OP Camera Of The Year: Fujifilm X-H2S

Fujifilm introduced two new flagships in its APS-C sensor X Series mirrorless lineup this year, the X-H2 and X-H2S. For landscape photographers, the X-H2 is potentially the more appealing, with its 40.2-megapixel sensor and Pixel Shift Multi-Shot capability that can produce image files of 160 megapixels. Our pick for Camera of the Year, however, goes to the Fujifilm X-H2S because of its versatility for both landscape and wildlife photography.

The X-H2S shares the same X-Processor 5 as the X-H2 but a lower-resolution sensor of 26.2-megapixels. That smaller image size is ample for most uses and allows the camera to capture moving subjects with exceptional speed. The X-H2S can shoot at up to 40 frames per second with full autofocus and autoexposure tracking using its electronic shutter and up to 15 fps with its mechanical shutter, an advantage for wildlife photographers looking to record the perfect wing position of a bird in flight or a momentary interaction or behavior. At its maximum speed of 40 fps, the camera can capture bursts of up to 184 frames; step down to 30 fps—still incredibly fast—and you can get bursts of more than 1,000 images, well beyond what you’ll likely need in the field. The camera’s autofocus system can identify and track a variety of subjects, including birds and animals.

When selecting our Camera of the Year, we look beyond the camera itself to the system of lenses available for it. For wildlife photographers in particular, lens options are arguably more important than the camera itself. Among the reasons we chose the X-H2S for distinction was Fujifilm’s introduction of the XF150-600mmF5.6-8 R LM OIS WR alongside the camera. In combination with the APS-C format sensor of the X-H2S, the new lens provides a focal length range equivalent to 229-914mm. Due to its compact size, Fujifilm’s X system has enjoyed popularity with street and travel photographers, and its lens system has reflected that, emphasizing wide and moderate telephoto focal length primes and zooms. With this new lens and the capabilities of the X-H2S, Fujifilm has signaled its intent to be a favorite among wildlife and sports photographers, too.

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