Fujifilm has released a major firmware update for the Fujifilm X-H2s.
From the tests we could see so far, we can now say that the autofocus tracking is about at the same level of the very best (but much more expensive) full frame cameras out there. Not perfect, like nothing, so improve it further, Fuji!
The question I now get TONS of times via email is: will my Fujifilm camera “xy” also get the same firmware of the Fujifilm X-H2s?
So here is what I can say about it.
During the recent new years greetings, right after launching the new X-H2s firmware, Fujifilm also promised major firmware updates will come for other 5th generation cameras, too.
5th generation cameras are all those cameras featuring the new 5th generation processor, which at the moment are:
- Fujifilm X-T5: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Moment
- Fujifilm X-H2: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Moment
- Fujifilm X-H2S: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Moment
So, while Fujifilm did not specifically mention the new AF system, it is easy to assume that major firmware coming in 2023 for X-T5 and X-H2 might include also the vastly improved AF algorithm.
But again, that’s not a rumor, but an educated guess based on what managers officially said here.
Where is the Catch?
Watch Out, Sony ;)
Watch out Sony and Canon, as it really looks like Fujifilm is now right up there with you in terms of autofocus tracking… but with one potential advantage left for Fujifilm.
While Canon, Sony and Nikon’s very best cameras can’t shoot more than 20/30 fps (full RAW), the Fujifilm X-H2s can go up to 40fps. So, if accuracy is also increased at the highest 40fps frame rate, then the Fujifilm X-H2s could give significantly more sharp images per second than any other brand, which for some photographers might be a big deal.
And let’s just skip the fact that in order to get comparabable AF performance in full frame you have to spend at least two or three time as much as for the X-H2s (one can buy lots of nice lenses with the money saved)
So why this intro? What happened?
Let’s go with order.
Fujifilm has very recently released a major firmware update for the Fujifilm X-H2s, which promises to drastically improve the autofocus performance.
First tests we have shared here show that indeed the Fujifilm X-H2s is now getting to a point, where you can call it at least on the same level of the other top performing stacked sensor cameras (all of which cost massively more than the X-H2s).
Now we have a few more tests.
You can see all the videos below as well as read a summary in case you are in a hurry.
Test 1 – Birds
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We found that the following models of the cameras rarely froze right after the completion of the firmware update with the latest version using a smartphone (tablet) in which Camera Remote application software was installed.
FUJIFILM X-T5 was released on Mid November 2022 and the latest firmware for other five models below were released on Nov. 29, 2022 on our firmware download site for digital cameras.
【Applicable models and firmware versions】
- FUJIFILM X-T5: Ver.1.00 and Ver.1.01
- FUJIFILM X-T4: Ver.1.70
- FUJIFILM X-T3: Ver.4.50
- FUJIFILM X-S10: Ver.2.60 and Ver.2.61
- FUJIFILM X-T30 II: Ver.1.20
- FUJIFILM X-T30: Ver.1.50
In response to the above issue, we will release the revised firmware on the firmware download page on Jan. 19, 2023.
Therefore, we apologize for the inconvenience, but we would like to ask you to update the revised firmware.
When updating the firmware with the revised version, please be sure to update the firmware using an SD card according to steps below.
(This phenomenon does not occur when updating firmware using an SD card.)
Detail of firmware update steps
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Rumors and Discussions
Fujifilm has just released a bunch of firmware updates, including a rather substantial one for the Fujifilm X-H2s.
It promises to drastically improved autofocus tracking in a variety of situations as well as additional subject trackings. You can read all the details and download the firmware in this article.
Well, the first tests of this firmware are out. You can find them down below.
If you own the X-H2s, feel free to share your impressions in the comments, but it seems to be on the level of the very best you can find from other brands out there (and that cost several thousands of dollars more than the X-H2s.).
Especially the first video linked below shows the X-H2s performing brilliantly in backlight, with far away subjects and other very challenging conditions.
We remind you that Fujifilm also announced the next Fujifilm X Summit for April 2023.