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Fujifilm X-H2S vs Fujifilm X-T4: What’s the difference?

Fujifilm recently announced the latest update to its X Series with the X-H2S, but how does it compare to one of our best cameras, the X-T4. 

Both are Fujifilm mirrorless cameras, but the X-T4 is aimed at hybrid photographers looking to shoot professional-quality stills and video, while the X-H2S aims to tackle the high-speed camera market. 

Read on to discover all the main similarities and differences between these two Fujifilm cameras… 

Fujifilm X-H2S front
Fujifilm X-H2S

Pricing and availability 

The Fujifilm X-T4 launched in April 2020 at a price of $1,699/£1,549/€1,799 for the body only.

The X-H2S, meanwhile, was announced in May 2022 and costs $2,499/£2,499/€2,749 for the body only. That means you’ll need to pay $800/£950/€950 more to get your hands on the newer camera. 

Right angled view of a black Fujifilm XT4 camera standing on a wooden table, front side view
X-T4

Design and display 

The X-T4 is a small camera with a rugged magnesium alloy frame that measures 134.6 x 92.8 x 63.8mm and weighs 607g including the battery and memory card. 

It has a vintage look that resembles a film camera and includes a good number of dials, switches and control wheels that are sensibly placed without appearing busy. 

The X-T4 has a 0.5-inch 3.69m-dot OLED viewfinder that covers 100% of the frame, along with a 3-inch 1.62m-dot LCD touch screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio. This is a vari-angle screen that we found did a good job displaying the scene ahead with enough contrast and detail to be used under bright sunlight. 

The X-H2S is just slightly larger and heavier than the X-T4 at 136.3 x 92.9 x 84.6mm and 660g including the battery and memory card, though we found it to be still very compact and lightweight. 

The camera has a similar appearance to the X-T4 and the controls don’t feel busy on this camera, either. In fact, Fujifilm has slimmed down the dials and switches on the X-H2S and the physical controls that have remained are more durable than those on the older camera. 

There’s a 0.5-inch OLED viewfinder that, like the X-T4’s, covers 100% of the viewing area but with a higher 5.76m-dot resolution. The X-H2S also has the same vari-angle 3-inch 1.62m-dot LCD touch screen monitor as the X-T4. 

Finally, Fujifilm has introduced support for CFexpress Type B cards here, which are faster than the SD cards used in the X-T4. You can also use your existing SD cards in the X-H2S. 

Fujifilm X-H2S display
Fujifilm X-H2S

Performance and features

The X-T4 features the X-Trans CMOS 4 APS-C image sensor and a number of features that made the camera an upgrade over its predecessor, the X-T3

We found the autofocus system offered fast and consistent tracking, along with improved face detection and eye AF, while the burst mode made it possibly to get great shots at 15fps. 

The camera also features 5-axis image stabilisation with 6.5 stops of compensation and digital image stabilisation in movie mode. 

Lastly, we found the battery was physically larger than the one in the X-T3  and delivered a 30% improvement over its predecessor. 

The X-H2S, on the other hand, is powered by the new X-Trans CMOS 5 HS APS-C image sensor. Like the X-T4, the X-H2S includes a number of upgrades over its predecessor (in this case the X-T4). 

There’s the X-Processor 5, which claims to improve the image quality, lower the power consumption and speed up the performance of the camera, while the new image sensor offers faster performance and support for a quicker 40fps burst mode. The 5-axis image stabilisation also includes an increased 7 stops of compensation. 

The autofocus is 3x faster than that on the X-T4 and deals better with moving subjects. There’s also subject-recognition AF, which allows the camera to detect people, animals, cars, motorcycles, planes and trains. 

Meanwhile, the addition of HEIF file support allows you to save smaller files without compromising on quality. However, you will need to install third-party programme such as Photoshop to convert the files if you use a PC. 

Finally, there’s the same NP-W235 Li-on battery found in the X-T4. 

Back side view of a black Fujifilm XT4 camera standing on a wooden table with it's screen flipped open
X-T4

Video 

When it comes to recording video, the X-T4 is capable of recording 4K/60p with 10bit 4:2:0 colour internally or with 4:2:2 colour to an external recorder, along with Full HD at up to 240fps for up to 10x slow motion. There’s also support for the F-log and HLG picture profiles. 

The X-H2S, meanwhile, is capable of shooting 6K/30p or 4K at up to 120p for higher quality slow motion and there’s support for Apple ProRes 422 HQ, as well. 

Fujifilm X-H2S top
Fujifilm X-H2S

Verdict 

Both Fujifilm cameras feature similar designs and feature sets, but the X-H2S is better equipped for high-speed photography thanks to a number of improvements in its burst mode, AF and image stabilisation. 

The camera also packs a higher resolution viewfinder, more streamlined physical controls, support for CFexpress and HEIF and the ability to record 6K video. 

However, it’s also almost £1000 more expensive than the X-T4, which is something to consider if you’re on a budget as the X-T4 is still a fantastic camera.

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