Fujifilm announced Tuesday its new X-H2S flagship high-speed APS-C CMOS 5 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, with up to 6.2K/30p video resolution recording.

The camera, which will hit stores July 7, 2022 at a $2,499 suggested retail price for the body only, was announced today at the company’s X-Summit in Omiya, Japan.

The camera will be both smaller and lighter than the X-H1 camera model that it will replace.

Key features include a 26.16-megapixel stacked X-Trans BSI CMOS 5 HS image sensor with high speed rolling shutter.

Fujifilm includes the X Processor 5 version of its image processing engine.

The Fujifilm X-H2S is equipped with an entirely new mechanical shutter (up to 1/8000th sec.) mechanism that supports up to 15 fps and is good for 500,000 lifetime cycle.

The camera is also capable of shooting up to 40 fps in electronic shutter, completely blackout free (no crop, full width).

The camera promises more accurate autofocus performance with a reading speed for high speed burst three times faster than the X-T4. This is said to allow three times more AF calculation cycle for more accurate performance.

The system also employs a newly developed AF Algorithm with AF prediction for moving subjects, Zone AF subject detection and low contrast situations.

Face/eye and subject detection is supported by deep learning algorithm technology enabling the camera to recognize not only human faces/eyes but also animals, birds, autombiles, bikes, airplanes and trains.

For video, the camera will record high-speed video in 4:2:2 10 bit color internally, with resolutions at up to 6.2K/30p, DCI 4K at up to 120p (full sensor width to 60p) and FHD at up to 240p.

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For 6.2K work Fujifilm includes a feature it calls “open gate,” providing aspect ratio coverage of the entire sensor area, which is said to be especially useful for certain anamorphic lenses.

For wider dynamic range work, the company supports F-Log2 to 14 stops.

The X-HS2 is Fuji’s first camera capable of storing ProRes format internally, giving users the ability to save and work with ProRes format files inside the camera. It will support work with Apple ProRes RAW files externally via HDMI.

The camera features an entirely new electronic viewfinder updating everything from the optics to magnification. It features 5.76 million dots (the same as the GFX100 in panel resolution), which is the first time used in a high-resolution viewfinder on an X-Series camera. It includes 24mm of eye-point for eye relief.

It is also equipped with a 3-inch, 1.62M dot Vari-angle LCD monitor (flips out to the side and twists around in a circle) panel on the back.

The X-HS2 also supports up to 7 stops of in body image stabilization (IBIS).

For storage, the Fujifilm X-HS2 features a new CF Express Type B slot and UHS-II SD card slots on the side of the camera.

Inputs include: a full size HDMI typeA; 3.5mm mic; 3.5 headphones and a 2.5mm remote release.

The Fujifilm X-H2S with XF150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR zoom lens.

At the same time, Fujifilm announced a pair of lenses, including the XF150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR zoom lens (coming July 7th at a $1,999 suggested retail) and the XF18-120mm F4 LM PZ WR zoom lens (coming mid-September at an $899 suggested retail).

The company also announced it will be offering as aftermarket accessories for the X-HS2 a Vertical grip ($199); cooling fan ($199), FileTransfer Grip ($999) and underwater housing, the latter in association with Aquatech.

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By Greg Tarr

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