Fuji rumors 2022
The Fuji rumors flow almost freely as those for Canon, as Fujifilm always has something in its pipelines – and given that those lines comprise the best medium format cameras (opens in new tab), the best instant cameras (opens in new tab) and the best APS-C cameras, there's usually plenty to talk about!
The big news for Fujifilm fans in 2022 is, of course, the launch of the Fujifilm X-H2S, a super-high-speed hybrid camera that picks up where the old X-H1 left off, and a camera that replaces the Fujifilm X-T4 at the top of the current X-mount range.
So does the company have any other tricks left up its sleeve? Absolutely. There was speculation that there would be not one X-H2 model but two, including a high-resolution 40MP model. This has now been confirmed by Fujifilm, with a release scheduled for some time later in 2022…
Fujifilm X-H2 / R
However, while the newly launched X-H2S boasts 40fps continuous shooting and uncropped 6.2K 30p on its new 26.1MP stacked sensor, a high-resolution 40MP version is said to be in development and will likely be announced at the Fujifilm X Summit (opens in new tab) on September 08.
The Fujifilm X-H2 will, purportedly, feature a 40MP sensor capable of 8K 30p, 4K 60p and 1080p 120p video, possess 13 stops of dynamic range for video, with a top electronic shutter speed of 1/180,000 sec, and 160MP pixel shift shooting for stills.
Instax Wide 400
While Fujifilm has constantly updated its Instax Mini line, its (literally) bigger brother has barely received any attention at all. The Instax Wide 300 was launched back in 2015 and, aside from a Toffee-colored paintjob (above) released in 2020, there hasn't been a new Wide camera in well over half a decade.
However, the launch of the Instax Link Wide (opens in new tab) printer in 2021 along with new black-bordered film shows that Fujifilm is taking a renewed interest in the line. Could a new Instax Wide be on the horizon this year? It certainly makes sense.
No more compacts
In a report (opens in new tab) by Nikkei, Fujifilm confirmed that it would be mothballing its FinePix line of compact cameras (joining Nikon in abandoning the category).
However, its X100 series (such as the Fujifilm X100V) will continue – not that people really consider these to be compact cameras, though the line did start as part of the FinePix range.
The Fujifilm verdict
With Fujifilm having meaningfully expanded the medium format GFX line last year, while only giving its APS-C X cameras a light refresh, 2022 is all about the fifth generation of X-mount cameras. We've got the X-H2S already, but the 40MP X-H2 is coming too. We also wouldn't be at all surprised to see a similarly long-awaited new Instax Wide camera appearing.