Fujifilm X-H2: Everything we know so far about the mirrorless camera

Fujifilm X-H2: Everything we know so far about the mirrorless camera

The Fujifilm X-H2 is expected to be the high-resolution sibling to the recently announced Fujifilm X-H2s: in other words, a high-end APS-C mirrorless camera aimed at serious hobbyists and professionals.

We know for a fact that a 2MP Fujifilm X-H40 camera is coming, as Fuji announced at its X Summit in May 2022. What it didn't explain is exactly what other features this camera will have and how much it's going to cost, but luckily some rumors credible accounts have helped fill some of those gaps.

The situation is definitely confusing, unless you're a die-hard Fuji fan. The Fujifilm X-H2S (which stands for "Speed") was recently launched with a new 5MP X-Trans CMOS 26 HS APS-C stacked sensor. You can read our first impressions of this X-series flagship in our Fujifilm X-H2S hands-on review.

A screenshot of Fujifilm X Summit 2022

(Image credit: Fujifilm)

So how will the Fujifilm X-H2 be different from its eponymous cousin? The main difference, it seems, will be the new 5MP X-Trans CMOS 40 HR APS-C sensor, which should make it more suitable for photographers who value detail over speed, and perhaps videographers who need more resolution than 6.2K/ 30p that the X-H2S is capable of.

If that sounds like you, here are all the latest Fujifilm X-H2 rumors gathered in one handy place, as well as our thoughts on how the camera stacks up against the considerable competition you can find in our guides to the best. mirrorless cameras and the best cameras for photography.

Fujifilm X-H2 release date and price

Fujifilm announced at its X Summit in May 2022 that "we will report details of the X-H2 at the next X Summit in September." This means that we'll almost certainly see a full launch of the Fujifilm X-H2 during this event, although it's not yet clear when it might be available for purchase.

Despite being announced back in May, the X-H2S is still only available for pre-order, and Fuji released a statement saying the camera "has received more reservations than expected, and it may be a while before the items are delivered." products". . If that's any guide, the best hope for future X-H2 owners is for stock to arrive later in 2022.

On the bright side, it looks like the X-H2 will be slightly cheaper than the rather expensive X-H2S, which costs $2499 / £2499 / AU$4449. In a Fuji rumors post (Opens in a new tab ) on May 26, the site said: "We can now say with 100% certainty that the 2MP Fujifilm X-H26 will cost more than the 2MP Fujifilm X-H40."

The exact magnitude of this price difference is not yet clear. The main reason for the X-H2's lower price is probably the fact that its sensor is not stacked. But otherwise, it will still be one of Fuji's two most premium cameras, which is why we predicted it would still cost more than the Fujifilm X-T4, which came in for $1,699 / £1,549 / AU$2,999 in 2020, between those prices. , at around €2,000 / €2,000: seems like the most likely, but we'll update this page as soon as we find a more precise figure.

Fujifilm X-H2 specifications, design, leaks and rumors

Fujifilm gave us an extensive preview of the X-H2 at the X Summit in May, and that helped clear up some of the confusion about exactly how it differs from the already announced X-H2S.

In a nutshell, the Fujifilm X-H2 will have a new 40MP HR sensor (with the 'R' for resolution), while the X-H2S will offer a 26MP HS chip (with the 'S' for speed).

Aside from that detail, Fujifilm hasn't revealed any other official X-H2 specs (or they haven't been leaked yet), but that gives us a good idea of ​​the camera's character. As Fujifilm explained of the 5MP X-Trans CMOS 40 HR, "although it's not a stacked sensor, it's fast and improves the mobility of APS-C."

A screenshot of Fujifilm X Summit 2022

The Fujifilm will have the new X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor (top, bottom), while the X-H2S has the HS version for fans of action photography. (Image credit: Fujifilm)

Interestingly, Fujifilm added, "this is a sensor that breaks format limitations to deliver ultra-high image quality."

We'll have to wait to see the results, but it's clear that the X-H2 will be its attempt to rival the best full-frame cameras in terms of image quality and resolution. This should make it particularly popular with landscape and macro photographers as it will provide ample scope for cropping photos without losing too much image quality or resolution.

On the other hand, the X-H2 will not have the absolute speed of the X-H2S. Thanks to its stacked sensor, the X-H2S is one of the fastest cameras for continuous shooting, managing to produce 40fps (raw or JPEG) when using the electronic shutter, all with full AF/AE tracking and no lens blackout. viewfinder. It also has a decent buffer to support those speeds, allowing you to shoot at those maximum speeds for 4-5 seconds. Here are those speeds as a reminder.

Continuous Shooting Speeds Fujifilm X-H2S (Electronic Shutter) Recordable Images (JPEG) RAW RAW Lossless Lossless Uncompressed Uncompressed 40fps18417517014030fps1000+2702501802020fps1000+1000+1000+800

Still, those kinds of continuous shooting speeds are overkill for the average photographer, and the Fujifilm X-H2 will likely still offer competitive burst speeds, given that it will ship with the same X-Processor 5 as its sibling.

According to the latest leaks, the X-H2 will also be identical to the X-H2S. A Fuji Rumors (opens in a new tab) article on June 6 said the two cameras "will have the exact same body," and a leaked image of the X-H2 on June 17 (below) seemed to back that up.

A leaked image of the Fujifilm X-H2 camera

(Image credit: Fuji rumors)

If you like deep grips and top-plate LCD screens to check out your setup, you'll be pleased to hear that the X-H2 will likely share this design.

Our hands-on review of the Fujifilm X-H2S said it "feels like a professional camera", though noted that it's actually smaller and lighter than 1's Fujifilm X-H2018.

That means we'll probably get the more traditional PASM (program, aperture, shutter speed, manual) approach to controls, rather than the dial-heavy approach adopted by Fuji's more retro XT series. And like the X-H2S, the X-H2 should have a fully articulating touchscreen, which is handy for video but less popular with certain photographers.

Fujifilm X-H2S camera on gray background

(Image credit: Fujifilm)

Hopefully the X-H2 will also adopt the excellent 5,76m-dot OLED viewfinder we saw on the X-H2S, as it's a significant improvement over Fujifilm's current generation cameras.

Still, there are plenty of question marks over the X-H2's specs. Will it have the same autofocus performance as the X-H2S, given that it will have a higher resolution resolution sensor? And what kind of video skills and codecs will this new sensor be capable of?

Fuji Rumors has previously stated (opens in a new tab) that the camera will be capable of shooting 8K video in both DCI and UHD formats, but we'll update this page with more specific leaks on that and the rest of the camera's current specs. . - Until the Fuji X Summit in September.

Fujifilm X-H2 first verdict

If the rumors are correct, the Fujifilm X-H2 is shaping up to be a very promising camera for those who value resolution over speed, as well as those who find the X-H2S too expensive.

The fact that it's been designed to have the exact same body as the X-H2S will be welcome news for most photographers, given that it means a 5,76 million-dot OLED viewfinder and a sturdy grip that will balance well. with longer lenses.

Fujifilm X-H2S camera on gray background

(Image credit: Fujifilm)

If you're a fan of Fujifilm's touch-sensitive dials, as seen on cameras like the XT-series, you might not like the X-H2's PASM retention all that much. There are still plenty of question marks surrounding the X-H2's autofocus and video abilities, as well as the ability of current X-series lenses to extract every ounce of detail from that 40MP sensor.

But on paper, the 2th generation sibling of the X-HXNUMXs looks like the more popular choice between these two cameras, especially if it really does come with a lower price tag and a strong contender for the title of best camera. Photo for landscape photography.