Fu­ji­Film X-T2

MAKE ROOM FOR A SEC­OND FLAG­SHIP CAM­ERA THAT EX­CELS IN CAP­TUR­ING SPORTS, POR­TRAITS AND 4K VIDEO

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$2,190, www.fu­ji­film.com.au

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

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