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Hands-on Fujifilm X-H2S review: power trip

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The Fujifilm X-H2S is a new X-series flagship and the most powerful camera the Japanese giant has ever made. Built around a new, stacked 26MP X-Trans CMOS 5 HS APS-C sensor, it brings the kind of speed and video powers that make it the Fujifilm equivalent of flagships like the Nikon Z9, Sony A1 and Canon EOS R3.

Like its Fujifilm X-H1 predecessor, the X-H2S is a new leader for its mirrorless camera system, but one that marks a far bigger upgrade over the company’s more hobbyist-friendly X-T and X-Pro ranges. Thanks to that new sensor and X-Processor 5, it offers blackout-free continuous shooting at 40fps (with the electronic shutter), some significantly upgraded autofocus-tracking skills, and the option of shooting 6.2K/30p or 4K/120p video with 4:2:2 10-bit color depth.

In this sense, the Fujifilm X-H2S is an uncompromising hybrid camera that has echoes of the new OM System OM-1. The latter is another cropped sensor camera (with an even smaller Micro Four Thirds chip) that uses its stacked design to unlock the kind of speed and video performance rarely seen outside of the top-end flagships from Canon, Sony and Nikon.

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But with a price tag that’s in a similar ballpark to many professional full-frame cameras, does the Fujifilm X-H2S really have the power and lenses to compete with its established rivals? Or has it traded Fujifilm’s traditional charms for a sparkling spec sheet? 

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