Why the Fujifilm X-H2 Coming September 8 will tell us A LOT about the Fujifilm X-T5

When I shared the rumor that the Fujifilm X-T5 won’t be announced during the X Summit on September 8, there was understandably quite some disappointment and some of you guys waiting for the X-T5 seem to have mostly lost any interest in the September X Summit event.

And while I can relate to that (I am also much more interested about the X-T5 rather than the X-H2), you should keep in mind that while September 8th will be mainly an event for the Fujifilm X-H2, we will learn a lot also about the Fujifilm X-T5!


Well, because according to our information, Fujifilm will not offer any stacked sensor Fujifilm X-T5S, but they will offer a 40MP Fujifilm X-T5.

And since the Fujifilm X-T5 will share the same sensor and processor of the Fujifilm X-H2, the X-T5 will perform identically to the X-H2 in many crucial areas such as:

  • same improved ISO performance (both will have the new lower base ISO)
  • same dynamic range
  • overall image quality will be identical
  • X-H2 will tell us how well current lenses will work on the high resolution 40MP sensor also of X-T5
  • Autofocus speed and accuracy of X-H2 and X-T5 will be identical

But of course, there will (or could) also be differences between X-H2 and X-T5:

Unclear at this point:

  • it is unclear as of now if the X-T5 will have the same video features of the X-H2 (for example 8K video)
  • it is unclear if the X-T5 will have the same continuous bursts speed of X-H2
  • it is unclear if the X-T5 will have a selfie screen or change the screen design over X-H2
  • and much more…

So even for people potentially interested in the Fujifilm X-T5, watching close at the performance of the Fujifilm X-H2 will be very important as it will unveil a lot about the performance of the X-T5 itself.

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Nope, No Fujifilm X-T5 Announcement during X Summit on September 8

After Fujifilm disclosed the date of the next Fujifilm X summit and announced it September 8 at 2PM New York time, people started emailing me but also expressing their hopes on our social media channels, that we will get the Fujifilm X-T5 on September 8.

Sorry guys, but what we can tell you with 100% certainty that there won’t be any Fujifilm X-T5 announcement in September.

The main course of the meal on September 8th will be the Fujifilm X-H2. And of course there can be more, as Fujfiilm has already officially announced the following gear to come in 2022:

I am working on it and will let you know what will come (and what eventually not) on September 8th.

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Japanese Fujifilm Manager: “Long Debate if to go Full Frame or Medium Format and Fujifilm X-T1 Saved the X Series”

Japanese Fujifilm Mr. Takashi Ueno released an interview to Map Camera on youtube.

It’s all in Japanese, but the guys over at dclife provided a summary of it, which I will share down below.

  • Fujifilm X-T1 was the first camera to put Fujifilm’s future stake, and luckily it sold very strong
  • without Fujifilm X-T1 the manager would not make this interview today [meaning Fujifilm would not have continued the X series if the X-T1 would have failed]
  • Fujifilm deliberately chose not to go full frame
  • it’s not that by doubling the mounts Fujifilm would have also doubled their R&D resources. The resources remain the same
  • for those who wanted larger sensors, it was not good for Fujifilm to tell those customers to look for other brands. Customers who liked the Fujifilm colors and concept. So Fujifilm decided to add the GFX system for them
  • there was a long internal discussion if they should go full frame or medium format [admin note: FujiRumors has the true internal story on the moment that convinced Fujifilm to go Medium Format]
  • The X series will continue to evolve
  • All camera products are the same, but the functions of cameras today are completely different from what they were 10 years ago, and I think the expectations people have for cameras are changing rapidly. On the other hand, I don’t think it’s a good thing to stay the same without changing, and I want to keep the basics in mind, but I want to evolve by properly grasping the needs of users.“.

The X-T series is the one camera that more than any other camera combined determinates Fujifilm success and future. This is why the Fujifilm X-T5 will be crucial.

This were just the bullet points. I will also share the full Google translated part for you:

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Fujifilm Will Promote X-H2 as Having “Improved Low/High ISO” Performance

When I first shared the rumor about the Fujifilm X-H2 and Fujifilm X-T5 having a new lower base ISO, I said that this was one of my hopes for the future of the X series, as this could potentially mean better ISO performance.

Some people immediately called me out on that saying that ISO means nothing and it’s all just random numbers (which it is not, it’s just that there are different standards). Others said that what really matters is the FWC per unit area and not the ISO number.

And since things started to get really nerdy and complicated, a trusted source dropped me an email and came to my help.

The source told me that Fujifilm will actually promote the Fujifilm X-H2 as having “improved low/high ISO“.

The fact that Fujifilm will launch the Fujifilm X-H2 by saying it has “improved low/high ISO” pretty much ends all our talks. Unless Fujifilm’s marketing division has decided to lie to us (or unless our trusted source is wrong, which it is not), the new lower base ISO will also lead to overall better ISO performance.

So, thanks to our source, that’s my final word on this ISO debate.

Now all we can do is to wait for the day the Fujifilm X-H2 will be announced and see samples and comparisons, so we can see with our own eyes what “improved low/high ISO” means.

And keep in mind: according to our information, the Fujifilm X-T5 will share the same sensor of the Fujifilm X-H2. So whatever the X-H2 IQ and AF performance will be, it will apply also to the Fujifilm X-T5 (whenever that one will come).

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Fujifilm X-T5 with No Battery Grip: a Dealbreaker? VOTE SURVEY

We shared the rumor, provided to us by a new source, about the Fujifilm X-T5 having no battery grip option.

Now, for some reason I had the feeling that this wouldn’t be a big deal, as my impression was that the vast majority of X-T shooters don’t use the battery grip anyway.

But a recent survey we made shows that 38% of the FujiRumors readers owning an X-T camera also own the battery grip.

Assuming there will be quite some X-T shooters that might want to upgrade to the Fujifilm X-T5, I was wondering if the lack of battery grip would be a dealbreaker for you or not.

For those Interested to buy Fujifilm X-T5: would the lack of Battery Grip be a Dealbreaker for You?

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