$2,499 Fujifilm X-H2S and new lenses confirmed at X Summit 2022

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Fujifilm has finally released the long-awaited update to the X-H1 in the Fujifilm X-H2S. Fujifilm also announced new lenses and teased a new high-megapixel X-H2. Let’s dive into all the details.

The new X-H2S and X-H2HR (which will be discussed later in the year) will use the new 5th generation. X-Trans sensors. The 26.1 megapixel sensor in the X-H2S is stacked, which means it reads 4 times faster than the previous generation X-Trans sensor and 30 times faster than the first generation X-Trans sensor.

The sensor and new image processor in the X-H2S will enable faster EVF readout speeds, higher burst rates, motion prediction algorithms and deep learning technology. The X-H2’s sensor will be 40 megapixels in size but will not be stacked. Unfortunately, not much else is known about the X-H2 at this time. Now let’s dive into the Fujifilm X-H2S

Fujifilm X-H2S

It’s certainly an exciting time for Fujifilm fans. The new Fujifilm X-H2S has been designed for professional photographers and videographers who need a camera that can handle fast-paced subjects. The X-H2S can shoot 15fps with a mechanical shutter and 40fps with autofocus with the electronic shutter. Here are the specs:

  • 26.1-megapixel stacked APS-C X-Trans CMOS 5 BSI sensor
  • 425 focus points
  • 5.76m-dot EVF with 120fps refresh rate without power loss
  • Five-axis IBIS provides seven stops of stabilization
  • CFexpress Type B and SD card slots
  • Shoots 1,000 frames continuously with high-speed burst shooting mode set to 30fps (JPEG) or 20fps (RAW)
  • Vari-angle LCD and top panel
  • AF subject detection for birds, animals, airplanes, cars, bicycles, trains and humans
  • Improved AI-powered focus and tracking
  • Internal 4:2:2, 10-bit Apple ProRes HQ/ ProRes 422/ ProRes LT and ProRes 422 Proxy at resolutions up to 6.2K/30P
  • 4:2:2, 10-bit h.265 videos at frame rates as fast as 4K/120P and FHD/240p
  • F Log 2 with over 14 stops of dynamic range
  • Inputs for microphone, headphone, USB-C and standard HDMI

The Fujifilm X-H2S is a professional-grade APS-C camera

The X-H2S retains the design language of the XH series, meaning it has a wide, deep grip and easy to use controls. The X-H2S is also waterproof and can operate in temperatures as low as -10 Celsius/14 degrees Fahrenheit. The shutter is rated for 500,000 actuations.

There is a new File Transmitter accessory that will allow you to use the camera remotely and make tethered shooting easier. As we discussed here, you can also purchase a external active cooling fan when you want to record long 6K clips. The Fujifilm X-H2S will be available in July for a retail price of $2,499. You can also save if you buy the Fujifilm X-H2S with bundled lenses.

XF 150-600mm f/5.6-8 R LM OIS WR

For years, Fujifilm fans have been clamoring for their own 150-600mm lens. Now Fujifilm has finally delivered. Although only providing a maximum aperture of f/8 at 600mm means it’s not as fast as the competition over the long haul, this lens will still be a welcome addition. Here are the specs:

  • 229-914mm equivalent focal length range on Fujifilm APS-C cameras
  • Compatible with XF2X TC WR and XF1.4X TC WR teleconverters
  • The X1.4 teleconverter will give a 315-1350mm equivalent focal length range
  • The X.2.0 teleconverter will offer a focal range of 457-1828mm
  • HT-EBC coating, typically used on broadcast lenses
  • Weighs 3.5 pounds
  • Internal Zoom
  • Lens barrel is matte silver to mitigate temperature rise
  • The lens barrel is waterproof in 19 places and can operate in temperatures down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 degrees Celsius)
  • Five stops of optical image stabilization

The Fujifilm XF 150-600mm f5.6-8 R LM OIS WR also features a focus limiter and focus preset buttons. There are 24 elements in the lens, including four super ED elements and 3 ED elements. The lens will be available in July for a retail price of $1,999.

XF 18-120mm f/4 LM PZ WR

Fujifilm X-HS2

A powerful new all-purpose zoom lens has also been announced alongside the Fujifilm X-H2S; the Fujifilm XF 18-120mm f/4. This lens is touted as a lens for photographers and videographers who want to do it all with one lens. Let’s break it down:

  • 27-183mm equivalent focal length range
  • 15 elements in 12 groups
  • Three aspherical elements and three ED elements
  • Minimal Concentration Breathing
  • High-precision, high-speed AF (find focus in 0.02 seconds)
  • Zoom/Focus control ring, which allows users to control zoom or focus at variable speeds
  • Combines with FUJIFILM X-H2S and FT-XH File Transmitter Accessory to remotely record video to single or multiple cameras, online via web browser
  • It weighs 1.01 lbs and is only 4.9 inches in length
  • Internal zoom design
  • Weather sealing

The Fujifilm XF 18-120mm f/4 LM PZ WR will be available in September and will cost $899.

At the X Summit, Fujifilm also announced several other lenses currently in development. The new lenses included the XF 56mm f/.2 II, a compact 30mm f/2.8 macro, and an 8mm f/3.5 wide-angle lens.

Fujifilm also teased us with the Fujifilm X-H2, a high resolution sibling of the X-H2S. Unfortunately, not much is known about the X-H2 other than it will feature a 40-megapixel non-stacked variant of the CMOS 5 sensor. More details on this camera and lenses in development will be shared at the next summit. Fujifilm X in September.

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