killer? DCI 4K 422 10bit 120p, raw hdmi.

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    FUJIFILM announced the launch of its next flagship X Series mirrorless digital camera, FUJIFILM X-H2S (X- H2S). The most advanced X Series mirrorless camera yet, X-H2S includes advanced features for both still photography and video. It is also the first APS-C digital camera of its kind to feature Fujifilm's 26.16MP X-TransTM CMOS 5 HS imaging sensor, a stacked, back-side illuminated imaging sensor with a signal reading speed up to four times faster than Fujifilm's previous X-TransTM CMOS 4*1.

    X-TransTM CMOS 5, combined with the newly minted X-Processor 5 (which doubles the camera's processing power compared to X-Processor 4), greatly enhances overall image fidelity at lower ISOs and reduces noise at higher ISOs. Subject-detection AF, which maximizes the tracking speed and accuracy of moving subjects is now made possible through the incorporation of an AI processor.

    For video, 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, while also minimizing power consumption, thereby extending the camera's maximum video recording time up to 240 minutes.

    "The universal reaction to X-H2S has been, 'This is exactly what I've been waiting for!' The overwhelmingly enthusiastic response reinforces my belief that X-H2S will be the versatile, hybrid digital camera that can meet the diverse needs of photographers and motion production professionals," said Victor Ha, vice president, Electronic Imaging and Optical Devices Divisions, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. "It's fun to see so much enthusiasm for this camera, especially since the features it has aren't normally found at a price point of only $2499.95."

    With these sensor and processor updates, X-H2S achieves substantial performance improvement over other digital camera models on the market, including:

    • Major boost to burst mode capability: X-H2S can apply AF / AE tracking in blackout-free continuous shooting conditions of up to 40 frames per second2, and can create over 1,000 frames continuously with the high-speed burst shooting mode set to 30 frames per second (JPEG) or 20 frames per second (RAW)3
    • Dramatically evolved autofocus (AF) performance: X-H2S's high number of AF calculations performed per second improves overall AF accuracy and facilitates subject-detection AF. Developed with Deep Learning technology, subject-detection AF implements an advanced prediction algorithm to enhance the performance of Zone AF, by refining the camera's ability to track moving subjects in low-contrast environments. Subject detection and tracking has also been expanded from the human face and eyes to now include animals, birds, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, airplanes and trains. X-H2S keeps targeted subjects consistently in focus, allowing users to concentrate on framing and critical image-making opportunities.
    • Exceptional video performance: X-H2S digital camera supports internal recording of 4:2:2, 10-bit Apple ProRes HQ/ ProRes 422/ ProRes LT and ProRes 422 Proxy at resolutions of up to 6.2K/30P and 4:2:2, 10-bit h.265 video in frame rates as fast as 4K/120P and FHD/ 240p. The sensor's readout speed of 1/180 seconds when recording video further assists in minimizing rolling shutter effects on moving subjects, or when the camera itself is moving. A heat-dissipating design brings the 4K/60P continuous video recording time to approximately 240 minutes, while the optional FAN-001 cooling fan accessory assists with maintaining similar levels of performance in high-temperature conditions.
    • Significant flexibility for external recording: X-H2S is the first X Series digital camera to contain F-Log2, which provides a dynamic range of up to 14+ stops, allowing for more creative possibilities both in production and post-production workflows.

    Additional Product Features:

    Best subject tracking in X Series history

    • X-H2S controls phase-detection pixels independently from image display when in burst mode. This triples the number of calculations in phase detection from the acclaimed FUJIFILM X-T4 and enables high-speed focusing even during high-speed continuous shooting.
    • X-H2S's electronic viewfinder uses a high-resolution, 5.76-million-dot panel with a magnification of 0.8x. With a frame rate of approximately 120fps, the smooth viewfinder offers stellar visibility as a result of strong suppression of parallax and distortion (which commonly occurs when an eye position becomes displaced while using the viewfinder), thereby enabling accurate subject tracking.

    Thoughtful design to enhance users' content creation experience

    • The camera features an all-new five-axis, in-body image stabilization mechanism, which offers up to 7.0-stops of image stabilization*4. Users can comfortably choose to operate the camera handheld in active environments (e.g., sports) or in low-light conditions (e.g., nightscape).
    • X-H2S incorporates the popular design features of Fujifilm's previous X-H1 model, such as a large grip that works well with large lenses, an LCD display on the top panel for users to check settings at any time, and a highly-robust body that withstands heavy professional use. Many additional improvements have also been included in the design and construction of X-H2S:
    • The shutter button's overall feel has been adjusted to improve its operability when it is half-pressed. This allows users to release the shutter exactly when intended.
    • A standalone video recording button has been added to make the experience of recording video with the 1.62-million-dot, vari-angle LCD monitor a seamless experience.
    • From the fit and finish of the buttons and materials used in the construction of X-H2S to being able to map specific functions to the AF ON button, image-makers will find the experience of using X-H2S intuitive and familiar. Shutter durability has been optimized, withstanding 500,000 actuations during quality and performance testing.
    • The camera features dual memory card slots supporting one CFexpressTM Type B and one SD card*5. Users can draw out the full potential of X-H2S's fast, continuous image-making and video performance with the high-speed data processing performance of CFexpressTM Type B memory cards.

    X-H2S Accessories

    Several new accessories are also being introduced to complement the launch of X- H2S. These optional accessories include:

    Vertical battery grip (VG-XH)

    • Dust- and moisture--resistant and is designed to operate at temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 degrees Celsius). It fits two FUJIFILM NP-W235 high-capacity batteries.
    • The grip's button layout is designed to provide equal operability whether holding the camera vertically or horizontally.

    File transmitter (FT-XH)

    • Features wired LAN connectivity and high-speed wireless communications capability, essential for in-studio tethered content creation or for creating sports/media content. It can also be used as a vertical grip using two FUJIFILM NP-W325 high-capacity batteries.
    • It can be combined with X-H2S to support the following communication specifications:
    • FTP transfer by wired LAN / wireless LAN / USB Smartphone tethering
    • Tethered shooting by wired LAN / wireless LAN
    • Remote recording function by wired LAN / wireless LAN; capable of controlling up to four X-H2S cameras from a browser at the same time

    Cooling fan (FAN-001)

    • Specifically designed for the X-H2S to facilitate extended image creation and video recording in high temperatures.
    • The fan can be fitted to the rear of the camera body without a cable, supplying power, extending continuous video recording time at high temperature, and eliminating concerns of heat-related camera shutdown.

    Cover kit (CVR-XH)

    • Protects various terminals on the camera. Items contained in this kit:
    • 1x Sync terminal cover
    • 1x Hot shoe cover
    • 1x File transmitter / vertical battery grip terminal cover
    • 1x Cooling fan terminal cover
    • 1x Memory card slot cover

    Pricing and Availability:

    FUJIFILM X-2HS mirrorless digital camera is expected to be available in early July 2022 at the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $2,499 USD and $3,200 CAD.

    Pricing and expected availability for X-2HS accessories are as follows:

    VG-XH Vertical Battery Grip: Available early July 2022 at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $399 USD and $515 CAD.

    FT-XH File Transmitter: Available in September 2022 at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $999 USD and $1,280 CAD.

    FAN-001 Cooling Fan: Available early July 2022 at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $199 USD and $260 CAD.

    CVR-XH Cover Kit: Available early July 2022 at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $19.99 USD and $26 CAD.

    For more information about X-H2S and its accessories, please visit https://fujifilm- x.com/en-us/products/cameras/x-h2s/.

  • The FAN-001 cooling accessory is an interesting idea. Acknowledging that under very hot conditions and long recording times, there will be issues. But also being ready with a solution for the user! An easy to integrate fan.

    Seems like a somewhat smarter idea than building it into the camera itself? As stills photographers don't want that! Neither do the 99% of us who don't shoot for hours and hours in the Sahara Desert. But they have this slick looking "fix" for those who do care about this.

  • @IronFilm

    Note that also cheap accessories with integrated Peltier elements exist for smartphones (made for gamers). Can be used to cool smartphone during long shooting sessions.

  • No Bayer = No Buy

  • Same zooming jitter when using AF or even in manual mode. Unusable

  • @theusualeditor

    Can you provide samples of issue?

  • @Vitaliy_Kiselev

    Gerald Undone mentions at min 20:56: "This problem isn't exclusive to this camera but it persists here"..." "Exposure seems to change (abruptly) when zooming"

  • FUJI's issue still present on X-H2S https://youtu.be/qlpcovHblsc

  • I have a problem with this footage on YouTube. He used my footage of my wife with the Lumix 12-60

  • Selected clips are used under YouTube's fair use guidelines. Information and links on the description. I've removed yours halfmac.

  • @theusualeditor

    I'm not 100% sure, but that YouTube video seems to indicate the problem may ironically appear only while using Fuji lenses. That's a head scratcher. I wonder if this issue, obviously known by Fuji, can be fixed with a firmware update.

  • I use a 40mm Noctua to cool my Sony A1, it's about $15 and completely silent at low rpm. But the Fuji fan is powered by the camera, which is handy.

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  • @firstbase I first noticed this issue 3 years ago when I tested one of the XT cameras with a Fuji lens. I thought eventually Fuji would fix it. Despite the great features (10-bit, high bitrates, colors), this is worthless for anyone shooting moving pictures, and I am glad I didn't buy it back then.

  • @theusualeditor That's a shame. Years ago I did a fair amount of graphic design work for Fuji with their QuickSnap cameras and private label cameras. I'll reach out to my sources and get a sample cam and their take on the situation

  • Not sure if Fuji are going to fix the zoom lens ISO issue. They have the MK Series lenses, which are fully manual and parfocal. They may simply be of the mind that photo lenses are for photos? Zooming on hybrid camera systems has always been problematic. GH5 zooms fine with ISO, but isn't parfocal (for auto electronic lenses). And GH5 is just hopeless with autofocus anyway. For event videography I tend to shoot with at least 3 cams these days, and have enough coverage to edit out the focus horrors.

    What I can see as an issue with the x-h2s is actually for photos. As it looks like zooming looses focus? (from video reviews I have seen, anyone have this issue with the x-h2s? Please chime in if it isn't present)

    One would think that it would try to keep the zoomed point in focus - a kinda poor-persons parfocal. At least for sports/action photography, you want to keep the focus on the item that you have chosen.

    All this said, I am seriously considering the x-h2s as a GH5 replacement. GH6 feels like it hasn't improved with auto-focus, and for a camera in this price bracket is concerning. Especially considering the limitations for run'n'gun work, gimbal etc.

    Considering that the x-h2s now FINALLY has unlimited recording, the GH line is really not pulling it's weight right now.

    I just have to get my head around lack of shutter in degrees,.. dunno why Fuji haven't implemented it. It's so nice to not have to think about shutter speed in video land, and just set it to 180 (I know right).

  • @alcomposer same boat as you, I did get 2xGH6 but I'm wondering if I should switch to the X-H2. Zooming is an issue, I still have my Sony ax700 but I'm not sure at this point if we will see a RW solution.

  • @DrDave I was holding back a bit. Thing is I absolutely love the form factor of the GH5/6, but the reality is I don't use it for photos.

    This is a real shame, and I would love to have a capable photo/video camera.

    For photography I use a D810, I do a huge amount of contemporary dance photography, and I love being nimble, and getting great angles. Very hard with the D810, and while the GH5 is a joy to shoot with, it's not in developing.

    If the X-H2S is a capable photo camera, with basically the same video (with actual autofocus) as the GH5, then I think Fuji deserves a proper investigation.

    If I were to go Fuji, I would probably go x-h2 for flash - portrait work, and x-h2s for action.

    Beats having two systems, or 3 if I continue with Nikon F,Z/Panasonic m43.

  • FUJI ambassadors and enthusiasts are gatekeeping this problem. My queries keep getting deleted, and this is the reason why I made a compilation video before.

    This man here shows the issue with AF zoom lenses on any mirrorless Fuji camera (@ 8m 42s)

    https://youtu.be/KxUDUO-_b3k?t=522

    The man incorrectly states that the lens is not parfocal and that's the reason for the issue. Virtually every Fuji zoom lens behaves this way, and they refuse to acknowledge that it is a big deal.

    This also confirms that adapted AF zoom lenses from other brands, will exhibit the same problem.

    With the release of the new X-H2, YouTube is littered once again with useless sample footage: stuff that virtually every camera out there can shoot, and nobody talks about the zoom issue.

    FUJI has release a basic 18-120mm f4, with improved zooming performance for video, but it's far from perfect and I would never use it for production work. Out of focus imperfections and light flickering when zooming are still present, but almost unnoticeable. (@ 25s)

    https://youtu.be/-Jyiwtt4v4k?t=25

    I believe this problem does not exist when using old non-AF manual zoom lenses, but I am not going to spend $2k to find out.