Fujifilm launches flagship camera, the X-H2S

Fujifilm recently announced the launch of their mirrorless digital camera flagship, the X-H2S. Available from July, the company says the camera boasts the highest performance of any X Series camera to date.

Features of the flagship include a new stacked-layer back-illuminated 26.16-megapixel X-Trans CMOS 5 HS sensor, capable of reading signals four times faster than the previous model and the high-speed X-Processor 5, with processing speed double that of the predecessor. This additional speed should greatly improve performance.

In terms of video, the new sensor can record 4K/60P video without cropping and with substantially reduced rolling-shutter effect. Meanwhile, the processor enables filming 4:2:2 10bit video at 6.2K/30P and 4K/120P and supports a variety of codecs, including Apple ProRes 422 HQ. It also has lower power consumption, extending the maximum video recording time.

AF performance of the X-H2S is also noteworthy, with the system allowing continuous high-speed shooting up to 40fps, along with a newly-developed subject-recognition AF technology. The camera can apply AF/AE tracking in blackout-free continuous shooting and can shoot over 1,000 frames continuously when setting the high-speed burst shooting mode to 30fps (JPEG) or 20fps (RAW).

The X-Processor 5 features a subject-detection AF function that has been developed with Deep Learning technology. It detects and automatically tracks not only the human face/eyes, but also animals, birds, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, airplanes, and trains.

Other features include the five-axis in-body image stabilisation that offers up to a 7- stop advantage, while the EVF uses a high-resolution 5.76-million-dot OLED panel with a magnification of 0.8x. The viewfinder has a frame rate of approx. 120fps and offers improved visibility. The camera feature a 1.62-million-dot vari-angle LCD monitor for when the EVF is not in use. Shutter durability has been further improved and the company has tested the X-H2S to 500,000 actuations. The camera features dual memory card slots supporting CFexpress Type B and SD UHS-II cards.

Scheduled for release in July for the Australian market, the Fujifilm X-H2S has an RRP of $4,449. Head to Fujifilm's website for more information.


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