Which 5th Generation Sensor do You Want in the Fujifilm X-T5, X-Pro4, X-E5, X-S20, X-T40, X80, X200?

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Maybe it’s just because I haven’t had a decent sleep for weeks. Maybe I am just overthinking it all (but don’t worry, I am recovering greatly now)

But when I re-watched the X Summit, I was confused by the statement the Japanese Fujifilm manager made in regards to the 5th generation 26MP stacked and 40MP non-stacked sensor.

His statement:

there is no other camera platform more suitable to have them both than the ‘X-H” Series

I wondered what he meant by that, and I concluded it could be either one of the 2 options mentioned below:

  1. only the X-H line will offer both sensor options
  2. since the X-H line is the most suitable, it will be the first to feature both sensor options. Other less suitable lines might get both options too, but only later on as the priority is the X-H line
  3. NEW ENTRY: some FR-reader said this is just marketing blah blah blah aimed to sell as many X-H cameras as possible and then both sensors will find its way in most camera lines anyway

I’ve asked you guys in a survey what you think the manager meant, and here is the result of the survey.

SPECULATION (NOT RUMOR): In my eyes, it would make sense to put both sensor options in at least all of Fuji’s higher end models, as ordering the same Sony sensor in larger numbers, helps to push down the cost for each sensor.

But what Fujifilm will decide to do is unknown at this point. And maybe it is even unknown to Fujifilm itself.

And yet…

let’s assume for a moment that the interpretation the majority of you guys gave is correct. So let’s assume that only the X-H line will get both sensor options.

This would mean that in regards to all other lines, Fujifilm would have to make a decision on which sensor to pick for each camera.

And if that would be the case, I can already see lots of head scratching at the Fujifilm HQ trying to figure out which sensor is best for which line.

If that’s really the case, then I thought that the generous FujiRumors community will gladly invest a bit of its time to give Fujifilm its opinion on this matter by commenting on this article and by voting the surveys down below.

VOTE THE SURVEYS BELOW

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Fujifilm X-H2S Autofocus Tracking vs X-T4, for Wildlife and Performance on Older XF Lenses (XF56mmF1.2 Included)

The French channel Les Guides Fujifilm has published a video about the Fujifilm X-H2S autofocus performance under many different scenarios.

It’s a 40 minutes video where he tests:

  • X-H2S vs X-T4 eye/face tracking
  • X-H2S tracking a running dog
  • X-H2S tracking kids (running and on bicycle)
  • X-H2S for Wildlife
  • X-H2S at 40fps and 30fps tracking (dog and kids)
  • how good several Fujinon lenses work on X-H2S
  • low light stills tracking in a circus
  • low light video tracking in a circus

Lots of stuff, right?

You don’t have time right now to watch it all?

Well, for your convenience I’ve made a summary down below and I’ll also give you time stamps so that you can jump to the section that interests you most.

NOTE 1: when he scrolls very quickly through the images you see them unsharp. This happens because his computer is not rendering at full res. When he stops on an image it gets rendered and it becomes sharp.

NOTE 2: I speak four languages, but sadly French is not one of them (although I understand it a bit). In case any French FR-reader notices an error or wants to add something, feel free to let me know in the comments.

Video Summary

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DEAL ALERT: Save up to $130 on Fujifilm Top Recommended CFexpress Type B Cards – Ends June 11

We just shared an article about the officially top recommeded CFexpress TypeB cards by Fujifilm and we saw that while many cards will work fine, not all of them will unlock the full potential of your Fujifilm X-H2S.

In fact, there are some that can’t record 6K/4K, other can, but not in ProRes, other have limited burst duration.

Only these four cards Fujifilm has tested actually can do it all at its best: Delkin Black, ProGrade Cobalt 1700R, Lexar Gold and Lexar Diamond.

Well, I noticed that one of them is actually in offer until June 11:

Fujifilm Recommended CFexpress Type B Cards: Why These Four Cards are BEST and Which Ones You Should NOT Use

With the release of the Fujifilm X-H2S and hence Fujifilm’s first digital camera to take CFexpress cards, Fujifilm has updated its list of officially recommended cards to store your files.

Now, all the cards listed below are recommended.

But attention, not all CFexpress Cards are made equal.

  • Some CFexpress Type B Cards can’t record 6K/4K
  • Some can record 6K/4K but not in ProRes
  • Some can record all video formats, but when used for bursts don’t last as long as others
  • Only 4 Card Models can do it all and can do it best

Also, CFexpress Cards not listed here are not properly tested by Fujifilm. This means they could perform very well, too. But they could also have a negative impact on the performance of the camera (or even don’t work with certain features).

This is important to know, as I have already seen reviewers using the Pergear CFExpress Type B card in their X-H2S first looks. Whatever those reviewers say in terms of performance, please take it with a grain of salt, as they use cards that are not on Fuji’s list.

If you treat yourself with a Fujifilm X-H2s, please stick to the recommended CFexpress Type B cards (and also UHS-II cards) listed below.

CFexpress Cards – Official Fujifilm Recommended

Out of all the cards mentioned above, the four cards without any compromise in performance are:

In order for you to get the complete overview, I have added the full detailed chart at the bottom of this article (also for UHS-II cards).

UHS-II Cards – Official Fujifilm Recommended

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BIRD TRACKING with Fujifilm X-H2S with XF150-600 (in Complex Condition) and EYE AUTOFOCUS on Par with SONY & Co

Bird Tracking

Just yesterday I reported about a video by tb- photography, who in 1 minute was able to give us more clues about the real autofocus performance of the Fujifilm X-H2S then some of the big youtube channels in 20 minutes of talks (and in some cases without showing and samples).

And since smaller youtube channels seem to often stay on the piece better than the big ones, today I’ll share a video of an even smaller youtube channel, in fact so small, that this time even I missed this video, but a fellow FR-reader made it notice to me today.

Passionate bird photographer liewwk Nature runs a 860 subscriber channel with hundred of bird photography videos.

He posted a 5 minute video of birds tracking with the new Fujifilm X-H2S and XF150-600mmF5.6-8.

A lot of it has been taken in tropical forest environment, often in tricky and low to very low light conditions and with a complex and distracting background.

In these objectively difficult conditions, Iiewwk Nature writes:

The new system just weight 2.4KG which allow us to shoot 150-600mm (225-900mm 35mm equivalent) which is one best available

This system allow me have >50% success rate 1/125 at 900mm which is my recommended minimum shutter speed for handheld.

The AF is fast and accurate (on bird eye), it may not best in market but it is very good and accurate even at low-light & complex environment.

For the Auto-focus, I think this is a huge upgrade compare previous X series. The Animal Detection just simple amazing

Keep in mind that this is the success rate mentioned is for shooting at 900mm.

In my eyes it already looks pretty amazing. And considering that this is an early pre-production firmware (on both, camera and lens), I guess it can get only better from this point on until the final firmware is released.

You can find the video down below and his blog post about his experience at liewwkphoto.

Eye Autofocus

The second video below is of Lee Zavitz, who used the Fujifilm X-H2 with the XF18-120mmF4 for a portrait session and he is says that eye AF is crazy and it detects the eye even when the eyes are mostly blocked by her hair.

He says he is really impressed by eye detection and he did not expect it to be that good.

It’s still a beta firmware, but it is on par with competitors in terms of eye autofocus.