First Look Review: Fujifilm X-T2

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by Rico Pfirstinger

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The X-T2 may be Fujifilm’s most important product launch since the introduction of the X-Series. Building on the best features of the X-T1 and X-Pro2, can this richly featured workhorse convince enthusiasts and pros to consider the X-Mount as a universal go-to system for all their photographic needs? Let’s find out in this first impressions review.

Getting serious: The X-T2 is Fujifilm’s high-powered successor to the X-T1.

Please note: This carefully researched and ridiculously comprehensive First Look Review of the Fujifilm X-T2 and Vertical Power Booster Grip is based on three different X-T2 pre-production models and more than ten different (and continuously evolving) beta firmware generations. The final hardware and firmware are expected to ship in the first half of September 2016.

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In  September 2016, the X-T2 will be available in black (and eventually perhaps also in silver).
In any case, a matching camera-powered EF-X8 mini flashgun is included.

About two and a half years after the introduction of the successful X-T1, Fujifilm is getting serious with taking the X-series into “we can do everything” territory. At first glance, the X-T2 looks very much like its predecessor—why change a concept that stood behind Fujifilm’s (so far) most successful X-series camera? However, it’s a different story on the inside. At several global launch events, Fujifilm has made it very clear that the X-T2 is supposed to address all photographic needs, including sports and action shooting. It’s supposed to be a “complete mirrorless camera”.

Ready for business

Compared to the X-T1, the X-T2 features dozens of changes and improvements. Here’s an overview in 40 bullet points:

  • 24.3 MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor (Sony-built with 14 bit readout) with no anti-aliasing filter
  • X-Processor Pro is four times as fast as the EXR II processor used in the X-T1 and offers improved image quality, better noise response and higher dynamic range
  • improved ISO performance (about 1 stop better than the previous generation) with native ISO covering 200 to 12800, and extended ISO settings of 100, 25600 and 51200 (all with full RAW support)
  • 100% faster sensor readout, resulting in improved AF tracking performance, a dramatically reduced minimum blackout time of only 114 ms, and a high 100 fps EVF refresh rate
  • 0.005s display lag, 0.06s max. AF speed, 0.17s shooting interval, 0.045s shutter lag
  • configurable AF-C modes to adapt the AF system to different sports and action shooting scenarios
  • up to 11 fps burst speed in boost mode (14 fps when using the electronic shutter) with AF tracking
  • 3, 4 or 5 fps slow burst mode (CL) with full live-view and CDAF support
  • improved user interface and a new menu structure, including a custom My Menu with up to 16 entries
  • DSLR-style “AF-ON” option and new settings to individually engage/disengage focus and exposure lock when the shutter button is half-pressed
  • more tactile dials and buttons and a new push-button lock mechanism for top-plate dials
  • better grip and improved standard eyecup
  • convenient focus stick to quickly move the autofocus frame or zone (with up to 325 AF frames to choose from)
  • articulated rear screen works in landscape and portrait orientation
  • new Vertical Power Booster Grip with two additional battery slots for extended shooting (1000+ images) and duplicate controls
  • weather sealing with protection against rain, dust and freezing
  • improved 0.77x electronic viewfinder with better image quality and twice the brightness of the previous model, now also featuring an auto brightness mode
  • low-vibration 1/8000s mechanical shutter with 1/250s flash sync (supplemented by an electronic shutter with 1/32000s), rated for 150,000 shots
  • new flash system offers high-speed sync, wireless TTL and multi-frame shooting (in concert with compatible flash units such as the new EF-X500)
  • dual SD card slots (both support the ultra-fast UHS-II standard)
  • improved hybrid autofocus system with pro-level subject tracking, a larger phase-detection area and more focus points (7 x 13 or 13 x 25 focus points, including either 7 x 7 or 13 x 13 phase detection points)
  • automatic pixel mapping (to map out dead pixels)
  • improved JPEG quality and new ACROS film simulation with ISO-controlled film grain and noise shaping
  • expanded JPEG settings with additional options for contrast, noise reduction, sharpness, color saturation and film grain simulation
  • broader ±2 EV bracketing and ±5 EV exposure compensation (along with expanded Push/Pull options in the camera’s built-in RAW converter)
  • lossless RAW compression cuts RAW file size in half
  • improved battery life indicator for up to three batteries at once (including a 1% accuracy display)
  • enhanced electronic depth-of-field and distance scale with either pixel-based or film-based precision
  • new center-weighted metering option
  • WYSIWYG simulation of fixed dynamic range settings (DR200%, DR400%) in the live view and live histogram of the EVF and LCD, and enhanced highlight DR in Natural Live View mode
  • dedicated video mode on DRIVE dial replaces video record button
  • high-quality 4K video and HD video with 100 Mbit/s and oversampling (to minimize moiré and artifacts)
  • vastly improved video focussing
  • HDMI output to mirror EVF and LCD displays on monitors and HD beamers, or to record the live view with an HD frame grabber
  • uncompressed 4:2:2 HD and 4K HDMI output to external recording devices, including “F-Log” flat gamma 4K recording with expanded dynamic range
  • threaded cable release option, fast USB 3.0 interface, 3.5mm mic input, 2.5mm remote control input, 3.5mm sound/headphone output (in the Vertical Power Booster Grip)
  • USB charging for the in-body battery
  • Vertical Power Booster Grip includes an external power input to power the camera and charge batteries inside the grip (2 hours charging time for two batteries)
  • new NP-W126S battery with reduced heat dissemination (old batteries remain fully compatible)
  • USB and wireless tethering options (after a future firmware update) with new and improved plug-ins for Adobe Lightroom
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DigitalRev Fujifilm X-T2 Test: “Get Excited Sport Fans: the X-T2 does Exactly what it Promises. Fuji has a Winner!”

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DigitalRev (without Kai) shared its Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions on youtube.

I recommend you to go directly to minute 6:00 to see how the X-T2 compares to the X-Pro2 when tracking a flying drone. The X-T2 has been set to Electronic Shutter and 14fps shooting (no blackout).

From their conclusions by tracking the drone:

It’s amazing. Only 1 shot was out of focus, and it’s purely my fault! With this Autofocus System, Fujifilm has a winner in their hands! I had a lot more keepers with the X-T2 compared to the X-Pro2.

For Sport fans: Get excited! The X-T2 is exactly what it promises… and a little bit more

They also say the larger Viewfinder and refresh rate helps so much to better track the subject.

I remind you that Fujifilm said that the X-Pro2 will get the new improved AF-algorythm of the X-T2 in a Firmware udpate on October. So I guess there won’t be such a significant AF-discrepancy between the two flagships after the udpate. However, keep in mind that the new Fuji X-T2 AF-Tracking Custom Settings will not be implemented on the X-Pro2 via Firmware update. So for sports, you better go for the X-T2.

And get a grip, too :-)

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Fujifilm X-T2 Roundup :: Video, Sports and Stills… the Best Mirrorless Allrounder?

X-T2: Joe Ng x Sports at Fujifilm

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Lot’s of great feedback about the Fujifilm X-T2 so far. The Stills are great (no surprise), the Autofocus Tracking and Accuracy seems to be vastly improved (see TCSTV Video Review) and big surprise… 4K shooting works. No moiré, no overheating, sharp and nice images.

The Fujifilm X-T2 is Fujifilm’s most complete camera… and if all the initial excellent feedback will get confirmed in future reviews, then it might be one of the best mirrorless allrounder out there… if not the best. And if only the X-Pro2 could get those AF tracking custom settings, too….

So let’s continue our X-T2 Coverage:

  • STILLS: Concentration Camp Theresienstadt, Fujifilm X-T2 at Rico’s Flickr – Series of images, not a Review
  • SPORTS: Welcome to my Fujifilm X-T2 Initial Excitement & Thought at joengphotography + Sports: Cycling Event captured with the Fujifilm X-T2 at flickr
  • VIDEO: Shooting Video with the Fujifilm X-T2 at the Red Bull Ring at macleancomms
  • VIDEO: Fuji X-T2 is serious video tool with 4K and F-LOG at eoshd. NOTE: Videographer eoshd didn’t shoot with the X-T2 so far, but he collects some videos we have already shared in the past here on FR, puts them together into one post and shares his thoughts.
  • X-T2 Release in August? 24 hours with Fujifilm’s X-T2 mirrorless camera at engadget (at the end of the article they say the X-T2 will hit stores in August)
  • X-Pro2 or X-T2? Fuji X-T2 or X-PRO2? Dilemma Solved at ipcloud (NSFW)
  • & More: A day with the X-T2 at dphotographer / Fujifilm X-T2 in Black and White at spark.adobe / X-T2 in Le Mans at focus-numerique (tranlsation) / Fujifilm X-T2 in the Real World at bryanminear / Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus X-T2: Seven key differences at dpreview / My Fujifilm X-T2 experience at williamchua

Klaus Bo and the new X-T2 at Fujifilm Nordic

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Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 vs SP-2: The Battle (VIDEO)

This short Video by balbo42 shows the huge image quality improvement of the Instax Share SP-2 printer over its predecessor, the Instax Share SP-1.

I remind you that it also features rechargeable batteries. And yes, you can print directly from you X-series camera to the printer.

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Fuji X-T2 Vs. Sony A6300: “Fantastic Autofocus. Can compete with DSLRs. In some cases tracks better than A6300” – TheCameraStoreTV

Episode recorded on X-T2… the A6300 was just overheating too much

TheCameraStoreTV tested a pre-production X-T2… so take it with a grain of salt for now. But it really seems that Fuji vastly improved Autofocus.

Chris tested the Fujifilm X-T2 against the Sony A6300, and says that the performance is “very comparable to the Sony A6300, in some cases it actually tracks better.” Also because, unlike the Sony A6300, the Fuji gives you more customizability on controlling how the camera tracks subjects. And you can see in the video how well it really works.

Chris says that there are now 2 mirrorless camera contenders, who can handle anything a DSLR can handle for Sports: the Fuji X-T2 and the Sony A6300.

Video Guy Jordan tested the 4K features and says there is no overheating when shooting 4K (even longer videos) and no Moiré.

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