Difference in image quality
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Difference in image quality

A lot of the difference in image quality can be assumed from looking to the headline specs: the 40MP BSI sensor in the X-H2 promises the highest resolution of any mainstream APS-C camera, leapfrogging the 32MP models from Canon.

Noise at the pixel level will inevitably be somewhat higher than its 26MP peers (smaller pixels receive less light), but we look forward to testing the differences at the whole-image level, where good high-res sensors can often deliver comparable noise while retaining some of their additional detail capture. The X-H2 also has a base ISO that's 1/3EV lower, which the company says lets it achieve higher signal-to-noise ratio (cleaner images) than previous models.

Fujifilm says only its more recent lenses can make full use of the additional resolution, but older lenses shouldn't look any worse for being shot on the higher MP body.

When we reviewed it, we found the 26MP X-H2S gives up a tiny fraction of its DR performance in return for its speed (a trend we've seen with fast Stacked CMOS chips before), but its image quality is generally consistent with what we've seen from the X-T4: very good indeed.

What the X-H2S doesn't offer (presumably to enhance the 'high resolution' distinction between the two cameras), is the X-H2's 20-shot pixel shift high-res mode. When asked why external software was needed to combine the images from this mode, Fujifilm said that in-camera processing would take too long.