Fujifilm X-H2 Trades Speed for Resolution with APS-C Camera System

Teased in May earlier this year, Fujifilm has unveiled the newest addition to its X-series line at the X-Summit event in New York City. The Fujifilm X-H2 is geared towards the professional APS-C user, and though the X-H2 looks like the earlier X-H2S model, it comes packed with a few new features.

Trading in speed for resolution, the X-H2 sports a new 40.2-megapixel BSI CMOS X-Trans APS-C sensor capable of taking 8K videos. A BSI sensor doesn’t offer the speed benefits of the Stacked CMOS chip in the earlier X-H2S but does make the X-H2 cost around $500 less.

X-H2 maxes out at 20fps with its faster blackout-free electronic shutter, clocking in at a shutter speed of 1/180,000th of a second, producing images cropped at 1.29x. The X-H2 achieves up to 15fps at full resolution and supports 8K video at 29.97fps.

The camera has a multishot mode that allows it to go further than its native 40.2 megapixels, taking a burst of 20 pixel-shifted images using the in-body image stabilization to create a 160-megapixel image created using Fujifilm’s in-house Pixel Shift Combiner software. The X-H2 sports a base ISO 125 but has the same 12,800 ISO speeds, expandable to 51,200, as the X-H2S.

Accessory-wise, the X-H2 is compatible with the $399 VG-XH dual battery grip, the $999.99 FT-XH file transfer grip, and the $199 add-on cooling fan unit for recording longer high-res videos.

In addition, the X-H2 also takes advantage of the two new Fujinon lenses: The weather-sealed XF 56mm f/1.2 fast-aperture portrait lens released alongside the X-H2 for $999.95 and the medium format GF 20-35mm f/4 ultrawide-angle zoom at $2499.95 slated for an October release.

The basic Fujifilm X-H2 camera starts shipping in late September at a retail price of $1,999.95.


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