A lot has been going on at Fujifilm in the last 3-4 months, with new cameras, an impressive number of firmware announcements and of course rumours about upcoming cameras (supposedly around Photokina in Cologne in September 2018).

 

New cameras

You can find my complete overview of all Fujifilm X and GFX series cameras here on my blog page.

X-H1

The X-H1 (buy in DE , UK , US , FR ) is the Fujifilm’s new flagship APC-S camera. It comes with the current 24,3 MP X-Trans sensor, but has the the novelty (at least for a Fujifilm camera) In-body image stabilization that can reduce shake by up to 5.5 stops. Besides having a weather-sealed body (like the X-T2 for example), it is slightly larger than the X-T2 and has an LCD info display on its top plate. Additionally, it has a new articulating 3″ touchscreen LCD that you can tilt up and down and out to the side and the electronic viewfinder has a resolution of 3.69 million dots.

The burst mode comes with up to 14 fps with the electronic shutter and up to 11 fps with the mechanical shutter. It can capture both DCI and UHD 4K video at 24 and 30p, it has a new ETERNA Film Simulation Mode and supports F-log gamma for easier video color grading.

This camera is clearly geared towards video filmers and action sports photography. It is not the successor of the X-T2 due to it’s increased body size and button redesign on the top plate.

 

X-T100

The X-T100 (buy in DE , UK , US , FR ) is considered to be the “low priced” X-T20. It’s sports the same APS-C 24,3 MP sensor, but without the X-Trans array Unlike it’s potential direct competitor, the X-A5, it has a viewfinder. It also features 4K movie recording.

In the current offer of Fujifilm X series cameras, the lineup (from a price point of view) is (from cheapest to most expensive): X-A5X-T100X-T20X-E3X-T2X-Pro2X-H1 .

 

Camera firmware Updates

The following chapter lists all camera firmware updates since April 2018. The description of the firmware features comes directly from Fujifilm.

Click here to learn how to update your firmware. An overview of all Fujifilm X and GFX series cameras and the current firmware versions is available here.

 

X-H1 1.10 (Jun 13,2018)

(Firmware Update link)     How to update your firmware

  1. Addition of “Focus Bracketing”
    The update will enable the photographer to shoot focus distance bracketing up to 999 frames. When the photographer begins shooting, the focal location is shifted with each activation of the shutter by the step of focus shift set from 1 to 10.
  2. Compatible with the newly developed cinema lens FUJINON MKX18-55mmT2.9 lens and FUJINON MKX50-135mmT2.9 lens  
    The upgrade will add compatibility for the newly developed FUJINON MKX18-55mmT2.9 lens and FUJINON MKX50-135mmT2.9 lens

    1. Aperture information can be displayed on the monitor. The upgrade allows users to select T-stop or F-stop.
    2. The upgrade allows users to check the focus distance with the distance indicator shown on the monitor.
    3. Automatically corrects the distortion and the color/brightness shading.
    4. Camera automatically calculate the White Balance based on the lens position and deliver the color expressions with Film Simulation modes.
  3. Enlarged and customizable indicators or information  
    The upgrade allows users to enlarge indicators and information in the viewfinder and/or LCD monitor. This upgrade will also enable users to customize the location of where the information is shown on the display.
  4. Enhanced Phase Detection AF during movie recording  
    Enabled phase detection AF at smallest area size when in single point AF, making phase detection AF active all 6 area sizes both in AF-S/AF-C mode.
  5. Expanded Phase Detection AF Area options during still shooting
    Phase detection AF is now available in the smallest size single AF point when shooting in AF-S and AF-C modes. This takes the total phase detection AF areas to 6.
  6. Enhanced Bluetooth®* connectivity via “FUJIFILM Camera Remote” app.  
    The upgrade allows users to utilize the following functions with the latest “FUJFIILM Camera Remote” app.

    1. It synchronizes “date and time” and/or “location information” of smartphone and tablet devices when used with cameras with Bluetooth® capability
    2. The upgrade allows users to select multiple smartphones or tablet devices by paring the cameras.(Up to 7 devices)
    3. Update the firmware** of compatible cameras that offer Bluetooth® capability via smartphone or tablet devices
    4. It supports Bluetooth® wireless remote control camera shutter release** for cameras that offer Bluetooth® capability.
      * The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by FUJIFILM Corporation is under license.
      ** An upgrade to the latest “FUJIFILM Camera Remote (Ver.3.2.0)” is required to operate firmware update and camera shutter release.
  7. Addition of Fn button support for “IS Mode”  
    The upgrade allows users to set the Fn button as “IS Mode” for quicker setting changes.
  8. New functions are added to store and read of camera settings by FUJIFILM X Acquire.
    Once connecting a camera to a computer via USB cable, the “FUJIFILM X Acquire” allows users to backup/restore camera settings to/from a file. With “FUJIFILM X Acquire” (ver.1.7 or newer), CUSTOM REGISTRATION/EDIT settings are also stored and read.

 

X-T2  4.10 (Jun 13,2018)

(Firmware Update link)     How to update your firmware

  1. Addition of “Focus Bracketing”
    The update will enable the photographer to shoot focus distance bracketing up to 999 frames. When the photographer starts shooting, the focal location is shifted with each activation of the shutter by the step of focus shift set from 1 to 10.
  2. Compatible with the newly developed cinema lens FUJINON MKX18-55mmT2.9 lens and FUJINON MKX50-135mmT2.9 lens
    The upgrade will add compatibility for the newly developed FUJINON MKX18-55mmT2.9 lens and FUJINON MKX50-135mmT2.9 lens

    1. Aperture information can be displayed on the monitor. The upgrade allows users to select T-stop or F-stop.
    2. The upgrade allows users to check the focus distance with the distance indicator shown on the monitor.
    3. Automatically corrects the distortion and the color/brightness shading.
    4. Camera automatically calculate the White Balance based on the lens position and deliver the color expressions with Film Simulation modes
  3. Enlarged and customizable indicators or information
    The upgrade allows users to enlarge indicators and information in the viewfinder and/or LCD monitor. This upgrade will also enable users to customize the location of where the information is shown on the display.
  4. Addition of F-log SD card recording
    The upgrade allows users to record F-log movie data into their SD card.
  5. Addition of 1080/120P high-speed video mode
    The upgrade allows users to shoot 1080/120P high-speed video (1/2, 1/4 and 1/5 speed slow motion), ideal for recording spectacular slow-motion footage
  6. Enhanced Phase Detection AF
    Latest updates to the AF algorithm provide the following performance enhancements :

    1. The low-light limit for phase detection autofocus has been improved by approximately 1.5 stops from 0.5EV to -1.0EV, raising the precision and speed of autofocus in low-light environments.
    2. The range at minimum aperture has been expanded from F8 to F11. For example, even when using the XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR with the tele converter XF2X TC WR, phase detection autofocus can now be used.
    3. Major improvements have been made to the AF-C performance while operating the zoom, which provides major benefits when shooting sports and other scenarios in which the subjects moves unpredictably.
    4. Finely-detailed surface textures of wild birds and wild animals can now be captured at high speed and with high precision as a result of improvement in phase detection autofocus.
  7. Addition of “Flicker Reduction”
    For enhancing the quality of indoor sports photography, the upgrade allows users to reduce flicker in pictures and the display when shooting under fluorescent lighting and other similar light sources.
  8. New functions are added to store and read of camera settings by FUJIFILM X Acquire
    Once connecting a camera to a computer via USB cable, the “FUJIFILM X Acquire” allows users to backup/restore camera settings to/from a file. With “FUJIFILM X Acquire” (ver.1.7 or newer), CUSTOM REGISTRATION/EDIT settings are also stored and read.
  9. The problems below occurred in Ver.4.00 are fixed.
    1. When RAW files, which were taken by X-T2 (before firmware ver.4.00), are converted in camera (ver.4.00) or by “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO”, they are not converted properly.
    2. When pressing the shutter button halfway under certain conditions, the live view can flicker.
    3. In rare cases, a hang-up can occur in HC mode and so on.  

 

X-E3 1.20 (Apr 26,2018)

(Firmware Update link)     How to update your firmware

  1. Support “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO”
    After connecting a camera to a computer via USB cable, the “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO” enables users to convert RAW files with X Processor Pro. Fast batch processing will also be available. The “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO” can be downloaded from the FUJIFILM website for free.
    *”FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO Installer for Windows/Mac” can be downloaded from the URL below.
    FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO Installer for Windows/Mac
  2. Support for backup/restore of camera settings via FUJIFILM X Acquire
    Once connecting a camera to a computer via USB cable, the “FUJIFILM X Acquire” allows users to backup/restore camera settings to/from a file. Copying all camera settings from one camera to another is available.
    *Settings other than date and custom white balance can be backup and restored.
    *”FUJIFILM X Acquire Installer for Windows/Mac” can be downloaded from the URL below.
    FUJIFILM X Acquire Installer for Windows/Mac
  3. Compatible with the newly developed FUJINON XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens
    The upgrade will add compatibility for the newly developed FUJINON XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens.

    1. When changing the focus mode (AF/MF), the focus ring function (fine zoom adjustment, manual focus) automatically switches.
      * Focus ring function when focus mode is “S” or “C”:Fine Zoom adjustment.
      * Focus ring function when focus mode is “M”:Manual focus.
    2. Memorize the lens zoom position when power off and return to the position when power on
    3. Maintain the lens zoom position in playback mode to shorten the startup time for the next shooting
      <Note>
      When using the lens, upgrade the lens firmware to the latest version first.
      FUJINON XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ Firmware Update Ver.1.01
  4. Improve radio flash controller usability
    The upgrade allows users to shoot with compatible third party studio flash in high speed sync. or TTL mode via their radio controllers.
  5. Enlarged and customizable indicators or information
    The upgrade allows users to enlarge indicators and information in the viewfinder and/or LCD monitor. This upgrade will also enable users to customize the location of where the information is shown on the display.
    When enlarged display, some icons are not displayed like distance indicator, focus frame, focus mode, focus warning, microphone/remote release, AF+MF, button lock and sound and flash indicator.
  6. Enhanced Bluetooth® connectivity via “FUJIFILM Camera Remote” app.
    The upgrade allows users to utilize the following functions with the latest “FUJFIILM Camera Remote” app.

    1. The upgrade allows users to select multiple smartphones or tablet devices by paring the cameras.(Up to 7 devices)
    2. Update the firmware*1 of compatible cameras that offer Bluetooth® capability via smartphone or tablet devices.
    3. It supports Bluetooth® wireless remote control camera shutter release*1 for cameras that offer Bluetooth capability.

*1:An upgrade to the “FUJIFILM Camera Remote” that will be available in May 2018 is required to operate firmware update and camera shutter release.

 

X-A3 2.21 (Jun 28,2018)

(Firmware Update link)     How to update your firmware

  1. Initial setting of ISO is changed to “AUTO” from “200” when switching to P, S, A, M, and Adv mode.
  2. The phenomenon is fixed that in rare cases, INTERVAL TIMER SHOOTING stops.

 

X-A5 1.10 (Jun 28,2018)

(Firmware Update link)     How to update your firmware

  1. Introducing a new PDAF algorithm
    Applying the newly developed PDAF algorithm first featured on the FUJIFILM X-T100. The improvement in autofocus speed and accuracy ensures that you capture those beautiful photographic moments quicker.
  2. Extended movie recording time
    The optimized movie processing algorithm extends the individual movie recording time up to approximately 30 minutes in any movie quality.
    <Note>
    Although movie recording will continue without interruption when the file size reaches 4GB, subsequent footage will be recorded to a separate file which must be viewed separately.
  3. Initial setting of ISO is changed to “AUTO” from “200” when switching to P, S, A, M, and Adv mode.
  4. Visibility on the LCD is improved during CL shooting.
  5. Improved HDMI output usability
    This upgrade eliminates the time limitation.
  6. Graphic interface is modified when the main LCD monitor is inverted by 180 degrees.
  7. The phenomenon is fixed that in rare cases, INTERVAL TIMER SHOOTING stops.

 

X-A20 1.11 (Jun 28,2018)

(Firmware Update link)     How to update your firmware

  1. Initial setting of ISO is changed to “AUTO” from “200” when switching to P, S, A, M, and Adv mode.
  2. The phenomenon is fixed that in rare cases, INTERVAL TIMER SHOOTING stops.

 

X-T20 2.00 (Apr 12,2018)

(Firmware Update link)     How to update your firmware

  1. New AF tracking algorithm for moving subjects
    Thanks to the newly developed image recognition algorithm, the update enhances AF-C to track moving subjects twice as fast as previous firmware. In addition, the update also enhances tracking to be able to capture up to 50% smaller moving subjects than before.
  2. Enhanced touch screen operation
    The firmware update will add some of the touch screen operation features which are currently available on the FUJIFILM X-E3. These touch screen features include:

    1. The Auto Focus area can be moved when in focus zoom with flick operation.
    2. Pinch-in/out operation in playback mode will be updated to go from full-frame playback to multi-frame playback (Nine-frame view and Hundred-frame view)
    3. Select the frame in multi-frame playback with tap or drag operation or return to full-frame playback by double-tapping
    4. Q (Quick) menu selection
    5. Input character with touch key-board (*1)
      *1:Except for some functions. (ex. SSID input)
  3. Support “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO”
    After connecting a camera to a computer via USB cable, the “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO” enables users to convert RAW files with X Processor Pro. Fast batch processing will also be available. The “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO” can be downloaded from the FUJIFILM website for free.
    *”FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO Installer for Windows/Mac” can be downloaded from the URL below.
    FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO Installer for Windows/Mac
  4. Support for backup/restore of camera settings via FUJIFILM X Acquire
    Once connecting a camera to a computer via USB cable, the “FUJIFILM X Acquire” allows users to backup/restore camera settings to/from a file. Copying all camera settings from one camera to another is available.
    *Settings other than date and custom white balance can be backup and restored.
    *”FUJIFILM X Acquire Ver.1.7 Installer for Windows/Mac” can be downloaded from the URL below.
    FUJIFILM X Acquire Ver.1.7 Installer for Windows/Mac
  5. Compatible with the newly developed FUJINON XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens
    The upgrade will add compatibility for the newly developed FUJINON XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens.

    1. When changing the focus mode (AF/MF), the focus ring function (fine zoom adjustment, manual focus) automatically switches.
      * Focus ring function when focus mode is “S” or “C”:Fine Zoom adjustment.
      * Focus ring function when focus mode is “M”:Manual focus.
    2. Memorize the lens zoom position when power off and return to the position when power on
    3. Maintain the lens zoom position in playback mode to shorten the startup time for the next shooting
      <Note>
      When using the lens, upgrade the lens firmware to the latest version first.
      FUJINON XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ Firmware Update Ver.1.01
  6. Improve radio flash controller usability
    The upgrade allows users to shoot with compatible third party studio flash in high speed sync. or TTL mode via their radio controllers.
  7. RGB histogram display and highlight warning
    If you press the function button in the histogram, RGB histogram and highlight warning (high brightness portion will blink) will be displayed.
  8. Enlarged and customizable indicators or information
    The upgrade allows users to enlarge indicators and information in the viewfinder and/or LCD monitor. This upgrade will also enable users to customize the location of where the information is shown on the display. When enlarged display, some icons are not displayed like distance indicator, focus frame, focus mode, focus warning, microphone/remote release, AF+MF, button lock and sound and flash indicator.
  9. AE optimization when face detection

 

GFX 50S 3.10

(Firmware Update link)     How to update your firmware

  1. Compatible with the newly developed FUJINON GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR capabilities
    The upgrade will add compatibility for the newly developed FUJINON GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR capabilities that include “Focus Preset”, “AF-L” and “AF-ON”.
  2. Addition of “Flicker Reduction”
    For enhancing the quality of indoor sports photography, the upgrade allows users to reduce flicker in both pictures and display when shooting under fluorescent lighting and other similar light sources.
  3. New enlarged and customizable indicators: “Large Indicators Mode”
    The upgrade allows users to enlarge indicators and information in the viewfinder and/or LCD monitor. This upgrade will also enable users to customize the location of where the information is shown on the display.
  4. Addition of Fn button support for “35mm Format Mode”
    The upgrade allows users to set the Fn button as “35mm Format Mode” for quicker setting changes.
  5. New functions are added to store and read of camera settings by FUJIFILM X Acquire.
    Once connecting a camera to a computer via USB cable, the “FUJIFILM X Acquire” allows users to backup/restore camera settings to/from a file. With “FUJIFILM X Acquire” (ver.1.7 or newer), CUSTOM REGISTRATION/EDIT settings are also stored and read.

 

Lens firmware updates

The following chapter lists all camera firmware updates since April 2018. The description of the firmware features comes directly from Fujifilm.

Click here to learn how to update your firmware. An overview of all Fujifilm / Fujinon lenses and the current firmware versions is available here.

 

XC15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ 52 1.01 (Apr 12,2018)

(Firmware Update link)     How to update your firmware

  1. Stability improvement of the lens barrel moving when turning on and off.