One wing of the double flagship is “high resolution” Fujifilm’s 40-megapixel mirrorless “X-H2” is now available!

Fujifilm’s “high resolution” flagship model “X-H2” was officially announced today on September 9, 2022. Along with the “X-H2S” released in July 2022, it is a high-end model positioned as the flagship of the “X series” that uses an APS-C size image sensor. Let’s introduce the main features such as the newly developed 40-megapixel sensor.
Achieves the highest number of pixels for APS-C mirrorless cameras and supports ultra-high shutter speeds of 1/180000 seconds
About three months ago, on May 31, 2022, Fujifilm announced the “X-H2S”, which uses the 5th generation image sensor and image processing engine, as a new flagship model of the “X series”. At the same time, in the future, we will reveal the product development in the “double flagship” with two different types of “XH series” models, and announce that the brother machine “X-H2” of “X-H2S” will be announced in September this year. . This time, it is the form that was announced as previously announced.

The “X-H2S”, which was announced and released earlier, is characterized by high speed, such as blackout-free ultra-high-speed continuous shooting of about 40 frames / second. On the other hand, the “X-H2” announced this time is a high-resolution model equipped with a 40-megapixel sensor for the first time as a mirrorless camera that uses an APS-C size image sensor. The body of the “X-H2S” remains the same, and the newly developed 40.2-megapixel back-illuminated sensor “X-Trans CMOS 5 HR” is used as the image sensor. The image processing engine is the same 5th generation “X-Processor 5” as “X-H2S”.
As the number of pixels in the image pickup device increases, higher resolution images can be obtained, but this is not always a good thing. Since the pixel pitch (the interval between adjacent pixels) is narrowed, the dynamic range and noise resistance of high sensitivity are inevitably reduced. Fujifilm has cleared the disadvantages of such high-pixel sensors through technological innovation. By revamping the newly developed sensor and image processing algorithm, it keeps the same S/N as before, and it is possible to shoot with low noise even at high sensitivity.
The adoption of a new image sensor has improved usability, and the standard sensitivity has been lowered from the conventional ISO160 start to ISO125 due to improvements in the sensor’s light collection rate. The fastest electronic shutter speed has been improved from 1/32000 seconds to 1/180000 seconds. Since it is now possible to shoot with a lower sensitivity and a faster shutter speed, even when using a large-aperture lens in bright outdoors, it is possible to open the aperture and shoot bokeh photos without using an ND filter. is.

Newly equipped with “Pixel Shift Multi-Shot” of about 160 million pixels
The “X-H2” is not just a model based on the “X-H2S” with an improved number of pixels. Functions have also been enhanced, and in particular, the topic is that it is the first “X series” to be equipped with “Pixel Shift Multi-Shot”.

The X-H2’s “Pixel Shift Multi-Shot” utilizes the in-body image stabilization function to shift the image sensor with ultra-precision and shoot 20 images with a single shutter release. By processing using the dedicated software “Pixel Shift Combiner”, a high-resolution image of about 160 million pixels is generated. It is a function that demonstrates its power in digital archives of cultural assets such as art galleries and museums and commercial photos.

In addition, as a function related to image quality, the familiar automatic retouching function “Smooth Skin Effect” is installed for the first time in the “X series” in the large format mirrorless “GFX series”. Similar to the X-H2S, “Nostalgic Negative” has been added to the “Film Simulation” finish setting.

Another point is that the performance of the auto white balance has been improved by utilizing deep learning technology. Accurately identifies the orange-tinged light bulb color and achieves a more accurate white balance. This performance improvement is not found in “X-H2S”. It is undecided whether it will be added to the “X-H2S” in future firmware updates.

Supports 8K/30p video recording for the first time in the “X series”
The video recording function is the first “X series” to achieve internal recording of 8K/30p video at 4:2:2 10bit. For HDMI output, 8K/30p 4:2:2 10bit output and 8K/30p 4:2:2 12bit RAW output are possible.

In addition, it supports three types of ProRes codecs such as ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422, and ProRes 422 LT, and proxy shooting such as ProRes 422 Proxy is also possible when shooting in ProRes. Efficient shooting and post-production work. It is also equipped with 13+stop recording “F-Log2” for full-scale grading after shooting.

As functions that make use of the high-pixel sensor, it is equipped with a “4K HQ” mode that generates high-quality 4K video with 8K oversampling and a digital zoom function of up to 2x.

The maximum continuous shooting time for 8K/30p video is approximately 160 minutes at 25°C when the vertical battery grip “VG-XH” is attached. If you attach the separately sold optional cooling fan “FAN-001” to the body, it will extend up to about 240 minutes.

Equipped with subject detection AF that supports a variety of subjects
The topic is that the AF of the “X-H2” is equipped with subject detection AF developed using deep learning technology, just like the “X-H2S”. It is possible to detect a variety of subjects such as “animals”, “birds”, “cars”, “motorcycles and bicycles”, “airplanes” and “trains”.
Also, the AF of the “X-H2” has increased the number of phase difference pixels due to the increase in the number of pixels of the image sensor, so it is also important to improve the focusing accuracy of AF-S for finer subjects. Regarding subject tracking in AF-C, the same algorithm as “X-H2S” is adopted, and although stable focusing is possible, “X-H2S” equipped with a laminated sensor capable of high-speed processing It is not a response like “.

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