FUJIFILM X-T2 AND X-PRO2
Mirrorless Camera Solutions For The Discerning Photographer With its two award-winning X Mount flagships, Fujifilm offers you the choice of the SLR-style X-T2 or the classically traditional X-Pro2 with its innovative hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder.
FUJIFILM X-T2 Balance And Power
The X-T1 was an outstanding camera – Fujifilm hasn’t put a foot wrong with its X Mount program since it was launched in 2012 – but the X-T2 betters it just about everywhere. Consequently, in the ‘APS-C’ size sensor category, it’s the most serious threat to the D-SLR there is. And, ironically, the X-T2’s styling gives it classic SLR looks, but with all the practical benefits of the mirrorless camera configuration, including more compact dimensions. The thoroughly traditional dial-based control layout promotes both efficiency and comfortable operation.
There’s a sure-footed confidence about the X-T2’s overall design too, which means that it simply works with an effortless smoothness further enhanced by a few small but nonetheless significant improvements to the ergonomics, including the addition of a joystick control for quicker switching of the focusing points.
Yet Fujifilm isn’t afraid to think outside the square either, so the X-T2’s monitor screen has a clever tilt arrangement which allows for adjustments when the camera is being held vertically too. Somebody in Fujifilm’s design department clearly understands there can be a big difference between ideas on paper and their actual implementation in the field.
And this same deft touch is evident on the inside, starting with the latest generation of ‘X-Trans CMOS’ sensor… still surely the best thought-out solution to doing away with the optical low-pass filter, but still providing an effective degree of correction for moiré patterns. The gen-three chip is now up to 24.3 megapixels – probably the sweet spot for ‘APS-C’ sensor in terms of pixel size – and mated with the ‘X-Processor Pro’ highspeed engine, enabling the X-T2 to be the first X Series model to have 4K video recording.
With the optional ‘Vertical Power Booster Grip’ fitted, the camera gains a number of key performance enhancements, including continuous shooting at 11 fps and extended 4K recording. It also allows for in-camera battery charging and provides a stereo audio output for connection of headphones. To keep pace, the OLED-type EVF has a refresh rate of 100 fps in the camera’s ‘Boost’ mode, and can operate at a shooting speed of 5.0 fps without any black-out.
The new autofocusing system employs hybrid contrast/phase
detection measurement – with a total of 325 measuring points, 169 of them using phase-difference detection. Consequently, it’s faster and more flexible, including the capacity to fine-tune the subject tracking for the type of subject movement and, among other parameters, the response to an interruption caused by a blocked shot. Various pre-set focusing scenarios can be selected and fine-tuned so the X-T2 is now competitive with the higher-
What makes the Fujifilm X-T2 a winner is that it’s all so logically and intuitively accessible… yet it’s still a real experience to use.
end D-SLRs when it comes to autofocusing performance.
There are plenty of new features which keep the XT-2 punching well above its weight: a bigger buffer memory, 14 fps shooting with its sensor shutter (and a top speed of 1/32,000 second), dual SD memory card slots (both with UHS-II support), an intervalometer (for time-lapse sequences) and wireless TTL flash control when fitted with the new EF-X500 accessory flash unit. The list goes on and, consequently, there isn’t much that Fujifilm hasn’t thought about with this camera. But what makes the X-T2 a winner is how it is all so intuitively accessible… yet it’s still a real experience to use. Few camera designs ever get this absolutely right. Fujifilm has here… convincingly.