Oh, Fuji X-T2…. where are thou?
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If you think the Fujifilm X-T2 outperforms the good old X-T1 under just every aspect, well, then you are mostly right. But the X-T1 is not bad at all… and in fact it might do a few things still better than the X-T2, at least according to the very comprehensive in depth comparison at mirrorlesscomparison.
A short summary for those, who are in a hurry right now… but as soon as you have time, make sure to check out the full comparison here:
- X-T2: Adobe handles 24MP files better than 16MP files
- Skin Tones (jpeg): X-T1 Jpeg has more natural rendering. X-T2 has a greener tint. “It seems that the X-T2 requires more tweaks to get better results than the X-T1 for skin tones and white balance.”
- X-T2 preserves Highlights better
- When you push your post-processing to the limit (e.g. recovering 5 stops in low light) […] the X-T1 displays less noise because of the lower megapixel count
- X-T2 can show purple flare and a grid artefact in backlit situations (unlikely to happen with X-T1). The reviewer says: “Personally I don’t think it is a major issue: it happens only in backlit situations, when the camera is shooting at a precise angle in comparison to the light rays and the grid appears only if there is purple flare. Usefully, the purple flare can easily be detected in the EVF while shooting and sometimes even the grid will appear on screen. The solution is to simply adjust the composition ever so slightly by tilting up or down to eliminate the purple flare.”
- X-T2 more solid build and improved controls (joystick, button locking mechanism, 3 way tilting screen etc)
- X-T2 brigher, more contrasty and vivid EVF with better refresh rate
- ISO: “Concerning noise ratio performance, I didn’t find much of a difference with the new sensor. The amount of noise seems to be very similar despite the increased resolution of the X-T2.”
- Single AF Speed: with new lenses, X-T2 has a small advantage over X-T1. With older lenses, X-T2 focusses visibly faster.
- Eye and Face detection: More reliable on X-T2
- Continous AF: “X-T1 isn’t far behind its successor“. However, AF-custom settings “add precision to your work and raise your chances of success“
- Battery life similiar, although the the X-T2 seems to last longer when shooting in continuous mode
X-T1 Black Body (save $400): BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS
X-T1 Graphite (save $400): BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS
X-T1 + 18-135 (save $400): BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS
X-T1 + 18-55 (save $400): BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS