5 Things I love about the new Fujifilm X-H2s

Fujifilm X-H2s with the 16–55mm f2.8

Overall Speed

The first thing I noticed when shooting with this new camera, was definitely the speed. The Autofocus performance improved noticeably over the X-T4, especially with the new lenses. Now they also added special object and face / animal detection modes, which work also very good if you require them. I have a very hard time to miss some shots, everything is just spot on. Also shooting more stills per second, they just write so damn fast on to the cards. But yeah, the stacked sensor really shines with processing power of this new cam. It’s not called X-H2S without a reason.

CF Express Type B

I know this may be something more people bother, because they were used to shooting on to 2x SD Cards. But I really love the fact, that we can now shoot on to faster cards, which are also more solid built. Transferring and backing up photos now is even faster. Whoo. Absolutely, a small but incremental improvement here.

CF-Express Type B

Image Quality

As usual, Image Quality is superb. For myself, I can’t notice that much of a difference to the X-T4. But for me, the X-T4 & 3 already have been on a level which is still enough for me. If you want to see more details, check out some pixel peeper reviews.

Forum 1 — Salzburg with XH2s & 10–24mm f4
Gollinger Waterfall X-H2s with the 16–55mm f2.8

Video Performance

THIS! Whoooa. It’s such a beast in this area. So, where should I start here? Ok. Let’s go with ProRes. This beast records internally 6k 30p ProRes HQ / 422 / LQ with 10 bit 4:2:2 and I love it. My workstation has a hard time to decode the normal H.265 Codec of the X-T4 or 3, so I always decoded the H.265 files into the ProRes Format for editing. Now this whole process is gone, because I can natively record in ProRes. I know the files are getting bigger, but for me, it’s worth it. This cam shoots crazy bitrates up to over 1000Mbit/s in ProRes and even around 760Mbit/s in H.265. You can also record proxies if you want. You have the support of F-LOG2, which is even flatter and provides more Dynamic Range than the normal F-LOG. CineD did some tests and the DR is huge, around real 13 stops. This puts it above the BMCC6k. Rolling Shutter is very low, due to the fast sensor readout.

Video Overview

IBIS

And last but not least, the good ol IBIS! While it was already good in the X-T4 they improved it very well. Especially for video. So with the X-T4 I always had the problems of micro-jitter. The footage always looked badly stabilized or something, especially when shooting handheld. It was OK, when you held completely still for a static shot, or when it was on a gimbal. But doing handheld motion always looked awkward. I don’t know what they did with the X-H2s but all those issues are gone. Handheld footage know looks similar to my SONY FX6 handheld footage, and this makes me very happy. Well done guys!

Almsee Filzmoos X-H2s 16–55mm f2.8

Conclusio

This is for me the perfect hybrid camera. I have a lot of jobs where I need to do photo and video. With this camera, it’s possible to get a step closer to deliver better content for my clients. I can shoot faster, because AF is more reliable, Video is getting insanely good and my Post-Production Workflow also got a boost due to better codecs and faster cards. Now I want the same tech in a X-T5 body, so I can have my dials back.

Bikepark Leogang — X-H2s & 16–55mm f2.8 // AF Tracking works greaaaat!

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Chris Perkles

Chris Perkles

CVO @ Skyline Medien GmbH, Filmmaker, photographer, communication studies & cycling // www.chrisperkles.at