Fujifilm X-Summit: Announcements, include X-H2S, F-Log2 and 40MP X-H2 due September: Digital Photography Review

Fujifilm is hosting its (first of two) X-Summit 2022 event in Omiya, Japan. We’re live-blogging the latest announcements as they’re made in the live-streamed event. Refresh and follow along to keep up with Fujifilm’s latest products.

Fujifilm has announced a new 5th-generation sensor and processor.

The new stacked SMOS sensor is the X-Trans CMOS 5HS. It features a stacked layer structure and Fujifilm says it’s four-times faster than the previous BSI CMOS sensor.

This new sensor helps deliver a higher EVF rate, high-speed burst shooting, ‘fast and reliable’ AF and high-framerate video capture.

Fujifilm has also shown off a new camera, but hasn’t explicitly mentioned the camera by name.

Fujifilm is now detailing its new image processor, the X-Processor 5. Fujifilm says this new processor is 30x faster than its predecessor while using one half the power. It also supports ProRes 422 HQ, H.265 and HEIF capture modes for stills and video.

The processor also supports CFexpress Type B memory cards.

Fujifilm has unveiled its latest camera, the X-H2S.

Fujifilm says it’s extensively worked with professional photographers and filmmakers to make this new camera.

It’s capable of 40fps (e-shutter) capture with AF and blackout-free shooting. 15fps with the mechanical shutter. The camera uses new algorithms, high-speed read-out and high-speed processing to process up to 120fps from the sensor, which allows for high-speed shooting while providing data for autofocus and other features.

The X-H2S has a wide-view EVF with 0.8x magnification, 5.76M dots and a 120fps refresh rate.

Fujifilm says it’s focused extensively on the optics of the viewfinder, using an aspherical design to provide the clearest images possible, even when your eye isn’t centered in the viewfinder.

The X-H2S will have a five-axis in-body image stabilization (IBIS) system that’s CIPA_rated for up to seven stops of compensation.

Fujifilm says its goal is to make the X-H2S the ultimate run-and-gun camera that doesn’t require a dedicated gimbal.

The X-Processor 5 inside the X-H2S powers a slew of shooting modes, including internal ProRes 422 HQ, H.265 (All-intra 422 MOV) and Raw 6.2K/30p output (presumably with external recorders)

The X-H2S features one SD card slot and a CFexpress Type B card slot that is capable of read and write speeds up to 1700MB/s and 1500MB/s, respectively. ProRes 422 HQ will be limited to the CFexpress Type B card, based on the data rates provided.

The X-H2S will also be the first Fujifilm camera to feature F-Log2, a new gamma mode that offers 14+ stops of dynamic range.

The X-H2S will feature a full-sized HDMI Type-A port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 3.5mm microphone jack and a USB-C connector with cable lock screw.

Fujifilm has apparently learned its lessons by watching other camera manufacturers suffer from overheating while shooting data-intensive video. As such, the company has announced a dedicated (and optional) cooling fan for the X-H2S, which appears to screw onto the back of the camera when the rear display is folded out.

Fujifilm has also developed a File Transmitter grip that features a built-in ethernet connection for quickly transferring photos and video. This appears to be focused on professional sports and news shooters for large events, such as the Olympics.

This file transmitter will also work with a dedicated remote control app to control up to four X-H2S cameras at once, including zoom, focus, exposure and more, all from a single tablet.

Fujifilm is now going over the external design of the camera. As seen in the image below, the X-H2S takes some inspiration from the company’s GFX line with its top LCD display.

This graphic also confirms the rear ‘Vari-Angle’ LCD display will measure 3″ with 1.62M dots.

Fujfiilm says the ‘H’ in the XH series stands for ‘Heavy Duty.’ The X-H2S is weather-resistant with extensive sealing around the entire camera.

Fujifilm has announced the first of two lenses it’ll be showing off today: the XF 150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR, a super-telephoto that was previously announced in the form of a development update. The lens offers a full-frame equivalent focal length of 225-900mm, all with an internal zoom and focusing design.

Fujifilm says it’s designed the lens with a matte silver paint on the outside to prevent expansion of components while shooting in hot environments. The internals are made of magnesium, aluminum and plastic and the lens weighs only 1605g.

Autofocus is powered by a linear motor with AF speeds of 0.15 seconds across the entire focal range. There also appears to be a focus limiter slider on the barrel of the camera, as seen in the image below. The lens is constructed of 24 elements in 17 groups, including three extra-low dispersion (ED) elements and four Super ED elements.

The second lens Fujifilm has announced is the XF 18-120mm F4 LM PZ WR, a weather-resistant power zoom lens with a constant F4 aperture.

The lens features an optically parfocal design, ensuring your subject stays in focus even when zooming in and out. Fujifilm says this is the first lens designed in collaboration with its Fujinon cinema lens engineers. Aperture, focus and zoom are all electronically controlled, which allows for full remote control of all major components.

Fujifilm has revealed an updated lens roadmap, showing off three new lenses: an 8mm F3.5, a 30mm F2.8 Macro and a second-generation 56mm F1.2 II prime.

Fujifilm has also announced a new 40MP CMOS sensor, the X-Trans CMOS 5HR. Fujifilm says this new sensor ‘goes beyond the format boundaries to deliver ultra-high image quality.’ This new sensor will be inside Fujifilm’s forthcoming X-H2 camera, which we’ll learn more about at the next X-Summit event in September 2022.

This concludes the event.

The teams in Seattle and Calgary have been working with the X-H2S and the new lenses over the past few weeks. You can read about their findings and see their images here.

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