Serious Video Comes to Fujifilm’s Upgraded Flagship
FUJIFILM has long had the hearts of photographers. Retro-inspired stylings, Film Simulations, and class-leading image quality are all appealing attributes. That’s been great, but it is only recently they have made some serious inroads into video. The massively upgraded X-H2S revives the X Series flagship line with the expected updates and impressively competitive cinema specs.
X-H2S TOP FEATURES:
26.1MP APS-C BSI Stacked Sensor
40 fps Shooting with Electronic Shutter
6.2K 30p in ProRes HQ 10-bit 4:2:2
High Frame Rate 4K 120p and Full HD 240p
F-Log2 Profile for Greater Dynamic Range
In-Body Image Stabilization Rated to 7 Stops
The X-H2S’s major improvements need to thank the 26.1MP stacked BSI APS-C sensor and 64-bit X-Processor 5, both of which are brand-new to the X Series. This next-gen sensor design uses FUJIFILM’S unique X-Trans color array to minimize moiré and false colors while also boosting dynamic range to 14 stops and improving low-light performance. By pairing the sensor with a speedier processor, the X-H2S can better realize the imaging system’s full potential to unlock features like 6.2K video, 40 fps continuous shooting with an electronic shutter, and faster, more accurate autofocus.
Video recording has been completely overhauled in the X-H2S with improvements in quite literally every area, making it an ideal pick for hybrid image makers as well as video pros. The camera can record at up to 6.2K 30p using the full 3:2 open gate mode as well as in more conventional resolutions of 4K and Full HD at high frame rates up to 120p and 240p, respectively. Users can capture pristine video ideal for editing and grading with the addition of internal 10-bit 4:2:2 ProRes recording to the CFexpress Type B card slot. An updated F-Log2 gamma profile further takes advantage of the camera’s imaging capabilities to realize 14 stops of dynamic range.
Algorithms run much of our digital tech, and FUJIFILM has made use of AI with deep learning to make the X-H2S’s autofocus system faster and more responsive. The X-H2S now offers Subject Detection autofocus, backed by AI, to keep your subject in focus. This is a development on the Face and Eye Detection AF of previous models by expanding the range of identifiable subjects, including cars, planes, birds, horses, dogs, cats, and more. The system can even operate in low light down to -7 EV while keeping up with fast-moving subjects. Additionally, the face and eye detection have been improved to account for hairlines, glasses, and face coverings.
An updated design incorporates enhanced functionality along with boosted performance. A key spec is in continuous shooting, which is possible at up to 15 fps with the mechanical shutter and 40 fps with the electronic shutter. At 15 fps, the camera uses its buffer to write an unlimited number of frames—it is certainly assisted using CFexpress Type B alongside a UHS-II SD slot. The camera also offers in-body image stabilization rated to compensate for up to 7 stops of correction. This camera’s pro-oriented design should appeal to many.
Maximizing the potential of the X-H2S is possible through the addition of key accessories. Videographers looking for maximum quality will want to make use of the HDMI output to send raw video to a Ninja V+ or Blackmagic Video Assist to record in either ProRes RAW or Blackmagic RAW, respectively. For longer recording, especially in difficult conditions, there is an X-H Fan that snaps onto the back of the X-H2S to keep the camera cool. Plus, you can pick up a Vertical Battery Grip for longer battery life and more ergonomic control when using the camera in vertical orientation.
For maximizing the potential of the X-H2S you need cards designed to handle the speed of the camera’s top-of-the-line specs, for that Delkin Devices delivers with their BLACK series of CFexpress Type B cards in sizes up to 650GB.
Designed exclusively for the FUJIFILM X-H2S, this full wraparound, one-piece cage offers support and stability along with an array of mounting points for all of your accessories. Wooden Camera has a variety of other mounting and rigging tools to help you get your camera setup just right.
FUJIFILM has released a pair of new zoom lenses for the X Series along with the X-H2S.
Designed in collaboration with the team that creates FUJINON lenses for cinema and broadcast, the 18-120mm brings key video features to this lightweight mirrorless lens. The 27-183mm equivalent zoom has a constant f/4 aperture with a stepless aperture ring for smooth adjustments mid-take, but the newest addition is a power zoom function and internal zoom. This allows users to create smooth zooms during video recording. It is a versatile lens for all creators.
Get into the super-telephoto world with the XF 150-600mm and its 229-914mm equivalent zoom range. This lens covers a vast range and benefits from an internal zoom design that keeps it well balanced in the hand or on a gimbal head and tripod. Five stops of Optical Image Stabilization make the lens more versatile since even handheld users can get sharp imagery at shutter speeds down to 1/30 second. Fast AF and a weather-resistant construction complete the package. And, if you need more range, add on an XF 1.4x or 2.0x Teleconverter.