The rumors about the Fujifilm X-H2 have started to pile up again recently, after a year in which Fujifilm focused its efforts on other mirrorless cameras like the Fujifilm X-T4 and Fujifilm X-S10.

Then, Why have rumors about the X-H2 persisted and why is this such a long-awaited camera? Arriving in February 1, the Fujifilm X-H2018 was considered the flagship camera in Fujifilm's X-series range and an ideal choice for professionals who wanted a combination of DSLR-style handling with the latest mirrorless performance.

But it also put the X-H1 in a slightly odd position - as our review pointed out at the time, much of the Fuji's allure rests on smaller and cheaper cameras than its full-frame counterparts, and the X-H1 it lacked both. of these things.

The X-H1 was and still is an excellent all-rounder for photos and videos, but it can no longer be considered the flagship of the X series given the power of the Fujifilm X-T4. If the rumors are correct, that could be about to change with the Fujifilm X-H2, a new flagship that will put the XH line back at the top of Fuji's excellent line of mirrorless cameras.

Then, what features are we waiting for and when could the X-H2 arrive? We've rounded up all the latest rumors and combined them with our analysis of their likelihood and the X-H2's place in the increasingly competitive world of the best mirrorless cameras.

Fujifilm X-H2 launch date and price

The latest rumors suggest that the Fujifilm X-H2 will be released in 2022. This speculation stems from reliable rumors from Fuji, which says that the information comes from "multiple reliable sources."

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On the one hand, it is good to hear that the Fujifilm X-H2 is almost certainly on its way, although Fujifilm constantly says that the XH series has a future, doubts have arisen due to the considerable hybrid power of Fujifilm. X- T4. But that also seems to be a long way off, considering that it would be a lapse of four years after the arrival of the X-H1.

However, according to Fuji Rumors, a "reliable Japanese source" has also claimed that the new mirrorless camera "is well worth the wait." And as we'll see next, there are good reasons to believe that it will.

Since the X-H2 is not expected to arrive until 2022, there have been no leaks or rumors about its price yet. The Fujifilm X-H1 came in at €1,899 / €1,699 / AU€2,700 (body only) in 2018, and assuming its successor inherits the X-T4's flagship status again, we can expect its price to be a bit higher. higher than that.

It would probably take some daylight between the X-T1,699's €1,549 / €2,999 / AU$4 price tag for the X-T4 and X-H2, although Fuji probably can't afford the price tag as high as the better devices. full-frame photo like the Nikon Z6 II (which costs €2000 / €1999 / AU$3399, body only). Therefore, a price between these two brands seems the most likely.

Fujifilm X-H2 Rumors and Leaks

While Fujifilm X-H2 rumors are still relatively early, the picture emerging from various leaks and rumors is that the X-H2 is likely to be a landmark camera that will take the X-series to the next level.

The reason is the possibility that the X-H2 could bring a new sensor with a stacked CMOS design. As we've seen in cameras like the Sony A1, this new 'stacked' design (allowing the sensor to have multiple layers of circuitry behind the photodiodes or pixels) can provide great potential benefits in areas such as burst shooting, autofocus, and video. . .

Fujifilm X-H1

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Although that's just speculation at the moment, there is good reason to believe that the X-H2 could be the first Fujifilm camera to feature a new stacked APS-C sensor. First, the company's latest 4 MP BSI X-Trans CMOS 26.1 sensor, which we first saw on the Fujifilm X-T3 in 2018, has probably reached its limits in cameras like the X-T4. It's time to take another leap forward if Fuji's premium offerings are going to compete with full-frame cameras from Sony, Canon, and Nikon.

Also, in an Imaging Resource interview in 2020, Shin Udono (Fujifim's senior director of sales and marketing) said that "we need some kind of advance, probably" to separate the XT line from the XH series. He also backed a statement that the XH series is where "new technology enters the product line."

While this could also refer to other features, such as the introduction of Integrated Image Stabilization (IBIS) for the first time on the Fujifilm cameras on the X-H1, it is most likely referring to a new sensor. Another reason to believe this is the apparent leak, detected by EOSHD, of a new stacked Sony APS-C sensor that has a 43MP resolution and can record 8K video with 12-bit color depth.

We're firmly in the rumor realm here, and while this Sony sensor leak is true, it's not certain that Fujifilm will be able to use it on the X-H2 or other X-series cameras. As FujiAddict pointed out at the time of the leak, Sony could use this chip exclusively in its own APS-C Alpha cameras, which also need to be updated.

Still, rumors that the X-H2 will introduce a new sensor, whatever it is, seem highly likely. Fujifilm admitted on its Fujicast podcast that the current 26MP sensor seen in the recent Fujifilm X-E4 will likely reach the end of its useful life, so we can expect to see a new chip in the X-H2. But what other features would we like to see brought to the camera?

Fujifilm X-H2: what we want to see

1. A high resolution electronic viewfinder

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One of the Fujifilm X-H1's strengths at launch was its “brilliant viewfinder,” as our reviewer called its 3,69 million dot OLED EVF. That said, as an expected flagship from Fuji, we expect the X-H2 to take the EVF up a notch again.

Viewfinders have now moved to incredible 9,44 million dot monitors at 0,90x magnification, just like the one on the Sony A1. But perhaps more realistically, we'd like to see the Fujifilm X-H2 with a viewfinder like the one seen on the Sony A7R IV, which is a 5.76 million dot affair with a 120 fps refresh rate, which It is useful to get a fluent overview. fast-moving scenes.

2. A new battery

An almost guaranteed feature of the Fujifilm X-H2 is the new battery holder introduced by Fuji in the Fujifilm X-T4.

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The Fujifilm NP-W235 is a higher capacity battery than the previous NP-W126S and in the X-T4 we found this to be a significant advance, with around 600 shots per charge.

Good battery performance is especially important on mirrorless cameras that shoot a mix of video and stills, which is what we've come to expect from the X-H2, and it's likely to keep an eye on battery too, be it under the form. of compatibility with the VPB-XH1 or a new handle that can accommodate two additional batteries.

3. Powerful 6K video skills

The Fujifilm X-T4 is already a pretty powerful video camera capable of shooting 4K/60p video, so here's hoping the X-H2 takes it to the next level.

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If that means 8K video remains to be seen, a rumor coming from this potentially leaked 43MP Sony sensor, but we would definitely like to see 6K video mode. This would help provide practical additional leeway, for example giving you the option to stabilize shaky videos in post-production or create oversampled 4K images that get more detail and sharpness.

But perhaps even more important and useful than an increase in resolution would be the removal of video recording limits. The Fujifilm X-H1 could only continuously record 30 minutes at a time, so we'd like to see the X-H2 redesigned to better handle heat and allow the camera to match the devices' impressive extended recording powers. Photo like the Sony A7S III. .

4. Better ports

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Some small complaints we had with the Fujifilm X-H1 were its micro HDMI port, which tends to be less reliable than the full-size HDMIs seen on cameras like the Panasonic GH5, and the fact that its headphone jack was missing. available. only on its battery grip.

We'd love to see those two things fixed on the X-H2, along with support for on-the-fly USB-C charging and maybe even a CFexpress card slot, as previous rumors have hinted.

5. Next-generation autofocus

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Fujifilm's autofocus has improved a lot in recent cameras like the Fujifilm X-T4, which has doubled its predecessor's tracking success rate and tweaked its face/eye AF performance. But it still falls behind the best AF performance we've seen from rivals like the Sony A6400 and Canon EOS R6-

Sony, in particular, has really achieved autofocus performance on mid-range cameras, with incredibly 'sticky' tracking and advanced Animal Eye autofocus - a real boon for snappers. We'd love to see the Fujifilm X-H2 show off next-gen AF performance that at least helps it get closer to its similarly priced rivals, as that would be a real boon for everything from portrait shooting to video.

 

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