Fuji X-T2 Beta First Shots: Our pre-production sample takes a tour of our test lab


posted Monday, July 11, 2016 at 5:57 PM EST


As far as pre-production grade samples go, our Beta copy of the new Fuji X-T2 has certainly seen some action thus far. We were able to bring you real world galleries last week, and now with a firmware upgrade to bring us closer to full production, we've been given the greenlight to give you a sampling of our lab test First Shots.

As you veteran readers know, this is our Still Life test target series across the full ISO range, including any extended settings that may be available. These allow you to closely inspect the images in order to get a better feel for overall image quality as ISO rises, and to also compare any ISO you'd like against the competition in our Comparometer.

One of the big selling points surrounding the Fuji X-T2 is a new 24.3mp sensor, upgraded dramatically in the resolution department from the 16.3mp chip housed in the Fuji X-T1 released in early 2014. Both that and the new processor are shared with the Fuji X-Pro2, released this past February, and it's no surprise that the images look quite similar in our Comparometer. But compared to the predecessor, the X-T2 certainly shows its ISO mettle.

Fuji X-T2 vs Fuji X-T1 at ISO 3200

Fuji X-T2                          ISO 3200                          Fuji X-T1

The X-T1 already ranks in our minds as a good performer as ISO rises for its APS-C stature, and yet the X-T2 and its 8mp increase in resolution offers much more in the way of fine detail here at ISO 3200, with little in the way of noise or noise reduction artifacts visible in this 1:1 crop of our Still Life test target.

Of course, please bear in mind that these are still only pre-production samples, and the final image quality may vary somewhat once we receive a full production firmware update for testing. Until then, happy comparing and pixel-peeping, and please check back for more to come!

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