Fujifilm X-H2 tears up APS-C camera rule-book with world-beating 40MP 8K sensor

Fujifilm X-H2
(Image credit: Fujifilm)

As promised earlier in the year, Fujifilm has now announced its ground-breaking X-H2 camera at the New York X-Summit. With a new 40 megapixel sensor, this becomes the highest resolution APS-C-sized sensored camera ever released. Furthermore it offers internal 8K video recording at 30fps - which again makes it compete with many, pro-spec full-frame mirrorless cameras.

The Fujifilm X-H2 looks the same as the Fujifilm X-H2S launched earlier in the year - but the use of a different fifth-generation sensor, X-Trans CMOS 5HR, makes for some important differences. The X-H2 camera will be aimed at photographers who need high-resolution - such as landscape, architectural, and product photographers. The X-H2S, which uses a 26-megapixel stacked layer sensor for faster data readout is designed to appeal to action and wildlife photographers, who want speed over resolution. 

Most crucially the X-H2 has been attractively priced at $500 below that of the X-H2S, which will almost certainly ensure that it becomes the most popular of these externally-identical twins.

We have had a chance to try out the new model, and you can see our initial thoughts in our hand-on Fujifilm X-H2S review.

Fujifilm X-H2 specifications

Sensor: 40MP APS-C X-Trans 5 HR BSI
Image processor: X-Processor 5
Mount: Fujifilm X-mount
ISO range: 64 - 51,200
Shutter speeds: 15 minutes - 1/180,000sec
Image stabilization: 5-axis IBIS
Max image size: 7,728 x 5,152 pixels
Max video resolution: 8K 30p, 6.2K 30p, 4K 60p, 1080 120p
Viewfinder: 5.76-million-dot OLED
Memory card: 2 slots: 1 x CFexpress Type B, 1x SD UHS-II cards
LCD: Vari-angle touchscreen, 1.62m dots
Max burst: 20fps electronic, 15fps mechanical
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI, USB-C, 3.5mm mic, 3.5mm headphone, 2.5mm remote
Size: 136.3 x 92.9 x 84.6mm
Weight: 660g / 23oz (including battery)

See the full Fujifilm X-H2 review.

Key features of X-H2

  • 40MP X-Trans 5 HR BSI sensor with X-Processor 5
  • 8K 30p, 4K 60p, 1080 240p video recording, with Apple ProRes internally in 4:2:2 10-bit
  • Can act as 4K 60p webcam
  • Optional cooling fan (same as with X-H2S)
  • Recording limits at 25°C: 8K 30p 160min, 240min with optional fan (R5 20min, A1 30min)
  • 13+ stops of dynamic range using Log2 ISO 1000 (12+ stops with F-Log ISO 500)
  • Crop factors
    • 1.14x for 4K 60p, FHD 60p
    • 1.23x for FHD 120p and 240p
  • Internal ProRes recording
  • Externally record 12-bit ProRes RAW and Blackmagic RAW via HDMI, using on-camera monitor/recorder
  • Connections: HDMI Type A (full size), 3.5mm mic, 3.5mm headphone, USB-C, 2.5mm remote release
  • 160MP Pixel Shift Multi-Shot - combines 20 images using pixel-shift technology to create an image with four times the resolution of sensor in post-production (with free Fujifilm software) - without any false color issues, we are told, but only suitable for perfectly-stationary subjects
  • Up to 7 stops IBIS
  • 15fps mechanical shutter
  • Electronic shutter up to 1/180,000sec (2.5x faster than previously available)
  • Shutter life of 500,000 actuations

(Image credit: Fujifilm)

  • Base ISO of 125 - but can be extended down to ISO64
  • 5.76m-dot OLED EVF, 120fps refresh, 0.8x magnification (same as X-H2S)
  • 3.0-inch 1.62m-dot vari-angle touchscreen (same as X-H2S)
  • CFexpress Type B and UHS-II card slots (same as X-H2S)
  • Same NP-W235 battery as X-H2S - providing up to 680 shots in economy mode. 1760 shots with optional battery grip VG-XH
  • 8-way AF lever
  • Face/eye AF and Subject Detection with Animal, Bird, Automobile, Bike, Airplane, and Train modes
  • Backlit Sub Monitor
  • Feather touch shutter
  • Fn button
  • The PASM exposure mode dial offers seven custom positions for different users/scenarios (C1-C7)
  • Q button
  • Optional File Transmitter Grip FT-XH $999, available mid-October (which will also work with X-H2S)

Pricing and availablity

The Fujifilm X-H2 will go on sale from September 29. It will cost $1,999 / £1,899 / AU$3,399 body only - and will also be available with the XF16-80 f/4 R OIS WR kit lens for $2,499  / £2,299 / AU$4,249. 

The lens will get its first public appearance at the Fujikina event in New York this Saturday 10 September, and then at The Photography Show in Birmingham, UK, from September 17-20.

 • Preorder the X-H2 at BHPhoto in US, or at Wex in the UK, or at Ted's Cameras in Australia.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.