The new FujiFilm x-h2s camera is a camera to consider!

I have been in the camera industry for a long time. I used to sell all brands of cameras, including FujiFilm. I have always been impressed with this camera brand because of several things (and all should consider these qualities):

  • FujiFilm manufactures their own cameras.
  • FujiFilm has been known to have some of the best optics in the world.
  • FujiFilm has a great reputation of reliability
  • FujiFilm has been around for a long time, and has tremendous backing
  • FujiFilm has some of the best coatings on their lenses that make the colors richer

I could go on and on, but of all the cameras on the market, I consider the FujiFilm cameras to be one of the top 3 best cameras if not the top. They just make great cameras.

And there has been a lot of new cameras from every manufacture lately, especially in the high end cameras. This being FujiFilm’s new high end camera, then it comes in a lot less money that most of the others. This camera body looks like it will sell for $2499 US Dollars ( go to Google to get the value of the camera in your currency). Some of the other high end cameras recently introduced have been marked at $7000 or so, and this camera, I think, outperforms many of those cameras.



Sensor: 26.1MP 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS 5 HS
Image processor: X-Processor 5
Mount: Fujifilm X-mount
ISO range: 80 to 51,200
Shutter: 30sec. to 1/8000sec.
Image stabilization: 5-axis IBIS
Max image size: 6,240 x 4,160
Max video resolution: 6.2K 30p, 4K 120p, 1080 240p
Viewfinder: 5.76-million-dot OLED
Memory card: 2 x CFexpress Type B/SD UHS-II cards
LCD: Vari-angle touchscreen, 1.62m dots
Max burst: 40fps electronic, 15fps mechanical
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI, USB-C
Size: 136.3 x 92.9 x 84.6mm
Weight: 579g (body only)


Aimed at pro photographers who need high-speed performance for tracking wildlife, sports or action, the Fujifilm X-H2S is designed to pack all the features that a photographer could want or need when shooting at a race track or tucked away in a bird hide. It’s also a powerful machine, catering to the diverse needs of the modern content creator as well as hybrid shooters.

At the heart of the camera is a brand-new X-Trans CMOS 5 HS sensor. It has a signal readout speed that’s roughly four times faster than the FujiFilm XT-4 but the same 26.1MP resolution. The sensor has a stacked-layer structure, and this is what enables the photographer to achieve blackout-free continuous shooting up to a sort-of-ridiculous 40 frames per second. By comparison, the flagship NIKON Z9 and SONY A7 both max out at 30fps continuous shooting when using the electronic shutter. You’ll actually get over 1,000 frames when setting the high-speed burst shooting mode to 30 frames per second in JPEG, or 20 frames per second in RAW mode.

To keep up with such speed, the camera features dual memory card slots now supporting CFexpress Type B and SD UHS-II cards, as CFexpress Type B can process high-speed data – allowing the H2S’s fast continuous shooting and video performance to reach its full potential. The Fujifilm X-H2S also shoots 10 bit HEIF (High Efficiency File Format) files, which are more efficient than JPEGs when it comes to storage space and capturing greater color depth.

In terms of autofocus, Fujifilm says that an “improved prediction algorithm for AF” has led to a big boost in the X-H2S’s ability to track a moving subject. The camera uses an Intelligent Hybrid AF system (a mix of through the lens contrast and phase detection). Continuous autofocus is absolutely imperative for sports and wildlife photographers whose subjects often move erratically, and the processor now features subject-detection AF that’s been developed with Deep Learning technology to improve tracking in Continuous AF mode. 

This autofocus system can lock onto a myriad of subjects such as faces, animals, birds, bikes, planes, cars and trains. The aim is that the photographer can focus on the creativity of the shot and the composition while the AF system will keep things sharp. It’s worth pointing out that with the AI learning, the camera uses information from a massive database and doesn’t actually learn from the user, but obviously that’s something that Fujifilm has the potential to update over time.

The hefty vertical battery grip extends battery life for long shoots (Image credit: Fujifilm)

The Fujifilm X-H2S has been released with several optional add-on accessories that could definitely enhance the shooting experience – depending on your genre of photography. These include a Vertical battery grip (VG-XH) that fits two high capacity batteries, and File transmitter (FT-XH) due to be released in Sep 2022, which features wired LAN connectivity and high-speed wireless communications capability.

There’s also the cooling fan (FAN-001) that we mentioned earlier, which has been designed exclusively for the the Fujifilm X-H2S to allow it to record continuously for longer in high temperatures without shutting down. This small and portable fan clips onto the back of the camera body without cables, and it runs off the camera’s battery.

An optional cooling fan can be purchased and fitted to the rear of the X-H2S to extend its recording times in hot weather (Image credit: Fujifilm)

The stabilization comes into play for video shooting too, and here the X-H2S demonstrated very effective static stabilization but did produce more mixed results with panning movements. We’ve seen this many times before with in-body stabilization systems – the technology is great when the camera is still, but not so effective with deliberate camera movements. The X-H2S seems to do a kind of occasional  ‘jump-reset’ with its stabilizer that we’ve seen with the X-S10 too.

The X-H2S is a great all-round camera, not just for high-speed action and video.

Although we know that the name of the game with the Fujifilm X-H2S is speed, it also handled portraits well. Fujifilm is well known for its color science and color profiles, and the camera rendered skin tones accurately and smoothly. 

Thanks to the 5-axis in-body image stabilization, we found that we were able to capture sharp handheld shoots indoors and as the weather turned grim, so we’d likely have no qualms about taking the camera on a low-light shoot without a tripod – especially given the ISO capabilities of up to 51,200.


I don’t want to say that Nikon, Canon and Sony don’t make incredible cameras, but FujiFilm is one you should consider. Anyone that has taken photos with the FujiFilm cameras have had nothing but rave reviews about their cameras.

Check out this video for more great information, and to see this camera in action:

Review by this photographer: Way better than he expected.

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