New wave of retro cameras
AFTER lingering at 16 megapixels for a few years, mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras are back in the megapixel race with many companies now releasing cameras with much higher pixel counts.
The latest to join the fray is Fujifilm with the X- Pro2 which features the company’s proprietary APS- C sized 24megapixel X- Trans III image sensor.
While it shares the same general design as its predecessor, the X- Pro2 has been substantially updated. Apart from the new image sensor, the camera comes with 77 autofocus points ( up from just 49in the previous model), new “focus stick” dedicated to focus s point selection an nd more rugged shutter mechanism which shoot ts at up to 1/ 8,000se c.
It also has improved ISO settings from 200 t to 12,800 ( expandable le to 100 to 51,200 in ISO boost mode), faster autofocus speeds, speedier continuous shooting speeds at up to 8fps ( frames per second), WiFi and full HD video recording at up to 60fps.
The X- Pro2’ s major draw is that it’s the only interchangeable lens camera with a hybrid optical/ elec- tronic viewfinder and the user can switch between the two on the fly.
While the optical rangefinder is not TTL ( through the lens) it overlays frame lines to give you an idea of the coverage at any focal length.
At the launch, Fujifilm also announced the availability of the XF 100- 400mm f/ 4.5- 5.6 R LM OIS WR, a weather- sealed telephoto zoom that’s equivalent to a 150600mm lens in 35mm film format.
The lens has optical image stabilisation built in as well.
Finally, the company also unveiled the X70, compact camera with a non- interchangeable 18.5mm f/ 2.8 lens ( equivalent to about 28mm in 35mm film format).
TheT X70 comes wit th a 180° tiltin ng touc chscreen, rugg ged alum minium body and d built- in WiFi, and d is capable of shootingshoot full HD video at up to 60fps.
Being a relatively high end camera in the Fuji range, the X- Pro2 has a price to match – it retails for RM8,188 for body- only while the XF 100- 400mm lens alone is RM8,998.
The X70 is relatively more affordable at RM3,388.