When you buy camera gear – or any electronic device for that matter – in Australia, you usually get a one-year warranty from most manufacturers. Canon is the only camera brand to offer a very generous five-year warranty on most of its products.
Now, Fujifilm is getting into the mix to tempt photographers to buy new kit or upgrade by offering a three-year warranty on all its X-series and GFX system gear. That includes all the camera bodies in both systems, as well as the XF, XC and GF lenses that pair with the bodies purchased from any authorised dealer in Australia.
That means any X or GFX kit purchased in Australia after May 1, 2022 is now eligible for this new three-year warranty. Note that the Instax series of instant cameras are not counted among the products getting a warranty upgrade.
Shaun Mah, Fujifilm Australia's General Manager of the Electronic Imaging and Optical Devices Division, said that this wasn't "just a big 'thank you' to our customers, but also a welcome note" to anyone looking for "the absolute best" gear that can be purchased today.
And the timing of this offer couldn't be better. Rumours are rife that Fujifilm's annual X-Summit will be held on May 31. This isn't an official date but, if true, it's highly likely we're going to see some new gear from the Japanese camera maker. The grapevine is leaning strongly towards the launch of the Fujifilm X-H2 that, as rumour has it, will debut in two configurations.
It's still unclear whether there's going to be a Fujifilm X-T5 to replace the X-T4, so it's possible that the rumoured X-H2 could become the new flagship of the X series.
Buy with confidence
Fujifilm's confidence in its gear is showing and, if we're going to see two new X-H2 bodies, it might be worth holding off buying new gear to see how the rumoured camera(s) perform.
It's been a while since we've seen an X-H body, with the original Fujifilm X-H1 having arrived back in February 2018. It was the first X-mount camera to feature in-body image stabilisation and Fujifilm has come leaps and bounds in perfecting its IBIS mechanism – you just need to take a look at what its new medium format cameras like the GFX50S II can do.
There may also be a new lens or two to look forward to, with a new XF 18-120mm (27-180mm equivalent) expected in 2022.
We still have a few weeks to wait till we know what new gear is going to be added to Fujifilm's growing stable and the offer of a three-year warranty does make it all a good deal more tempting.