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LOVING X-TRANS: Landslide Victory for Fujifilm X-H2 with X-Trans V vs Bayer in Survey

Recently we reported that the Fujifilm X-E4 will be the last X series camera featuring an X-Trans IV sensor, and that the next camera to come will be the Fujifilm X-H2 in 2022.

However, at this point in time we can’t say if the Fujifilm X-H2 will feature an X-Trans sensor or an Bayer sensor.

To be honest, I have received an anonymous tip about it (thanks a lot!!!), but as usual here on FujiRumors we try to give it a quick double check first before sharing.

Until then, here are a few thoughts.

Personally I love the X-Trans sensor for its better performance at high ISO (better looking grain, less color noise), the sharpness boost it delivers and more.

But I am also not a blind fanboy and I am well aware that also the Bayer sensor has its significant strengths, such as 20 to 30%a lower power consumption which leads to less heat generation, meaning you can push the camera more in terms of recording times for example. Also with Bayer sensors, stuff like digital image stabilization and pixel shift is easier to achieve. And last but not least, Bayer is more affordable!

I have elaborated in depth the Pros and Cons of Bayer and X-Trans in this article.

So, while I am in the group of people, who hopes the Fujifilm X-H2 will get an X-Trans sensor, I would totally understand if Fujifilm would go Bayer instead.

The thing is this: reading the comments, I always thought I am in the minority when it comes to the X-Trans vs Bayer debate, meaning I read more comments of people who want to get rid of X-Trans than comments of those, who want to keep it.

But a recently survey I’ve launched here, shows it is completely the opposite.

Of the Fujifilm X shooters reading FujiRumors

  • 51% want a Fujifilm X-H2 with X-Trans
  • 24% want a Fujifilm X-H2 with Bayer

The rest of the readers are either fine with both options (18%) or have not yet formed a final opinion on this (7%).

That’s a landslide victory for Fujifilm X-Trans!

And while I am with you guys on this one, if Fujifilm decided to go Bayer, it would probably not be the biggest of all drama, if they were able to take the most out of the advantages it offers, not in terms of image quality, were X-Trans is superior, but in terms of implementing new features such as digital image stabilization, pixel shift and more.

Finding out which sensor it will be, is my top priority (thanks again for the anonymous tip at this point).

The answer, my friends, will be shared hopefully sooner rather than later here on FujiRumors.

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Fujifilm X-H2 with 8K to Cost Less than Panasonic GH6 with 6K

I am not a micro four thirds hater.

On the contrary!

In my journey on the search to the perfect mirrorless system, I happened to shoot also Panasonic. I didn’t love it as much as Olympus (my first mirrorless love), but it was anyway a very nice and capable system.

And in fact, the whole MFT system is more capable than many might think. It is incredibly compact, it often has top notch AI features (the smaller the sensor makes AI easier), quite frankly it also has a more than decent image quality, a 4:3 aspect ratio that I personally really like and more Pros which we won’t touch on here.

I genuinely suffered to see Olympus go and from my heart I hoped that Panasonic will be able to keep the MFT system alive and flourishing.

This is why I was intrigued by the development announcement of the Panasonic GH6, hoping it would be a real beast and guarantee some success for the MFT system.

Now, FujiRumors is not the place to discuss the Panasonic GH6 specs (this is the place), but I have to mention two details announced by Panasonic about the upcoming GH6

  • Panasonic GH6 will shoot 6K
  • Panasonic GH6 will be priced around $2,500

After the GH6 pre-announcement, I had a talk with sources, and you bet we talked also about the Fujifilm X-H2.

They told me that the Fujifilm X-H2 will cost less than the Panasonic GH6, hence less than $2,500.

And as we already told you in the past, the Fujifilm X-H2 is supposed to be able to shoot also 8K DCI/UHD.

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Fujifilm X/GFX Timeline 2021/22, Fujifilm X-H2 Rumors, End of X-TransIV, Can Fuji X Lenses Cover Full Frame Sensor – Top 10 May Posts

May was another month rich of rumors (so was April).

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. Fujifilm Product Timeline 2021/2022: About X-H2, GFX50SII, XF150-600 and More (And What Will NOT Come)
  2. Fujifilm X-H2 in 2022 Will Be FIRST X Series Camera with New Sensor and Processor
  3. No More Fujifilm X Series Camera Coming in 2021
  4. IT IS OVER: Fujifilm X-E4 is Fuji’s Last X-Trans IV Camera
  5. TESTED: Can Fujifilm X Lenses Cover a Bigger Sensor?
  6. Fujinon X Mount Roadmap 2021/2022 Updated with Latest Rumored Lenses
  7. This Guy Sold All His Full Frame Gear for the Fujifilm X100V, Firmware 2.00 Tests and More – X100V Roundup
  8. Let’s Be Clear: Fujifilm’s Next X Series Camera will be Fujifilm X-H2 and There Won’t be Fujifilm X-T40 or X80 Before that
  9. DPR Fujinon XF18mmF1.4 Review: Gold Award!
  10. Fujifilm X-H2 with 8K DCI/UHD Video Coming 2022

All top 10 Posts so Far

  • 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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Fujifilm X-H2 with X-Trans or Not X-Trans, That is The Question! VOTE NOW if You Prefer X-Trans or Bayer for X-H2

Maybe it’s my bad English, maybe it’s the hurry with which some readers read the articles, maybe it’s a bit of both, but somehow over the last few days the idea spread over the web, that FujiRumors claimed that the Fujifilm X-E4 would be the last camera to feature an X-Trans sensor.

Well, that’s not really what I said (or wanted to say).

What I said is that the Fujifilm X-E4 will be the last X-Trans IV camera and that Fujifilm’s next camera, the Fujifilm X-H2, will have a new sensor. No more and no less than that.

Will it still be X-Trans? Or Bayer? Or anything else?

Well guys, keep trust that FujiRumors will let you know the answer at some point ;).

But until then, I’d love to hear from you guys, which one you consider better overall, Bayer or X-Trans.

If you need something to make up your mind about this very Fuji-centric dilemma, feel free to check out the article I wrote in 2018, where I explain the Pros and Cons of sticking with X-Trans or switching to Bayer.

Feel free to vote the survey down below.

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Let’s Be Clear: Fujifilm’s Next X Series Camera will be Fujifilm X-H2 and There Won’t be Fujifilm X-T40 or X80 Before that

Let’s talk Fujifilm X-T40.

And let’s talk about it, because, I am receiving emails asking me if it is true, like some wrote, that protoype Fujifilm X-T40 cameras with IBIS are right now being tested and the X-T40 will be released in 2021.

Short answer: fake rumor clickbait ;).

If you’ve read FujiRumors recently, you’ll know the answer already. In fact, we told you that:

The sum of all these rumors gives you the answer already: there is no Fujifilm X-T40 coming in 2021. And not even a Fujifilm X80 or any other Fujifilm X camera.

ATTENTION: I am not saying there won’t ever be an X-T40. What I say is:

  • there won’t be any 26MP X-Trans IV Fujifilm X-T40 or X80 (the X-E4 was the last one)
  • if an X-T40 or X80 will come, then it will have a new sensor/processor and it would come at the same time or after the X-H2 release sometimes in 2022

Look, here is what you can do, to avoid to be mislead in future: only trust Nokishita or FujiRumors. That’s it.

Nokishita has access to press releases and specs sheets once Fujifilm sends them to stores and media, hence it’s a fantastic source for very short term rumors a few days ahead of announcements. FujiRumors on the other hand is here to guide you through the long-, mid- and short term rumors, so that you don’t get many surprises once Nokishita starts to leak, as you’ll already have a pretty clear idea on what is coming and how the specs look like.

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Fujifilm X-H2 in 2022 Will Be FIRST X Series Camera with New Sensor and Processor

Here is what we know thanks to our rumors:

Now, since an illustrious Fujifilm managers talked about a breakthrough to achieve with Fujifilm X-H2, we all expected the Fujifilm X-H2 to feature a new sensor and processor.

But some readers contacted recently, asking me if maybe the first camera to introduce the new sensor and processor will be the X-Pro4, followed by the X-H2 later on.

And I understand where this comes from. It happened in the past that Fujifilm used the X-Pro line to introduce new platforms (X-Pro1 and X-Pro2).

Well, today I’d like to clarify that and say that the Fujifilm X-H2 will be Fujifilm’s first X series camera to introduce the new sensor and processor platform, and not the X-Pro4.

But attention: the Fujifilm X-H2 is still far away, and we will not get it until some point in 2022.

Fujifilm is crafting a monstrous camera and they are not allowed to fail. This means that they will take all the time they need to release real stunner, confident of the fact that in the meantime sales of X-T series, X-S10 and X100V cameras will keep up going strong, allowing Fujifilm not to hurry with the X-H2.

As one of our trusted sources said: it will be a long wait, but it will be well worth it.

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Fujinon X Mount Roadmap Updated, Fujifilm X-H2 with 8K, Fujinon XF23/56 MKII & More – Top 10 Posts for April

April was quite rich on rumors. So let’s sum it up by sharing the top 10 articles for April.

And who knows, maybe May will be just as interesting or even more ;)

  1. Fujinon X Mount Roadmap 2021/2022 Updated with Latest Rumored Lenses
  2. Fujifilm X-H2 with 8K DCI/UHD Video Coming 2022
  3. Fujifilm Working on Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 MKII
  4. Fujifilm Manager: XF18mmF1.4 Resolution Beast (Ready for Fujifilm X-H2?), Why No Focus Clutch, Better than XF16/1.4 and More
  5. Fujifilm Working on Fujinon XF56mm f/1.2 MKII
  6. VISION 2023: Fujifilm’s New Medium-Term Management Plan Gives Up Dreams to Beat SONY and CANON?
  7. Fujinon XF18mm f/1.4 R LM WR Announced: Reviews, Samples, Pre-orders and More
  8. DPReview Fujinon XF70-300mmF4-5.6 Field Review and Silver Award
  9. DPR Fujifilm X-E4 Review
  10. COMING 2022: Fujinon XF56mm f/1.2 MKII and XF23mm f/1.4 MKII

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Fujifilm Manager: XF18mmF1.4 Resolution Beast (Ready for Fujifilm X-H2?), Why No Focus Clutch, Better than XF16/1.4 and More

Fujifilm manager Ueno, who was in charge of the development of the brand new Fujinon XF18mm f/1.4 R LM WR, gave an interview in Japanese, where he talks about the development process of this lens, the difference from existing lenses, and how to use it properly.

Once again the challenge is represented by the automatic google translation tool on youtube. I went through this pain for you guys and you can find the summary down below.

I find it particularly interesting how the managers stressed the fact that one of the main goals of the XF18mmF1.4 focus was “resolution”, hinting that there would be higher megapixel cameras in future.

Now, FujiRumors told you exclusively that the Fujifilm X-H2 will come in 2022. I know, it’s only FujiRumors to tell you this, but it’s 100% accurate, trust me. Fujifilm itself has hinted several times that more megapixel will come in future, and may it have the 43 megapixel Sony sensor or something different, the Fujinon XF18mmf f/1.4 seems to be ready for that kind of resolution.

Another interesting aspect is why Fujifilm did not put the focus clutch on the XF18mm f/1.4 and what makes it better than the Fujinon XF16mmF1.4.

This and more you can find in the summary down below.

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Fujifilm X-H2 with 8K DCI/UHD Video Coming 2022

As FujiRumors already broke a while ago, the Fujifilm X-H2 will come in 2022.

Of course I am investigating deeper, but today I’d like to share a rumor that has been reported to me by an anoymous source, that contacted me via rumor box.

The anonmyous source told me this:

X-H2 will be capable of 8K video recording, both 8K DCI and 8K UHD

Two things first:

  1. thanks to the source for sharing this tidbit with us
  2. if you (the anonymous source) would like, you can contact me again via rumor box and give yourself a nickname, so I can eventually recognize you in future. Also via email is great [fujirumor@gmail.com]

With that said, of course, as any anonmyous rumor, we invite you to take it with a grain of salt.

However, with the Canon EOS R5 and the Sony A1 entering the 8K territory, it’s also safe to assume that the rumor is correct and that Fujifilm will also join the 8K club sooner or later.

The question at this point is if it will be “just” 8K30p like on full frame cameras, or if the Fujifilm X-H2, thanks to its smaller sensor and hence faster sensor readout, will top them all maybe by offering 8K60p.

Because that’s what happened with the Fujifilm X-T3, which was launched with 4K60p and full frame needed lots of time to finally catch up with the X-T3 specs.

Maybe (speculation, not rumor!!!) the Fujifilm X-H2 will push the boundries of mirrorless video feature even more, stepping ahead of all competitors, just as the X-T3 did back in 2018, when it offered 4K60P long before any full frame camera could do that.

In case I hear anything in this regard, I will let you know here on FujiRumors.

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Fujifilm X-H2 in 2022, Fujifilm GFX50SMKII in 2021, XF 33mmF1.4 in 2021, Top 5 Forgotten X Mount Lenses & More – The Best of March

Here are the most read articles on FujiRumors for March 2021.

It was a month full of breaking rumors, so while this is a top 10 articles for the previous months, it also serves well as a summary of the most important you should not have missed.

  1. Fujifilm X-H2 Will Come in 2022 and be Worth the Wait
  2. Top 5 Forgotten Fujinon X Mount Lenses
  3. Fujinon XF33mmF1.4 R WR Coming 2021
  4. New Firmware Updates for Fujifilm X-T3, GFX50S and GFX50R Released (and for X-T4 Coming Soon)
  5. Why the Fujinon XF33mmF1.4 R WR is not the XF35mmF1.4 MK II
  6. Fujifilm GFX50S MKII Coming 2021 with Same 50 Megapixel Sensor of GFX50S
  7. Fujifilm Manager Interview: Future X/GFX lenses, Autofocus Improvements Coming, X-Trans Benefits, Beyond Full Frame and More
  8. Fuji Guys Tease Firmware 1.20 for Fujifilm X-T4 with New Heat Management and Introduce Latest GFX100, X-T3, GFX50S/R Firmware
  9. The Royal Choice – Kate Middleton Shoots Fujifilm :: The Leica Choice – Leica Store Films Q2 Monochrom Presentation with Fujifilm and More
  10. RUMOR: Fujinon XF18mmF1.4 R WR with 62mm Filter Size

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