May 16, 2022

A New Fujifilm Flagship Is Coming. This Is What the Next X Camera Needs

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As a brand-new Fujifilm convert myself, Im itching to see what the business releases during their X Summit in May. Throughout last years X Summit, Fujifilm stated a new flagship would be coming in 2022 with a stacked, backlit X-Trans sensor. They didnt state if that new flagship would be an X-H2. Previously today, a teaser video announced the fifth generation of the X series coming during the Summit and a Tweet from Fujifilm Africa suggests that advancement includes an X-H2. Whether the fifth-generation includes an X-H2, there are a few things I d enjoy to see in the next reiteration of the X Series. Fujifilm, if youre listening, could you grant this Fujifilm lady a couple of dreams?

When the Fujifilm X-H1 introduced in 2018, it was heralded as Fujifilms flagship X Series cam. However, that was 5 years earlier and, because that launch, the X-H1 lost flagship status as cams like the X-T4 and X-Pro3 got here with better specifications. The years that have actually passed without an upgrade to the X-H1– beyond firmware– have Fujifilm fans questioning if an upgraded X-H1 is even in the cards. As Fujifilm prepares to celebrate 10 years of the X install series in 2022, the rumors have actually begun up again, with hopes that Fujfilm commemorates double digits with a brand-new flagship.

Re-claim flagship status

Five years is too long for a flagship to go without an update. The Fujifilm X-H1 no longer has the very best requirements in the series. If Fujifilm plans to introduce a brand-new flagship, its going to need to go beyond the newer specifications inside the X-T4, and to some degree the X-Pro3. There are five crucial areas Fujifilm will have to resolve if the X-H2 is going to necessitate a higher price than the X-T4: sensing unit, speed, stabilization, video, and battery life.

A Stacked Sensor

More Stabilization

Boosted video

The X-T4 and X-Pro3 have the fourth generation of the X-Trans sensor, a 26.1-megapixel alternative. The X-H1 houses the third generation, which is 24.3 megapixels. I do not think a big jump in megapixels is essential– with the APS-C sensor, higher resolutions come at the expenditure of increased noise. I expect a boost here, and Fujifilm has actually already teased that there will be a flagship with a stacked sensor design. That means its not going to be the same sensing unit thats in the X-T4.

The X-H1 has 5.5 stops of stabilization; the X-T4 has up to 6.5 stops. I expect a flagship to a minimum of capture up to that 6.5 stops. More than that is quite difficult, however it would be quite extraordinary if Fuji leapt up to Olympus and Canons level, which is up to 7.5, eight stops of stabilization when combined with supported lenses.

A stacked sensor isnt distinct, however Im itching to see a stacked sensing unit with X-Trans color. The primary factor I changed to Fujifilm in 2015 is color. Ive already conserved hours of modifying since I seldom need to touch the color.

Faster burst speeds.

Fujifilm isnt typically the very first brand that comes to mind for sports and action (as much as I like the colors). A flagship would at least need to catch up to the 30 fps electronic and 15 fps mechanical on the X-T4.

The X-T4 likewise outmatches the X-H1 in video. I anticipate the brand-new flagship to at least capture up with the uncropped 60 fps 4K. However, if Fujifilm wants to contend with flagships from other brand names in video, theyre going to need to step up to 8K.

A principle initially introduced by Sony, a stacked sensing unit enables quicker readout speeds That allows for faster burst speeds with a higher resolution. A faster reading on the sensor can also permit for a quicker autofocus system.

A larger battery

The X-T4 has a bigger battery than the X-H1, which is a bit paradoxical given that the X-H1 has a larger grip. The X-H1 was Fujifilms very first with IBIS, and the battery life drained pipes pretty rapidly. A flagship is going to need a minimum of the X-T4s battery, though I definitely wouldnt mind getting a bit more juice.

AI-based autofocus functions

Fujifilm makes some quite hard electronic cameras. We d love to see an IP-rated electronic camera that spells out exactly what the cam is able to manage.

I might as well go one step further– could we get a brass choice too, or maybe some more colors to that leather wrap? I enjoy Fujifilms vintage appearance, but I likewise enjoy ogling the vintage cams on eBay with unique colors on the leather.

More Film simulations.

Fujifilm X-H1

Fujifilm X-H1.

When Fujifilm reveals an update to the X-Trans sensing unit, they tend to introduce some new movie simulations too. We d enjoy to see some new movie simulations commemorating ten years of X-Trans. VSCO created a Fujichrome-inspired tungsten filter two years earlier, we d love to see Fujifilm bring their tungsten movie to their X-series cams.

One of the things I like about my X-T4 is the controls. I do not dislike the X-T4 grip like I do the grips that dig into my hand with heavy lenses, but I would not mind more to wrap my hands around.

The stacked sensor– which Fujifilm has already verified and is at least satisfying the requirements of the X-T4– is a quite good bet for an upcoming flagship. Outside of what Fujifilm has currently verified, and catching the X-H series up to the X-T, there are a few other functions I would love to see.

Revised ergonomics

While Fujifilms eye AF is pretty excellent, enhanced accuracy here would be welcome. Flagships from other business already have much more than simply eye AF.

Shot with the Fujifilm X-H1.

Fujifilm X-H1

When the Fujifilm X-H1 introduced in 2018, it was heralded as Fujifilms flagship X Series electronic camera. The years that have passed without an upgrade to the X-H1– outside of firmware– have Fujifilm fans wondering if an upgraded X-H1 is even in the cards. The Fujifilm X-H1 no longer has the best requirements in the series. The X-H1 was Fujifilms very first with IBIS, and the battery life drained pretty quickly. While its uncertain what exactly Fujifilms brand-new flagship will look like (or even if it will be called the X-H2), Fujifilm has actually confirmed a new flagship for 2022.

IP-Rated Durability.

The X-H1 included a screen on the top and that larger grip. It moved the shutter speed dial and made it more difficult to adjust without pulling your hand away from the grip. I would most likely buy one if the X-H2 can mix a bigger grip with that top screen and the easy reach controls of the X-T4. (Nevermind the truth that my X-T4 bodies arent yet a year old.).

While its unclear what exactly Fujifilms new flagship will appear like (or even if it will be named the X-H2), Fujifilm has actually confirmed a brand-new flagship for 2022. The business has stated a brand-new generation of cams will launch during this years the Fujifilm X Summit. The occasion is scheduled for May.