Let’s get the hype out of the way: Fujifilm is calling its X-T2 the “ultimate mirrorless camera.” More down to earth it’s a splash-resistant, premium, interchangeable lens camera with a large OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF), a camera housing the latest generation 24.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor with no low-pass filter, producing crisp image resolution comparable to that of cameras equipped with larger sensors and higher pixel counts, says the company, all in a more compact and classically-designed body.
To top it off, the X-T2 supports 4K video recording that can use each available Film Simulation mode, including ACROS, to easily produce premium-quality footage.
The camera has a dramatically improved autofocus system, increasing the overall single AF points to 325, and the number of Zone focusing points to 91 (expanded from 49 in previous models). Approximately 40 percent of the imaging area (centre area containing 49 focusing points) is covered with phase detection autofocus pixels to form a fast and precise phase detection autofocus area that can be used in a variety of scenes.
Fuji says with the high-speed X-Processor Pro and the use of improved algorithms, the X-T2 refocuses more frequently, enabling predictive AF of advanced accuracy. The camera also has an enhanced ability to autofocus on small points of light, low-contrast objects and subjects with fine and delicate textures such as bird feathers and animal fur.
The X-T2’s contrast detection AF performance, enabled for approximately 65 percent of the imaging area, also has been improved. The data read speed has been doubled compared to previous models to achieve AF performance of higher speed and precision. Photographers will enjoy accurate focusing in all shooting situations, even in -3EV light.
Another area of improvement is the AF-C algorithm that has been significantly enhanced for even higher accuracy when focus-tracking moving subjects in the AF-C mode. According to the type of movement, users can choose individual settings for Subject Retention Characteristic, Acceleration / Deceleration Tracking Characteristic and Focus Zone Characteristic, or select one of five presets or customize specific settings for these three elements.
The camera reproduces warm skin tones, bright blue skies and rich green foliage in beautiful colours. The X-T2 includes the ACROS Film Simulation for smooth gradation, deep blacks and beautiful textures to create monochrome images. The camera also has the Grain Effect function for reproducing distinctive graininess seen in photographs taken with film cameras. The function is available in Strong and Weak options, and can be combined with any of the Film Simulation modes. You can easily obtain the effect of film-based photos, notable especially when the image is printed out.
Basic response specifications, such as startup time, shooting interval and shutter release time lag, have all been improved. The high-speed processing power and the use of improved algorithms have significantly improved the basic autofocus performance, and the X-T2 gives users AF-C Custom Settings for even higher accuracy in focus-tracking moving subjects.
The X-T2’s electronic viewfinder is capable of displaying up to 100 frames per second, while also maintaining the magnification ratio of 0.77x and a display time lag of 0.005 seconds. The duration of the viewfinder blackout, in which the EVF blacks out temporarily while the camera reads picture data, has been reduced by more than half.
The camera’s body is made of magnesium alloy, has weather-proofing at 63 points to achieve a high level of resistance to dust and moisture, and will operate in temperatures down to -10C (14F).
The company says similar ruggedness is applied to the new Vertical Power Booster Grip; it is dust-resistant, rugged and capable of operating at low temperatures. It holds two batteries, with one in the camera, to increase the maximum number of frames that can be taken per charge to approximately 1,000 (Normal mode). In Boost mode, multiple batteries can operate at the same time to give a boost to camera performance in continuous shooting, shooting interval, shutter release time lag and blackout time, while also extending the duration of 4K video recording to approximately 30 minutes. The grip also features a shutter release button, focus thumbstick, AE-L button, AF-L button, command dials, Q button and Fn button plus headphone jack to enable audio monitoring during video recording. The grip itself has battery-charging functionality where by using the supplied AC adapter, users can fully charge two batteries at the same time in about two hours.
Phase detection AF and motion predictive AF delivers continuous shooting up to 8 frames per second (up to 11fps using the Booster Grip); continuous shooting of 5fps in Live View.
Full 4K 3840×2160 30P/25P/24P shooting (using a card with the UHS Speed Class 3 or higher), with continuous recording up to approximately 10 minutes; Full HD 1920×1080 60P/50P/30P/25P/24P, with continuous recording up to approximately 15 minutes; HD 1280×720 60P/50P/30P/25P/24P, with continuous recording up to approximately 29 minutes.
Four different display modes: Full, Normal, Dual and Vertical. Full mode displays shooting information at the top and bottom of the screen to avoid obstruction of the view; Dual mode adds a small second screen for checking focus point with Focus Peak Highlight or Digital Split Image; Portrait mode, in Full or Normal modes, rotates the shooting information interface when the camera is turned vertically.
Wi-Fi and remote camera operation.
ISO 200 – 6400, extended ISO 100, 12800, 25600, Auto(maximum ISO setting from ISO 400 – ISO 6400 available) with High ISO 51200 setting.
The company says its Lens Modulation Optimizer technology maximizes each lens’ performance.
There’s an in-camera RAW converter.
Interval timer shooting for time lapse photography is available with intervals of 1 second to 24 hours.
Also new is the high-end, multi-function, external EF-X500 Flash. It is a hot-shoe mount flash with a maximum guide number of approximately 50, and includes support for the FP mode (high-speed flash sync) so that the flash can be fired at any shutter speed. The EF-X500 also supports multi-flash lighting. Through-the-lens (TTL) lighting control is available with single flash and also in the multi-flash setup.
The flash will handle lens coverage from 24 mm to 105 mm, up to 20 mm when the wide panel is used.
The flash head can be tilted up by 90° degrees, down by 10° degrees, to the left by 135° degrees and to the right by 180° degrees.
It’s equipped with an LED video light that can also be used as an AF assist light and catch light.
It registers up to 10 combinations of various settings to suit specific shooting conditions for quick activation.
The Fujifilm X-T2 (body only) will be available in September. The X-T2 and XF18-55 mm (27-84 mm equivalent) kit also will be available in September. The EF-X500 Flash will be available at the same time.