MAKE ROOM FOR A SECOND FLAGSHIP CAMERA THAT EXCELS IN CAPTURING SPORTS, PORTRAITS AND 4K VIDEO
Fast moving subjects don’t stand a chance here. While the Fujifilm X-T2 doesn’t look like a machine with all of its dials speed and slightly protruding grip, the sophisticated autofocus will snap a subject faster than an enthusastic highway patrol policeman with an itchy speedgun trigger finger.
This camera feels like it’s been tuned for sports photographers, anyone who has to contend with objects and people not only moving quickly in a horizontal plane but also jumping in and out of the background. The camera shares the 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans III CMOS sensor that we first saw in the X-Pro2 (Fujifilm’s other great mirrorless snapper), and the sensitivity range can be expanded from ISO100-12,800 to ISO10051,200, offering more flexibility. You’re not limited to shooting in JPEG in this extended range, so you can really have at it with the spacehungry RAW format. Dual SD card slots both offer support for ultra-fast UHS-2 class cards giving you plenty of options to shoot sequentially or using one slot as a backup.
Our product shots above hint at a big lump of a camera. Not so – it weighs in at a relatively svelte 507 grams (including memory card and battery), and the magnesium alloy body is both dust and water resistant, so its durability shouldn’t be a worry.
The X-T2’s electronic view finder has been fine-tuned. While the 2.36-million-dot OLED display with 0.77x magnification is familiar to anyone who used the X-T1, there are numerous improvements – not least improved brightness.
Meanwhile, the new doublejointed articulated display makes it possible to pull the screen outwards and away from the body when the camera is tilted on its side. It’s really quite special, and gives you confidence in pointing the camera at some tricky angles while still maintaining a decent enough view of your subject. However, Fujifilm has omitted a touchscreen from the X-T2, so you’ll have to rely on control buttons that live on the rear of the body. The menu system’s logical and easy to navigate, so while touchscreens seem like they should come as standard, no matter the function of the device, its absence won’t deter you from getting to what you need.
The X-T2 is the first Fujifilm X-series camera to offer 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160) video recording, with a bit rate of 100Mbps at 30, 25, or 24fps. Autofocusing is nice and quick, and tracking is impressive. We trialled it on fast-moving cars using the in-built Preset 3 (accelerating/decelerating subjects). Coupled with the frequency of the autofocus search timing – now at just 114ms – it rarely missed a beat when taking a shot.
The unchanged TTL 256-zone metering system performs very well, especially when challenged by high-contrast scenes; indeed, if anything, it tended to underexpose. Raw files deliver very pleasing colour, while those shooting in JPEG have Fuji’s excellent set of Film Simulation modes on tap as well.
The improved AF performance and the new sensor that delivers pin-sharp results makes the X-T2 one of the most desirable cameras available right now.
RATES Supremely fast autofocusing; good to great battery life; feels like you’re always in control.
SLATES For extra life you’ll have to invest in an optional, slightly bulky battery grip.
T3 SAYS Well poised and designed, it not only feels confident but will leave you feeling confident.
ABOVE An optional vertical power booster grip extends battery life, offering 1,000 shots per charge.
Don’t be fooled by the DSLR-like body; this is a mirrorless lens camera through and through. ABOVE RIGHT