FUJIFILM may have made the most impressive APS-C camera so far with the release of the X-H2S. This is a powerful camera and features a stacked sensor that allows it to capture incredible video at up to 6.2K.
New architecture and processing should make it the best performer in APS-C in terms of low-light and dynamic range as well.
cammackey is interested in the X-H2S and how it compares to his current kit which includes the Canon R5 C. What better way to see how the new APS-C system performs than by doing some dynamic range tests against the full-frame R5 C.
Why would you even want to consider the FUJIFILM X-H2S if you already are working with the R5 C? The Canon is already considered to be among the best out there.
Well, if you want something smaller for personal work or want to pick up something for use as a B camera then the X-H2S could be very appealing.
To perform the test he shot the FUJIFILM using F-Log2 in ProRes 422 LT in 6.2K open gate. He did then crop it in a touch to make it appear more even. Canon was shot twice, once with the compressed XF-AVC codec and then also in Canon RAW.
Indoor Window Test
The first shot is taken inside with a window directly behind him. Then, using some of the manufacturers’ log conversion settings, he pushed them to and then beyond their limits.
He intentionally pushed everything to the breaking point to see how much information was actually available in the files. It is not meant to look good, so bear that in mind.
Looking at the FUJIFILM files next to the XF-AVC clips it seems to show an advantage in dynamic range. More information is being held in the shadows with the FUJIFILM footage though part of this might be to how they map the footage on the log curve.
Canon does do a lot better in raw. The footage is able to be saved in the shadows, though it seems to only put the two cameras on even ground as opposed to giving one side a clear victory.
Shooting up at some trees pushes the footage in a different way. This shows the difference between how the cameras capture footage well. You can see that FUJIFILM seems to have a bit more saturation and a brighter mid point than Canon.
The footage on both looks good, but I would say that the Canon looks more natural in these shots. Cam does think that Canon is capturing a touch more information in the leaves and tress in this case.
Overall, the FUJIFILM does hold up quite well in these tests.
What did you think of these tests? I think that it makes a strong argument that APS-C can be just as good as many full-frame systems.
- Canon EOS R5 C Mirrorless Cinema Camera (B&H, Amazon)
- FUJIFILM X-H2S Mirrorless Camera (B&H, Amazon)
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