Fu­ji­film’s em­pha­sis with the X

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Se­ries cam­eras has pri­mar­ily been on their ca­pa­bil­i­ties as tools for pho­tog­ra­phy, but it’s now start­ing to take video a lot more se­ri­ously and the X-T2 is the first X Mount cam­era with 4K record­ing. It records a 5120x2880 pix­els frame – rep­re­sent­ing a 1.17x crop (giv­ing a to­tal fo­cal length in­crease of 1.725x) – which is then down­sam­pled to the Ul­tra HD res­o­lu­tion of 3840x2160 pix­els. With the stan­dard cam­era, the max­i­mum clip length with 4K record­ing is ap­prox­i­mately ten min­utes, but with the op­tional Ver­ti­cal Power Booster Grip fit­ted this ex­tends to the full 29 min­utes and 59 sec­onds. In the PAL stan­dard, 4K video can be recorded at ei­ther 25 or 24 fps, giv­ing a bit rate of 100 Mbps. Full HD video can be recorded at 50, 25 or 24 fps in the PAL stan­dard, but the NTSC frame rates are avail­able too. Video clips are recorded in the MOV for­mat us­ing MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 com­pres­sion.

Stream­ing to the cam­era’s HDMI con­nec­tor is avail­able with both 4K and 2K video (8-bit, 4:2:2 colour), with the op­tion of si­mul­ta­ne­ously record­ing 4K in­ter­nally (4:2:0 colour) to a mem­ory card and stream­ing 2K to an HDMI de­vice (but not the other way around ). A cin­e­matog­ra­phy-ori­en­tated flat F-Log gamma (colour) pro­file is avail­able only for the streamed out­put, but the ‘Film Sim­u­la­tion’ pre­sets are all avail­able for in-cam­era record­ing. As is the case with a num­ber of cam­eras, 4K record­ing re­quires a UHS Speed Class 3 (or faster) mem­ory card.

The X-T2 has stereo mi­cro­phones with man­ual ad­just­ment of the lev­els, and a stereo au­dio in­put… now the stan­dard 3.5 mm mini­jack. The op­tional Ver­ti­cal Power Booster Grip adds a 3.5 mm stereo au­dio out­put for con­nect­ing head­phones… and ob­vi­ously greatly ex­tends the bat­tery life which is ar­guably more of an is­sue for video shoot­ers than pho­tog­ra­phers. In­ter­est­ingly, there isn’t a ded­i­cated video start/ stop but­ton – as there’s now a ded­i­cated movie po­si­tion on the drive mode se­lec­tor – and the shut­ter but­ton is used for this. The dual mem­ory cards aren’t avail­able ei­ther – you can des­ig­nate one or the other for video clips, but there’s no over­flow op­tion.

Con­tin­u­ous aut­o­fo­cus­ing is avail­able – in­clud­ing the op­tion of sin­gle point/zone se­lec­tion – and man­ual fo­cus­ing is as­sisted by a mag­ni­fied im­age or the fo­cus peak­ing dis­play. The mag­ni­fied im­age is only avail­able as a pre­view, but the peak­ing dis­play is shown dur­ing record­ing.

In re­al­ity, Fu­ji­film prob­a­bly still hasn’t gone quite far enough for the se­ri­ous videog­ra­pher, but the X-T2 is com­pe­tent enough for users who are sup­ple­ment­ing their pho­tog­ra­phy with the oc­ca­sional video. And, if there’s enough de­mand for more videoori­en­tated features such as ze­bra pat­terns, it’s not hard to see them be­com­ing avail­able in the fu­ture via firmware up­grades.

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