Fujifilm is announcing a new high-res X-H2 camera

Fujifilm is announcing a new high-res X-H2 camera

With the newest camera in its X-series line, Fujifilm is finally moving things forward after years of APS-C mirrorless cameras with resolutions in the 20-something megapixel range. Fujifilm is unveiling the new high-resolution X-H2 camera with a 40.2-megapixel X-Trans sensor and 8K video today at its X-Summit event in New York City. This professional-grade camera has the same CPU, in-body image stabilization technology, dual card slots, electronic viewfinder, and other features as the latest X-H2S on which it is based. For those who prioritize megapixels above all else, it’s essentially the same camera with a new sensor. Although the higher resolution equivalent will retail for $1,999.95 in late September, it will cost around $500 less than the X-H2S. (body only).Fujifilm is announcing a new high-res X-H2 camera

Fujifilm is announcing a new high-res X-H2 camera

Accompanying this announcement are two new Fujifilm lenses: the $999.95 XF 56mm f/1.2 fast-aperture portrait lens and the $2,499.95 medium format GF 20–35mm f/4 ultrawide-angle zoom. The 56mm will be available in late September alongside the X-H2, while Fujifilm GFX owners will have to wait until October for the new zoom.

Fujifilm is announcing a new high-res X-H2 camera

The Fujifilm X-H2 appears to be almost verbatim to what was hinted about back in May. For individuals who value resolution more than anything else, there is the identical X-H2S body with a different type of sensor. The X-40.2-megapixel H2’s sensor is not stacked like the X- H2S’s, therefore it cannot attain the same readout and burst shooting rates. For instance, the X-blackout-free H2’s electronic shutter can capture photographs at a maximum rate of 20 frames per second with a 1.29x crop. That’s half as fast as the uncropped X-H2S, and the X-slower H2’s sensor will result in more noticeable rolling shutter effects in both still photos (when utilizing the electronic shutter) and videos. Nevertheless, the X-H2 still accomplishes this because these cameras have the same mechanical shutter. Fujifilm is announcing a new high-res X-H2 camera

Fujifilm is announcing a new high-res X-H2 camera
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The X-H2 can go further than its native 40.2 megapixels by way of a multi shoot mode. It takes a burst of 20 pixel-shifted images using the in-body image stabilization to create a 160-megapixel behemoth of a picture with Fujifilm’s Pixel Shift Combiner software. And if that’s not enough to make your storage drives wince in pain, the X-H2 also supports 8K video at 29.97fps. But once again, while it reaches higher heights of resolution, it’s also rated for slightly lower dynamic range, lacks open gate recording, and misses out on 120fps video in 4K when compared to its X-H2S sibling.

Though the X-H2 offers a slightly lower base ISO of 125, it maintains the same high-ISO speeds as the X-H2S (12,800 ISO, expandable to 51,200). This is good news for low-light stills photographers. There will almost always be trade-offs made in order to increase the number of megapixels, but for a camera costing just under $2,000, the X-trade-offs H2’s appear at least reasonable.

Fujifilm is announcing a new high-res X-H2 camera
Fujifilm is announcing a new high-res X-H2 camera

One model for speed and one model for resolution in a camera is not a novel idea; Fujifilm is announcing a new high-res X-H2 camera picture companies like Canon, Nikon, and others have been using this strategy for years. However, it is a first for Fujifilm, which has only thus far retained its medium format horses in the megapixel race. Fujifilm has to try to satisfy the demands of demanding users who want high-resolution stills, video, speed, and versatility in one system because it is one of the few brands without a full-frame system in its lineup. Fujifilm is announcing a new high-res X-H2 camera

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