The semi-annual Fujifilm X-Summit has come and gone and Fujifilm has once again made waves in the industry. The X-H2S has landed with a stacked X-Trans 5 CMOS sensor, fantabulous Fuji color science, 7 stops of internal stabilization, oodles of speed, speed, speed.
Many sites (way bigger than me) have gotten their mitts on pre-production models and the results are very promising. AF performance in on par with the current king of the hill, the Nikon Z9. AF tracking includes modes for (human) eyes & faces, birds, animals, airplanes, cars, and motorcycles. Sports shooters will be pleased with the huge frame buffer and the use of a speedy CF Express Type-B card (with a very capable SD UHS-II as second banana).
The image size is still 26 megapixels, but I will address this later.
Who is this camera for?
Sports shooters, videographers, birders or pretty much anyone with a "run and gun" photo style. From my own experience, this would be a rocking camera for professional ballet and modern dance. Sadly, I don't do that any more.
Am I getting one?
No. I was looking fro something with higher resolution for my travel and landscape work. However, Fuji has addressed this as well.
At the end of the presentation (in a very Steve Jobs-esque "one more thing" kind of way), they dropped that a second model, the X-H2, will be announced in September's X-Summit and will sport a 40 megapixel X-Trans 5 HR sensor. Granted, this is not a stacked sensor, but it's stated goal is resolution, not speed.
So I have to wait one more quarter and save up my pennies some more. On the bright side, the X-H2S weighs in at $2,499 USD and (according to FujiRumors) the X-H2 will cost less.
I guess good things do come to those who wait.