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Fujifilm X-H2 with 40MP? Don’t Worry About Low Light Performance, as More Pixels are Better for That (but Not For…)

Fujifilm X-H2 and Low Light Photography

When I published the rumor, that the Fujifilm X-H2 will feature a 40 megapixel sensor, some guys paniced that low light performance will terribly suffer from the increased megapixel bump.

But don’t panic, that’s just a myth, that lived for a long time, but finally also DPReviewTV debunked it (video below).

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BREAKING: Fujifilm X-H2 Coming 2022 with 40 (not 43) Megapixel Sensor

Fujifilm X-H2

We have to be clear and careful.

So let’s start with what Fujifilm told us at the recent Fujifilm X Summit here:

And indeed, last year Sony has released a brand new 43 megapixel APS-C stacked BSI sensor.

So it’s a done deal, right? We will get a Fujifilm X-H2 with 43 megapixel APS-C stacked BSI sensor as everybody speculates based on Sony’s sensor offering?

Well, no!

After the X summit, several trusted sources reached out to us and wanted me to inform fellow FR-readers, that the Fujifilm X-H2 will have a 40 megapixel sensor.

No more details given for now.

Now, I don’t know if it is the same 43 megapixel sensor we talked about earlier, but Fujifilm will effectively use only 40 of those for some obscure reason, or if it’s simply just another sensor we don’t know about yet. I will investigate this and let you know.

What is sure, is that once the Fujifilm X-H2 hits the market, it will be sold and marketed as a 40MP camera.

And quite frankly, in a world where every megapixel matters, it would be a bad marketing move to use a 43MP sensor and advertise it as a lower resolution 40MP sensor. So my guess (not rumor, guess), is that it’s a true 40 megapixel sensor.

But…

Attention…

FujiRumors already and exclusively told you that there will be two Fujifilm X-H2 cameras coming.

Will both feature this 40MP sensor, maybe one in X-Trans version and the other with a more affordable Bayer sensor? Or will one have a selfie screen and the other a 3 way tilt screen? A retro and a PSAM version? Or will there be two completely different sensors? Or maybe it’s the same sensor, just one in a video oriented camera maybe even with built-in fan, and a more stills oriented body?

Questions, that shall not remain unanswered for too long. Just follow FujiRumors and your doubts and questions will dissipate soon enough ;).

Until then, check out our initial X-H2 rumored specs list.

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Post X Summit: APS-C X Glory in 2022, Fujifilm X-H2 Confusion, Roadmap Lenses Analyzed, Fujinon XF56mmF1.2II, GF20-35mm Details & More

What a launch that was.

And just like after every launch, there are answers, questions, confusions, hopes, dreams and more.

I will deliberately skip all the stuff you certainly know about. The firmware update announcements for GFX100/S, the specs of the new gear and more. I prefer to clarify, elaborate and add some details coming our from yesterday’s event and that either passed unnoticed or created potential confusion.

At the end, my short take on the event.

  • Patrick, you said there will be an XF56mmF1.2 II coming 2022, but the latest X mount roadmap does not show it

You have no idea how many emails I am getting with this question today :).

Don’t worry guys. The Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 II will come in 2022. Fujifilm does not insert all lenses in the roadmap. The latest example was the XF27mmF2.8 R WR, which just hit the market without ever being on any roadmap.

Trust me, in 2022 the MKII is coming.

  • We know what sensor the Fujifilm X-H2 will have!

Yes, and no.

First of all keep in mind that Fujifilm never mentioned the Fujifilm X-H2. It’s only thanks to FujiRumors that we know that the next X series camera to introduce a new sensor and processor will be the Fujifilm X-H2. A rumor recap below.

So technically we know only that a new sensor is coming. And we also don’t know the time frame for that.

But yes, it will be the X-H2.

However, you guys also know that there will be two Fujifilm X-H2 cameras. Will both feature an X-Trans BSI stacked sensor? And if so, what will be the other differences?

So there is still some confusion here… confusion that FujiRumors is going to dissipate soon enough ;).

Let’s move on.

  • Is Fujinon XF35mmF1.4 R now discontinued as some “rumors” said?

Oh my gosh, I had a good laugh when I read that fake rumor on the web. Of course it is not. And finally also Jonas Rask, Fuji Guy Billy and many others repeated in their first looks that the XF35mmF1.4 is here to stay.

  • Fujinon GF20-35mm but which aperture?

You might remember how back in 2017 I have shared an internal Fujifilm G mount roadmap.

Everything in that roadmap came to light, everything but the GF20-36mm.

Well, it was a long wait, but now we have it. With a slight difference, it will be Fujinon GF20-35mm instead of GF20-36.

But what aperture will it have?

Well, according to our leaked roadmap, the original plan was a f3.5-4.5 lens, so it could well be a Fujinon GF20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 at the end.

But keep in mind that during the presentation Fujifilm remarked several times that they want to keep this lens compact and portable, and first mockups you can see in our X summit coverage definitely show a lovely sized lens. I don’t know if for the sake of size Fujifilm will make it a bit slower. However, their target is definitely an f/3.5-4.5 lens.

  • Fujinon GF55mm f/1.7 and GF tilt shift – and More Details?

Not many.

But we did share images of mockups here.

What we can see is that similar to the GF80mmF1.7, the GF55mmF1.7 will not have a linear motor (saves size) and a filter size of 77.

The tilt shift lens is currently planed as Fujinon GF30mm F4 R TS with a 105 filter size.

  • Conclusion

I think it was a great event, that gave us good hints on which direction Fujifilm is taking. And most importantly, it shows that Fujifilm is extremely committed to both the X and GFX series, which got basically the same coverage during the event (5 minutes more for the GFX system in a one hour video).

And by ending their X summit with sensor hints for the next APS-C sensor generation, they wanted to set a clear signal that even though 2021 was more of a GFX year in terms of released gear, 2022 will see the X series come back in full power and glory.

And trust me, I know what I talk about… and if I was you, I’d always keep an eye on FujiRumors, as you might learn some very interesting stuff ;).

Fujifilm X-H2 Rumors Breakthrough, Fujifilm X Summit Announcements, X-Pert Corner is Back and More Top 10 August Articles

Holidays?

You are kidding, right?

FujiRumors was at work 24×7 in August, and the result is a massive amount of rumors, including some major breakthroughs on the Fujifilm X-H2 rumor front.

But there is more than that!

Also Rico Pfirstinger is back with the X-Pert Corner tidbits (btw… in German, Boost Modes on Fujifilm cameras explained by Rico at fuji-x-secrets.net).

So, let’s put order in a busy August, and share the top 10 articles that made a hot summer even hotter :).

  1. Fujifilm X-T30II to be Announced September 2
  2. Fujifilm Announcement September 2: What We Expect (Fujifilm GFX50SII and More) and What Not
  3. Fujinon XF33mmF1.4 and XF23mmF1.4 II Coming with Linear Autofocus Motor and Weather Sealing on September 2
  4. Fujifilm X-H2 with X-Trans or Bayer? The Answer Now on FujiRumors!
  5. Fujifilm X-H2 Coming with New X-Trans Sensor: My Thoughts and Your Vote!
  6. Fujinon XF33mm f/1.4 vs XF35mm f/1.4 Size Comparison
  7. There Will be Two Fujifilm X-H2 Cameras Coming 2022
  8. Initial Specs Comparison: Fujifilm GFX50SII vs GFX100S vs GFX50S
  9. TTArtisan Fujifilm X/GFX Lens Roadmap with Autofocus Lenses for Fujifilm, 23mmF1.4 FX, 90mmF1.25 GFX and 40mmF2.8 FX
  10. Sensor Cleaning and IBIS

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BREAKING: There Will be Two Fujifilm X-H2 Cameras Coming 2022

Fujifilm X-H2 mockup (not the real camera)
Fujifilm X-H2 mockup (not the real camera)

Fujifilm X-H2 + Fujifilm X-H2

Back in 2018/2019, “rumors” were circulating that the Fujifilm X-H line is dead.

And despite FujiRumors immediately debunking them as fake clickbait, they kept circulating and growing for many months.

But while I was sure there will be a Fujifilm X-H2 one day (although, as I told you in 2018, the wait would be very long), I didn’t see that one coming!

According to our trusted sources, Fujifilm has not one (1) but two (2) Fujifilm X-H2 cameras scheduled for release in 2022.

So, not only the X-H line is not dead, but Fujifilm will double down on it.

Of course this now complicates things a bit.

In fact, FujiRumors has already shared first specs and price indications about the Fujifilm X-H2 (list below). But now I have to figure out if it applies to both Fujifilm X-H2 cameras.

For example, will both Fujifilm X-H2 cameras feature an X-Trans sensor? Will both cameras cost below $2,500?

Let me figure this out now and stay tuned on FujiRumors for the latest Fujifilm X-H2 updates.

IMPORTANT: Huge Fujifilm announcements on September 2 at 9AM New York Time! Will we get Fujifilm X-H2 tidbits? I don’t know, but I certainly hope so.

Fujifilm X-H2 Rumors Recap

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Fujifilm X-H2 Coming with New X-Trans Sensor: My Thoughts and Your Vote!

Thanks to our sources, we know it: the Fujifilm X-H2 will feature a new X-Trans sensor!

What we also know, is that the Fujifilm X-H2 will be Fujifilm’s first camera to feature a new sensor and processor.

So here is quickly what I think about it.

Now, both color filter arrays have their strengths and weaknesses. We have written about it more in detail here. In short we could sum it up like this:

  • Bayer Array: better for more features
  • X-Trans Array: better for image quality

Again, this is a brutal simplification. If you want to understand it better, definitely read this article.

My Thoughts

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EXCLUSIVE: Fujifilm X-H2 with X-Trans or Bayer? The Answer Now on FujiRumors!

Who said the X-H line is dead? ;)

Well, certainly not FujiRumors, who warned you from all the fake X-H line is dead “rumors” already back in 2018.

The Fujifilm X-H line is not dead at all. In fact, the Fujifilm X-H2 will come, and FujiRumors has already shared a few rumors about it:

But one question I’ve often received remained unanswered (until today): will the Fujifilm X-H2 have an X-Trans sensor or a Bayer sensor?

I know this is such a divisive topic in the Fujifilm community, that no matter which choice Fujifilm makes, some will be inevitably disappointed whereas others will be happy. And I get it, as both color filter arrays have their strengths and weaknesses, as we explain here.

But now it’s time for you to know.

The Fujifilm X-H2 will feature a new X-Trans sensor.

Hold on tight guys, as more rumors will come about the Fujifilm X-H2.

But don’t get too distracted by the X-H2, as on September 2 at 9AM New York Time there will be huge Fujifilm announcements!

We will cover it all live and non stop here on fujirumors.com. And here is what you can expect:

Keep an eye on our dedicated X and GFX rumor section for the latest updates.

Fujifilm X Summit: Live on FujiRumors

Fujifilm X-H2 Price Indications, GFX50SII Price Leak, New Firmware Updates, GF30-75mm and More – Top 10 June Posts

June was another month rich of breaking rumors and news

Let’s hope our sources will help us to make June just as exciting as the whole 2021 was so far in terms of breaking rumors.

Now let’s look at what you should not have missed in May.

  1. Why I am Staying with APS-C, Myths of Primes over Zooms, 3 Areas where Fujifilm Needs to Improve, X-H2 Wishlist and More
  2. Fujifilm Releases New Firmware Updates for X-T4, X-T3, X-E4, X-Pro3, X-T200 and X-A7
  3. Fujifilm GFX50SMKII Will Be Fuji’s Most Affordable GFX Camera, Hence Cost Less Than…
  4. BREAKING: Fujifilm GFX50S MKII Price Leaked
  5. Fujifilm X-H2 with 8K to Cost Less than Panasonic GH6 with 6K
  6. DPRTV Fujifilm X-T4, Sony a6600, Canon M6MKII, Nikon Z50 Shootout: FUJIFILM Easily Dominates APS-C, Except for…
  7. Landscape Photography X-T4 vs GFX100S Sensor Size Obsession, Can Your Computer Handle 102 MP Files and More GFX Roundup
  8. Fujifilm Product Timeline 2021/2022: About X-H2, GFX50SII, XF150-600 and More (And What Will NOT Come)
  9. BREAKING: Upcoming Fujinon GF Zoom Kit Price Leaked on FujiRumors
  10. Fujifilm X-H2: Getting 8K for Less than $2,500 and Price Comparison with Sony A1 and Canon R5

Top 3 Bonus Rumors

  1. Fujifilm GFX50SMKII will Look Exactly Like the Fujifilm GFX100S
  2. Fujifilm to Launch Fujinon GF35-70mm Lens for $500 (kit price)
  3. EXCLUSIVE: Fujifilm GFX50SMKII will Have IBIS

All top 10 Posts so Far

  • Top 10 in May – Fujifilm X/GFX Timeline 2021/22, Fujifilm X-H2 Rumors, End of X-TransIV, Can Fuji X Lenses Cover Full Frame Sensor
  • Top 10 in April – Fujinon X Mount Roadmap Updated, Fujifilm X-H2 with 8K, Fujinon XF23/56 MKII & More
  • Top 10 in March – Fujifilm X-H2 in 2022, Fujifilm GFX50SMKII in 2021, XF 33mmF1.4 in 2021, Top 5 Forgotten X Mount Lenses & More
  • Top 10 in February – Firmware Updates, Sony A7III vs Fujifilm X-T4, Nostalgic Negative Explained, Sigma X Mount and More
  • Top 10 in January – What We Expect from Fujifilm in 2021 :: Fujinon XF 150-600mm Rumors :: 70% Fuller Sensor than Full Frame & More

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Mid 2021 Rumor Check: Fujifilm X-H2, GFX50SII, Future Lenses and More (with Reliability Ranking)

Half a year has passed.

Lots of rumors have been shared already (and many more will come ;) ).

However, there is something I never do: rank the rumors in a reliability ranking.

I hate to do that, as an anonymous rumor is not necessarily less reliable than a trusted rumor. There is much more that needs to be checked in order to determine if a rumor is reliable or not. And also, something that is rocksolid at some point, may become less sure later on as Fujifilm changes plans.

That’s why I hate to rank rumors.

However, it is something you request me to do, hence, 1 or 2 times a year I bend to your will and do just that.

So, you can find the rumor-ranking down below.

Also, we will check back and see which rumors FujiRumors got right and which wrong, so that you guys can judge my work and decide if your time on FR was well spent or not. I will be extremely brutal to myself and move in the wrong section every ever so minimal error I made, even though it was accurate at the time of sharing.

Two more things:

  • Included in the list some of the fake rumors circulating around that FujiRumors had to debunk.
  • If you want to get a timeline on when the products will come, check out this post.

One last note: Back in November 2020 we shared an article, where Sigma itself teased Fujifilm X mount lenses coming 2021. And as if that was not enough, they teased them again in February 2021. In between those Sigma teasers, on December 14, 2020, FujiRumors shared a rumor that Sigma has indeed plans to release Fujifilm X mount lenses. This rumor is not included in the list below, as it from 2020. If you want to check back the 2020 rumors, make sure to read this article.

So let’s start:

  • 49 rumors shared in 2021 so far (many more to come)
  • 27 rumors still to be verified
  • 21 correct rumors out of 22 verifiable rumors
  • 1 wrong rumor out of 22 verifiable rumors (I told you I’ll be brutal to myself ;))
  • 95,45% correct rumors

Rumor Overview with Rating

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Fujifilm X-H2: Getting 8K for Less than $2,500 and Price Comparison with Sony A1 and Canon R5

Regarding the Fujifilm X-H2, we already told exclusively to FujiRumors readers that:

Now, I have read some comments saying that less than $2,500 is still to high for an APS-C camera.

So let’s talk about it and compare it to how much you pay to get other 8K mirrorless cameras on the market today.

With a rumored Fujifilm X-H2 price of less than $2,500, the X-H2 would end up costing about half the price of the Canon EOS R5 or even about 1/3 of the Sony A1 price.

Now, I once wrote an article giving you guys 7 reasons why full frame can’t kill APS-C, and price is one of the reasons.

In fact, if the rumored price is accurate (and I have no reasons to doubt that) the Fujifilm X-H2 will once again prove my point that full frame can only match the price of APS-C cameras by sacrificing features and specs, as we explained making some real life examples here.

I guess that’s also why DPReview, Petapixel & CO consider APS-C is the sweet spot.

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