Fujifilm X-T2 vs Nikon D500 Epic Shootout :: Fujifilm X-T2 Wins Overall… and The Fuji Colors Rock Again (at Least For Me)

Fujifilm X-T2 or Nikon D500: which one should you buy? That’s the question Michael The Maven tried to answer in this video (30 Minutes)

As usual, a summary for fellow FR-readers, who have no time to go through the entire video right now:

SPORTS
(AF + Buffer)

FOCUS:

  • Side to side action: Fujifilm X-T2 99% hit rate / Nikon D500 87% hit rate
  • Forward action: Fujifilm X-T2 78% / Nikon D500 89%
  • Backlight action: Fujfilm X-T2 91% / Nikon D500 77%
  • TOTAL: X-T2 89% hit rate Vs. Nikon D500 84% hit rate

CONCLUSION: In terms of accuracy only, the X-T2 is one of the best sports cameras ever tested.

BUFFER:

  • D500 = 200 RAW’s at 10fps Vs. X-T2 = 27 RAW’s at 11 fps (but tested with UHS-I card, and not the faster UHS-II cards)
  • D500 = 202 JPEG’s’s at 10fps Vs. X-T2 = 121 RAW’s at 11 fps (but tested with UHS-I card, and not the faster UHS-II cards)

WINNER: X-T2 is lighter and slightly more accurate AF, but the Nikon D500 is the winner, because of the incredible buffer, the ergonomics and the edge to edge cross type focussing squares.

LIVE TRACKING – VIDEO

  • Nikon D500 has a touch screen. The X-T2 has eye detection, but in video it does not really work, and in stills just half the time (this calls for a Kaizen update, Fuji ;) ).
  • Much smoother continuous focussing during video for the X-T2

WINNER: Fujfilm X-T2

LOW LIGHT FOCUSSING

  • Average score for Nikon D500 = 49 seconds / Fujiflm X-T2 = 36 seconds (measured at 2 targets, one at 6.0EV and one at -2.0EV, focussing back and forth 30 times)

WINNER: For low light focussing without AF assist lamp, the winner is the Fujfilm X-T2

ISO TEST

WINNER: X-T2 images are consistently sharper across the entire ISO range.

VIDEO FEATURES

  • Less crop for the X-T2 in 4K
  • better clarity and sharpness on X-T2
  • better low light performance on X-T2
  • Rolling Shutter: very impressive performance for the X-T2
  • Moire: D500 is the winner

WINNER: Fujifilm X-T2

DYNAMIC RANGE

WINNER: Both super-impressive high ISO, similar to the brand new Full Frame Canon 5DM4!

PORTRAITS – COLORS
(Note: the Fuji slightly underexposes, so the exposure was adjusted to give closer comparison)

Take pencil and paper! The reviewer will show you 13 images and you can pick up the one you prefer.

I did the test and noted everything on a word document, and it turns out that in 70% of the cases I prefered the colors & look of the Fujiflm X-T2. But wasn’t Nikon supposed to be better for portraits? ;) I guess it all comes down to personal preferences, or I’m simply used to the amazing X-Trans look. All I can tell you is that I genuinely made the test, and these are my honest results. Let me know your results in the comments.

Anyway, I think also the tester prefered the X-T2, since at the end of the video he says: “if you prefered the X-T2 in the portrait test, this might be due to the X-Trans sensor”.

WINNER (in my case): Fujiflm X-T2

ULTIMATE CONCLUSION

  • X-Trans: more film like look. Delivers different and special images! But the RAW conversion results depend on the RAW processor you use.
  • Sharpness: if you are sharpness freak, get the X-T2
  • If you haven’t tried the Fuji X-T2, I would strongly recommend it. I think Sony is going to have its hands full competing with Fuji!

The reviewer says that, if he only could pick up one, he would take…. the Fujifilm X-T2 :)

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Fujifilm X-T2 : “Best 4K Video Quality for APS-C Cameras. Better Colors Than Sony A6500…. but X-Pro2 has More X Appeal”

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Fuji X-T2 In Stock at AmazonUS (1 left)

Fuji X-T2 Video

One of the big steps forward Fujifilm did with the X-T2, is Video. The combination X-TransIII sensor + X-processor Pro seems to deliver quite amazing 4K results. The lastest review that confirms this comes from videographer eoshd here. He says:

  • The original X-T1 had the worst video quality around. The X-T2 has the best overall on any APS-C camera.
  • The X-T2 delivers THE best 4K image overall. Better colour response than the Sony A6300 and A6500 and way less rolling shutter.
  • The trick for maxing out dynamic range on the X-T2 is to slightly under-expose and set both highlight tone and shadow tone to -2 in-camera along with sharpness to -4.

But at the end, eosHD also says that “the X-Pro2 has more X appeal, a nicer design and more innovative viewfinder concept. I wish this model had 4K and an articulated screen but Fuji made the bet that one audience wouldn’t want it and the other audience would.”

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DPReview Fujifilm X-T2 Review Online… and Gets the Gold Award

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dpreview just published it’s full and in depth Fujifilm X-T2 review here. It is, as usual, a very comprehensive review. Here are the Pros and Cons:

Pros

  • Excellent image quality in both Raw and JPEG
  • Superb JPEG color options
  • Direct controls give engaging shooting experience
  • Reassuringly solid build quality
  • AF point joystick speed up operation
  • Greatly improved autofocus, especially in terms of tracking
  • Dual hinged rear screen suits both stills and video shooters
  • Impressive 4K video quality and associated support tools
  • In-camera Raw processing lets you make full use of excellent JPEG engine
  • Simple and effective Wi-Fi system for image transfer
  • USB 3.0 for fast image and video transfer
  • USB charging is convenient
  • Supplied charger makes it easy to keep a spare battery charged

Cons

  • Excessive noise reduction can result in over-smoothed skin detail at high ISO [NOTE: in their X-Pro2 review, dpreview said: “there’s much less of the ‘waxy skin’ effect that we saw at High ISO settings on the previous generation of Fujifilms“]
  • Camera’s full AF capability only available with a subset of lenses
  • Subject tracking, while good, is not be dependable enough for professional use
  • AF performance drops significantly in low light
  • Phase detection region is somewhat small by contemporary standards
  • Choice of three Auto ISO presets more complex than necessary
  • Limited control over autofocus in video mode
  • Battery grip is required for extended video clips and audio monitoring
  • X-Trans color pattern not as widely or well supported as Bayer design

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New NP-W126S Batteries: BHphoto / Adorama /

Fujifilm X-T2 :: Download Look Up Table (LUT) for F-Log 4K Movies

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This LUT file is to edit 4K movie data of X-T2 recorded in external HDMI devices with the mode of the “HDMI F-Log” under the “4K MOVIE OUTPUT” in the “MOVIE SETTING” when the data is edited by a movie editor on your PC or Mac.

Download it here at Fujifilm

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