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Exit Fujifilm X-H2s

On May 31, 2022, information on the new camera was published Fujifilm X-H2s. In this video we will see the presentation of the camera and two new lenses:

  • Fujifilm XF 150-600mm F5.6-8R LM OIS WR
  • Fujifilm's XF 18-120mm F4 LM PZ WR

Fujifilm X-H2s key parameters:

  • APS-C sensor at 26,16 megapixels
  • back-illuminated multilayer matrix X-Trans V
  • shooting speed 15fps on the mechanics, 40fps on the electronic shutter
  • File Formats: JPEG, HEIF, RAW-14bit, TIFF-8bit/16bit
  • Mechanical shutter: up to 1/8000 second, Electronic shutter: up to 1/32000 second
  • Flash synchronization: mechanical 1/250 second, electronic 1/120
  • 10-bit Apple ProRes HQ/LT/Proxy recording from 4:2:2 to 6,2K/30P in-camera
  • 4:2:2 10-bit h.265 recording up to 4K/120p and FHD/240p in-camera
  • ProRes Raw and Blackmagic BRAW on recorder
  • full size HDMI port
  • 4K 60fps recording up to 4 hours without overheating
  • new F-Log2 profile with dynamic range 14+ steps
  • improved matrix stabilization up to 7 stops of compensation
  • autofocus with tracking of animals, vehicles, people, faces, eyes and more
  • 2 memory card slots: CFexpress Type B and SD format UHS-II
  • electronic viewfinder 5,76 million dots x0.8 zoom

Detailed analysis of the presentation Fujifilm X-H2s see in my video:

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Audio interface for cameras - Tascam CA-XLR2d

Tascam unveils long-awaited audio interface for mirrorless Canon cameras и Fujifilm Tascam CA-XLR 2d.

In 2021, the development of this adapter was announced. The same adapter was seen in the presentation Canon R5C.

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I think some people may have a question -

But why is it needed if there is a microphone input in the camera anyway?

  • First, this adapter opens up the possibility of using professional XLR microphones with cameras where there is only a 3.5mm input.
  • Second, most cameras have terrible audio preamps. Whichever microphone you plug into the same Canon R5, the sound quality will be lower compared to the same microphone connected to a Zoom, Tascam or any other recorder. In a simple way, the sound input in most cameras leaves much to be desired.

Now more

The Tascam CA-XLR 2d features a high quality preamplifier that provides low noise and wide dynamic range audio recording. With this audio interface, you can use both condenser and dynamic microphones, or record a line signal from a mixer.

The device has two XLR/TRS inputs with +48V phantom power and a 3.5mm microphone input. There is also a headphone output.

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From the functionality of Tascam CA-XLM 2D is equipped with:

  • auto volume level
  • low pass filter
  • limiter

Recording is carried out in stereo mode, but you can record separate microphones in the right/left channel and separately control their volume.

tascam ca-xlr2d audio

Signal encoding format 16bit/24bit, 48kHz/96kHz.

Currently presented 3 version Tascam CA-XLR2d:

  • Tascam CA-XLR2d-C (for Canon)
  • Tascam CA-XLR2d-F (for Fujifilm)
  • Tascam CA-XLR2d-AN (analogue)

The analog version is powered by 2 AA batteries (in a separate battery pack) and connects to the camera via a 3.5mm cable to the microphone input. To be honest, I don’t see the point in this with Canon cameras, because. all sound quality will be killed by a low-quality in-camera audio preamplifier.

It is much more interesting to use Tascam CA-XLR2d-C or -F, which are connected to the camera via a hot shoe. The power comes from the camera, and the signal is transmitted digitally without degradation of quality from the microphone input in the camera. This is very important for those who want to have high-quality sound from the camera, but do not have to synchronize the sound recorded on an external recorder in post-production.

Way of working

input for xlr microphones

  1. Recording analog input from a microphone
  2. Analog to digital conversion
  3. Transmission of a digital signal to the camera

This is an important point, because sound quality is often lost precisely at the stage of analog-to-digital conversion.

In addition, Tascam CA-XLR2d has a smart voice recording system that takes into account the brand of the recording device used. That is, the manufacturer promises that this audio interface will adapt to specific your microphone.

If you have both Canon and Fujifilm cameras at the same time, then it is not necessary to buy 2 such audio interfaces. You can change the hot shoe adapter "CA-AK1-C" for Canon, "CA-AK1-F" for Fujifilm or analog "CA-AK1-AN".

A spoon of tar

As of March 2022 Tascam CA-XLR2d with digital interface supports cameras:

I hope the list grows.

With an analog interface, you can cling to anything, but I personally don’t see much point.

Total

Personally, I was very pleased with the appearance of such a device. It solves the sound problem on Canon/Fujifilm cameras. But there is a problem. I solve this problem by using Zoom F1 recorder. But this entails constant mixing of audio tracks on the post.

The Tascam CA-XLR2d aligns cameras with professional camcorders when it comes to sound recording. While everyone was chasing image parameters (4K, Log, 4:2:2 and so on), the problem with sound on cameras remained relevant for most cameras with the exception of Panasonic cameras. Panasonic is better with this, tk. their cameras have better sound preamps, plus they released a Panasonic DMW-XLR1 adapter a long time ago, similar to the hero of the review from Tascam.

As I already wrote, Tascam CA-XLR2d lit up in conjunction with the Canon R5C. It's great that support for this adapter is not limited to the top model. There is truth and nuance. Tascam CA-XLR2d is only supported by mirrorless cameras. Canon has a lot SLR cameras and at the moment their support is not announced. And for mirrorless cameras, new firmware has already been released with support for the new audio interface from Tascam.

Tascam CA-XLR2d weighs 331 grams.

The recommended price of the novelty is 499 dollars.

News source - Tascam official website.

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Why should you buy a Fujifilm camera?

The title is very promotional. But this article is by no means advertising and, moreover, not paid. The time for Fujifilm's aggressive advertising is about 2017-2018 years. At that time, this even infuriated me a little - stories about crop that's like a full frame, and even steeper; broadcasting about absolute superiority modern mirrorless cameras over backward DSLRs etc. At the time, I was filming Canon 5D Mark III and looked at the crops with no small amount of disdain.

Now at my disposal Canon R5, Fujifilm X-S10 и Fujifilm X T3. Moreover, I bought the X-T3 again :) The story is this: at first I had X-T20, then upgraded to X-T3, then I changed X-T3 to X-S10, and then I bought X-T3 in addition to X-S10. I am satisfied with these cameras, I know in detail about their disadvantages and advantages. Initially, I always shot more with Canon and I know the benefits of full frame. I still consider Canon to be the top system on the market. But Fujifilm crops have their own unique advantages that do not overlap with full-frame Canon. These are different segments and they do not replace each other, so for my personal use both systems coexist. If any of them were obviously better, I would get rid of the less cool one. But that doesn't happen.

So why do I recommend Fujifilm crops?

In this article, I will extol the crop mirrorless from Fujifilm. This company has more cool medium format camerasbut that's a separate conversation. Medium format is not for everyone.

Pros of Fujifilm crop cameras

Overall, I think these are the top APS-C cameras on the market. Below I will explain why.

For starters, they have the best options in their niche. I do not want to say that you have to chase the parameters, but some things are very pleasant. Namely:

  • Dynamic range

Back-illuminated X-Trans matrices give a very decent dynamic range both when shooting in de-hyped JPG and in RAW. Moreover, in Fuji, the dynamic range does not suffer as much from increasing ISO as in other crops, such as for example Canon or Sony.

In terms of dynamic range, modern Fujifilm croppers can butt heads with older full-frame cameras such as the Canon 5D mark III / mark II. Of course, this does not make the crop a full frame. Full-frame cameras give a different perspective and different color reproduction, but the range of brightness difference between new crops and old full-frame cameras is already comparable.

  • ISO

In terms of the ability to shoot at high ISOs, Fujifilm crops are a pleasant surprise. And, by the way, in this parameter they are even ahead of the old full-frame cameras. In my opinion, the X-T3 is comparable in noise to the 5D mark III, that is, already better than the full-frame 5D mark II, where ISO 1600 was very borderline. On cameras with X-Trans IV generation (X-T3, X-T4, X-S10, X-T30), photos at ISO 2000 look quite detailed and sharp. And the video looks good even at ISO 5000. I am not campaigning for shooting at high ISOs, this is not something to strive for. But for extreme cases it is useful.

  • Detailing

Fujifilm crops are very sharp in both photos and videos. There are several reasons for this:

a) matrix without AA filter

b) very sharp native optics

c) for video - signal reading without skipping lines and with oversampling

However, any lens on Fuji will shoot sharper than on cameras with an AA filter. Sometimes this sharpness even seems excessive. This is a feature of the system.

  • Boke

If you want to get a very blurry background, then this is not a problem on APS-C cameras.

I must say, there is no unique advantage for Fujifilm. This applies to all crop cameras. I want to emphasize that you don't have to buy a full frame to get bokeh. Crop lenses with f1.4 have become very accessible. There are enough bowls there. Below are examples of night photos on X-S10 + Viltrox 56mm f1.4.

  • Compactness

It is in the segment of small cameras that they, in my opinion, are the most advantageous. There are also heavy crops in the Fujifilm line: X-T4, X-Pro3, relatively heavy X-T3. But there are also a lot of compact cameras with almost the same capabilities: X-T30, X-S10 and others. In this segment, it has long shown its inconsistency micra 4/3which, in fact, has already left the market. Recent updates from Panasonic и OM System look like a misunderstanding even to their fans. And so for those who want to get the best of the best, I think this is Fujifilm in the compact camera segment.

  • Nice color reproduction

Fujifilm cameras see color in their own way. Often this may not even be realistic. But many people like this color.

  • Flexible JPG settings

Fujifilm has the ability to very flexibly adjust the reproduction of dynamic range, sharpness and other parameters when shooting JPG. These cameras, I believe, are the closest to getting the finished result without processing in RAW format. But you'll need to fiddle around with the settings. By itself, the magic JPG will not just appear. For different scenes, you will need to manually set different settings.

  • Film profiles

Magical JPG files are side by side with a large number of pre-installed film profiles. More about them I wrote in this article. These profiles are an amateur thing. Some people like them very much, others they leave indifferent. But in any case, they give the user additional options. If you don't like it, don't include it :)

  • Video features

For relatively little money on this system, you can get 4K 60fps, 10bit, Log profile, and generally very detailed video with good dynamic range and high working ISOs. According to the feeling from the image, buying a top crop is a quality upgrade from the same Panasonic GH5 with similar settings. The size of the matrix does matter.

  • Stylish design

Fujifilm cameras are mostly made in retro design. Many people like him.

Cons of Fujifilm crop cameras

  • Moody AF

Autofocus at Fujifilm is sometimes said to be so lousy that it's practically non-existent. I strongly disagree with this. It is, but capricious and you need to understand exactly how it works. In addition to camera settings, for good AF on video, you also need the right lens. There are quite a few top-of-the-line old Fujinon lenses whose focus motor is not suitable for AF tracking on video. A person who buys a Fujifilm camera naturally does not know all these nuances. By the way, Viltrox budget lenses In terms of AF, they behave very well.

  • Cost

On average, these cameras are more expensive than similar models. But not all. What is definitely more expensive is native lenses. But for those who want to save money, there are already many good inexpensive alternatives. So the statement "fuji has no optics' has long since become irrelevant. As for native optics, they are expensive, but really very high quality. And some models even uniquely cool (and uniquely expensive).

  • Specific color rendering

Fujifilm cameras have nice colors and you can play with their settings a lot. But, if your task is to get the exact color, then this may be a problem. Canon / Nikon cameras convey color more correctly in my opinion. Fujifilm can distort colors even with a basic profile.

  • Specific design

Retro design is both a plus and a minus. There are people to whom all these twists seem superfluous and inappropriate. Models such as X-T3, X-T4 have specific control due to the lack of familiar modes AV, TV, M. You can get used to it, but not everyone likes it.

At the moment, one of the latest models - Fujifilm X-S10 - already made in a modern design with familiar controls for everyone. There are plenty to choose from.

  • Video overheating possible

It depends on the specific model and shooting mode.

First, overheating only happens when recording 4K video.

Secondly, these problems are especially relevant for compact and entry-level models (X-E3, X-T30, X-T200).

senior line X-S10, X-T3, X-T4 can write videos for a long time 4K mode. I personally experienced no restrictions when recording an hour and a half interviews on these cameras. But there are reviews from people who have these models stopped recording due to overheating.

It should be clarified that the ambient temperature is also important here. Also, overheat on any camera can be eliminated by purchasing an external video recorder.

So, which model to choose?

I believe that the most universal model is the one recently mentioned Fujifilm X-S10. For most people, it will be optimal. I have already detailed differences between X-T3 and X-T4. I like both models less than the X-S10 due to their weight. I want the crop mirrorless to be small and light. The smaller the camera, the more willingly you will take it everywhere with you. They all shoot exactly the same.

With a small budget, I can recommend Fujifilm X T20 from the old line. When taking a photo, you will lose almost nothing. Differences of newer models are in video capabilities.

About Fujifilm cameras and lenses for this system, I recorded a lot of videos on my channel. For this there is separate playlist.