Fujifilm used its X-Summit event in New York City Thursday to formally launch its 40.2MP X-H2 mirrorless camera system bringing a new high-resolution X-Trans sensor and image processor enabling the APS-C mirrorless camera’s advanced 8K/30p ProRes video capture capability.

The Fujifilm X-H2 is slated to hit stores later this month at a $2,000 suggested retail for the body-only or $2,500 for a kit including the camera and a XF 16–80mm F4 R OIS WR lens.

Accessories will include a vertical battery grip ($400), an FT-XH File Transmitter (coming in October for $1,000) and optional cooling fan that will be available for $200.

The camera’s high resolution X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor can capture 40.2MP stills and is Fujifilm’s first to offer a Pixel Shift Multi-Shot function that can combine 20 shots via external post-production software to yield an up to 160 MP image, constructed from the total information available from each RGB pixel in the X-Trans sensor, the company said.

The sensor’s base light sensitivity is rated at ISO 125 and the electronic shutter speed has been stepped up 2.5 stops to 1/180,000 of a second from previous models.

In addition to 40.2MP still shot resolution, the X-H2 is capable of recording 10-bit 8K 4:2:2 video at up to 30 frames per second (fps) in any of four Apple ProRes codecs: ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT and ProRes 422 Proxy.

The X-H2 will also produce 4K video from the oversampled 8K video and includes a clear 2X digital zoom function using a 4K-sized section of the sensor.

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Further, when paired with the FUJINON XF18-120mmF4 LM PZ WR lens, zoom movements
seamlessly transition to the digital zoom function as the lens reaches its maximum focal length.

In tandem with an external HDMI recorder (for example an Atomos or Blackmagic Design), the camera will output 12-bit 8K/30 Raw video in either Apple ProRes RAW or Blackmagic RAW. The company also said the camera can leverage an F-Log2 flat picture profile to produce images with more than 13 stops of dynamic range.

An optional cooling fan (FAN-001) can be attached to the back of the camera body for active cooling to extend recording time.

The X-Processor 5 leverages subject-detection Auto Focus (AF) based on deep learning technology that automatically detects and tracks a range of subjects, including animals, birds, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, airplanes, and trains.

Fujifilm said the new, high-resolution sensor can attain AF-S focus on a subject with high-frequency. Users can easily autofocus accurately in situations where AF-S is typically used, such as landscape and portrait photography. X-H2 also incorporates an improved AF prediction algorithm from previous models.

A focus meter is included to assist with manual focusing during movie recording, allowing for more precise adjustment, and can be used in combination with focus peaking.

The camera incorporates five-axis in-body image stabilization (IBIS) for steady handheld work, while also powering the new Pixel Shift Multi Shot function.

Other features include a 5.76M-dot EVF with 0.8x magnification and a 120Hz refresh rate, and a weather-resistant body design using 79 sealing points.

X-H2 has one CFexpressT Type B memory card slot and one UHS-II SD memory card slot. CFexpress Type B cards are required for full video performance.

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By Greg Tarr

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