- DON’T MISS THIS ONE: Fuji X-T2 Vs. X-T1: Overview in 40 bullet points… and Much More at Rico’s X-T2 First Look Review
- I believe I can fly. Fuji X-T2 and Motocross at flipbook.schaake: “All I can say is that I am very impressed with the results!”
- Sports Illustrated’s 360° Shoot – with the USA womens 8s at gardnercreative – via X-T2 + Carl Zeiss = Sports Illustrated at the FXF: “I’m delighted to say that Fujifilm have been successful in carrying on this tradition with the Fuji XT-2, combining a truly intuitive user experience with superb performance on all fronts. OK, so Fuji XT-2 is incredibly responsive and easy to use but what about the image quality? I am happy to report that the image quality in terms of resolution is a step forward over the XT-1 in that it delivers more detail. The dynamic range – though I have not had chance to test this back to back – seems to be better too.”
- X-T2: 4K Movie Function at fujifilm-x: “The AF algorithm has also been optimized for movie recording. The algorithm is well tuned so that the transition will be very smooth, and will keep tracking on the subject quite well.”
- Is there an X-T2 in my future? at sidewaysglance
- Kenko X-T2 LCD Screen Protector at dc.watch (translation)
- Fujifilm X-T2 hands on. Is this the 4K mirrorless camera you have been waiting for? at newsshooter
The Complete Camera
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.
Fuji X Secrets Ultimate workshops in Phuket, Thailand
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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
- X-T2 Specifications
- X-T2 Sample Images
- X-Pro2 Sample Images
- X-T2 AF Tracking Samples
- ISO Comparison
- Film Simulation Comparison (SOOC & Lightroom)
- Acros High-ISO-Samples
- Le Mans Classic Samples
- Theresienstadt Samples
- X-T2 First Look Article Samples
- 4K AF-C Video Tracking Demo 1
- 4K AF-C Video Tracking Demo 2
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
Rumor Flash: the Fuji X-T2 will be announced on July 7 at 01:00 AM New York Time (07:00 AM Paris Time).
So stay tuned. I’ll start my coffee marathon soon and bring you all the way to the X-Day here on FujiRumors. I’m ready for one of my most exciting Live Blogging Sessions ever!!! :-)
Fujifilm launches Worldwide Exclusive VIP Events (USA – EU – JAPAN)
And for the mere mortals X-shooters like you and me, who’ll never get an invitation from Fuji? You can follow the Live-Blogging-Event here on FujiRumors!
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Hm.. let me see… 420 articles shared only in 2016. And 121 of these 420 were rumors. And reading the comments and emails, I have the feeling that some got quite confused in the huge News/Rumors stream on FR. So here are two things I should do
- Invite you to follow FR also on social medias (Facebook, RSS-feed and Twitter) and subscribe to the FR-newsletter (box below), where you’ll get a weekly summary of the most important news/rumors
- Make a short summary for those, who are confused right now, about what we will see (or not) on July 7
To be announced July 7
- Fujifilm X-T2 (search for X-T2 on FujiRumors to see all the rumors and images I’ve shared over the last 6 months)
- Hand grip MHG-XT2 (post here)
- Vertical Grip VPB-XT2 that takes 3 batteries (images here)
- Fujifilm EF-X500 Flash (post here)
- New Lens Roadmap which includes 23mmF2, 50mmF2 and 80mmMacro (post here)
What will NOT come July 7
- I haven’t heard of a silver X-T2 to be launched along with the black X-T2. It’s a possibility, but I’d not be too optimistic about that
- No 23mmF2 annoucement (I’m sorry to destroy many dreams out there, but you can stop hoping. Here is the announcement date)
- XF120mm will be removed from Lens Roadmap (post here and here). So forget an XF120 ever coming.
- No 33mmF1.0, 200mmF2, 8-16mm and 8mm in the New Roadmap (post here)
- On request of reader emails: No, I haven’t heard of any camera remote APP update coming on July 7
That’s more or less it. Of course I’m FujiRumors, not Fujifacts, so it might be possible that there will be surprises. Or that I’m not 100% accurate with something. We will see soon.
All I know is that I did my best and squeezed all the energies out of me (and more). But it was (and still is) one of the most exciting times I’ve ever had on FujiRumors! :-)
In case you didn’t had enough, our Japanese buddy digicame-info (X-T2 leak – flash leak + grip leaks) continues to leak images about the X-T2. Morever, he also shared images of the EF-X500 flash and the new Vertical Grip VPB-XT2.
If you follow FR-regualry, you’ll already have seen images of the vertical grip on May 3. The images show that it takes 2 batteries. To see more images about how the new screen tilt, check out this post of early June.
Regarding the flash, I’ve shared yesterday it will come also July 7, just like the X-T2.
The following accessories will be announced in the X-T2 the same time as from Fujifilm
– Clip-on flash EF-X500 (price yen 58800 = $575)
– Hand grip MHG-XT2 (price yen 15600 = $152)
– Vertical position power booster grip VPB-XT2 (price in Yen: 37200 = $364)
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