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USER EXPERIENCE: Joubert Walters, BeeSteady Productions – X-H2S Videography

  1. What are your thoughts on video quality overall? Are there any specific new improvements you want to comment on?

Fujifilm has always impressed me from a sheer image quality standpoint. Our camera of choice – the X-T4 – handles challenging lighting conditions, be it overly light or dark, thanks to impeccable dynamic range and low noise levels.

The X-H2S takes all this and improves upon it. The improvement in dynamic range, especially in F-Log and F-Log2, is by far the most notable of the bunch. Regardless of how harsh lighting conditions are, the X-H2S manages to retain smooth highlight roll-off and preserve detail in the highlights and in shadows markedly better than Fujifilm’s own and the industry’s existing offerings.

I haven’t seen dynamic range like this even in cameras nearing double the X-H2S’s price point.

  1. How did you find battery life?

Having challenged myself to ditch the USB-PD power bank that runs our X-T4s for only the internal battery found in the X-H2S, I was pleasantly surprised. I only had to change the battery once while shooting in 4k60p, in F-Log2, after four hours.

  1. Did you use the X-H2S’s autofocus and autofocus tracking? What were your findings?

With the X-T4, one really must learn and get used to its flaws for the video AF, at which point it starts to fade away. With the X-H2S on the other hand, there was no adjustment period. Point it in a direction and it will grab the subject quickly and smoothly, plus stay locked on without hunting for focus.

It has made the camera such a joy to work with, especially in run-and-gun scenarios. I no longer have to guess or hope for the camera to retain focus throughout my shot. The camera gave me a sense of reliability: I could trust it, allowing me to concentrate on composition and movement.

  1. Can you comment on the improvements to rolling shutter?

Fujifilm has always been bothered by rolling shutter a lot less than its competitors, with the X-T4 having very little, mostly notable only in its highest bitrate and resolution settings. With the X-H2S, I am yet to encounter it to an extent that becomes visible to the naked eye, even when shooting at 4k120p.

  1. Did you have any heat issues while shooting?

Not yet. It should be noted that I have not utilised the 4k120p setting continuously, or in harsh enough weather to give it a shot at overheating. So far it has been solid. I adjusted the temperature limit to high upon unboxing it.

  1. Do you have feedback on F-Log2?

 Having been invited to shoot BTS work alongside Lindsey Appolis, in an indoor, rather dark setting, I thought it to be the ideal time to test F-Log2, with its base ISO being 1250. I doubted the measurability of the improvement at first. That was until I started grading it in Blackmagic Davinci Resolve. Thanks to the monumental step up in dynamic range, and the sheer flatness of F-Log2, you are able to extract so much colour from it. No blown highlights, deep blacks with low noise – it’s been a treat!

F-Log2 truly opens up the X-H2S to the cinema-world a lot more, challenging cameras in much higher price brackets on the dynamic range front.

  1. What surprised you most about the X-H2S?

How much better Fujifilm’s X-mount lenses’ autofocus can be! I would love to see firmware updates brought to the X-T4 improving upon focus smoothness (as seen in the X-H2S) instead of focus speed (for video). Smooth, reliable video auto focus is something the X-H2S shines at – truly. The improved IBIS has also been a treat. Having clear improvements in retaining smoothness and not being too jerky as the X-T4 could sometimes be, where it would overcompensate when camera movement is taking place.

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Video shot on the Fujifilm X-H2S.

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