Everything we know about the Fujifilm X-H2 so far

Fujifilm has announced that it will debut its new 5th generation X-series cameras at an X-Summit event in May, bringing the long-awaited Fujifilm X-H2 one step closer to its release. Although Fujifilm hasn’t acknowledged the X-H2 by name, speculations claim that the X- successor H1’s will be unveiled at that event.

So, what’s the big deal with the X-H2? Despite its impressive features, the Fujifilm X-H1 has become something of a forgotten camera. The key reason is that, as Fujifilm previously stated, it is likely to be the torch-bearer for Fuji’s next-generation sensor and processor — and speculations indicate that the sensor will be stacked.

This is significant because while the latest flagship full-frame cameras now include stacked sensors, which provide the read-out rates required for quick burst shooting and 8K video, it’s not a feature available on most lower-end cameras. The Fujifilm X-T4 and other high-end X-series cameras aren’t cheap, but they do cram more pro-friendly power and capabilities into smaller, more inexpensive packages than their full-frame competitors.

So, what else will the Fujifilm X-H2 have to offer, and will it actually come in two variants, as the rumors suggest? We’ve included all of the most recent rumors, as well as our suggestions for what we’d like to see from one of the most anticipated cameras of 2022.

Date and pricing of the Fujifilm X-H2

The Fujifilm X-H2 will almost certainly be revealed in May, according to all indications. Yuji Igarashi, Fuji’s Director of Business & Product Development, stated the company’s next X-Summit event will be held in May in a YouTube video posted on January 9. “The 5th generation X-series cameras will be introduced in 2022,” according to the press release.

This is significant because Fujifilm has only stated that the 5th-generation X-series cameras would be available this year. Nonetheless, reputable rumor sites such as Fuji Rumors have determined that the X-H2 will be revealed in May at the very least — and that it would come in two versions. However, it’s unclear whether the X-H2 will be ready for purchase by then.

According to Fuji Rumors, the price will be “less than $2,500.” This indicates that it will be more expensive than the Fujifilm X-H1, which was released in 2018 for $1,899 / £1,699 / AU$2,700 (body only), however, it’s unclear whether this will be the case for both versions of the camera.

Still, for about $2,500 (roughly £2,400 / AU$4,500 in actual terms), the X-H2 would be less expensive than full-frame competitors with similar capabilities, such as 8K video. For example, the full-frame Canon EOS R5 costs $3,899 / £4,199 / AU$6,899, whilst the Sony A7 IV costs $2,499 / £2,400 / AU$$4,299 (body only). There is no stacked sensor in either of those cameras.

A higher price than the Fujifilm X-T4 ($1,699 / £1,549 / AU$2,999) makes it logical, however, the X-H2 is more likely to be in the sub-$2,500 range.

Fujifilm X-H2 rumors and leaks

The Fujifilm X-H2 is shaping up to be a historic camera that ushers the X-series into a new generation of sensors and processors, according to recent speculations.

Fuji Rumors projected that the X-H2 will use an X-Trans sensor rather than a Bayer design on August 26. Fuji’s X-Trans sensors use a different ‘color filter array’ than the more usual Bayer architecture, resulting in several ostensibly distinct properties.

Many Fujifilm aficionados believe that X-Trans sensors have greater sharpness and high ISO performance, but it’s also true that X-Trans demosaicing (the process of constructing a color image from the sensor output) is more processor-intensive and can drain the battery.

The fact that the Fujifilm X-H2 might be the first camera to include a new stacked APS-C sensor is arguably even more significant. The Fujifilm X-newest T3’s 26.1MP BSI X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor, which we first saw in 2018, has most certainly reached its limits. If Fujifilm wants to compete with full-frame cameras like Sony, Canon, and Nikon, it needs to take another step ahead.

According to a rumor published on September 8 by Fuji Rumors, the camera would include a 40MP sensor. Fujifilm also announced during its last X Summit that the X-series will get a stacked sensor architecture and that its next X Summit would be in May 2022.

A’stacked’ architecture (which allows the sensor to contain numerous layers of circuitry below the photodiodes, as seen on cameras like the Sony A1) can provide substantial potential gains in areas like rapid shooting, focusing, and video, as we’ve seen on cameras like the Sony A1.

In a 2020 interview with Imaging Resource, Shin Udono (Fujifilm’s Senior Manager of Sales and Marketing) stated that “some type of breakthrough, definitely” is required to distinguish the X-T and X-H series. He also agreed that the X-H series is where “new technology enters the product range,” according to a release.

While that might relate to other features, such as the X-first H1’s use of in-body image stabilization (IBIS) in a Fujifilm camera, it’s more likely that it’s referring to a new sensor. Another reason to believe this is an alleged leak, which was picked up by EOSHD, of a new stacked APS-C Sony sensor with a 43MP resolution and the ability to capture 8K video with 12-bit color depth — putting it close to the 40MP rumor as well.

But we’re still dealing with rumors here, and even if the Sony sensor leak is accurate, Fujifilm’s ability to employ it in the X-H2 or other X-series cameras is far from definite. Sony might instead employ this technology only in its own APS-C Alpha cameras, which are also ready for an update, as FujiAddict pointed out at the time of the leak.

Nonetheless, the reports that the X-H2 will have the now-confirmed new sensor appear to be highly plausible. Fujifilm has stated in its Fujicast podcast that the present 26MP sensor, which was first seen in the Fujifilm X-E4, is nearing the end of its life cycle, thus we should expect a new chip in the X-H2. But, other than that, what additional features would we like to see in the camera?

It’s seeming more and more likely that the X-H2 will be released in two versions. Fuji Rumors reported on December 8, 2021, that “firm and reputable” sources indicated that the Fujifilm X-H2 will be available in two variants, one with a 40MP sensor and the other with a 26MP sensor.

It’s unclear if both of these sensors will be new, or if the 26MP model would use the current fourth-generation chip. This would make it more inexpensive than the 40MP version, but it would be an extraordinarily difficult strategy for Fujifilm.

What we hope to see from the Fujifilm X-H2

1. A higher-res EVF

The Fujifilm X-“excellent H1’s viewfinder,” as our review termed its 3.69 million-dot OLED EVF, was one of the camera’s early virtues. However, being Fuji’s projected flagship, we expect the X-H2 to improve the EVF once again. Viewfinders have progressed to remarkable 9.44-million-dot monitors with 0.90x magnification, such as the Sony A1’s.
But, more realistically, we’d like to see the Fujifilm X-H2 feature a viewfinder similar to the Sony A7R IV‘s, which has a 5.76-million-dot resolution and a 120fps refresh rate, which is useful for seeing a smooth preview of fast-moving situations.

2. A new battery

Support for Fujifilm’s new battery, which debuted on the Fujifilm X-T4, is very certain to appear on the Fujifilm X-H2.

The Fujifilm NP-W235 is a larger-capacity battery than the NP-W126S, and we found it to be a big improvement on the X-T4, with roughly 600 shots per charge.

Strong battery performance is especially critical for hybrid cameras that shoot both video and stills, which is what we expect from the X-H2 – and it’ll almost certainly have a battery grip, either in the form of compatibility with the VPBXH1 or a new grip that can hold two more batteries.

3. Powerful 8K video skills

An abolition of video recording constraints would be maybe even more necessary and beneficial than a resolution improvement.

The Fujifilm X-H1 could only record continuously for 30 minutes at a time, so we’d want to see the X-H2 modified to better control heat and match the Sony A7S III‘s excellent extended recording capabilities.

This might be especially difficult to execute with the rumored X-Trans sensor, which is more processor-intensive than a Bayer design, so we’ll be watching to see if and how Fujifilm accomplishes it.

An abolition of video recording constraints would be maybe even more necessary and beneficial than a resolution improvement.

The Fujifilm X-H1 could only record continuously for 30 minutes at a time, so we’d want to see the X-H2 modified to better control heat and match the Sony A7S III’s excellent extended recording capabilities.

This might be especially difficult to execute with the rumored X-Trans sensor, which is more processor-intensive than a Bayer design, so we’ll be watching to see if and how Fujifilm accomplishes it.

4. Better ports

The Fujifilm X-H1 had a handful of minor flaws, including its tiny HDMI connector, which is less dependable than full-size HDMI ports seen on cameras like the Panasonic GH5, and the fact that its headphone socket was only available on the battery handle.

Both of these issues should be addressed in the X-H2, as well as support for on-the-go USB-C charging and maybe a CFexpress card slot, as previously rumored.

5. Next-gen autofocus

On modern cameras, such as the Fujifilm X-T4, Fujifilm’s autofocus has vastly improved, with the X-T4 doubling the tracking success rate of its predecessor and fine-tuning its Face / Eye AF performance. However, it still falls short of rivals like the Sony A6400 and Canon EOS R6 in terms of AF performance.

Sony has mastered focusing performance in mid-range cameras, with impressively’sticky’ tracking and improved Animal Eye AF proving to be a great advantage for wildlife photographers.

We’d like to see the Fujifilm X-H2 have some next-gen AF performance that puts it on par with similarly priced competitors since this would be a huge benefit for everything from portraits to video.

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