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Fujifilm X-Pro3, X-H2, X100V, Panasonic Full Frame Fiasco, XF33mm F1.0, GFX 100 – Breaking May FR-Rumors and Top 15 Articles

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May was an extremely busy month, with 79 articles written in 31 days, the GFX100 live blogging and… my marriage (no, can’t buy any new gear for a while with what that cost ;).)

In May, FujiRumors has also delivered several breaking rumors about the following Fujifilm cameras:

  • Fujifilm X-Pro3
  • Fujifilm X-H2
  • Fujifilm X100V (or X200)

I consider all rumors 100% accurate.

It’s not our style to mislead and clickbait people with fake made up rumors, sadly a practice that is going strong these days. FR is well fueld with reliable rumors, we do not need to go down the desperate fake rumor road.

And I tell you more…

I now slow down a few days to recover, but then  I’ll be back with rumors, especially with one that might surprise you positively. You can dream now and I’ll tell you later, once I have green light from the source :).

Back to us, and to the very busy month of May.

So many things happened, that I thought to list the top 15 read articles for May down below, so you can catch up in case you missed them.

TOP 15 Articles

  1. Fujifilm X100V / X200 coming in 2020
  2. Fujifilm X100V (or X200) Coming with New Lens
  3. Did the Panasonic S1/R Fiasco Prove FUJIFILM Did Well to Skip Full Frame?
  4. Fujifilm X-Pro3 Announcement Within October
  5. The Ultimate Fujifilm NP-W126S vs Third Party Batteries Battle
  6. Fujifilm X-T30 Gets Gold Award at DPReview and Compared to Sony a6400
  7. 2020: A Fuji Odyssey Ends with the Fujinon XF33mm f/1.0, but Do We Really Need it?
  8. Mission Impossible: Official “Fallout” Photos Taken with Fujifilm X and GFX Gear
  9. Fujifilm X-Pro3 Ideas, Wish Lists and Hopes
  10. Fujifilm X100V (X200) with New Lens, but still 23mm
  11. Adobe Lightroom 8.3 New Texture Slider Explained and How Well does it Work with Fujifilm X-Trans files?
  12. Fujifilm X-H2 may NOT Even Come in 2020
  13. These Guys Switched from Full Frame to Fujifilm APS-C and Are Happy About it
  14. Fujifilm GFX100 Lab Test Images vs Phase One XF IQ3, Sony A7rIII, GFX50S, Nikon D850
  15. Dear $9,995 Fujifilm GFX100 Coming May 23, Try to Beat these Fujifilm GFX 50 Images – GFX Image Roundup

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Fujifilm Manager: “70% of GFX Users Came from Full Frame. X-H and X-T Line Will Both Evolve in Future” – Hope for Fujifilm X-H2

Fujifilm GFX100

Fujifilm Channel X has published an 45 minutes interview with Fujifilm managers from Fujikina 2019. See the video above (sadly not so good audio quality) and a summary down below.

Fujifilm GFX 100: B&H Photo, AmazonUS, Adorama, Focuscamera, CalumetDE, ParkcamerasUK, JessopsUK, PCHstore

The Market

  • Fujifilm GFX100 market is not the traditional medium format market
  • GFX 50 already aimed to amateur customers in addition to high-end photography
  • 70% of Fujifilm GFX 50R/S buyers come from full frame. So not only people switch from Hasselblad and Phase One to GFX, but also FF users
  • the GFX system expanded the larger format market, and GFX100 will continue to expand it
  • GFX100 should expand market also towards movie shooting photographer

The GFX100 strenghts

  • compared to full frame, GFX system has better image quality in terms of ISO performance, dynamic range and resolution
  • traditionally large format camera (including film) are big and for tripod use, but GFX system is smaller, and GFX100 has also IBIS, hence less need for tripod
  • GFX100 is about autofocus, mobility, quality

EVF

  • Fujifilm GFX 50 EVF works on GFX100, but GFX100 EVF on GFX50 will not work

GFX Lineup and GF lenses

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Fujifilm X-H2 may NOT Even Come in 2020

Fujifilm X-H2

Here on FujiRumors we already told you in November 2018 here, that the Fujifilm X-H2 will not come in 2019.

Now a new source told me that the Fujifilm X-H2 may not even come out in 2020.

The Fujifilm X-H1 is in my opinion a great camera, and with the new price tag, it is absolutely fantastic value for money. But sadly the Fuji X-H1 was not a financial success and let’s see what the future of this line will be.

TO ANONYMOUS / NEW SOURCES: Thanks for what you told me about the Fujifilm X-H2. It is not yet included in this rumor, since it’s fresh and I need to make my mandatory checks. But even if I won’t be able to confirm, I will share at some point. Thanks a lot.

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Fujifilm X-H1 Body Marked as Discontinued. Only Grip Kit Sold from Now On. No Fujifilm X-H2 on the Horizon

UPDATE: Our sources quickly contacted us and said the Fujifilm X-H1 will only be sold as a grip kit from now on

The Fujifilm X-H1 body is now marked as discontinued at BHphoto.

You can still find the X-H1 available bundled with the vertical grip, though.

Other stores, like Adorama, have the Fujifilm X-H1 body still in stock.

Now I hear you say, that the Fujifilm X-H2 is around the corner. Of course I am investigating, and I think I can post an update about the Fujifilm X-H2 pretty soon.

But for now all I can say is: no, there ain’t going to be a Fujifilm X-H2 anytime soon, as we already told you here.

Thanks for the anonymous tip ;)

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Fujifilm X-H2, X-T4 and X-Pro3 with Samsung Pixel Merge Technology for Variable Megapixel Sensor

Fujifilm & Samsung

Back in 2018 Samsung and Fujifilm officially announced the development of a new CMOS image sensor technology for enhanced light sensitivity and color fidelity, called ISOCELL+ sensor (full report here).

This sensor structure also allows for the revolutionary “pixel merge technology“, already used in the Samsung Galaxy A7

This is how it works on the Samsung Galaxy A7: the 24 megapixel sensor can, for better low light image quality, combine 4 pixels into 1 pixel and end up with 6 MP files (via samsung.com).

The hot rumor today is:

Samsung will provide Fujifilm with APS-C and Medium Format pixel merge technology sensors.

The rumor is of a 36 megapixel APS-C sensor, that could be switched to 9, 18 or 27 megapixel according to your needs. You will also be able to switch between Bayer and X-Trans layout. Last but not least, the pixels will also be able to flip by 180° into black & white mode.

The source told me, this technology will be ready for the Fujifilm X-H2, Fujifilm X-T4 and Fujifilm X-Pro3, followed by a 150 megapixel medium format Fujfilm GFX 150.

This “universal all-in-one” sensor is Fujifilm’s answer to customers’ often impossible desires: one sensor, to satisfy them all!

But Fujifilm’s mission to deliver what we really desire and need does not stop here!

According to our source, the next step is the use of Vibranium from Wakanda for lens development, which should allow for a fully optically corrected XF 8-600mm f/0.85 pancake lens for less than $500.

It looks like our constant complaints finally pushed Fujifilm to re-invent the laws of physics.

This digital photography revolution starts today, with this rumor, on this special, very special day, that I will mark in my calendar… and you should do the same :).

stay tuned on FujiRuomors… not only April 1 ;)

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Price of Fujifilm X-H1 Falling Worldwide, but No Fujifilm X-H2 Coming in 2019

Fujifilm X-H2 Coming?

Lately I get many emails asking me if the Fujifilm X-H2 is around the corner, since the price on the Fujifilm X-H1 is dropping drastically all over the world (latest countries to join is the United Kingdom today here).

My answer is no, there will NOT be a Fujifilm X-H2 in 2019.

The reason for the price drop on the Fujifilm X-H1 is not because the X-H2 is coming, but because… well, I have a smart community, and I’m sure you can figure it out by your own ;).

  • read here: VOTE: Fujifilm X-H2 with 3 way Tilt Screen, Swivel Screen or X-T100 Flippy Screen?
  • read here: If the Fujifilm X-T3 had IBIS, would You Prefer it over the Fujifilm X-H2?

The only camera to get a successor very soon, is the Fujifilm X-T20, since the Fujifilm X-T30 is coming on February 14.

Check out the new prices on Fujifilm gear in your country*:

Fujifilm X-H1 body – $1,299 (includes battery grip!) / £1,199 / €1,299

Fujifilm X-H1 w/grip – $1,299 / £1,299 / €1,399

Fujifilm X-T2 – $1,099 / £999 / €1,099

Fujifilm X-T20 – $699 / £629 / €699

Fujifilm X-T100 – $499 / £449 / €499

Fujifilm X-E3 – $699 / £629 / €699

* in € price might change according to country. There might also be variations in €, £ and $ according to different shops

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Fujifilm 2019: Forget Fujifilm X-H2, Enjoy Fujifilm X-T30, Marvel at Fujifilm GFX100 and 2018 Rumor Check

Fujifilm 2019

Thanks to our fantastic sources, 2018 was another incredibly busy and successful rumor year for FujiRumors, with 75 rumors shared (one rumor every 5 days) and a rumor hit rate of 92%.

I hope we could add a bit of fun and entertainement in the Fuji X and GFX world, and that you guys enjoyed the time spent discussing the rumors on this blog.

But what will 2019 bring?

We have already shared an overview at our Fujifilm X Camera Replacement Timeline. But let’s go more in detail now.

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VOTE: Fujifilm X-H2 with 3 way Tilt Screen, Swivel Screen or X-T100 Flippy Screen?

Fujifilm X-H2

Here on FujiRumors we recently told you that the Fujifilm X-H2 will not come in 2019.

We have looked back at Fujifilm camera replacement history from 2011 to 2018, and the collected data suggest that the Fujifilm X-H2 could be out in first half of 2020, but that’s not a rumor, only a speculation at this point.

With that said, the buzz around the Fujifilm X-H2 is big here in the comments of FujiRumors, and one of the strong debating points is if the Fuji X-H2 should have a flippy screen like the Fujifilm X-T100 or a 3 way tilt screen like the Fujifilm X-T3.

And since the Fuji X-H2 is still pretty far away, it might be a good idea to tell Fujifilm what which screen we prefer, and they might listen to us and deliver what FujiRumors readers desire most.

Now, both screen-philosophies have it’s strenghts and weaknesses:

Flippy screen of X-T100:

  • MAIN PRO: good for vloggers, since they can see themselves while filming. Tilted up and down, LCD is still centered to the camera
  • MAIN CON: tilts in the wrong direction and is not centered to the camera, when camera is used in portrait mode

3 Way Tilt screen of X-T3:

  • MAIN PRO: the 3 way tilt screen is more photography friendly when the camera is used portrait mode. Always centered to the camera
  • MAIN CON: You have to use an external monitor (or camera remote app), if you want to see yourself while recording a video or taking selfies

Swivel screen of GH5:

  • MAIN PRO: When camera is not in use, you can reverse the screen against the body for protection
  • MAIN CON: When tilted in any direction, the screen is never centered to the camera

So tell us, which one would you prefer on your Fujifilm X-H2? Feel free to vote the poll down below.

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BREAKING: No Fujifilm X-H2 Release in 2019

Fujifilm X-H2

According to a trusted source, the Fujifilm X-H2 will not hit the market in 2019.

This rumor seem to confirm our Fujifilm X Camera replacement timeline, which shows you when we can expect the Fujifilm X-H2, Fujifilm X-T4, Fujifilm X-E4, Fujifilm X-Pro3, Fujifilm X-T30, Fujifilm X200 (or Fujifilm X100V) based on Fuji’s camera refresh rate from 2011 to 2018.

So, the Fuji X-H2 is still a long way off, hence, if you want to get the latest and greatest in the most powerful package possible now, the Fujifilm X-T3 is the way to go. And if you want IBIS, ultra rugged body and ninja mechanical shutter, go for the Fujifilm X-H1.

And given that you guys now have a first reliable Fuji XH2 time frame, I decided to launch the poll again, where you can vote if you prefer to wait for the X-H2, or you go X-T3 instead.

Fujifilm X-T3 w/grip (save $130): BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama, Focuscamera
Fujifilm X-H1 (save $250): BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama, Focuscamera

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Fujifilm X-H2 will NOT come in 2019. Waiting for X-H2 anyway or Get an X-T3?

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As a reference, here are the poll results, when most people thought the Fujifilm XH2 will come in 2019.

Fujifilm X-H2 and X-T3: The Upgrade/1st Fujifilm Poll

  • I own older Fujifilm X cameras and I am waiting for the Fujifilm X-H2 to upgrade (25%, 1,875 Votes)
  • I own older Fujifilm X cameras and I did upgrade already (or will upgrade soon) to Fujifilm X-T3 (18%, 1,322 Votes)
  • I own older Fujifilm X cameras and I don't know yet what I will do (15%, 1,073 Votes)
  • I own older Fujifilm X cameras and I am waiting for the Fujifilm X-Pro3/X-T30/X-E4 to upgrade (13%, 995 Votes)
  • I own other camera systems and I will wait for Fujifilm X-H2 to enter the Fujifilm X system (9%, 629 Votes)
  • I own older Fujifilm X cameras and will not upgrade to any X-Trans 4 camera (8%, 595 Votes)
  • I own other camera systems and I did purchase (or will soon purchase) the Fujifilm X-T3 to enter the Fuji X system (4%, 324 Votes)
  • I own other camera systems and I don't know yet what I will do (3%, 249 Votes)
  • I own other camera systems and I will wait for Fujifilm X-Pro3/X-T30/X-E4 to enter the Fujifilm X system (3%, 228 Votes)
  • I own other camera systems and I do not plan to enter the Fujifilm X system (1%, 83 Votes)

Total Voters: 7,373

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If the Fujifilm X-H2 and X-T3 would have equal specs (X-T3 with IBIS), which one would you get?

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Fujifilm X-T3 Sensor: Can Fujifilm Unlock Full 16 Bit Sensor Power via Firmware Update or Maybe Come to Fujifilm X-H2?

Fujifilm Sony Sensors

We recently reported here, that Sony officially listed the IMX571 26MP Fujifilm X-T3 and the IMX461 100 MP Fujifilm GFX100 sensors on their page.

Now these sensors are also listed at framos.com, and it gives us a few more details:

FUJIFILM X-T3

If you check out the X-T3 sensor details (table below), you will see that Sony’s 26 megapixel sensor has a bit depth that can go up to 16. The Fujifilm X-T3, though, shoots at 14 bit in regular mode and I hear 12 bit in sports mode.

It looks like Fujifilm did not/not yet enable 16bit readout mode, and went for 14 bit instead, because they prioritize speed over image quality.

In fact, 14 bit files are significantly faster to read out than 16 bit files, which, on the other hand, offer lower noise than 14bit.

Now, this is not a rumor, not at this stage… but…

… but I wonder if Fujifilm could enabled 16 bit a later stage via a firmware update, and maybe even give us the option to select between 14 bit for ultimate speed or 16 bit for ultimate image quality.

Anyway, Framos writes:

The IMX571BQR-C is a diagonal 28.3 mm (Type 1.8) CMOS active pixel type image sensor with a square pixel array and 26.11 M effective pixels. This sensor incorporates maximum 36 dB PGA circuit and 16-bit A/D converter. 16-bit digital output makes it possible to readout the signals of 26.11 M effective pixels at high-speed of 6.84 frame/s in still picture mode. In addition, it realizes 12-bit digital output for high-speed 4K moving picture by window readout mode. This sensor is designed for use in consumer cameras. Please consult your imaging experts at FRAMOS if you have any questions.”

See the Fuji X-T3 sensor details at framos here.

Fujifilm X-H2

Fuji Guy Billy already said here, that the 25% better heat dissipation of the Fujifilm X-H1 body over the X-T2 body, allows them to run the X-Processor Pro faster in the X-H1 than on the X-T2.

I guess the same will be valid for the Fujifilm X-H2, and hence it will be able to squeeze even more power out of the brand new Fujifilm X Processor 4.

I wonder if that would make it easier for Fujifilm to offer 16 bit on the X-H2.

Fujifilm GFX100

Framos.com also shares the details of the Fujifilm GFX 100 sensor, the IMX461. They write:

The IMX461AQR-C is a diagonal 55 mm (Type 3.4) CMOS active pixel type image sensor with a square pixel array and 102 M effective pixels. This IC incorporates maximum 36 dB PGA circuit and 16-bit A/D converter. 16-bit digital output makes it possible to readout the signals of 102 M effective pixels at high-speed of 2.7 frame/s in still picture mode. In addition, vertical subsampling binning and 3-horizontal pixel weighted binning realize high-speed 12-bit digital output for shooting moving pictures.

See the Fuji GFX100 sensor details at framos here.

Technical Tables

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