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Fujifilm X-H2S Comparison Review

The Fujifilm X-H2S is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that was announced in May 2022 and is equipped with an APS-C sensor. It offers a resolution of 26 megapixel.

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Is the Fujifilm X-H2S a good camera? The X-H2S has a Camera Elo of 3041. This very strong rating puts it among the elite group of camera grand masters. The X-H2S ranks among the top 10 percent of all mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. In terms of its sensor size category (APS cameras), the X-H2S also ranks among the top 10 percent.

Headline Specifications
Fujifilm X-H2S
Mirrorless system camera
Fujifilm X mount lenses
26 MP, APS-C Sensor
6.2k/30p Video
ISO 160 - 12 800 (80 - 51 200)
Electronic viewfinder (5760k dots)
3.0 LCD, 1620k dots
Swivel touchscreen
15 shutter flaps per second
In-body stabilization
Weathersealed body
580 shots per battery charge
136 x 93 x 85 mm, 660 g

Read on to find out more about the camera's size, sensor, features, reception by expert reviewers, and how it compares to other digital cameras.

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Body comparison with a credit card

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size of the Fujifilm X-H2S vis-à-vis a credit card. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are presented. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Fujifilm X-H2S vs credit card front
X-H2S versus credit card top view
X-H2S and credit card rear side

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the Fujifilm X-H2S alongside a set of similar cameras. If you want to review a particular camera pair side-by-side, just move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
#   Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Fujifilm X-H2S 136 mm 93 mm 85 mm 660 g 580 Y May 2022 2,499 amazon.com
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Canon R6 Mark II 138 mm 98 mm 88 mm 670 g 450 Y Nov 2022 2,499 amazon.com
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Fujifilm X-S20 128 mm 85 mm 65 mm 491 g 750 n May 2023 1,299 amazon.com
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Fujifilm X-H2 136 mm 93 mm 85 mm 660 g 680 Y Sep 2022 1,999 amazon.com
5.
 
Fujifilm X-T5 130 mm 91 mm 64 mm 557 g 580 Y Nov 2022 1,699 amazon.com
6.
 
Fujifilm X-T4 135 mm 93 mm 64 mm 607 g 500 Y Feb 2020 1,699ebay.com
7.
 
Fujifilm X-H1 140 mm 97 mm 86 mm 673 g 310 Y Feb 2018 1,899ebay.com
8.
 
OM System OM-1 135 mm 92 mm 73 mm 599 g 520 Y Feb 2022 2,199ebay.com
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Panasonic S5 II 134 mm 102 mm 90 mm 740 g 370 Y Jan 2023 1,999 amazon.com
10.
 
Panasonic GH6 138 mm 100 mm 100 mm 823 g 360 Y Feb 2022 2,199 amazon.com
11.
 
Sony A7 IV 131 mm 96 mm 80 mm 659 g 580 Y Oct 2021 2,499 amazon.com
Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.
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The listed prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The Fujifilm X-H2S was launched in the US market at a price of $2,499. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison with a 35mm slide

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tent to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

The Fujifilm X-H2S features an APS-C sensor and has a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 1.5. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the Fujifilm X-H2S among the medium-sized sensor cameras that aim to strike a balance between image quality and portability.

Fujifilm X-H2S sensor measures

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of alternative cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
#   Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
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Fujifilm X-H2S APS-C 26.0 6240 41606.2k/30p24.313.9222486
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Canon R6 Mark II Full Frame 24.0 6000 40004k/60p25.414.6315496
3.
 
Fujifilm X-S20 APS-C 26.0 6240 41604K/60p24.314.0231586
4.
 
Fujifilm X-H2 APS-C 39.8 7728 51528k/30p24.313.9224986
5.
 
Fujifilm X-T5 APS-C 39.8 7728 51526.2k/30p24.313.9226486
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Fujifilm X-T4 APS-C 26.0 6240 41604K/60p24.113.6199584
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Fujifilm X-H1 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p24.013.3180682
8.
 
OM System OM-1 Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/60p23.413.4155377
9.
 
Panasonic S5 II Full Frame 24.0 6000 40006K/30p25.414.6315896
10.
 
Panasonic GH6 Four Thirds 25.0 5776 43365.7K/60p23.413.4155577
11.
 
Sony A7 IV Full Frame 32.7 7008 46724K/60p25.414.7337997
Note: DXO values in italics represent estimates based on sensor size and age.
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Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. The X-H2S indeed provides movie recording capabilities. The highest resolution format that the X-H2S can use is 6.2k/30p.

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the X-H2S has an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 5760k dots. The viewfinder offers a field of view of 100% and a magnification of 0.8x. The tables below summarize some of the other core capabilities of the Fujifilm X-H2S in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar cameras.

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Core Features
#   Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Specifications
(inch/000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Max
Shutter
Speed *
Max
Shutter
Flaps *
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
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Fujifilm X-H2S5760 Y3.0 / 1620 swivel Y 1/8000s 15.0/s n Y
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Canon R6 Mark II3690 n3.0 / 1620 swivel Y 1/8000s 12.0/s n Y
3.
 
Fujifilm X-S202360 n3.0 / 1840 swivel Y 1/4000s 8.0/s Y Y
4.
 
Fujifilm X-H25760 Y3.0 / 1620 swivel Y 1/8000s 15.0/s n Y
5.
 
Fujifilm X-T53690 n3.0 / 1840 full-flex Y 1/8000s 15.0/s n Y
6.
 
Fujifilm X-T43690 n3.0 / 1620 swivel Y 1/8000s 15.0/s n Y
7.
 
Fujifilm X-H13690 Y3.0 / 1040 full-flex Y 1/8000s 14.0/s n Y
8.
 
OM System OM-15760 n3.0 / 1640 swivel Y 1/8000s 10.0/s n Y
9.
 
Panasonic S5 II3680 n3.0 / 1840 swivel Y 1/8000s 9.0/s n Y
10.
 
Panasonic GH63680 n3.0 / 1840 full-flex Y 1/8000s 14.0/s n Y
11.
 
Sony A7 IV3686 n3.0 / 1037 swivel Y 1/8000s 10.0/s n Y
Note: *) Information refers to the mechanical shutter, unless the camera only has an electronic one.
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The LCD screen on the Fujifilm X-H2S is flexibly attached to the body. In particular, the LCD is hinged on the side and can be flipped out for odd-angle shots in both portrait and landscape orientation. Also, this fully articulated, swivel type of LCD attachment is often appreciated by videographers for its flexibility. Moreover, v-loggers like the design because the screen can be turned to be front-facing.

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Flexible screen on the X-H2S

One useful feature of the X-H2S is a presence of a top-level LCD. While being, of course, smaller than the rear screen, the control panel conveys some of the essential shooting information and can be convenient for quick and easy settings verification.

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Connection comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Fujifilm X-H2S and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
#   Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Mic / Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
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Fujifilm X-H2SYstereo / monoYYfull3.0Y-Y
2.
 
Canon R6 Mark IIYstereo / monoYYmicro3.2Y-Y
3.
 
Fujifilm X-S20Ystereo / monoYYmicro3.2Y-Y
4.
 
Fujifilm X-H2Ystereo / monoYYfull3.2Y-Y
5.
 
Fujifilm X-T5Ystereo / monoY-micro3.2Y-Y
6.
 
Fujifilm X-T4Ystereo / monoY-micro3.1Y-Y
7.
 
Fujifilm X-H1Ystereo / monoY-micro3.0Y--
8.
 
OM System OM-1Ystereo / monoYYmicro3.0Y-Y
9.
 
Panasonic S5 IIYstereo / monoYYfull3.2Y-Y
10.
 
Panasonic GH6Ystereo / monoYYfull3.2Y-Y
11.
 
Sony A7 IVYstereo / monoYYfull3.2Y-Y
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It is notable that the X-H2S has a microphone port. Such an external microphone input can help to substantially improve the quality of audio recordings when a good external microphone is used.

Further information on the features and operation of the X-H2S can be found in the free online Fujifilm X-H2S Manual or on the Fujifilm support site.

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Expert reviews

While the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the X-H2S handle or perform in practice. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate. This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The adjacent table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]).

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Review Scores
#    Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DCW 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Fujifilm X-H2S5/5+5/590/1005/55/5 May 2022 2,499 amazon.com
2.
 
Canon R6 Mark II5/5+ +4.5/591/1004.5/55/5 Nov 2022 2,499 amazon.com
3.
 
Fujifilm X-S205/5+ +5/586/100..4.5/5 May 2023 1,299 amazon.com
4.
 
Fujifilm X-H25/5+ +5/589/1005/55/5 Sep 2022 1,999 amazon.com
5.
 
Fujifilm X-T55/5+ +4.5/590/1004.5/5.. Nov 2022 1,699 amazon.com
6.
 
Fujifilm X-T45/5+ +5/588/1005/55/5 Feb 2020 1,699ebay.com
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Fujifilm X-H1..+5/586/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2018 1,899ebay.com
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OM System OM-15/5....87/1005/54.5/5 Feb 2022 2,199ebay.com
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Panasonic S5 II4.5/5+ +5/590/1004.5/55/5 Jan 2023 1,999 amazon.com
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Panasonic GH65/5+ +5/587/1005/55/5 Feb 2022 2,199 amazon.com
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Sony A7 IV5/5+ +4.5/589/1004.5/54.5/5 Oct 2021 2,499 amazon.com
Note: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.
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The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

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Fujifilm X-H2S FAQ

Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the X-H2S.

What technology is the imaging sensor in the Fujifilm X-H2S based on?

The camera features a Stacked BSI-CMOS (Stacked Backside Illuminated Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.

Which image processing chip is used in the Fujifilm X-H2S to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?

Fujifilm equipped the X-H2S with the X-Processor 5 image processor.

What is the ISO sensitivity range of the Fujifilm X-H2S?

The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 160 to ISO 12800, which can be extended to ISO 80-51200.

Does the Fujifilm X-H2S have a selfie-friendly screen?

Yes, the LCD-screen of the X-H2S is flexible and can be turned to be front-facing for capturing selfies.

What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Fujifilm X-H2S?

Fujifilm mentions a shutter rating of 500 000 actuations for the X-H2S. This number represents a Mean Time before Failure, that is an average value. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust the expected shutter life of the X-H2S over, say, three years, one would have to take about 500 pictures each and every day.

How do I find the shutter count on my Fujifilm X-H2S?

Fujifilm embeds the number of shutter actuations in image metadata. You can check the number of shots that your X-H2S has taken up to now by uploading a recent image to the free online shutter count finder app.

Is completely silent shooting possible with the Fujifilm X-H2S?

The camera has an electronic shutter option, so that it is indeed feasible to capture images without any shutter noise.

Do I need to purchase an external camera trigger to shoot time-lapse sequences with the Fujifilm X-H2S?

No, the Fujifilm X-H2S has an intervalometer built-in, so that low frequency shooting (for example, flower blooming, sunset, moon rise) can be undertaken without the need to purchase a separate external intervalometer and related software.

Is it difficult to use manual focus lenses with the Fujifilm X-H2S?

The X-H2S offers focus peaking as a manual focus aid. This feature works by placing a colored highlight on in-focus zones within the image.

Does the Fujifilm X-H2S feature an autofocus assist light?

Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.

What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with the Fujifilm X-H2S for flash photography?

The X-H2S's flash sync speed is 1/250 sec.

Does the Fujifilm X-H2S support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?

Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-II cards (data transfer speed of up to 312 MB/s).

Which battery does the Fujifilm X-H2S use?

The camera gets its power from the Fujifilm NP-W235 (here at amazon), which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.

Is there a vertical grip available for the Fujifilm X-H2S?

Yes, Fujifilm offers the VBG-XH as an optional accessory to facilitate shooting in portrait orientation and to provide additional battery power.

Where can I find the best deals for the Fujifilm X-H2S?

Grey imports from Asia, as found on ebay, are often very attractively priced. However, these cameras come without a warranty from Fujifilm.

Camera to camera comparisons

In case you are interested in seeing how this camera compares to another one, just make a corresponding selection in the search boxes below. Alternatively, you can follow any of the listed hyperlinks for comparisons that others found interesting.

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    Specifications Summary
    Camera Model Fujifilm X-H2S
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Fujifilm X mount lenses
    Launch Date May 2022
    Launch Price USD 2 499
    Sensor Specs
    Sensor Technology Stacked BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 23.6 x 15.6 mm
    Sensor Area 368 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 28.3 mm
    Crop Factor 1.5x
    Sensor Resolution 26 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6 240 x 4 160 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.76 μm
    Pixel Density 7.05 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter
    Movie Capability 6.2k/30p Video
    ISO Setting 160 - 12 800 ISO
    ISO Boost 80 - 51 200 ISO
    Image Processor X-Processor 5
    Screen Specs
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.8x
    Viewfinder Resolution 5760k dots
    Top-Level Screen Control Panel
    LCD Framing Live View
    LCD Size 3.0 inch
    LCD Resolution 1620k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen
    V-logging Friendliness Front-flip possible
    Touch Input Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs
    Focus System On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Manual Focusing AidFocus Peaking
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000s
    Continuous Shooting 15 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy500 000 actuations
    Silent ShootingElectronic Shutter
    Time Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer Built-in
    Image StabilizationIn-body stabilization
    Fill Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium CFexB or SDXC cards
    Single or Dual Card Slots Dual card slots
    UHS card support UHS-II
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash Hotshoe
    Studio Flash PC Sync socket
    USB Connector USB 3.0
    HDMI Port full HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port
    Headphone Socket Headphone port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs
    Environmental SealingWeathersealed body
    Battery Type Fujifilm NP-W235 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)580 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 136 x 93 x 85 mm
    (5.4 x 3.7 x 3.3 in)
    Camera Weight 660 g (23.3 oz)

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