The latest gem in the Fujifilm collection of cameras for the Australian market and elsewhere is crammed with serious high-performance specs and features. The newly announced Fujifilm X-H2 comes equipped with goodies such as a massive 40.2MP X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor that creates the highest resolution yet seen in the history of its X Series cameras.
The newly unveiled device also happens to support a whopping 8K resolution for internally recording video at 30P. With these two key features alone, the X-H2 offers a whole new level of content creation power for users who want to seriously dabble in both high-quality still photography and pro video.
For months, there have been worldwide rumors circulating about the upcoming release of the Fujifilm X-H2 and information about its release has been hotly anticipated by camera tech watchers. Brand events were expected to deliver a big reveal and our own presence at one of these for Fujifilm Australia has let us finally find out just what the new X-H2 is all about and what it has to offer for fans of mirrorless camera photography.
As it turns out, the new camera will indeed feature a huge new sensor. This is a backlit 40.2MP BSI X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor with high-speed X-Processor 5 that also includes 160MP Pixel Shift Multi-Shot technology for super high-resolution imaging. Previous speculation about the X-H2 considered the possibility of the camera coming with only a 26-megapixel sensor like that of its cousin the X-H2S, but this idea can finally be put to rest.
Instead, this is model offers the largest image resolution ever placed in an X Series mirrorless digital camera and according to Fujifilm, promises, “outstanding image quality in both stills and video, delivered with Fujifilm’s outstanding, proprietary colour reproduction technology.” Basically, Fujifilm fans who wantanything higher would have to switch over to one of the brand’s GFX cameras in order to get it.
The X-H2’s remarkably large new sensor is in fact an APS-C design and unlike that of this camera’s sibling, the X-H2S doesn’t have a “stacked” design, meaning that it won’t be quite as fast for fast-paced action and sports shooting. Nonetheless, it does deliver possibly the absolute best resolution yet seen in any APS-C camera from this or any brand.
In other words, according to Fujifilm, this new release gives the Fujifilm brand’s X-H series cameras two distinct flagship cameras. The high-speed flagship version, the X-H2S “excels in shooting fast-moving subjects, whereas the high-resolution flagship X-H2 delivers exceptional image quality that transcends the normal quality limit for the format.”
By releasing these two distinct cameras for different professional photographer needs, Fujifilm argues that it can now robustly cater to the full spectrum of photographer and videographer shooting needs with a full menu of hardware options.
According to Fujifilm Australia CEO Ryuichi Matoba, “We are very pleased to launch the highest resolution camera in the history of X Series, and we are highly confident that this new model will be a success in Australia”
Fujifilm Australia’s General Manager of Electronic Imaging and Optical Devices, Shaun Mah further elaborated, “Fujifilm are continuously challenging Full Frame. With the release of the twin flagship models, X-H2S and X-H2, Photographers and videographers can now choose the best solution to meet their content creation needs.”
The X-H2 APS-C edition camera also offers powerful complementary technologies in the form of a minimum SIO of 125, a whopping 1/180,000 electronic shutter and Pixel Shift Multi-Shot mode technology that lets the camera further enhance visual performance.
Other internal features also include a subject-detection AF with eye tracking for focus accuracy. This feature uses “Deep Learning” technology to automatically detect and track a wide range of fast-moving subjects such as people, animals, birds and flying objects. The new flagship camera also includes a 5-axis, 7-stop in-body image stabilization and an EVF that offers 0.8x magnification and 5.76-million dot resolution.
For videographers, the major selling feature of the X-H2 will almost certainly be its 8K/30P Apple ProRes internal recording feature, which has never before been seen in an APS-C camera on the market. The X-H2 can of course also shoot superb video at a number of lower resolutions and higher frame rates. The Fujifilm X-H2 is compatible with CFexpress Type B memory cards for maximum-efficiency storage of its high-quality photo and video files.
The Fujifilm X-H2 The Fujifilm X-H2 APS-C camera will become available later in September for a suggested retail price of USD $,1999.95 just for the body, and $2,499.95 if the XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS is included as part of a kit.
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