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Extras galore! Fujifilm has revealed some unique accessories for the X-H2S that increase its standing as a supremely capable filmmaking camera. The first is an optional fan that fixes on to the back-plate, to prevent the sensor from overheating. It takes power from the camera. Adjust the fan speed manually or leave on auto, but in full power there’s some noise. We found that, unless you are shooting in very hot temperatures, you probably won’t need it. We filmed 6.2K indoors at 20°C with no fan, and the recording stopped at 24 minutes. In 4K/60p at 25°C, the camera lasts around 90 minutes – that’s when the battery gives up. There’s no time limit on recordings, and we had no overheating problems. In 40°C at 4K/60p, the bare camera records for 16 minutes until it gets too hot. With the fan, it reaches around 51. So it’s a decent accessory if you often shoot in warm temperatures, but not essential for everyone. A choice of battery grips are available. The basic model offers space for two additional batteries and has extra controls for vertical shooting. The second looks almost identical with the same features, but is also a file transmitter device with Ethernet port and built-in antenna for reliable Wi-Fi. This turns the X-H2S into a connected tool, ideal for wired or wireless live streaming, or as part of a multicam set-up. It allows connection to an FTP server and can be factored into a camera-to-cloud workflow via 5G, meaning remote control from a web browser is feasible. It takes a very capable camera and makes it a video production device for broadcast and live workflows.

“A Super 35 sensor means it is ideal for PL mount lenses via a third-party adapter”

what you are recording internally or externally via HDMI. Controls include peaking and adjustable zebra patterns, front and rear tally lights that can be activated – and an on-screen histogram to help nail exposure. EVF is a high-resolution, 5.76-million-dot panel with a magnification of 0.8x and 120fps frame rate for a clear view. The 1.62-million-dot LCD monitor is a vari-angle design, so hinges out from the camera and may be twisted around – although doing so can foul any plugged-in headphones. All-new five-axis in-body image stabilisation offers up to a seven-stop advantage when combined with a suitable lens – and this works exceedingly well, too. An IS boost setting makes things even smoother, but the image is then cropped slightly. For this, you need a matching X Mount lens that supports OIS. There are plenty of X Mounts, courtesy of third-party manufacturers or

Fujifilm themselves. For a more traditional feel, Fujifilm’s MK cinema zooms – the 18-55mm and 50-135mm T2.9 optics – make a great combination. Both communicate with the X-H2S electronically and will transfer metadata for high-end workflows. A Super 35 sensor means the camera is ideal for fitting PL mount lenses via a third-party adapter. So you could deploy anything from vintage glass to anamorphics and still focus manually. For audio, set auto or manual for the internal or external mic via mic or line input, plus the usual low- cut and wind noise filter options.

Activate four-channel recording by pairing the camera with a forthcoming XLR adapter. DOWN TO THE DETAILS The highest-resolution shooting at 6.2K is limited to 30p, but creates very detailed footage – although the 4:3 aspect ratio isn’t ideal for widescreen. You’ll end up cropping to 16:9 or 17:9 and losing resolution. Like many high-quality codecs, it takes up a lot of storage and large CFexpress cards are a must. It’s draining on the battery, so make sure to bring a few spares for a full day of shooting – or charge with a large USB-C power bank if needed. In more useful DCI 4K or 4K, there are extra frame rate, codec and compression alternatives. All produce incredibly detailed files, and high bit rates provide plenty of information for grading. Dynamic range is plentiful, especially in one of the two F-Log gammas. Standard colours emulate Provia film stock, so are saturated and high-contrast rather than cinematic. It’s best to dial back the settings, but for information overload

SPEED DEMON Fan and grip are

optional extras (top), while the small screen (left) gives a great view of settings. The camera is built for action (below)


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