X-H2S, Don't hate it, because it is different.

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X-H2S, Don't hate it, because it is different.
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I’ve had the camera since launch, and I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to adapt to the control changes (Previously I only used X-T Bodies). Another thing, I find the X-T bodies a lot of fun to shoot with and I wasn’t sure I would find this quite as fun… So, I definitely had some concerns, but I bought it anyway.

My Use Case

I am not a professional sports shooter, I’m just an amateur enthusiast that enjoys taking pictures. My subjects range from animals, birds, kids, landscape, architecture, and abstract items. So, don’t think you have to be a sports shooter to get a lot out of this camera, because that’s simply not true.

The Controls

So, again the controls take some getting used to but they certainly have strengths as well.

The push button AF Mode means you don’t have to look at the front of the camera or flick it back and forth to make sure you’re in the correct position. On top of that, you can set the AF Mode completely in the cameras Custom Settings and just twist the PSAM dial to that setting.

Having 7 Custom Settings is great, and you can even rename the settings to something that is logical to you, but there’s no way to change the dial, so you’re still guessing as to which one you want to use. It might have been better to have one setting on the dial and a Q Menu option to cycle through the custom modes by the name you created for them.

As for the push button dials, I honestly don’t care that they left those out, as I almost never used that function unless it came set with something from manufacturer.

The shutter button is something I noted in previous comments and while I’ve gotten used to it, it is still a very sensitive and I often find myself looking at blurry shots of images that I had no idea I had taken, because I accidently brushed my finger across the shutter.

Overall, it is a very nice camera and I’ve really come to enjoy the new features, customization options and ease of use. If there’s one thing I would like for them to have retained, it would have been the dedicated EV Compensation Dial, but I’ve gotten used to using the rear wheel.

With the X-T4 I pretty much always shot in Aperture Priority and I can still adjust that by the lens ring, so I don’t really miss many of the other dials.

Build Quality

I have no real complaints here, it is a very solid build quality and it is about what I have come to expect from Fuji.

Is it improved over the X-T4? No, it is essentially the same build quality with a different control scheme.

Auto Focus

The AF is fast and extremely accurate. It is faster than the X-T4 and tracking is certainly more reliable overall. I still have a lot to learn about shooting with a camera that is this fast.

Stabilization

When it comes to stabilization, I find the OIS is capable of quite a bit, but honestly it is going to vary by lens. When shooting with the 300 F/4 PF ED VR, I was able to shoot at 1/30 and get a very sharp shot using VR and OIS. With the 80 Macro I could get down to about 1/8th for a sharp shot, but lower and blur started to tick up. So, I cannot say it is as good as Fuji claims, because honestly it appears to be about the same as the X-T4 IBIS, but that was good enough.

The image below is just me testing the IBIS with the 300mm lens.

Shutter

I pretty much just turn off the Mechanical Shutter and shoot silent. The lack of distortion using only the electronic shutter is impressive and has me thinking I will probably never go back to a camera that cannot match or exceed this performance.

EVF

I wanted to touch on this, because it is the best EVF I’ve ever used and while the Sony A1 is higher end, this is more than anyone would need. It is fast and detailed!

Image Quality

Honestly, I find the Image quality to be excellent when shooting HEIF and RAW, but I would say overall it is on par with the X-T4.

High ISO

ISO 6400

Video

For YouTube or some other simple video blog, the camera is about as good as anything out there.  I haven't used it for anything else as I do not have a Gimbal, so it wouldn't be the smoothest shooting experience.  
Sensor

For those not aware of this, Stacked Sensor technology is really only available in the flagship bodies of each camera manufacturer, so this very much is a flagship camera.  However, there are only two bodies that are under $5000 with this technology and that's the X-H2S and an Olympus OMD.

Overall

I like the camera quite a bit and I’ve been shooting with it every day, so the fun hasn’t been sapped by the lack of manual controls. The camera itself is built for speed all the way around! So, If you’re on the fence about the camera, I would say try it, because it is a fantastic tool for photography and you will be hard pressed to find many situations where it isn’t more than capable of doing the job.
Oh and one last note!  I have no idea why Fuji used the HIF designation, because I have to rename them to HEIF before Photoshop would open them.  Anyway, I wish either Fuji or Adobe would fix this issue.

 FuzzyDice's gear list:FuzzyDice's gear list
Fujifilm X-H2S Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 R Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Fujifilm 16-55mm F2.8R LM WR Fujifilm 50mm F2 R WR +2 more
Fujifilm X-H2S
26 megapixels • 3 screen • APS-C sensor
Announced: May 31, 2022
FuzzyDice's score
5.0
Average community score
4.8
bad for good for
Kids / pets
excellent
Action / sports
great
Landscapes / scenery
good
Portraits
great
Low light (without flash)
great
Flash photography (social)
excellent
Studio / still life
excellent
= community average
Fujifilm X-H2S
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