Basic Specifications
Full model name: Fujifilm X-T2
Resolution: 24.30 Megapixels
Sensor size: APS-C
(23.6mm x 15.6mm)
Kit Lens: 3.06x zoom
18-55mm
(27-84mm eq.)
Viewfinder: EVF / LCD
Native ISO: 200 - 12,800
Extended ISO: 100 - 51,200
Shutter: 1/32000 - 30 seconds
Max Aperture: 2.8 (kit lens)
Dimensions: 5.2 x 3.6 x 1.9 in.
(133 x 92 x 49 mm)
Weight: 28.8 oz (817 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
Availability: 09/2016
Manufacturer: Fujifilm
Full specs: Fujifilm X-T2 specifications
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Fuji X-T2 Review -- Now Shooting!

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Updates:
09/09/2016: Production First Shots posted
09/15/2016: Field Test Part I posted
10/11/2016: Performance posted
11/09/2016: Field Test Part II posted
01/31/2017: Image Quality Comparison and Print Quality posted
04/03/2017: Field Test Part III posted

If you want to check out our detailed Fuji X-T2 Overview, which discusses all the new features and specs, please click here.

 

Fuji X-T2 Field Test Part III

Of portraits and performance

By Dave Pardue | Posted: 04/03/2017

Shortly after posting Field Test Part II, our X-T2 sample was abruptly confiscated from us by our friends at Fuji, in order to give other reviewers out there a shot at the camera. I went into a state of shock for some time, having really bonded with the camera and was eager to continue with our testing, but with no sample at my disposal all I could do was stare at the lenses on the shelf. This waiting further fueled my inner fire to finally get another sample, because I was yearning to try it out in the portrait world. My repeated requests were finally answered. What makes the X-T2 so special as a portrait-shooting companion? A variety of interweaving factors, and we'll take a closer look at many of them here.

Fuji X-T2 - Gallery Image

1/950s / f/2.8 / ISO 200 / 210mm eq. / XF 50-140mm f/2.8 lens
[Film Simulation: Pro Neg Std]

(Images have been resized to fit this page, cropped and/or altered in post-production, primarily to balance shadows and highlights as needed. Clicking any image will take you to a carrier page with access to the original, full-resolution image as delivered by the X-T2. For additional images and EXIF data please see our Fuji X-T2 Gallery page.)

Fuji X-T2: Portraits

Everyone has their favorite type of shot they like to shoot, and mine are of the portrait variety. Not just people, but the notion of trying to capture the essence of something, anything. It's a very hard field to master, and I consider myself a learning amateur when compared to professional portrait photographers. But the X-T2 brings a lot of fire-power to the table in this regard and can certainly give a jump-start to budding amateurs like myself and to professionals alike.

For starters, and as we've discussed in other sections of this review, the autofocus engine has been beefed up considerably, and while that's not the most critical aspect to portrait work, it is certainly an important component to achieving success in the field. (See more details on autofocus testing in the next section down below.) Next up is the incredible lens selection at your disposal, and we'll look at a variety of options here in both prime and zoom varieties where portraits are concerned. And rounding out the overall package are the various film simulation modes and the beefier battery grip designed for steady shooting with virtually any lens, including the hearty and venerable Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8.

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1/3200s / f/2.8 / ISO 200 / 210mm eq. / XF 50-140mm f/2.8 lens
[Film Simulation: Pro Neg Std]

XF Portrait Ecosystem: 2 bright primes, 2 versatile zooms and 2 lovely film simulations

Once again, the lens selection available in the XF system is perhaps the single biggest draw for me regarding the flagship Fuji X-T2 and other camera bodies in the line. Beginning with the XF 56mm f/1.2 (and the APD version), you get the classic 85mm eq. focal length with an incredibly bright aperture for super-shallow depth of field potential. Then there's the newer XF 90mm f/2, which yields the also-classic "longer" portrait focal length of 135mm eq. Each lens is capable of gathering a lot of light while also offering terrific subject-to-background isolation, and can certainly bring potential "pop" to your subjects.

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1/250s / f/1.2 / ISO 640 / 85mm eq. / XF 56mm f/1.2 lens
[Film Simulation: Pro Neg Hi]



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1/125s / f/2 / ISO 800 / 135mm eq. / XF 90mm f/2 lens
[Film Simulation: Pro Neg Hi]

Raising Gain: As we've seen in the Print Quality section of this review, ISO 800 puts very little strain on the overall image quality delivered by the Fuji X-T2, still allowing for a robust 24 x 26 inch print at this setting. As the XF 90mm f/2 does not have on-board IS, this allowed me to use a 1/125s shutter speed here at dusk.

Moving onto the XF 50-140mm f/2.8, this lens allows for an ever greater range, while still providing a reasonably bright aperture for most purposes, though this lens is obviously more versatile in daylight situations than the even brighter primes mentioned earlier. And don't forget the super-wide XF 10-24mm f/4, which can be used to capture objects in dramatic fashion when desired. Wider angles tend to distort human faces, but can lend a dynamic perspective to objects such as this 1700's-era pistol replica perched atop some driftwood below.

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1/60s / f/8 / ISO 200 / 15mm eq. / XF 10-24mm f/4 lens
[Film Simulation: Velvia]


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1/1700s / f/2.8 / ISO 200 / 210mm eq. / XF 50-140mm f/2.8 lens
[Film Simulation: Pro Neg Std]

Film Simulation fondness: I've found Pro Neg Std to be by far the best portrait film simulation for skin tones and a generally pleasing result overall. Pro Neg Hi and Classic Chrome can also yield outstanding portrait results for people. For my tastes both Astia and Velvia bring too much red into the skin tones, although those simulations can be terrific for portrait purposes other than those of the people variety.

Fuji X-T2: Continuous Autofocus Performance

In Part II of our Field Testing for the Fuji X-T2, I took a deep dive into the C-AF world while venturing through several nature preserves along the South Carolina coast and came away more impressed with my keeper ratio than I'd ever experienced previously with a mirrorless camera. This led to my desire to explore it in a more controlled environment, and we'd fortunately just created a standardized C-AF test course to do just that. Our idea was to emulate a running back heading towards the photographer in the end zone, both running straight at the camera and also zig-zagging to emulate a player avoiding an opponent. Both are designed to tax a camera's C-AF system and bring to light just how good the camera is at staying with the subject in a controlled yet real-world scenario.

As also mentioned in that Field Test, the new custom presets are a helpful addition for quickly dialing in your desired shooting conditions, in order to capture various types of motion for sports or wildlife. For the sake of this test we're using Custom Preset 1, designed for an athlete moving in a more or less steady fashion without too much interference from opponents. We hope to be able to test some of the more complex preset varieties down the line, such as capturing a snow skier suddenly entering the frame or something moving more erratically across the frame. But this test gives a clear view of what to expect for a variety of traditional sports such as football, soccer and track.

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1/1600s / f/2.8 / ISO 200 / 210mm eq. / XF 50-140mm f/2.8 lens
[Continuous AF - Custom preset 1 - CH 8fps - controlled 12mph speed]

Freezing the action: This is a still frame extracted from the burst series below, shot in Continuous High at 8fps with C-AF single point and using the mechanical shutter.

Continuous High mode allows for 8 frames-per-second with the mechanical shutter and continuous autofocus, which is what we've used for this test. Adding the optional booster grip allows for 11fps using mechanical shutter, but we weren't given the grip on this second time with the camera. You can shoot up to 14fps with the electronic shutter should you need even faster bursts, but there are some inherent potential issues with using electronic shutter, especially while photographing moving subjects.

C-AF: Aggressive prediction algorithms

In analyzing the images across three passes on our C-AF test course with my editorial partner William Brawley, we found the camera did a very good job at keeping pace with the test subject, our longtime senior lens technician Rob Murray. Rob's traveling at a controlled 12mph, again designed to yield an average speed for a player in a game. We found the algorithms for this preset were fairly aggressive in trying to remain with Rob to the point that, for any image that it trailed him slightly, it would sometimes overshoot and jump in front of him for the next frame, but usually would then lock right back onto him.

It's safe to report that we had no passes where we experienced a 100% keeper ratio, but in our collective experience here at IR that's rare for virtually any camera except the top-of-the-line sports DSLRs like the Canon 1DX II and Nikon D5, and even they have "misses" from time to time. I gather all sports photographers have their own idea of what constitutes an acceptable keeper ratio, but for this test in good lighting conditions, it's a safe bet that the roughly 80% keepers that we experienced will satisfy most discerning shooters. The camera does lose focus for a few noticeable frames towards the end of the burst before reacquiring focus for the last few frames in this series, although by that point the depth of field is quite shallow, therefore making slight misses appear more pronounced.

Of course, once again, this is with good lighting and no other "players" entering the frame. But there are sufficient objects in the near ground and background available to confuse the camera, and during our tests, the X-T2 never once attempted to lock onto anything else. The worst image we came away with was only off by a few feet in front of or behind our subject, and at least 80% were of the caliber of the still images displayed below for both straight-on and zig-zag passes.

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1/1600s / f/2.8 / ISO 200 / 210mm eq. / XF 50-140mm f/2.8 lens
[Continuous AF - Custom preset 1 - Variable speed]

We used single point AF mode for these tests but also had good experience using zone AF in Field Test II while shooting birds in flight. In each case we found the X-T2's ability to lock onto a subject and keep it in focus for a burst to be quite good, with little in the way of unwanted hunting or losing focus and finding the background. Indeed, both this camera and the Olympus E-M1 Mark II represent big leaps forward for the mirrorless camp in terms of C-AF, and we look forward to taking our Panasonic GH5 to this same course to see how it performs in this department as well, so stay tuned for more on that to come.

Fuji X-T2: 4K video comes to the X-series

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The X-T2 is the first X-series camera to offer Ultra-HD 4K video, and utilizing the power of the new internal processing chip, it can even render those large files while using the on-board film simulations. Because adding visual effects to video clips is a lot more time-consuming and processor-intensive on a computer than simply adding them to still images, this is a welcome feature, especially for X-shooters who've come to know and love the various simulations for still photography.

In addition to 4K (30p/24p) and Full HD (60p/30p/24p), standard HD 720p is also available (60p/30p/24p). As the cinematically-friendly frame rate of 24p (25p for you PAL shooters out there) is available at both 4K Ultra HD and 1080P Full HD resolutions, that's what I've chosen to shoot with for a few clips to display below. Both were shot with the Fujinon 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS lens with stabilization enabled, and using the versatile Classic Chrome film simulation.

(As these are heavily compressed by YouTube, feel free to download the full resolution files as delivered straight from the Fuji X-T2 in order to accurately gauge image quality.)

Fuji X-T2 Ultra HD 4K / 24p sample video
3840 x 2160, 24 fps, Classic Chrome film simulation
Download Original (245.6MB MOV)

Fuji X-T2 Full HD 1080 / 24p sample video
1920 x 1080, 24 fps, Classic Chrome film simulation
Download Original (337.4MB MOV)

For any X-T1 shooters new to this camera, you may have already noted the lack of a dedicated video button. Instead, you simply dial in the video icon on the drive dial and then use the shutter button to trigger the start and stop of your video clips. I find this a nice touch, and it also prevents the accidental triggering of video while shooting stills. Note that you will need a UHS Speed Class 3 card for 4K video, and in order to shoot for longer than 10 minutes you'll need the optional booster grip, which extends the 4K recording duration to 30 minutes.

Field Test Conclusion

And so my time with the Fuji X-T2 comes to an end, at least for the field testing part. It's been an enjoyable journey and a worthy camera to get to know. The X-T2 was already awarded several well-deserved 2016 COTY Awards by us here at IR, including a Camera of Distinction award for the Best Overall camera of 2016, so there's not much left to say except "Wow... what a camera."

When combined with the Fujinon lens selection, this eco system offers a terrific option for portraits, landscapes and wildlife shooters alike. Its weather sealing is robust, and its C-AF chops are miles ahead of its predecessor -- and have finally entered the ballpark with enthusiast DSLRs from this era. The retro styling, film simulations and beefed up battery grip all add to the overall package, and it's one I'd be thrilled to own.

Fuji X-T2 - Gallery Image

1/2000s / f/2.8 / ISO 200 / 210mm eq. / XF 50-140mm f/2.8 lens
[Film Simulation: Pro Neg Std]

Fuji X-T2 Image Gallery

Fuji X-T2 Field Test Part I: Into the Eye of the Storm


Fuji X-T2 Field Test Part II: Toting 4 high-end zooms into the wild

 

Fuji X-T2 Review -- Overview

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Overview posted: 07/07/2016

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The bigger, better Fuji X-T1 successor is here! Say hello to the aptly-named Fujifilm X-T2. Sporting both cosmetic improvements as well as a variety of under-the-hood advancements -- a number of which are shared with the X-Pro2 -- the classic SLR-styled Fuji X-T2 packs in the performance, build quality and high-end features that should make both advanced enthusiasts and professionals alike take notice.

Fuji X-T2 gains "latest generation" X-Trans sensor capable of 4K video

Let's begin with the heart of the matter: the sensor. Like its X-Pro2 sibling, the new Fuji X-T2 features a 24.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III APS-C image sensor. Up from a 16.3-megapixel X-Trans sensor in the X-T1, the new X-T2 offers a sizeable jump in image resolving power. As with other X-Trans sensors, the X-T2's features the characteristic non-Bayer-style color filter array, which is designed to combat moiré and other aliasing artifacts without the use of an optical low-pass filter. Image quality from previous X-Trans cameras was impressive, so we're expecting great results from this camera as well.

The Fuji X-T2 is the first X-series camera to offer 4K video recording. Offering Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 video at both 24p and 30p (as well as 25p for PAL regions), the X-T2 offers more for the multimedia creators out there than other Fuji cameras from years past. Further, the Fuji X-T2 can make use of its characteristic array of film simulation modes for video as well, including 4K video.

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Stay sharp: more AF points & a focus on AF performance

Like the X-T1, this new model sports on-chip phase-detect autofocus sensors, but the X-T2 features a dramatic increase in the overall number of AF points for its hybrid phase/contrast detect AF system: 325 points, to be exact. The central 169 points have phase-detect pixels, which cover approximately 40 percent of the sensor area, while nearly 65 percent of the total sensor offers contrast-detect AF. The number of Zone Focusing points has been increased as well, from 49 points originally in the X-T1 to a healthy 91, with 49 of those offering phase-detection (versus only 9 on the X-T1).

New AF algorithms for better AF speed and responsiveness, especially with C-AF

Thanks to the Fuji X-T2's updated image processor, the X-Processor Pro -- which it also shares with the X-Pro2 -- and new AF algorithms, the camera reportedly offers vastly improved autofocus performance. The Fuji X-T2 is said be able to focus in only 0.06 seconds in "Boost" mode, according to Fuji, which is down from the 0.08s claimed speed of the X-T1. In our lab tests, the X-T1's AF speed which includes shutter lag was already very fast at 0.14-0.15 seconds, so we expect the X-T2 to test even faster, but we'll obviously need to wait until we get a production unit into the lab to confirm that.

Fuji X-T2 Review -- Product Image
The Fuji X-T2 features a large 0.48-inch, 2.36 million dot OLED viewfinder and a tempered glass 1.04 million dot 3-inch LCD monitor that tilts in three directions.

With the new focusing algorithms and faster processor, Fuji states that not only can the X-T2 focus better on small objects, low-contrast subjects and other items with very fine details, it also refocuses more frequently, thereby offering more accurate predictive AF for better subject tracking.

Fuji has focused (pun intended) on improving continuous AF performance in the X-T2. New and improved C-AF-specific algorithms are said to help with focus accuracy for tracking moving subjects. Users are now also given some C-AF fine-tuning options, where they can customize the C-AF performance parameters to suit the subject at hand, such as tracking acceleration and deceleration, how long the camera maintains focus on a subject, and a parameter called Focus Zone Characteristic. The camera also offers a set of five AF presets for various shooting scenarios, which sounds similar to Canon's various autofocus "Case" presets found in a number of their recent EOS models. Like the Canon system, users of the Fuji X-T2 can further tweak and customize these AF focus presets as needed.

Fuji states that the X-T2's contrast-detect capabilities have been improved as well. Sensor readout performance has been increased -- 2x compared to the X-T1 and earlier Fuji models -- which should increase AF speed. The camera is also said to be capable of focusing in very dim conditions, down to -3EV.

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X-T2 offers greater responsiveness & faster shooting

In addition to focus performance improvements, Fuji says the X-T2 gets a number of other performance boosts across the board, including faster start-up time which is reportedly shortened to just 0.3 seconds from 0.5s on the X-T1.

The top mechanical shutter speed has increased from 1/4,000s to 1/8,000s, and X-sync speed has increased from 1/180s to 1/250s. Top electronic shutter speed remains at 1/32,000s.

Continuous shooting for both phase-detect single-AF and predictive C-AF with the mechanical shutter hits up to 8fps for full-resolution images, which is unchanged from the predecessor, but up to 14fps is possible with the electronic shutter. However, by adding on the accessory Vertical Power Booster Grip, you can increase the burst rate to 11fps with the mechanical shutter in Boost mode. Cycle time, shutter lag and viewfinder blackout time are also said to be improved in Boost mode when using the optional grip. (More on this Booster Grip later.)

Rated buffer depths are generous, at 83 JPEGs, 33 lossless compressed RAW or 27 uncompressed RAW frames at 8fps. At 11fps, the rated buffer depths are 73, 30 and 27 frames respectively, and at 14fps, buffer depths are 42, 28 and 25 frames respectively.

Although the electronic viewfinder in the Fuji X-T2 appears to use the same 0.48-inch 2.36 million dot OLED panel as before, along with the same manufacturer-rated 100% coverage, 0.77x magnification (35mm equivalent), 23mm eyepoint and -4 to +2m-1 diopter adjustment, it improves on the earlier camera in a number of ways.

The X-T2 now features a 5fps Live View mode to make tracking moving subjects easier. And there's also a bigger eyecup.

While viewfinder lag time is still specified at 0.005 seconds, the standard refresh rate of 60 frames per second can now be increased up to 100fps in Boost mode without the need for the battery grip. Fuji says a reduction in false color in the EVF is also a benefit of Boost mode.

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High quality images but a seemingly limited ISO range

The image quality from the X-T1 was excellent, for both low and higher ISOs, from RAWs files and even JPEGs straight out of the camera. Given this, and the pedigree of Fuji cameras in general, we expect similar top-notch image quality performance from the X-T2 as well. The native ISO range of 200-12,800, when compared to a number of recent cameras feels a bit limited, but the X-T2's ISO can be expanded down to ISO 100 and up to ISO 25,600 or 51,200 as selected in the menu for the camera's 'H' setting on the ISO dial.

As with other Fuji cameras, the X-T2 features a number of in-camera film simulations such as Provia, Velvia, and Astia, as well as new filter offerings like Classic Chrome and Acros, for rich, deep monochrome images. Of course, film simulations are for JPEG images only, but fear not RAW shooters; the X-T2 offers in-camera RAW processing, which let's you process files with image settings and film simulations as you want, all in-camera. As mentioned earlier, film simulations and filters are also available while shooting video, including in 4K.

Additional shooting options include interval timer shooting for in-camera timelapse photography, with intervals of one second up to a full 24 hours for an unlimited number of frames -- basically until your memory cards are full. The Fuji X-T2 also features a sweep panorama mode and a multiple exposure setting as well as a variety of bracketing options.

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The Fuji X-T2 with the included EF-X8 hot-shoe flash unit attached.

The X-T2 is more video-friendly, including 4K!

As stated earlier, the Fuji X-T2 now offers a more advanced array of video features, including 4K Ultra HD recording. According to Fuji, 4K video requires a UHS Speed Class 3 or faster memory card, and continuous 4K video recording is limited to just 10 minutes with the standard camera body. Add on the optional Vertical Power Booster Grip, however, which supports up to two additional battery packs, and continuous 4K recording can be extended to 30 minutes.

The Fuji X-T2 also offers Full HD video up to 60p (as well as 50p/25p for PAL), with continuous recording limited to 15 minutes. 720p video is also available at up to 60p, for a maximum of 29 minutes. We don't yet have details on how much -- or if -- the Booster Grip increases recording time for Full HD or HD video.

Videos are recorded in MOV format using MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 compression with 48KHz linear PCM stereo sound. Bitrates are 100Mbps for 4K and Full HD, and 50Mbps for HD. 4K mode has a 1.17x crop, while Full HD and HD are 1.0x.

Other video features are fairly straightforward. Single-shot, continuous AF and manual focus are all available in movie mode, and with on-sensor phase-detect AF, focus adjustments should appear smooth and quick without much hunting. Stereo audio is available from either on-board microphones or through an external microphone via the newly-added standard 3.5mm mic jack. Audio levels are adjustable in 20 increments, and on-screen left and right channel audio levels can be displayed before and during recording.

One thing of note, that's also mentioned below in our Hands-On Tour, is that while the X-T2 body itself gains a standard 3.5mm mic jack, as opposed to the dual-function 2.5mm mic-and-remote jack of the X-T1, the X-T2 also supports a headphone jack...if you purchase the Vertical Power Booster Grip. If your workflow requires headphones to monitor audio during a shoot, be sure to budget for that grip.

The camera records video to either the SD card(s) or can output a clean video signal via HDMI, at up to 4K resolution, should you want to capture a video signal with an external recording device.

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Standard issue Wi-Fi connectivity with remote control features

As with its predecessor, the X-T2 features built-in wireless connectivity for easy sharing and transferring of photos. Wireless connectivity is Wi-Fi-based (no NFC connectivity yet), so both Android and iOS have a level playing field in this regard. Using the Fuji companion app, users also have rather robust remote control shooting capabilities, including the ability to adjust exposure compensation, aperture, ISO, white balance, and self-timer functions.

Pricing & Availability

Set to go on sale in September 2016, the Fujifilm X-T2 body-only is priced at US$1,599.95 or in a kit bundled with the XF18-55mm lens for US$1,899.95. Both configurations include the EF-X8 flash.

A number of new accessories are being released alongside the X-T2, including the new Vertical Power Booster Grip, an X-T2 Metal Hand Grip, a bottom leather case, and a cover kit. Pricing for these new accessories has not yet been disclosed. The EF-X500, a brand new hot-shoe-mounted flash unit is also set to go on sale in September 2016 alongside the X-T2, with a retail price of around US$449.99.

 

Hands-on with the bigger, better Fuji X-T2

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The Fuji X-T2 looks similar, but offers numerous fixes & tweaks

There's no doubt that the original Fuji X-T1 is an amazing camera. It's wonderful to look at, for starters, with its compact, thoroughly retro-inspired design. Its ergonomics are quite nice as well, with a good handgrip shape and excellent, tacky grip material. Then, add on the grip attachment, and things are even better in terms of grip and balance, especially with larger lenses.

On the surface, the Fujifilm X-T2 appears to be more or less identical to the original: the same DSLR-esque shape, similar top-deck array of control dials with the characteristic Fuji non-PASM dial layout, and a large electronic viewfinder. As before, the X-T2 is also meant to be rugged. It's fully dust- and moisture-resistant with a die-cast magnesium body. According to Fuji, there are 63 points of weather sealing, and the camera is freeze-resistent to 14°F (-10°C) like its predecessor.

However, upon a closer inspection, it's clear that there are a lot of small yet important new features and improvements to the design and the controls that make the Fuji X-T2 more user-friendly as well as much more appealing to the advanced enthusiast and professional photographer.

I was fortunate enough to have some hands-on time with a pre-production prototype, but the firmware is, at this time, far from complete, so we can't test the camera nor comment on its performance or AF capabilities yet. However, I can give you a rundown of the camera's new and improved ergonomics, design and its beefier vertical grip accessory.

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The X-T2 is a bit larger, while the controls get refinements

Without the grip attached, right off the bat, one might be hard-pressed to see much difference between the new camera and the old one. The X-T2 is however slightly larger in terms of body thickness, but the overall shape and handgrip contour has not changed to a noticeable degree. The handgrip is very comfortable and somewhat deeper -- along with a sizable thumb notch on the back -- to provide a solid, secure grip without being overly large. Without the grip, the X-T2 still feels very compact and lightweight, and maintains a more "bar-like" profile of a slim, sleek mirrorless camera rather than a bulkier "L-shaped" design of a DSLR.

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The top-deck controls of the Fuji X-T2 are laid out much like that of the original model, although noticeably absent is the red movie record button. Instead, Fuji has now added a dedicated Movie Mode option on the drive mode dial that sits under the ISO selection dial. As such, while in movie mode, you simply start and stop video recording with the shutter release button. No idea why the change here, as there appears to be plenty of room on the top deck of the camera to keep a record button in its former location, but perhaps it's to avoid accidental triggering of video recording.

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Redesigned locking ISO, Shutter Speed dials now make sense

The other primary differences, or should I say, improvements to the top-deck controls are that not only are the ISO and shutter speed dials larger in diameter and a bit taller, but their locking switches have a bit more travel and provide a much more tactile 'click' when locking or unlocking them. It's much easier to see at a glance whether or not your dials are locked. Furthermore, the shutter speed dial also no longer auto-locks into place when rotated into the 'Auto' setting, which I quite like. Both the ISO and shutter speed dial can rotate freely while unlocked (unlike the ISO dial on the X-T1), and they only lock into place when you explicitly press the lock button -- no need to hold the lock button to rotate the ISO dial anymore!

Lastly, we noted that the exposure compensation dial on the X-T1 was easily bumped. On the X-T2, the EV dial is ever so slightly stiffer to rotate, though that could simply be due to the newness of the camera. But, it also sits a bit further back from the edge of the camera, which makes it feel less likely to get rotated accidentally.

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One minor issue I encountered regarding the top control dials is with the two small, layered dials underneath the ISO and shutter speed dials. While it's a handy use of space, these small dials can be very difficult to rotate. Both dials now have more modes on them (a movie mode on the left one, and an additional metering mode -- center-weighted -- on the right), and my colleagues and I found that the small tabs used to rotate these dials (see photo on the right) can be be a bit clumsy to operate. For one, they can get crammed up against the EVF housing, which can make these dials frustrating to adjust especially if you don't have long fingernails.

Improved rear controls borrowed from the X-Pro2

The back of the camera includes one of my favorite new features of the X-T2, a multi-directional joystick button, just like on the X-Pro2. Not only can you use this joystick control to navigate menus, but also, more importantly, you can quickly and easily change the focus point immediately. Out in the field, this is such a handy, time-saving feature that lets you quickly compose your shots and get focus squared away in a moment's notice. The joystick control also clicks inwards as a button, letting you quickly adjust the size of the focus area by rotating the front or rear command dial.

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The front and rear command dials also serve double duty as pushable buttons, just like on the X-Pro2. The rear command dial/button in particular now replaces the dedicated 'Focus Assist' button of the X-T1. That button was swapped for the 'Q' quick menu button, which then made room for the new joystick control. Pressing the rear command dial now offers an instant magnified view of the scene for precise focus control.

The four directional buttons on the back also get a subtle redesign and are now raised a bit more out away from the back of the camera. On the X-T1, these buttons were practically flush against the camera, and as such, were a bit frustrating to use. The new ones here are much easier to press and provide some noticeable tactile feedback, which to us is a very welcome change indeed.

Big, bright EVF and unique two-way tilting LCD

Continuing the exploration of the rear of the camera, the first thing you'll probably notice is the EVF and its slightly redesigned eyecup. The EVF itself feels just as big and as crisp as the X-T1's, with the same 0.77x magnification. It's gorgeous: bright, easy to read and very large. The rubbery eyecup now has a wider, flared design that offers a bit more protection against outside light and glare, which is nice.

Fuji X-T2 Review -- Product Image

The next major big feature is the all-new articulated LCD screen, though it's quite a bit different than other articulated screens I've come across. First, it offers more or less the same degree of vertical tilt as the X-T1's LCD screen, however the X-T2's screen now also offers a sideways tilt. Sideways? Yep, you now can have an upward-tilting screen for low-angle shooting in portrait orientation! Perhaps a bit gimmicky at first thought, but I can see it being quite useful for low-angle full-body portrait shots or better yet, wide-angle architectural photography. When using the camera with the grip, this new screen design makes a lot of sense.

Bigger, but new vertical grip has better grip, holds more batteries

Fuji X-T2 Review -- Product Image

OK, let's talk about the awesome grip accessory. On the X-T1, I think it's almost a necessary feature, not because the camera itself is too small, but rather that it just adds that much more to hold onto while not making the camera body that much larger, heavier or bulkier. It's a bit of a different story with the Fuji X-T2, though. The grip accessory is much more "large and in charge" this time around. Not only is it simply thicker along the vertical grip area -- which makes the camera much more secure to hold -- it also adds some additional grip and thickness up along the camera body itself for when you're holding it horizontally.

Product Image

Altogether, it makes the X-T2 package quite a bit bulkier and handle much more like a regular DSLR...for better or worse, depending on your point of view. If you're trying to keep things light and compact, the X-T2's new battery grip might not be the way to go, but if you shoot with a lot of telephoto lenses, especially with the new 100-400mm, the grip is a welcomed addition.

I, personally, would probably deal with the extra bulk of the grip given its other big advantages: battery life and increased performance. While the X-T1's grip offered a spot for a second battery to be used in conjunction with the one already in the camera, the X-T2's battery grip can carry two additional battery packs, for a total of three  -- yes, three -- batteries all at once. Given the rather poor battery life from mirrorless cameras in general compared to their DSLR counterparts, this is very helpful. (The CIPA battery life rating for the X-T2 with a single battery is only 340 shots per charge, but up to about 1,000 shots are possible when using three batteries.) 

The camera indicates the capacity level of each battery separately, which is quite handy, and the grip has built-in charging capability, allowing you to fully charge two batteries at the same time in about two hours with the supplied AC adapter.

Fuji X-T2 Review -- Product Image

The final little tidbit to share about the new grip is that, as expected, it offers most of the same right-hand controls and buttons as you'd find while holding the camera horizontally. The new joystick control and pressable front and rear command dials are all there. The grips offers a couple of unique additional buttons, including a dedicated performance mode switch to toggle between Normal and Boost performance modes as well as a DC-In power port, which lets you power the camera directly without the need to use up your batteries.

Better get a "grip" if you want a headphone jack

As mentioned previously, the grip also provides a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is certainly a nice amenity for video shooters. It should be noted, however, that the X-T2 body itself does not have a headphone jack of its own, so you'll need to pick up the grip accessory if you want this feature.

Ports, slots & jacks: Standard mic jack, dual SD card slots

Fuji X-T2 Review -- Product Image

Speaking of ports, let's finish up the X-T2 tour with a look at the camera body's various ports and storage media. Ports are all located behind a door on the left-hand side of the camera just as with the predecessor, but there are a number of changes.

Fuji X-T2 Review -- Product Image

For starters, the X-T2 gets an upgrade to USB 3.0 over the USB 2.0 port of the X-T1. Also, there's now a standard 3.5mm microphone input and a standalone 2.5mm wired remote jack, which replaces the combined 2.5mm mic/remote port of the X-T1. HDMI, while still present, is now in the form of a Micro (Type-D) HDMI port rather than the Type-C Mini HDMI connector of the original model.

For storage media, the Fuji X-T2 features a much-welcomed setup that's sure to please pros and enthusiast alike: dual SD card slots. As opposed to the single card slot of the original camera, the X-T2 provides two UHS-II compatible card slots. The SD card slots sit behind a locking, spring-loaded card door that's released by a small switch. I find this a nice improvement over the slide-to-open card door of the X-T1, which can be opened easily by accident, though one of my colleagues disagrees and misses the older one.

The Fuji X-T2 feels bigger and better than ever

All told, by look and feel alone, the Fujifilm X-T2 seems to be a fantastic, much-improved flagship camera. With a focus on small details and ergonomic improvements rather than an all-new design, the Fuji X-T2, for the most part, addresses the original model's shortcomings while remaining wholly familiar and easy to use for long-time Fuji photographers -- but given all the new features and performance specs, the X-T2 might just draw even more seasoned DSLR shooters into the mirrorless world.

 

Fujifilm X-T2 Field Test Part I

Taking the new flagship Fuji into the eye of the storm

by Dave Pardue |

Fujifilm X-T2 field test photoThey were calling it Tropical Depression 9, and it was already starting to intimidate the Gulf of Mexico. I was packing for the Atlantic Coast to try out the new Fuji X-T2, the highest-end camera I'd yet to have the privilege of Field Testing, and was feeling a bit intimidated myself. The X-T2 is reportedly sporting a hugely improved C-AF system complete with new custom presets, and I wanted to try and bring our readers the full picture.

I'd shot extensively with the predecessor X-T1, primarily for gallery samples of many of the recent Fujinon XT lenses that have come our way, including the latest long zooming XT 100-400mm f/4-5.6. I've grown to very much love the X-T1, have learned to utilize most of its capabilities as well as dodge some of its quirks, but I knew that it wasn't quite up to fully competing against enthusiast DSLRs in the C-AF world of sports and wildlife. It was good, but simply not as good as the best in that class.

With that in mind, I got the nod to head to an area deep in the Carolina low country, replete with a wealth of National Wildlife Refuge sanctuaries, with the goal of putting the X-T2 through its paces in a real-world and challenging environment. But a funny thing happened on the way to the Atlantic Coast, as TD-9 morphed into Hurricane Hermine, and the eye of the storm took a path towards me.

Fujifilm X-T2 Field Test Part II

Toting 4 high-end zooms into the wild for C-AF exploration

by Dave Pardue |

Fujifilm X-T2 field test photoFor those of you who've read my first X-T2 Field Test centered around the storm Hurricane Hermine, which made her way along the eastern seaboard just a few months ago, you'll only need to fast-forward a day in time to begin this second part of the X-T2 shooting journey with me. I'd gone to the coast to find wildlife in secluded national sanctuaries, and found a hurricane instead. (Oh well, roll with it!) But the storm was here and gone in a veritable blink, and the wildlife and natural fauna returned to do their thing. So, I shook off several fitful nights of sleep and headed out into the welcome return of the sun.

Fujinon XF zooms: I can see for miles and miles
Nobody buys a flagship, high-performance camera unless they intend to pair it up with high-quality lenses based on their own shooting needs. The Fuji X-T2 is the "DSLR-styled" family member of the higher-end Fuji line, being geared more towards sports and wildlife than its rangefinder-styled X-Pro2 brother, and therefore screams at you to mate it with comparable zoom lenses. Seeking both wildlife and nature across several national wildlife preserves in the Southeastern US, I was grateful to have access to this treasure trove of high-end zooms lenses.

Fujifilm X-T2 Image Quality Comparison

See how the Fuji X-T2's image quality stacks up against rivals

by Zig Weidelich |

Fujifilm X-T2 image qualityHere we present crops from our laboratory Still Life target comparing Fuji X-T2 image quality to its predecessor, the X-T1, as well as against several recent premium interchangeable lens cameras: the Nikon D500, Olympus E-M1 II, Sony A6500 and Sony A7 II. The Sony A7 Mark II is the only full-frame model in this comparison and doesn't really compare performance-wise, however we decided to include it because at the time of writing it is selling for less than the X-T2, and because of Fujifilm's claim that their X-Trans sensors produce image quality that can rival full-frame Bayer-filtered sensors.

NOTE: These images are from best quality JPEGs straight out of the camera, at default settings including noise reduction and using the camera's actual base ISO (not extended ISO settings). All cameras in this comparison were shot with our very sharp reference lenses. Clicking any crop will take you to a carrier page where you can click once again to access the full resolution image as delivered straight from the camera. For those interested in working with the RAW files involved, click these links to visit each camera's respective sample image thumbnail page...

 

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