Quick Start Guide FUJIFILM X-H2S

Congratulations on your new FUJIFILM X-H2S! This quick start guide introduces your camera’s features and functions, and will help you get more creative with your photography.


Features Common to All X Series Cameras

The MENU OK button is used to access deeper levels of camera functionality beyond what is offered by function buttons, dials, and switches.

Note: On FUJIFILM X-H2S, MENU OK options will change whether you’re in stills mode or movie mode – this is also applicable to the Q MENU options.

  • Named menu tabs are what you use to change capture settings. Press the left button on the Selector pad to scroll by tab (so you don’t have to scroll through every function to get to the next page), and press the right button on the Selector pad to access the desired feature, then MENU OK to select.
  • The wrench icon indicates SET UP and features settings including Power Management, Button/Dial Setting and Screen Set-Up. Choose DISP. CUSTOM SETTING from the SCREEN SET-UP menu to select what information shows on the EVF/LCD.
  • Finally, the MY menu is a customized menu that you create based on your most frequently accessed menu items. Add and rank to move them in any order you like and remove them under USER SETTING in the SET UP menu.

The DRIVE settings give you access to high-speed burst modes, bracketing, single frame, Advanced Filters, and more. On X-H2S, Drive functions are set using the button located beneath the Mode dial.

In CAPTURE mode, this button acts as a DRIVE function, while in PLAYBACK mode, it acts as a DELETE function.

Note: When the FACE/EYE DETECTION SETTING is turned on, choosing different PHOTOMETRY types will be disabled.

The AE-L button allows you to lock exposure in a specific part of the scene, allowing you to recompose while maintaining the exposure. Auto Exposure Lock is also linked to shutter button pressing, but can be unlinked in the Menu OK>SETUP>BUTTON DIAL SETTINGS.

The AF ON button initiates autofocus in all FOCUS MODES including AF-S, AF-C, and Manual. Autofocus will still be attached to the SHUTTER button, but can be removed by MENU OK > SET UP > BUTTON DIAL SETTINGS> SHUTTER AF > AF-S or AF-C. This will remove AF from the shutter button when turned off and can be isolated to AF-S, AS-C, or both.

The white balance button allows you to select WB options that match your light source. You can also customize to create your own shade of white or select a specific kelvin value, which is a measure of the color temperature of light. The default setting for quick WB access is the right button on the Selector pad, but it can be assigned to other Fn buttons as outlined below.

Use the View Mode button to change view from LCD to viewfinder only or EYE SENSOR + LCD IMAGE DISPLAY (for using both), which senses your eye at the viewfinder and instantly switches from LCD to EVF.

The DISP BACK button allows you to select how you’d like information displayed on the LCD and/or EVF. You can customize the information being displayed in SET UP > SCREEN SET-UP > DISP. CUSTOM SETTING.

Personalizing your camera

Many aspects of X-H2S can be customized to suit your preferences, such as controls, displays and shooting modes.

Controls, swipes and dials

Customize the behavior of the camera’s controls and touch screen swipe gestures.

  • Press and hold the DISP BACK button to go straight to the FUNCTION (Fn) SETTING customization screen.
  • Scroll through the various options, scrolling right to change the default behavior of each button or swipe.
  • Those Functions controlled by gestures on the touch screen will require TOUCH FUNCTION to be enabled. To do this, press MENU/OK, go to the SET UP menu, access the BUTTON/DIAL SETTING menu, then select TOUCH SCREEN SETTING. Ensure TOUCH SCREEN SETTING and T-Fn TOUCH FUNCTION are both set to ON.

Customizing EVF and LCD information

The information you see when you compose a scene can be changed so that only the data you need is shown.

  • Press MENU OK, scroll down to the SET UP menu and access SCREEN SET-UP.
  • Scroll through and choose the items you’d like to see in the viewfinder and on the camera screen.

Customizing the Q Menu

The Q Menu gives you information at a glance and quick access to camera settings. You can also change what’s on the Q Menu screen to suit your way of working.

  • Hold down the Q button for a couple of seconds; the customization screen will appear.
  • Choose the menu item location you want to customize and press MENU OK.
  • Find the function you’d like to appear in this menu location and press MENU OK.
  • Repeat the above steps for each menu location you want to change. Press DISP BACK to finish.

When using X-H2S in Movie mode, the Q menu has a different layout, but can still be customized in the same way.

Customizing Film Simulation modes

You’ve probably discovered your camera’s Film Simulation modes by now, but did you know you can customize these to your own tastes?

  • Hit the Q button to display the Q Menu.
  • Adjust highlights, shadows and color saturation with the H Tone, S Tone and Color options.

You can save these new settings as a custom preset for instant recall.

  • Press MENU OK, navigate to the IMAGE QUALITY SETTING menu and choose EDIT/SAVE CUSTOM SETTING.
  • Choose a custom preset slot and scroll right.
  • Press OK, scroll right on the preset slot once again, then select EDIT/CHECK.
  • Select SAVE CURRENT SETTINGS. The camera will ask you to choose OK to confirm changes.

To load your preset, simply turn X-H2S’s mode dial to the Custom number you assigned.

Focusing modes

Focus point place and size

The size of the active focusing area used by X-H2S can be changed in size and moved around the frame. In the camera’s Q Menu, you’ll find the AF MODE. Using the touch screen and/or the rear command dial, choose from Single Point (highly selective), Zone (for erratically moving subjects) and Wide/Tracking (uses the whole frame and includes Subject Detection modes).

In the AF/MF SETTING menu, AF MODE can also be set to All. The latter allows you to scroll through all modes while changing the position of the active focusing area as described below.

To move the active point or zone, or change its size while on the shooting screen:

  • Move the Focus Lever in any direction to activate the active point.
  • Move the Focus Lever to shift the focus point/area up, down, left or right.
  • Rotate the front or rear command dial to change the size of the focus point/area.
  • Press MENU OK or half-press the shutter release button.

Did you know that pressing the DISP/BACK while you’re adjusting the focus point moves it back to the center of the frame?

Switch on Subject Detection

X-H2S includes several advanced Subject Detection modes. These can be activated from the Q menu and AF/MF SETTING menu. Subject Detection can be set to ANIMAL, BIRD, AUTOMOBILE, MOTORCYCLE & BIKE, AIRPLANE and TRAIN.

To choose a mode, highlight the Subject Detection icon in the Q menu and use the rear command dial to cycle through the options. Alternatively, in the AF/MF SETTING menu, choose SUBJECT DETECTION SETTING, scroll right, pick SUBJECT DETECTION ON and scroll right again, then choose the specific mode. Press MENU OK to select the mode you want.

Custom AF-C modes

The way X-H2S tracks and focuses on moving objects depends on the kind of focusing behavior specified in continuous AF-C mode.

  • Put the camera in AF-C mode using the Q menu, then press MENU OK and navigate to the AF/MF SETTING menu.
  • Choose AF-C CUSTOM SETTINGS, then choose preset 1-5 based on the action you’re shooting.
  • Or try setting number 6 to specify your own focusing behavior.

Making the most of manual focus

When you’re focusing manually, X-H2S offers all kinds of focusing aids to help you nail critical sharpness.

  • Put the camera in M focus mode using the Q menu, then press MENU OK and navigate to the AF/MF SETTING menu.
  • Scroll down to MF ASSIST and choose from DIGITAL SPLIT IMAGE, DIGITAL MICROPRISM or FOCUS PEAK HIGHLIGHT. In DIGITAL SPLIT IMAGE you can specify COLOR or MONOCHROME, and in FOCUS PEAK HIGHLIGHT you can choose a color and intensity that shows up best against the subject.

Switch on FOCUS CHECK from the AF/MF SETTING menu and the camera will enlarge a central portion of the scene when you begin to focus manually.

Switch on AF+MF from the AF/MF SETTING menu and you’ll be able to focus manually just by turning the lens focus barrel in AF-S or AF-C – no change of focus mode necessary.

High-speed shooting

X-H2S can shoot at high frame rates and very quietly. In its mechanical shutter mode, it can record at up to 15fps. With its electronic shutter turned on, you’ll be able to capture at up to 40fps, in complete silence, and at shutter speeds up to 1/32,000 sec.

To select Electronic Shutter

  • Press MENU OK and navigate to the SHOOTING SETTING menu.
  • With electronic shutter activated, you can select frame rates up to 40fps by pressing the DRIVE button on the rear of the camera to open the Drive menu. Next, press up or down on the D-Pad or Focus Lever, find the CH HIGH SPEED BURST setting and select 40fps.

Using in-body image stabilization (IBIS) for stills and video

X-H2S uses an in-body image stabilization (IS) system, which helps to keep images sharp, especially when shooting handheld at slower shutter speeds. It can be used with any lens, including those with an Optical Image Stabilization mode of its own.

You can set the IS system to be on all the time (CONTINUOUS), to be on only when focusing, or when an exposure is taken (SHOOTING ONLY), or off entirely. The latter is useful if you don’t need IS. For instance, when working in very bright light, with the camera on a tripod, or when using creative techniques like intentional camera movement.

If you’re working with an OIS lens, the OIS mode must be set to ON for these settings to be available.

To do it, press MENU OK and navigate to the SHOOTING SETTING menu. Select IS MODE and scroll right to choose the option you require.

Using IBIS for video

In Movie mode, there are separate controls for X-H2S’s in-body image stabilization. You’ll find these in the MOVIE SETTING menu.

Locate IS MODE and scroll right to choose the best option for you. IBIS/OIS uses the sensor-shift mechanism in X-H2S’s body, and any optical stabilization in the lens attached. If you pick IBIS/OIS + DIS, you’ll also get digital stabilization which adds further steadiness, but will crop the footage very slightly. Choose OFF when IS is not required.

IS MODE BOOST is designed to further improve the smoothness of footage. Choose ON when shooting handheld from a static position, and OFF when panning with the subject.

Shooting video

Picking the right settings

To access X-H2S’s movie functions, first select the Movie option on the top-plate Drive dial. Press MENU OK and note that the camera’s menu system has switched to a Movie-specific layout. Next, choose a combination of resolution/frame rate from the MOVIE SETTING > MOVIE MODE menu.

  • 6.2K (4160p) resolution offers the highest quality on X-H2S and this is available up to 29.97p.
  • There are also 4K and 4K DCI (2160p) modes at up 59.94p.
    Full HD (1080p) resolutions are a good compromise between quality and storage size.
  • When it comes to frame rates, 24p, 25p or 30p are fine for most normal applications. 24p is sometimes favored by creative filmmakers for its Hollywood look and feel.
  • Footage shot at frame rates of 59.94p or 50p can capture motion more smoothly. Plus, when played back at normal speeds (30fps or 25fps) during editing, it delivers silky-smooth slow motion.

Did you know that 25p and 50p frame rates are best for European countries, while 30p and 59.94p are more suited to the US? This is because of the different frequencies of mains electricity in these territories, which can cause lights to flicker slightly at 50Hz or 60Hz, respectively.

Exposure settings for cinematic video

Here’s a set of standard settings you can use in manual (M) shooting mode that will create great-looking, cinematic-style video.

  • Choose a frame rate – 24fps is a standard used in the movie industry and has a very top-end look and feel.
  • Select a shutter speed that is roughly double the frame rate you’re using, so that each frame is exposed for 50% of the time. So, if you’re shooting at 24fps, pick a shutter speed of 1/48 sec.
  • Select the aperture you need for the required depth-of-field.
  • Adjust the camera’s ISO sensitivity to get the proper exposure.

How to shoot slow-motion video

If you want to access slow-motion video settings, you’ll find them under HIGH SPEED REC in the MOVIE SETTING menu. Here you can select between Full HD (1080p) and 4K (2160p) resolutions at frame rates of up to 240p and 120p, respectively.


But remember, your shutter speed will need to increase with the frame rate, so a 120p setting needs 1/240 sec and a 240p setting needs 1/480 sec.

You can also select the playback rate to change the rate of movement. For instance, using a 240p frame rate at a playback speed of 24p gives 10x slow motion.

Continuous focusing with video

Switch to AF-C using the AF/MF SETTING menu, then set AF MODE to MULTI and X-H2S will adjust focusing as you film, tracking people around the frame if the Face/Eye Detection mode is switched on. You can turn this on from the AF/MF SETTING using the FACE/EYE DETECTION SETTING menu.

In Movie mode you can also use the Subject Detection modes, which are also found in the AF/MF SETTING menu.

If you need more precision, set the AF MODE to AREA, which allows you to change the focusing point location and size in the same way as stills photography.

ETERNA and F-Log

To protect highlights and allow video to be color graded during editing, videographers often shoot very low-contrast footage, with muted colors. You can do this in several ways on X-H2S. Here are two:

  • Set ETERNA as the Film Simulation to recreate the look of this classic FUJIFILM emulsion, used widely in the film industry. Go to the IMAGE QUALITY SETTING menu, choose FILM SIMULATION and then pick ETERNA.
  • Set F-Log RECORDING to ON (you’ll find this in the MOVIE SETTING menu). F-Log produces flat-looking footage straight from the camera, which can be color graded with very good results in post-production.

Connecting to your smart device

X-H2S can communicate wirelessly with your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, so you can transfer pictures to your device, where they can be edited and shared with friends and followers online. You can also use your smart device to shoot remotely, controlling the camera via a remote live view, and even view a record of your experiences.

*Images for illustrative purposes. FUJIFILM XApp functionality remains consistent, regardless of X Series or GFX System camera connected.

Linking to the camera for the first time

  • Install the free FUJIFILM XApp on your iOS or Android device.
  • Update your camera’s firmware to the latest version.
  • Open XApp and select Pairing a new camera, then follow the initial instructions on the screen.
  • Please wait until pairing is completed.
  • Within XApp, tap Register.

Transferring images to your device

  • Open FUJIFILM XApp and select Image Acquisition/Photography.
  • Tap the small circle in the top-left corner of each image you wish to transfer. A green check mark will appear in each.
  • With all your desired images selected, tap Transfer the selected images. The process will automatically proceed.

Remote shooting and control

  • Open XApp, tap the Image Acquisition/Photography icon, then select the camera icon at the top of XApp’s display.
  • Your smart device replaces the camera’s LCD. You’ll see a view that emulates the camera display, including a live image.
  • Tap the image to change your focal point. Select S.S., F, and ISO icons to adjust exposure settings. Press the Film Simulation or WB icons to control the in-camera look.