Fujifilm announces new mirrorless flagship, plus super telephoto zoom – YMCinema
Fujifilm introduces the X-H2S mirrorless digital camera capable of shooting 6.2K in 10-bit 4:2:2. The X-H2S is defined as the flagship of the X series. In addition, there is a new super telephoto zoom lens (Fujifilm XF150-600mmF5.6) to pair it with the little beast. The main details are below.
Fujifilm has just announced the launch of its next flagship X-series mirrorless digital camera, the Fujifilm X-H2S (X-H2S). The camera is suitable for hybrid photographers and independent professional video users who want high performance photo and video functionality. The X-H2S features Fujifilm’s 26.16MP X-Trans CMOS 5 HS image sensor, the industry’s first stacked back-illuminated image sensor APS-C digital camera with up to four signal readout speeds. times faster than Fujifilm’s previous X-Trans CMOS 4. .
X-Trans CMOS 5, combined with the new X-Processor 5 (which doubles the camera’s processing power compared to X-Processor 4), dramatically improves overall image fidelity at lower ISOs and reduces the noise at higher ISOs. Subject Detection AF, which maximizes tracking speed and accuracy of moving subjects, is now made possible through the incorporation of an AI processor. For video, X-Processor 5 enables 10-bit 4:2:2 video recording in resolutions up to 6.2K/30P and frame rates as fast as 4K/120P and FHD/240p. Also, codecs such as Apple ProRes HQ, ProRes 422 and ProRes LT are supported. Additionally, the X-H2S is the first X-series digital camera to feature F-Log2, which provides dynamic range of up to 14+ stops. As for media, the camera has two memory card slots supporting a CFexpress Type B and an SD card.
A heat dissipation design brings continuous 4K/60P video recording time to approximately 240 minutes, while the optional FAN-001 cooling fan helps maintain similar performance levels in high temperature conditions. The FAN-001 can be mounted on the back of the camera body without cables, providing power, extending continuous video recording time at high temperatures, and eliminating camera shutdown issues related to heat.
Check out the X-Hs2 specs below:
The X-H2S is priced at $2,500. The camera is expected to be available in early July 2022. The FAN-001 cooling fan will be available in early July 2022 and will cost $199.
Check out this short film shot with the Fujifilm X-H2S:
Fujifilm also announced a new super-telephoto zoom lens in an effort to deliver superior image quality, lightweight design and speed. The lens consists of 24 lens elements in 17 groups, including three extra-low dispersion (ED) elements and four Super ED elements, to deliver an advanced level of edge-to-edge image resolution across the entire range zoom. Covering 35mm equivalent focal lengths from 229mm to 914mm, image makers can extend the reach of the XF150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR via Fujifilm XF1.4X TC WR or Fujifilm XF2X teleconverters TCWR. The lens’ longest focal length extends to 1200mm (35mm equivalent to 1828mm), reducing distances in an instant. The fast autofocus system, driven by a linear motor, achieves precise, fast and precise focusing, even in the super-telephoto range, where focusing can be difficult due to a shallow depth of focus. field.
The lens barrel is matte silver to mitigate temperature rise even in the most challenging wildlife, nature and landscape photography environments. Magnesium alloy is used for the internal base frame that supports the lens structure to maintain durability while keeping overall lens weight low. The lens barrel is sealed in 19 places for dust and weather resistance and the ability to operate in temperatures down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 degrees Celsius).
Fujifilm XF150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR is expected to be available in early July 2022 at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$1,999
Additionally, Fujifilm has unveiled its latest development roadmap for interchangeable lenses in the X series of mirrorless digital cameras. As you can explore on the map, a medium telephoto lens joins the new generation of large aperture lenses, which will now cover wide focal lengths of 18mm (wide angle, equivalent to 27mm in the 35mm film format) to 56mm (mid-telephoto, equivalent to 85mm in the 35mm film format). Fujifilm claims that these lenses will deliver exceptional image quality and image resolving power in an extremely wide range of photographic situations. Additionally, as part of this roadmap, the XF series of compact lenses will have two additions: a standard macro lens and an ultra-wide-angle lens. These complement the existing XF series lenses by expanding the situations for using suitable lenses, meeting the diverse needs of users.
These are the main announcements from Fujifilm that we have chosen to focus on. As mentioned, the X-H2S camera and 150-600mm zoom lens are both suitable for mirrorless photographers and independent professional video users who want high performance photo and video functionality. Although not considered “cinema” products, they can deliver pretty decent pictures. Plus, considering the affordable price, the X-H2S seems like a bargain for hybrid shooters. BTW, the FAN-001 cooling fan seems like a smart solution that might be preferred over using third-party accessories. This makes for an intriguing strategy for camera makers to mitigate heat consumption when shooting high-speed, high-resolution video. Very “cool” and original thought by Fujifilm.
Here are the products mentioned in the article and the links to buy them from authorized retailers.
- FUJIFILM X-H2S mirrorless camera
- FUJIFILM XF 150-600mm f/5.6-8 R LM OIS WR lens