Fujifilm X-H2S Upper Display

Fujifilm - The Little Camera Company That Could?

Jun 20, 2022

I have been using mirrorless cameras longer than mirrorless cameras have been around. I owned a Leica M8 and that was mirrorless (it's a rangefinder camera) before mirrorless was a thing. OK, I know that is splitting hairs, but it is technically correct.

I have tried a lot of different camera brands: Sony, Nikon, Fujifilm, Olympus, and Hasselblad. With the exception of the Hasselblad (which was a loaner sent to me by Hasselblad - it's amazing what one can accomplish with a tray of Cuban pastries) I bought all of those camera systems. Being a man of modest means, I had to sell those units to fund the next one. I hope this means that my reviews were not tainted by the "owing the sponsor" stigma. However this is about to change. Next year, two planned major changes will happen in my life: I am turning 60 and I am retiring from my day job.

With my retirement I plan on traveling a bit more (especially since the general sense of paranoia is starting to ease - I only see one or two motorists wearing masks inside their cars by themselves these days) but my income will be reduced by half. This means my ability to review new cameras will be greatly curtailed and I have to settle on a system that will last me through my golden years.

Over the years I have tried all kinds of cameras but I always gravitate back to Fuji. Sure the retro cameras are great (I have an X-Pro3 right now, but that will be traded in for an X-H2 later this year) but this will likely be my last camera and I want to make it a good one.

Why not get a full frame?

I have tried Sony and Nikon full frame cameras. The colors are great but the lenses are huge. It's even more exaggerated on Hasselblad and Fuji Medium Format digital cameras. Some of the faster zooms make a can of Foster's look like a drinking straw. This makes for a heavy kit and a heavy kit makes my neck and shoulders hurt.

So a small kit with high quality lenses in the APS-C format, IBIS (In-Body Image Stabilization), all-day shooting endurance (battery grip), weather sealing, and the flexibility to meet my varying needs. The X-H2S meets the criteria, but I was looking for more than 24-26 megapixels. The X-H2 with it's 40 megapixel sensor and a price point lower than the X-H2S really hits the sweet spot. Will the AF be as fast as the X-H2S? Probably not, but for my travel and street work, that's OK.

Hopefully between now and the September Fuji X-Summit more details will become available, just don't wait until September 30 to hold the event.