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Lightning strikes twice Now there are two Fujifilm cameras ideal for filmmaking – but which is best for you?

W hen it comes to mirrorless cameras that are perfect for filmmaking, there is now a clear choice to make. Fujifilm’s new X-H2 offers the same incredible experience of the recent X-H2S, but packs in a higher-resolution sensor. While both feature spec that rivals can only dream of, the two Fujifilm cameras offer something distinct, despite each using the Super 35-size, fifth-generation X-Trans CMOS sensor. X-H2 is king of resolution, offering 8K video from its 40.2- megapixel sensor. X-H2S is built for speed, with a stacked 26.1-megapixel sensor that records 6.2K. If you need a stunning, blackout-free viewfinder to track fast-moving objects, want to shoot full-resolution stills at up

to 40fps, the X-H2S has got your name all over it. For superb detail, the X-H2 is for you. But this camera is no slowcoach, shooting stills at 15fps using the mechanical shutter. Or switch to electronic, where the fastest shutter speed is an astounding 1/180,000sec. The reality is that both produce stunning photos and film footage with colour Fujifilm is famous for. Both have powerful new sensors, X-Processor 5 engines and phase detection autofocus that takes the worry out of recording sharp images. Built for video They share a virtually identical body with an articulating 1.62-million-dot LCD –

and twin card slots for the use of CFexpress Type B and SD UHS- II. Each camera runs from the same battery and is also compatible with Fujifilm’s optional battery grip and file transmitter grip – plus

the unique cooling fan that prevents overheating when shooting high-res video in high ambient temperatures. It’s in video options that both models truly impress, with a choice of Apple ProRes 422 HQ, 422 and 422 LT. And when recording ProRes, the X-H2 also supports proxy recording, to reduce the stress on computers when editing that gloriously detailed 8K footage. Record externally to a compatible Atomos or Blackmagic Design monitor/ recorder via HDMI, and 12-bit Raw video output can be recorded as Apple ProRes Raw or Blackmagic Raw in up to 8K at 29.97fps on the X-H2, 6.2K at 30p on the X-H2S and 4K at 60p on both. 10-bit internal up to 8K Internally, the X-H2 can record 8K to a CFexpress card at 30p in data-rich 4:2:2 10-bit colour. The X-H2 has a heat-dissipating design – the same as the X-H2S – to enable 8K/30p video for approximately 160 minutes. Both cameras support F-Log and F-Log2 gamma, capturing an expanded dynamic range of more than 13 stops. The X-H2 features 3.33 million phase detection AF points, compared to 2.16 million in the X-H2S. Its new high- resolution sensor has a greater number of phase detection pixels, improving AF-S focus on a subject – which is essential for sharp 8K video. But the X-H2S has the speedier stacked sensor, so is preferable when supreme AF is needed to capture fast action.


WHEREVER YOU ROAM With matching weather-sealed body designs, the X-H2 (top right) and X-H2S (above) are both suited to video work in all manner of conditions



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