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On looks alone the X-Pro 2 is eas­ily our favourite. te. The retro yet min­i­mal de­sign plucks our nos­tal­gic gic heart­strings. Vet­eran pho­tog­ra­phers will feel in­stantly at home with the lay­out – shut­ter speed ed at the top, aper­ture con­trol on the lens. The idea a is that you can ad­just your ex­po­sure on the fly, which we like, but this might leave oth­ers miss­ing ing touch­screen con­trols. In a sim­i­lar vein, there’s a tiny joy­stick to the left of the screen that lets you u man­u­ally po­si­tion the cam­era’s fo­cus. The whole le ethos of the cam­era’s de­sign is to give con­trol to o the pho­tog­ra­pher, and in the process teach you a thing or two about pho­tog­ra­phy.

That said, there’s still a lot of help­ful tech lurk­ing in­side. The viewfinder can switch be­tween op­ti­cal and elec­tronic modes, over­lay­ing ing in­for­ma­tion about the im­age across the eye­piece. ce. It can also help out when the op­ti­cal viewfinder er lets you down, for ex­am­ple, with longer, larger lenses at­tached or when tak­ing a close-up pic.

I was scep­ti­cal at first, but came to love it by the end of my time with the cam­era. The im­age qual­ity was bril­liant in ev­ery sce­nario. Fujifilm uses a less tra­di­tional sys­tem to cre­ate each pixel, but the end re­sult feels life­like and nu­anced. There’s also an AR­COS mono­chrome mode for au­then­tic black-and-white pho­tos straight from the cam­era. The over­all qual­ity per­haps wasn’t as ‘wow’ as the Sony’s, but then the X-Pro 2 is half the price. That said, with the Fujifilm’s snappy, con­tin­u­ous aut­o­fo­cus it cer­tainly felt a lot faster to use from the hip. The bat­tery life is also a bit of a let­down, but again on the flip­side, it of­fers dual SD card slots for snap-happy pho­tog­ra­phers.

£1,399, fujifilm.com Pic­ture qual­ity 8 Per­for­mance 10 Fea­tures and build 10 Value 9 Over­all 10

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