Camera Autofocus Ranking: Fujifilm X-H2s and X-H2 vs Sony, Canon, Nikon, OM System (Bird Photography)

Bird Photography with X-H Cameras

Mathieu Gasquet has tested the Fujifilm X-H2s and Fujifilm X-H2 for bird photography.

He compares rolling shutter, drive speed and other aspects between X-H2 and X-H2s. So definitely check out their full video above.

For the purpose of this article we will focus on one aspect only: bird autofocus tracking accuracy.

  • Green Column: 100% sharp images
  • Blue Column: sharp + slightly out of focus images

The Fujifilm X-H2s gives a total of 82% perfectly sharp images, whereas the X-H2 tops at 78%.

Old Firmware Beats New Firmware?

Here comes the “shocking” part.

In his test, the Fujifilm X-H2s with old firmware 1.03 performed better than the X-H2s with the new firmware 3.00.

  • 82% accuracy with firmware 1.03
  • 77% accuracy with firmware 3.01

This is very surprising and goes against many other tests we have seen so far, for example here and here.

But I do respect and trust Mathieu’s work and hence I share it here on FujiRumors.

And I also say to Fujifilm: go back to work and make it better with the next firmware!

Compare to Sony, Canon, Nikon & Co

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DPR Fujifilm X-H2 Review: Silver Award

DPReview has published its full review of the Fujifilm X-H2, where the camera gets the silver award with an overall score of 89%.

What we like

  • Excellent high-resolution image quality with a wide range of JPEG processing options
  • Excellent Raw dynamic range
  • 160MP high-res mode for static scenes
  • 15 fps mechanical shutter with good buffer depth
  • Highly detailed 8K video with no crop
  • Wide array of video resolutions, framerates and codecs
  • Subject-specific AF tracking modes
  • EVF is bright and highly-detailed
  • Effective in-body IS easily allows for handheld video and slow shutter speed stills
  • Comfortable hand grip with well-positioned controls
  • Impressive build quality
  • Shutter rated to 500K
  • Very good battery life

What we don’t

  • Tracking AF and face/eye detect AF reliability lags slightly behind the competition
  • Noticeable rolling shutter in most video capture modes, especially 8K
  • No general AF tracking option in video mode
  • Face detection in AF can be distracted by other faces in the scene
  • High-res mode requires a trip to your computer for assembly
  • Poor magnified live view experience
  • Command dial interface won’t suit all users
  • Not all XF lenses will look good paired with a 40MP sensor

You can read the full review at DPReview here.

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Fujifilm X: The Huge Lens Review Roundup

It’s time to share a huge roundup covering all possible third party lenses for the Fujifilm X mount.

The lenses we are going to cover are Fujinon lenses as well as third party lenses.

Down below is the list of covered lenses. If there is any that interests you, check out the full article below.

Fujinon Lenses:

Third Party Lenses:


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UPDATE: Lightroom Fails with X-Trans V: Are 40MP Fujifilm X-T5 Files Really Softer than 26MP X-Trans IV Files?

The Spanish website Fujistas has shared reports that the 26 mpx RAF were sharper to 40 mpx RAF with the development settings by default.

He shares samples of images processed with DxO and other software, where he gets clearly superior results out of the 40MP sensor over the older 26MP sensor. So the deduction Fujistas makes is that this problem is related to Lightroom only.

I can’t verify that myself, as I dropped Lightroom a few years ago in favor of Capture One, which is my main editor, and I can use Topaz or DxO occasionally too (with DxO gaining more and more of my attention).

But I can report what Fujifilm X Guru Rico Pfirstinger had to say about it already a few months ago at the German Fuji-x-forum here:

it must be noted here again that with LR/ACR, the basic sharpening compared to previous Fuji models with 26 MP has apparently been withdrawn or not balanced. Since there are also multi-level values for “Baseline Sharpening Tag” and “Baseline Noise Tag” at Adobe, you cannot necessarily compare identical settings for the controls for Sharpening and Noise Reduction.

So it is meant nicely, but still not necessarily effective for objective comparisons, if DPR always sets all LR/ACR controls for noise reduction and sharpening to 0 for the RAW comparison (what else should they do?), because 0 can mean a different zero for each camera model.

This also explains why the RAWs look softer on the X-H2 with 40 MP at zero sharpening than on the older 26 MP studio examples. To compensate for this, it is sufficient to set the focus regulator at 40 MP from 0 to 5 or 10. Then the baselines are back on the same level and you can better compare detail resolution and sharpness.

UPDATE: Fujistas contacted me and said:

“I only found that 26 mpx RAF were sharper to 40 mpx RAF with the development settings by default. I basically warn about the inconsistence of the sharpening in Lightroom from one X-Trans sensor generation to another. And then, of course, write about other software alternatives.

But in the end of the article i clarified that i can get better results with the 40 mpx RAFs adjusting the default sharpness settings”

So to me this all sounds that 40MP are sharper, but you have to adjust the sharpness settings.