New wave of retro cam­eras

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY - By tAN KIt HOONG bytz@ thes­tar. com. my

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.

X70

X- Pro2

XF 100400mm

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