There have been growing whispers that Fujifilm is planning to release higher-resolution X-series mirrorless cameras like the rumored Fujifilm X-H2 – and it's just confirmed that with two new lens announcements today.
During the launches of two new prime lenses – the Fujifilm XF23mm f/1.4 R LM WR and Fujifilm XF33m f/1.4 R LM WR – the camera giant stated that both are "designed with a view to support future camera sensors of even greater resolution" and that they set "a new benchmark for XF lenses for the highest level of image resolution capability".>
In other words, this new generation of lenses has been designed for Fujifilm's incoming high-resolution cameras, which will mark the end of the 26.1MP sensor that's been at the heart of most X-series cameras in the past few years.
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This isn't exactly a surprise – that trusty 26.1MP BSI X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor, which we still rate as the best APS-C chip around, has been an ever-present in its cameras since the Fujifilm X-T3 landed in 2018.
But this is the first time that Fujifilm has officially confirmed that a new sensor is en route for its X-series cameras. And given this announcement, and the speed at which it's developing "new-generation" prime lenses, it's fair to assume that Fuji's next camera will have that new sensor, plus a new processor to boot.
You can read out first impressions of Fuji's new 50mm equivalent lens in our hands-on Fujifilm XF33mm f/1.4 R LM WR review. While that lens is due to go on sale in late September for $799 / £699 (around AU$965), the Fujifilm XF23mm f/1.4 R LM WR ($899 / £819, around AU$1,130) will land on shelves a little later in November 2021.