THE RANGEFINDER RE­BORN

FU­JI­FILM X-Pro2

HWM (Malaysia) - - APERTURE - TEST -

The X-Pro2 rep­re­sents the flag­ship rangefinder of the fam­ily, and marks the start of a new gen­er­a­tion of cam­eras for FU­JI­FILM. It’s the first cam­era from FU­JI­FILM to get the new 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sen­sor, and that’s matched with a high per­for­mance X Pro­ces­sor Pro for stun­ning im­age qual­ity.

The con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing goes up to 8.0 fps, just like the X-T1, but the X-Pro2 has a big­ger buf­fer al­low­ing it to main­tain that rate for 83 frames (in JPEG qual­ity) - al­most twice of what the X-T1 achieves (47 in JPEG qual­ity).

In fact, al­most ev­ery­thing is im­proved, and it seems the X-Pro2 is the em­bod­i­ment of all of FU­JI­FILM’s lat­est tech­nolo­gies, like the Ad­vanced Hy­brid Viewfinder from last year’s X100T, and the elec­tronic shut­ter from the X-T10 and X-T1. So, you could eas­ily say the X-Pro2 truly marks the be­gin­ning of an ex­cit­ing new year for FU­JI­FILM.

From the front, the X-Pro2 looks vir­tu­ally un­changed from the orig­i­nal, with the ex­cep­tion of the larger hand­grip, and the in­clu­sion of a front con­trol dial. Turn it over though, and you’ll find that all the but­tons have been shifted to the right of the rear LCD. There are more cus­tom func­tion but­tons and a larger grip too.

All of the X-Pro2’s dis­plays are also much en­hanced, from the viewfinder to the LCD. The op­ti­cal viewfinder (OVF) fi­nally comes with a diopter ad­just­ment dial so you can ac­count for less than per­fect eye­sight, and it now cov­ers 92 per­cent of the frame, up from 90 per­cent in the orig­i­nal.

Again, a flick of the OVF/EVF switch lever in front tog­gles the dis­play in the viewfinder from OVF to EVF, but now you can get an ad­di­tional Elec­tronic Viewfinder (EVF) win­dow that can dis­play your fo­cus point in ei­ther 100 per­cent view, 2.5x mag­ni­fi­ca­tion, or 6x mag­ni­fi­ca­tion, al­low­ing to check fo­cus with greater ac­cu­racy. This works even with Man­ual Fo­cus as­sist, and so of­fers an op­tion for even greater pre­ci­sion when us­ing the OVF.

Images taken at up to ISO 25,600 re­main us­able.

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