(Pocket-lint) – When Fujifilm launched the X-H2S this summer time, all of us knew that an X-H2 could be arriving in some unspecified time in the future, however few have been anticipating the specs which have come together with it.
It has the best decision sensor that we have ever seen in an APS-C mirrorless digicam, together with 8K video recording and it comes at a considerably cheaper price than its speedy sibling.
Fujifilm’s newest hybrid physique is an interesting prospect, certainly, however what’s it like to make use of in the true world? We have been placing it to the check.
The Fujifilm X-H2 is a really compelling hybrid shooter. It has the identical wonderful sturdy chassis because the X-H2s, together with a higher-resolution sensor and a cheaper price tag.
In our testing, we discovered that the X-H2 did not maintain us again in pictures in any respect, with 15fps bursts being greater than quick sufficient for our functions. We additionally cherished having the additional decision to crop in on our photos when our lens wasn’t fairly lengthy sufficient.
For video taking pictures, nevertheless, we actually missed the 4K 120fps mode, which is way extra helpful to us than 8K decision – particularly with its poor rolling-shutter efficiency.
Whether or not the digicam is best for you all relies on your wants. If you happen to’re more likely to shoot a variety of locked-off speaking head movies, then the rolling shutter will not current a lot of a difficulty, and the additional decision permits you to punch in considerably.
In any case, the X-H2 is undoubtedly among the best APS-C our bodies available on the market in the present day. If you happen to do not want the velocity of a stacked sensor, it can save you a wad of money and get a lot of the identical expertise, together with much more detailed images.
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- The best-resolution ASP-C sensor available on the market
- 8K video seize
- Inner ProRes recording
- 160MP pixel shift multi-shot
- Considerably cheaper than the X-H2S
- Rolling shutter is noticeable at 8K
- No 4K 120fps taking pictures
- Nonetheless costly for an APS-C physique
Design and connectivity
- Dimensions: 136.3 x 92.9 x 84.6mm
- Weight: 660g
- Shows: 1.28-inch settings LCD, 3-inch flip-out monitor, OLED EVF
- Ports: Full-size HDMI, USB-C, 3.5mm headphone and mic sockets
The X-H2 utilises the identical nice chassis because the X-H2S. Apart from the little white “X-H2” textual content on the rear, and the shortage of an “S” badge on the entrance, the 2 cameras are similar. They each are available in on the similar weight, too, so you possibly can’t actually inform them aside within the hand.
Which means it advantages from the identical deep hand grip and ergonomic design, and regardless of being a bit hefty, it manages to be some of the comfy digicam our bodies to carry. The big settings show remains to be current on the highest, and as was the case after we examined the X-H2S, we discovered it extraordinarily helpful. The standout characteristic was the power to test our remaining battery life and cupboard space with out even needing to show the digicam on. That is the type of factor you actually miss if you change again to your day by day shooter.
The shows and connectivity are the identical on this digicam, too. The flip-out LCD is nice and usable in nearly all lighting circumstances, whereas the three.68 million dot OLED EVF is sharp and clear. You get a full-sized HDMI port, together with headphone and microphone sockets and a USB-C port. As with the X-H2S, the USB can be utilized for charging or knowledge switch, however it would not assist you to document to a moveable SSD.
- X-Trans CMOS sensor – 40.2MP stills
- As much as 20fps burst (1.29x crop) / 15fps with mechanical shutter
- 160MP pixel shift multi-shot
- Most digital shutter velocity 1/180000
The most important benefit supplied by the X-H2 is its extraordinarily high-resolution sensor. It is a conventional back-side illuminated sensor, reasonably than the stacked sensor discovered on the X-H2S. This implies it might probably’t supply the identical extraordinarily quick burst charges, however as an alternative produces a way more detailed picture that is extra appropriate for large-format prints or cropping in.
We examined the digicam with a mix of the XF 18-120mm, XF 16-55mm and XF 56mm F1.2. Throughout the board, we have been very impressed with the outcomes that we have been capable of obtain. Pictures are sharp and detailed, while additionally benefitting from Fujifilm’s famend color science.
Movie simulation modes are generally thought of a little bit of a gimmick, however we discovered ourselves utilizing them fairly often on the X-H2. There are 13 to select from, together with a few black-and-white choices. These modes basically apply a LUT in digicam, saving you some enhancing time after the very fact. We’re fairly eager on the “Nostalgic Unfavorable” preset, which supplies photos a bit of heat and a slight shift towards magenta tones.
With high-resolution sensors, noise is usually a priority. Fortunately, we discovered that ISO settings as much as round 3200 are extraordinarily clear and noise-free, and outcomes are usable as much as round 12800. Very spectacular stuff.
As we talked about, the X-H2 isn’t any match for the X-H2S in the case of burst charges, nevertheless, it affords the identical velocity if you’re utilizing the mechanical shutter. And 15fps with autofocus is to not be sniffed at. We did suppose that the autofocus was rather less dependable for fast-moving topics, however it does a reasonably wonderful job general.
Apparently, there’s one space wherein the X-H2 is the quickest, and that is the utmost digital shutter velocity. It goes all the best way as much as an astonishing 1/180000 sec. Does anybody want a shutter velocity this excessive? We’re not so certain, however in the event you’re seeking to freeze movement completely, and have sufficient gentle, this could possibly be the digicam for the job. It may be helpful if you’ll want to take a photograph of the floor of the solar at f/1.2 with no ND filter.
Lastly, we now have a characteristic referred to as pixel shift multi-shot, whereby the digicam bodily strikes the sensor and takes 20 photos of a scene that may be mixed into one gigantic 160MP picture. You want a tripod for this, together with a totally static topic for it to work, which severely limits its usefulness. Nonetheless, it is a fairly cool characteristic that was beforehand unique to Fuji’s dearer GFX lineup of medium-format cameras. The pictures aren’t mixed within the digicam, which we discovered just a little disappointing, however it’s simple to do utilizing Fujifilm’s Pixel Shift Combiner software program on Home windows or Mac.
- As much as 8K 30fps/ 4K 60fps / 1080p 240fps
- Inner ProRes 422, HQ and LT assist
- 7-stop in-body picture stabilisation
- 2x digital zoom at 4K with little to no loss in decision
With video taking pictures, it is a related story, the higher-resolution sensor permits you to shoot video at as much as 8K decision, reasonably than 6.2K on the X-H2S. Nevertheless, you additionally surrender some velocity, dropping 4K 120fps recording, which was one in every of our favorite modes on the X-H2S.
The 1080p 240fps sluggish movement remains to be out there, however it suffers the very same points that we noticed on the X-H2S. We’re unsure what makes this mode so grainy and unsightly, however we have nonetheless obtained hope that Fujifilm can clear it up in future firmware.
On this mannequin, you continue to get all the identical inner ProRes recording choices because the pricier X-H2S, together with the power to output as much as 12-bit RAW video to a appropriate recorder over HDMI.
In our testing, the X-H2 carried out fairly equally to the X-H2S by way of stabilisation, dynamic vary, autofocus and color replica. On condition that it is about $500 cheaper, and may document 8K, that is a fairly large win.
The X-H2 additionally has a digital zoom operate, that utilises the higher-resolution sensor to permit for as much as 2x digital zoom at 4K with none noticeable loss in high quality. This may come in useful, particularly for wildlife taking pictures, and is a characteristic that is not out there within the X-H2S.
Nevertheless, there’s one space that lets the X-H2 down for video, and that is its rolling shutter efficiency. Relying on the way you shoot, this could possibly be a possible dealbreaker. In 4K commonplace mode (which affords as much as 60fps) the rolling shutter is roughly on par with the Sony A7 III, which isn’t dangerous in any respect. Nevertheless, if you bump issues as much as 4K HQ (oversampled) or 8K recording, the rolling shutter impact will get progressively worse, and it’s extremely noticeable at 8K.
We predict the X-H2 is among the finest APS-C cameras available on the market in the present day. If you happen to do not shoot slow-motion video or high-speed bursts, you may get a lot of the X-H2S expertise at a considerably cheaper price. Plus, it has benefits of its personal, like extra detailed photos and 8K recording.
Writing by Luke Baker. Modifying by Verity Burns.