Fujifilm X-H2S
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Fujifilm has released a new firmware update for its Fujifilm X-H2S flagship APS-C sensor mirrorless camera. The firmware 3.00 update will further improve the autofocus performance of the camera. These are the main enhancements from the upgrade.

Enhanced subject detection

Fujifilm has used deep learning to enhance the AI-based subject detection of the X-H2S’s autofocus. As a result, the camera’s existing subject detection performance has been improved in situations that were previously difficult to detect. In particular, the autofocus will now work better with backlit subjects, subjects looking sideways and small subjects.

Newly added subject types

The X-H2S could already recognize and focus on human faces and eyes, animals, birds, automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles, airplanes and trains. The firmware 3.00 update means that the camera can now also recognize insects and drones. When you want to detect insects, you need to change the subject detection set to “Bird,” and for drones, you need to use the “Airplane” setting.

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Improved tracking for moving subjects

The firmware 3.00 update has improved the autofocus algorithm for tracking moving subjects. The enhanced motion prediction algorithm gives stable tracking of subjects moving at high speed within the frame. This will also be ideal for shooting sports and nature subjects such as birds.

Faster autofocus speed

The firmware 3.00 update has improved the autofocus speed when you use continuous shooting. This is done by simultaneously pressing the AF-ON button and the shutter release button while the camera is out of focus. Following the firmware update, the X-H2S will focus faster than before, which is important when filming fast-moving events such as sports.

Other improvements

The firmware 3.00 update gets rid of the display lag that was noticeable before and after autofocus. To do this, you need to select Performance Boost EVF Frame Rate Priority. In addition, the upgrade makes the X-H2S compatible with the Tripod Grip TG-BT1. You can now pair it with the camera via Bluetooth, so you can remotely operate it for stills and video. You can also use the T/W button to control the zoom on a power zoom lens.

What we think

The Fujifilm X-H2S is a great camera for video. It can internally record open gate 6.2K video at 30P in 4:2:2 10-bit color and 4K 120P high-speed video. The camera also supports Apple ProRes up to ProRes 422 HQ. The new firmware enhances the X-H2S’s autofocus and makes the camera even better. We recommend upgrading your camera to take advantage of the new features.

Pricing and availability

The version 3.00 update for the Fujifilm X-H2S mirrorless camera is available to download free from the Fujifilm website.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.