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Fujifilm X-H2 Review

Mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor introduced by Fujifilm in September 2022 and serves as the company’s flagship model. It replaces the X-H1 model, which is already three years old, and the X-H2S model.

The Fujifilm X-H2 features a brand new 40.2-megapixel X-Trans CMOS 5 HR back-side illuminated (BSI) sensor, the most recent X-Processor 5 image processing engine, 8K/30p, 6.2K/30p, and DCI 4K video recording at up to 60p in 4:2:0 8-bit internally and 4:2.2 10-bit externally via HDMI with recording times of up to 160 minutes, and an extended ISO range of 64-

When utilizing the electronic shutter, the XH2 can continuously shoot at 20 frames per second with constant phase-detect auto-focus and auto-exposure, as well as entirely blackout-free photography when cropping by 1.29 times and 15 frames per second when using the mechanical shutter.

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Other essential features include a tilting 3-inch touchscreen LCD with a resolution of 1.62-million dots, dual UHS-II SD and CFexpress Type B memory card slots, a 5.76-million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder with 0.80x magnification and 120fps refresh rate, and a 5.76-axis in-body image stabilization (IBIS) system that provides up to 7 shutter steps of compensation for still images.

There are 425 autofocus points with phase detection pixels spread out throughout the whole frame (100%) of the X-T5. The autofocus algorithm has been upgraded to the point where it is three times faster than the X-T4 and provides superior eye/face identification.

Because of the X-Processor 5’s artificial intelligence (AI) deep learning capabilities, the X-H2 can automatically recognize animals, birds, vehicles, motorcycles, aircraft, and trains. This is a capability that no previous Fujifilm camera other than the X-H2S has possessed.

The X-H2 is the first ever X-Series camera to offer Pixel Shift Multi-Shot. This mode automatically takes 20 photos to create photographs with a resolution of 160 megapixels, providing the highest possible quality when attention to detail is essential.

Additionally, the X-H2 features an ultra-fast electronic shutter that is capable of exposures up to an incredible 1/180000sec, exposure compensation up to -5 stops, connectivity with wi-fi and Bluetooth, battery life of 720 shots and charging via USB-C, interval timer shooting in-camera raw conversion, multiple exposures and panoramic shooting modes, and a wide range of filter effects and film simulation modes.

The body of the Fujifilm X-H2 may be purchased separately in the UK for £1899 and in the US for $1999. Both countries offer this model in color Black. The XH2 is a product of Japan’s manufacturing industry.

Fujifilm X-H2 Build Quality

A brand new 40-megapixel X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor is making its debut in the Fujifilm X-series camera range. At the same time, the X-H2S placed a greater emphasis on out-and-out speed with its impressive 26 megapixel stacked sensor and 40 frames per second (fps) continuous shooting capability, the even more recent X-H2 places more of an emphasis on delivering vertical resolution and high levels of detail.

This BSI (back-side illuminated) sensor design places considerably more emphasis on detail and resolution than on raw speed. This is supported by the introduction of the Pixel Shift Multi-Shot mode, which generates photos with a resolution of 160 megapixels.

The XH2 can record up to 8K video thanks to its 40-megapixel sensor, which gives it an advantage over the XH2S, which has a 26-megapixel sensor and can only record up to 6K video due to its resolution limitations.

When attention to detail is of the utmost importance, the X-H2, the first camera in the history of the X-Series to offer Pixel Shift Multi-Shot, can produce photographs with a resolution of 160 megapixels for the highest possible quality.

Pixel Shift Multi-Shot was a feature that was previously exclusive to the company’s GFX-branded medium-format cameras. During this mode, the camera shoots 20 frames while simultaneously moving the sensor by 0.5 pixels between each edge.

The generated photographs are then automatically merged into a single DNG RAW file, which, with appropriate RAW processing software, may be exported to any file format of the user’s choosing.

You might not be a fan of the user interface, which is less conventional and less Fuji-like, and the price tag is pretty eye-watering, but if you want a cropped-sensor camera with the greatest resolution on the market, this is the one you should splurge for.

Fujifilm X-H2 Image Quality

The Fujifilm X-H2 was able to create photographs of exceptional quality. It captures noise-free JPEG photos from ISO 64 up to ISO 3200, with a tiny bit of noise at ISO 6400 and more noticeable noise at the faster settings of ISO 12800 and 25600 (ISO 51200 should be avoided), which is an astounding performance for a camera that has a 40-megapixel APS-C sensor.

Although the RAW files had a higher noise level than their JPEG counterparts, they could still produce highly usable photographs from ISO 64-6400. The RAW files were fantastic.

The night image turned out quite well. The camera’s maximum shutter speed of 30 seconds was sufficient for most after-dark shots, and the Bulb mode enabled longer exposures considerably if necessary.

While the vast selection of Film Simulation modes harkens back to a bygone period and the Advanced Filters let you have a little fun with your photographs in-camera, the Dynamic Range and HDR settings gradually boost detail in the shadows and highlights.

Fujifilm X-H2 Specs

Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Sensor
Max resolution7728 x 5152
Image ratio w:h1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels40 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorX-Processor 5
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayX-Trans
Image
ISOAuto, 160-12800 (expands to 80-51200)
Boosted ISO (minimum)80
Boosted ISO (maximum)51200
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes (3 slots)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Image stabilization notesSome lenses limited to 5 stops of correction
CIPA image stabilization rating7 stop(s)
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.3)HEIFRaw (14-bit RAF)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusPhase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Number of focus points425
Lens mountFujifilm X
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,620,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification1.2× (0.8× 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution5,760,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/180000 sec
Exposure modesProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual
External flashYes (via hot shoe or flash sync port)
Flash X sync speed1/250 sec
Drive modesSingleContinuous (L/H)Bracketing
Continuous drive15.0 fps
Self-timerYes
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedAverageSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
Videography features
FormatH.264, H.265
Modes3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 50 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 360 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 50 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 360 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 50 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 360 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 50 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 360 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 50 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 360 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 360 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 50 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 360 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 720 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 50 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 360 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 720 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 50 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 360 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 720 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 50 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 360 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 720 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 50 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 360 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 720 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 360 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 720 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 50 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 360 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 50 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 360 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 25p / 50 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 25p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 25p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 25p / 360 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 25p / 360 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 50 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 360 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 50p / 50 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 50p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 50p / 360 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 60p / 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MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage types1x CFexpress Type B, 1x UHS-II SD
Connectivity
USBUSB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec)
USB chargingYes
HDMIYes (Full-sized)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth
Remote controlYes (via smartphone or wired remote)
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNP-W235 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)680
Weight (inc. batteries)660 g (1.46 lb / 23.28 oz)
Dimensions136 x 93 x 95 mm (5.35 x 3.66 x 3.74″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSNone

Fujifilm X-H2 Conclusion

With the release of not one but two flagships APS-C cameras in similar designs to the speed-centric X-H2S and now the resolution-focused X-H2, 2022 is shaping to be a significant year for Fujifilm. The X-H2S and the X-H2 will both be released in 2022.

Both models represent the absolute pinnacle of what Fuji can achieve with an APS-C sensor. Furthermore, both models are ably supported by a long list of excellent lenses, which allows them to surpass far what competitors such as Canon, Nikon, and Sony have to offer with their respective equivalent systems.

The two new X-H models are so good that they represent a much cheaper alternative to their competitors’ full-frame systems while maintaining a high-quality level. They offer comparable levels of speed and resolution without requiring an excessive amount of financial investment.

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