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.

Fujifilm X-H2S: Enjoy One Minute of New Autofocus Tracking Glory

Announcement days are exteremely busy and so much content is spilled out all at once.

In fact there is so much out there, that most just watch the videos of the biggest channels and skip out on others.

This means that is easy to miss out on something.

And quite frankly, smaller channels can sometimes kick out better content and coverage than well known and established ones.

Well, today I’d highlight one review that I am not sure how many of you have seen. It comes from tb- photography, who runs an 11K subscribers channel.

It’s all worth a watch, but for the purporse of this article I’d like to focus your attention on the part that shows subject and animal tracking at work (min. 11:16 to 12:16)

For being pre-production, I believe the Fujifilm X-H2S did an astonishing job, especially with Pre-AF turned on.

And again: it’s pre-production, so it can only get better from here on.

Go see by yourself. The video below will start at 11:16 for 1 minute of new AF tracking glory ;).