Fu­ji­film X-T2

CAN A MIRRORLESS CAM­ERA RE­ALLY KEEP UP IN THE WORLD OF FAST-AC­TION PHO­TOG­RA­PHY?

TechLife Australia - - WELCOME - [ PHIL HALL ]

WITH THE X-T2 sit­ting along­side the X-Pro2 as the joint flag­ship cam­era of the brand, Fu­ji­film be­lieves it now of­fers two dis­tinct op­tions for pho­tog­ra­phers. The X-Pro2, with its rangefinder de­sign, is less ob­tru­sive and suited to Fu­ji­film’s range of prime lenses, while the more SLR-like X-T2 is de­signed with the brand’s grow­ing range of fast zoom lenses in mind.

It’s no great sur­prise to see that the 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans III CMOS sen­sor that we first saw in the X-Pro2 is now in the X-T2. Fu­ji­film’s lat­est sen­sor, with its clever fil­ter de­signed to eke out even more de­tail com­pared to con­ven­tional de­signs, has de­liv­ered some im­pres­sive re­sults.

The sen­si­tiv­ity range cov­ers a mod­est ISO200-12,800, but can be ex­panded to ISO100-51,200 — and the good news is that, un­like the X-T1, this ex­tended range doesn’t force you to shoot in JPEG-only, with raw cap­ture now pos­si­ble as well.

The X-T2’s elec­tronic viewfinder has also come in for some at­ten­tion, and while the 2.36-mil­lion-dot OLED dis­play with 0.77x mag­ni­fi­ca­tion re­mains the same, there are nu­mer­ous im­prove­ments over the one used in the X-T1 — not least im­proved bright­ness.

Mean­while, the new dou­ble-jointed ar­tic­u­lated dis­play makes it pos­si­ble to pull the screen out­wards and away from the body when the cam­era is tilted on its side. In­ter­est­ingly, though, Fu­ji­film has opted to omit a touch­screen from the X-T2.

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 (com­pared to 34Mbps on the X-T1) at 30, 25 or 24fps. Fi­nally, the X-T2 now fea­tures dual SD card slots and, un­like the X-Pro2, both are UHS-II com­pat­i­ble.

Aut­o­fo­cus­ing is nice and quick, while the level of so­phis­ti­ca­tion when it comes to track­ing is im­pres­sive, mak­ing the X-T1 look very pedes­trian in­deed. We tri­alled it on fast-mov­ing cars us­ing the in-built Pre­set 3 (ac­cel­er­at­ing/de­cel­er­at­ing sub­jects). Cou­pled with the im­proved fre­quency of the aut­o­fo­cus search tim­ing — re­duced from 280ms on the X-T1 to just 114ms on the X-T2 — 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.

There’s still a bit of room for im­prove­ment here (isn’t there al­ways?), but 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.

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