X-Pro2 RRP £1699

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Part 1: The Right Kit -

CHARMINGLY RETRO-STYLED and packed with in­no­va­tion, Fu­ji­film’s flag­ship X-Pro2 is the long-awaited up­date to the highly re­garded X-Pro1. Build­ing on its suc­cess, the X-Pro2 comes brim­ming with new fea­tures, in­clud­ing a to­tally re­vamped Ad­vanced Hy­brid Multi viewfinder. This in­cor­po­rates an Op­ti­cal Viewfinder, Elec­tronic Rangefinder and a 2.36m-dot, 0.48in Elec­tronic Viewfinder, so you can choose your pre­ferred mode de­pend­ing on the sub­ject you’re shoot­ing.

Built with pro­fes­sion­als in mind, the durable mag­ne­sium al­loy body is sealed in 61 places to keep dust and water out. In­side sits a 24.3MP X-Trans III sen­sor to de­liv­ers DSLR im­age qual­ity, and an X-Pro­ces­sor Pro for a speedy 8fps burst rate, na­tive 200-12,800 ISO range and a rapid In­tel­li­gent Hy­brid AF sys­tem. 14-bit RAWs can be shot to cap­ture ev­ery de­tail in your land­scapes, and can shoot in a new Loss­less Com­pressed file for­mat to save space.

As ex­pected with a flag­ship model, the X-Pro2 comes with dual SD card slots. This can be set up in the menu to over­flow your shots when one card be­comes full, backup a card like-for-like, or to sep­a­rate your RAW and JPEG im­ages onto dif­fer­ent mem­ory cards.

The speed of the X-Pro2 has been shifted up a gear, boast­ing a start-up time of just 0.4sec and an aut­o­fo­cus ac­qui­si­tion time of just 0.06sec. It has an ex­tra 28 AF points, with 77 in to­tal and 40% of the imag­ing area is cov­ered in the faster and more ac­cu­rate Phase De­tec­tion type points. There’s the op­tion to use a Colour Dig­i­tal Split Im­age mode which works in a sim­i­lar way to the fo­cus­ing sys­tem of film rangefind­ers. There’s also the op­tion to use Fo­cus Peak­ing, where a bright colour over­lays your shot to show you which ar­eas are sharp.

As the viewfinder is an in­te­gral part of the X-Pro2’s DNA, the but­tons and di­als have been po­si­tioned in a way that means you can eas­ily change set­tings and ex­po­sure pa­ram­e­ters with­out tak­ing your eye away from it. This in­cludes the Dual-Func­tion dial on the top plate, which can be used to set both the ISO and the Shut­ter Speed.

“The speed of the X-Pro2 has been shifted up a gear, boast­ing a start-up time of just 0.4sec and an aut­o­fo­cus ac­qui­si­tion time of just 0.06sec.”

tIn­no­va­tive hy­brid viewfinder: You can use three dif­fer­ent viewfinder modes de­pend­ing on which suits your shoot­ing style.

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