Fuji XT2 Review

Fuji XT2 Review

Fujifilm X-T2 with Boost Mode and 4K Video

The successor of the X-T1 not only has the image sensor and processor of the X-Pro2, but also uses the unused potential of the X-Pro2 and supports not only 4K video recording but also a much faster viewfinder image with fluid 100 frames per second. Also exciting is the multifunction handle with two additional batteries, which significantly increases the camera’s performance at the touch of a button.

Short evaluation

Pros

  • Very robust housing
  • Large scope of equipment with many direct operating elements
  • Excellent electronic viewfinder
  • Clever monitor folding mechanism
  • With the exception of the somewhat meagre dynamic range, very good image quality up to ISO 1,600 and good up to ISO 6,400

Cons

  • No touch screen
  • UHS-II write speed is not fully utilized
  • Full performance only with additional handle.

 

The Fujifilm X-T2 offers the new 24-megapixel sensor, which is already known from the X-Pro2. In contrast to the X-Pro2, the X-T2 also records 4K videos. If, on the other hand, you only want a bit more grip in landscape format, you can grab the Fujifilm MHG-XT2. [Photo: Fujifilm]

The Fujifilm X-T2 has a stable magnesium body. [Photo: Fujifilm]

As the successor to the X-T1, the X-T2 also has a robust housing in the 80s design. Not much has changed on the outside, except for slight optimizations in ergonomics, such as higher rotating wheels on the top of the camera or a slightly larger handle. The housing is also made of a robust magnesium alloy and is sealed against the ingress of splash water and dust. The viewfinder also offers the same basic data: An OLED with a resolution of 2.36 million pixels shows a viewfinder image magnified 0.77 times compared to a 35mm image. In other words: finely resolved and very large! Still, the viewfinder has been improved. The luminosity has been doubled and the brightness automatically adjusts to the ambient conditions. The display in dark areas is one f-stop better and Fujifilm has improved the image quality when focusing by 25 percent. The standard refresh rate is 60 frames per second (fps), but a boost mode that can be activated in the camera increases the refresh rate to 100 frames per second. This makes the viewfinder really fluid and flicker-free. As a side effect, there is not a worse image quality as with other cameras, but also this is even better in boost mode and shows for example less moirés and false colours. The world’s fastest viewfinder delay of just 0.005 seconds means virtually real time.

The rear screen still has a resolution of 1.04 megapixels and measures 7.6 centimeters diagonally. Unfortunately there is no touch functionality. Fujifilm has improved the folding mechanism for this. The screen can not only be folded up and down, but also to the right after unlocking. Depending on whether you hold the handle upwards or downwards in portrait format, the screen is then suitable for shooting close to the ground or overhead – a very clever solution, because the screen always stays behind the camera. Only Selfie friends won’t like it.

Compared to the X-T1 a lot has changed regarding sensor and processor, but also compared to the X-Pro2, which has the same sensor and processor as the X-T2, there are improvements. In general, the X-T2 makes better use of the power potential of the processor, more about this later. The X-Trans CMOS III sensor resolves 24 megapixels and works with copper lines for even better performance and lower noise than normal image sensors. He offers Fujifilm’s special color filter matrix, which is more similar to the film grain and avoids Moirés by itself. A low-pass filter can therefore be omitted. In addition, the sensor offers all three basic colors in each row and column and not just two as with the Bayer sensor, which should also ensure better image quality. More about the color filter matrix can be found in the message about X-Pro1, which can be reached via the links below. Phase autofocus points are distributed over about 40 percent of the image area on the sensor, the contrast autofocus even works on 65 percent of the sensor area. A total of 91 focus zones and even 325 individually selectable focus points are available. New is the joystick for focus point selection.

 

The 7.6 centimeter display of the Fujifilm X-T2 can be folded up for ground level shots. [Photo: Fujifilm]

For overhead shots, the 1.04 million pixel display of the Fujifilm X-T2 can be folded down. [Photo: Fujifilm]

The Fujifilm X-T2’s display can now also be tilted sideways after unlocking, but it remains behind the camera. [Photo: Fujifilm]

Under the large electronic viewfinder, the Fujifilm X-T2 offers a screen that can be swivelled up, down and to the side on the back. [Photo: Fujifilm]

The faster image processor “X-Prozessor Pro” also increases the responsiveness of the autofocus. A new feature is the ability to adjust the autofocus behavior for continuous shooting. In AF-C mode, the camera reacts quickly or sluggishly to changing movements or new subjects entering the viewfinder image. In general, the speed of the camera is very high. According to Fujifilm, the switch-on time is only 0.3 seconds, the pure shutter release delay is 0.045 seconds and the recording interval is only 0.17 seconds. In continuous-advance mode, the X-T2 shoots up to eight frames per second with AF-C and mechanical shutter (up to 1/8,000 second), and 14 frames per second with electronic shutter (up to 1/32,000 second).

As if that weren’t enough, the X-T2 can be helped even further with the multifunction handle. The handle offers not only a portrait shutter release and improved ergonomics, but also takes two more batteries of the same type as the camera, extending battery life to 1,000 images. But the highlight is the boost lever: This increases the performance of the camera in many ways. The viewfinder image is accelerated to 100 frames per second (this option is the only one available without the handle in the camera alone) and the continuous shooting performance increases to 11 frames per second including AF-C. In addition, the dark time of the continuous shooting is shortened and the video recording time increases to almost 30 minutes at a time. Also the autofocus becomes faster and the shutter release delay decreases again minimally. The scope of delivery of the handle, which costs about 330 Euro, should include a power supply unit that not only permanently supplies the camera with power, but also charges all three batteries. To charge two batteries, the AC adapter only needs two hours. Videographers will also appreciate the headphone jack that comes with the multifunction handle.

Speaking of videographers, the X-T2 is the first Fujifilm X system camera to film in 4K resolution with a choice of 30p, 25p or 24p. Full HD recordings are of course still possible. The maximum video quality is 100 Mbit/s, external recording is possible via HDMI output. In 4K shooting, the X-T2 uses 1.8x oversampling to improve image quality. In addition to the integrated stereo microphone, there is also a connection for an external microphone. The maximum recording time for videos without the multifunction joystick’s boost mode is 10 minutes for 4K and 15 minutes for Full HD.

The Fujifilm X-T2 offers two memory card slots that are now both UHS-II compatible. [Photo: Fujifilm]

The Fujifilm VPB-XT2 multifunction handle accepts two NP-W126S rechargeable batteries in addition to the camera battery and offers a boost function to accelerate the camera. A power supply unit for operating the camera and simultaneous charging is also included. [Photo: Fujifilm]

The multifunction handle VPB-XT2 also ensures better handling of the Fujifilm X-T2, especially in portrait format. [Photo: Fujifilm]

Fujifilm’s film simulation modes such as Velvia, Astia, Monochrome, Sepia, Classic Chrome or the quite new Acros as a particularly powerful black-and-white mode including switchable film grain are of course also on board. The film simulation modes are available for both photos and videos. So nothing stands in the way of a nostalgic black-and-white video with acros and red filter. Connected to the computer, a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom enables tethered shooting, i.e. remote control of the camera. Thanks to built-in WLANs, this is also possible via a smartphone with a suitable app.

The set with the excellent Fujinon XF 18-55 mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS is 300 Euro more expensive (price at its release, several years ago in 2017 was 1300 euros). The multifunction handle VPB-XT2 should cost almost 330 Euro. The MHG-XT2 handle is much cheaper, it costs only 130 Euros, but offers no space for batteries and no boost mode, but only provides an enlarged handle. The camera battery remains replaceable without removing the handle. As a special bonus the handle has an integrated Arca Swiss compact quick-release plate. If you want to make your X-T2 a little more elegant, you can buy the 90 Euro set BLC-XT2, which consists of a leather shell for the camera and a wrapping cloth.

With the X-Pro2 and X-T2, Fujifilm is pursuing a two-flagship strategy, with the X-T2 being the “sportier” and more modern model. The X-T2 not only offers a higher continuous shooting performance, especially with the optional battery handle, it also allows a higher video resolution with 4K. The viewfinder and screen concept of the X-T2 is also completely different, as it uses a purely electronic viewfinder and a foldable screen. With its many control wheels, levers and buttons, the X-T2 is as classic as the X-Pro2. In the test the X-T2 must now show what it achieves in terms of image quality and performance.

Ergonomics and workmanship

The Fujifilm X-T2 comes in the classic SLR design of the 80s. With its housing sealed against splash water and dust, it is of rock-solid construction. Not creaks or cracks when taking it in the hand. However, the viewfinder hump and handle are relatively small. Thanks to the thumb recess on the back and the generous rubber covers of the case, it can still be held securely. For the relatively compact dimensions, the case is quite heavy with half a kilogram, which underlines the solid impression. If you want more grip, you can buy the optional battery handle VPB-XT2. This not only takes up two additional batteries, which increases the battery life to over 1,000 images, but also offers a portrait grip with additional controls and triggers as well as a grip reinforcement for the landscape grip. As if that weren’t enough, you can activate a boost mode on the handle, which increases the camera’s performance in many respects. In addition, there is a mains adapter connection, which can also be used to charge the batteries, as well as a headphone connection. The high investment in the handle, which costs about 270 to 330 Euro without batteries, plus about 140 Euro for two batteries is worth it, after all, the power adapter is also included in the scope of delivery.

The Fujifilm X-T2 has a splash-proof metal housing in the design of the 80s.

But back to the camera: The memory card slot is located on the handle side, where both SD slots are compatible with SDHC, SDXC and UHS-II. With the appropriate card, the X-T2 achieves a data transfer rate of 117 MByte per second. UHS-II cards are not exhausted, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II with 170 MByte/s still takes the top place, but UHS-I cards are clearly surpassed. The interfaces are hidden behind a plastic flap on the left side of the housing: In addition to the 2.5mm jack cable remote release connection, there is a micro HDMI interface, a USB 3 port (unfortunately no type C) and a 3.5mm stereo jack for a microphone. The X-T2 even offers a classic wire release connection, which is located as a thread in the release. On the underside of the housing is the metal tripod thread in the optical axis, which is far enough away from the battery compartment to be able to remove the battery even with the quick-release plate attached.

Fujifilm has very cleverly solved the folding mechanism of the 7.5 centimeter screen, which unfortunately isn’t a touch screen. It not only folds 90 degrees up and 45 degrees down, but also (after unlocking) 60 degrees to the right, which can be useful for portrait photos. The display, which has a resolution of one million pixels and is sufficiently fine, always remains behind the camera and does not have to be panned to the side of the camera. Only for Selfies it is not suitable thereby, which might be bearable for the target group.

The electronic viewfinder is a real gem. With its small image equivalent magnification of 0.77 times, it is as large as the viewfinder of a full-frame camera. The refresh rate is very fluid with either 60 or 100 fps and the resolution is sufficiently high with 2.36 million pixels (even if there are now considerably higher resolution viewfinders). Only spectacle wearers have some problems, because you can hardly see into all corners at the same time without glasses. Lucky for whom dioptric correction is sufficient. By the way, the viewfinder switches on and off automatically thanks to the proximity sensor. Beside the advantages like digital fade in, (switchable) exposure and white balance preview as well as a bright viewfinder image even in dark environments, such an electronic viewfinder is also advantageous in bright environments, because you can of course see the photos and menus taken in it. But the screen is also bright enough, especially for the menus even in the brightest sunlight. However, the viewfinder has clear resolution and dynamic advantages over the screen when evaluating the subject.

The operation of the X-T2 is essentially designed for classic swivels, levers and buttons and is pleasantly less menu-heavy. An automatic mode with scene recognition is searched in vain. ISO sensitivity and exposure time are set by means of the rotating wheels on the top of the camera and the aperture on the lens. Thanks to two universal control wheels that can also be pressed, the values can also be set as with modern cameras. Those who would like to freely assign keys will find an Fn button on the top of the camera, a button on the front as well as the four-way keys that can be configured as desired. In addition, a quick menu ensures that you don’t have to go straight to the big menu for further recording settings. The latter is divided into several tabs, some with longer submenus, which is not always very clear. The X-T2 allows various adjustment possibilities up to the behavior of the autofocus, which requires some training time, if one wants to use these functions. However, the X-T2 comes with well-considered presettings for the various keys so that you can get started right away.

The handle of the Fujifilm X-T2 is relatively small, but offers sufficient grip due to the good rubber coating. The X-T2 has a better grip with the optional battery handle, which also enlarges the handle.

The Fujifilm X-T2’s most important controls are located on the upper side. Rotating knobs and levers control ISO sensitivity, exposure time, exposure compensation, shooting mode, and metering.

Equipment

As mentioned at the beginning, the X-T2 is aimed at ambitious photographers who already know how to handle aperture and exposure time or who want to learn it quickly. Nevertheless, some useful automatic functions are not missing, such as the pan panorama function, which can be accessed via the selector lever below the ISO wheel, such as the continuous-advance mode, the bracketing function, the effect filters and the video function. What is missing, however, is an HDR function, so that such recordings can only be made with the help of PC software. The exposure bracketing function, with a maximum of three images and +/- 2 EV exposure distance, is also only useful for light HDR shots, but not for stronger HDR effects. After all, the exposure correction function achieves +/-5 EV, with which one can manually help the exposure bracketing function to make the leaps (e.g. with -5 EV, 0 EV and +5 EV, make a three-way exposure bracket in each case).

Although the Fujifilm X-T2 doesn’t have a built-in pop-up flash, it has a TTL flash shoe and a flash sync socket. In addition, there is a not so small attachable flash in the scope of delivery that builds up nicely high. The camera takes over the power supply via flash shoe. All standard flash options are available, such as long time sync, flash at end of exposure, and flash exposure compensation. In addition, the Fujifilm flash system now has a wireless function with corresponding system flashes, and third-party suppliers such as Metz are already adapting it. The shortest flash sync time is 1/250 seconds, whereby the large system flashes also offer high-speed synchronization. The mechanical focal-plane shutter is without flash up to 1/8,000 second fast, who would like to release silently, can fall back on an up to 1/32,000 second short electronic shutter.

Fujifilm praises the autofocus of the X-T2 as particularly powerful. It works with 169 phase sensors and 273 contrast sensors, which cover a larger image field. In addition, the camera menu offers extensive configuration options for the AF-C to adapt the subject tracking to the shooting scene. You’ll need to work a little harder on these settings to get the maximum performance out of the AF-C. In general, the autofocus has certain flaws that you should be able to deal with. When measuring the autofocus speed in the laboratory, we noticed that the AF-S was not set to focus priority at the factory, but to release priority as is usual with the AF-C. This is because the AF-S is not set to focus priority. For the measurement we changed this accordingly and had an unexpectedly long shutter release delay of 0.41 seconds when focusing from infinity to two meters, regardless of the focal length set. The pure release delay has a share of about 0.07 seconds. For manual focusing, the focus magnifier, split image indicator simulation, focus peaking and focus scale with depth-of-field display provide all conceivable assistance, while pressing the AF On button ensures automatic focusing even in manual focus mode.

The AF-C is particularly useful in combination with the continuous-advance function. Here, the X-T2 reaches a maximum of eight frames per second on the paper. In our measurement, the continuous shooting speed was 8.1 frames per second for 47 compressed raw images in a row, in JPEG the camera even writes so fast to a UHS-II card that it can be completely filled with 8.2 frames per second. In Raw, on the other hand, the permanent serial frame rate drops to quite regular five frames per second. The limiting factor is the 117 MByte/s data interface of the X-T2, which could have been faster. With the OM-D E-M1 Mark II from Olympus, for example, we achieved 170 MByte/s in the test. Faster continuous shooting rates can be achieved with the electronic shutter (14 fps with AF-C) or the optional battery handle (11 fps with mechanical shutter in boost mode). But if one uses the AF-C during the continuous shooting, the continuous shooting rate becomes a little irregular even at 8 fps, as the shutter priority doesn’t seem to grip 100 percent. Nonetheless, the X-T2 is definitely one of the fastest cameras in terms of continuous shooting rate and AF-C. Together with the mentioned Olympus and the Sony Alpha 6000, 6300 and 6500, it is on a very high level, with which at best the best DSLRs can still compete.

The Fujifilm X-T2’s APS-C sensor resolves 24 megapixels. The X-Trans color filter matrix avoids Moirés despite the lack of a low-pass filter, which provides an overall high resolution with sharp details.

The tripod thread on the underside of the Fujifilm X-T2 is located in the optical axis. The battery compartment is far enough away from it.

The video recording function of the Fujifilm X-T2 is somewhat hidden, it is also accessible via the mode selector lever. A video recording button that is also active in photo mode does not exist, so “video snapshots” are not possible. In the video mode, Fujifilm has at least combined itself with video filmers to implement the required functions. In addition to the integrated stereo microphone, there is a connection for external microphones, while the headphone connection is only provided by the battery handle. There is a level indicator and a microphone sensitivity setting. In HD and Full HD, frame rates of 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50 and 59.94 frames per second are available, in 4K resolution the two fastest frame rates are missing. The HDMI port outputs a signal for external recording without screen overlays, if desired, and the autofocus, which works well in video, can also be controlled. In addition, manual settings, film simulations and many other features are available for video recording.

In playback mode, JPEG provides some basic image editing options such as red-eye correction, bleed function, and resolution change. For raw recordings, the X-T2 offers an integrated converter, which offers many setting options including the film simulation modes (which the Classic Chrome always inspires us with). Thanks to WLAN, the recordings can also be sent to smartphones, tablets and Instax printers (see also the Instax test in the links below). The X-T2 even offers a photo book assistant. The WLAN function transmits images amazingly fast. In playback mode, you can send picture by picture to your smartphone at the touch of a button and navigate through the shots, making image selection easier than when small thumbnails are displayed on your smartphone. If you want, you can also use the smartphone to remotely control the camera. Even a permanent connection for the transfer of the shooting position is possible, the photos taken with the camera are directly provided with the corresponding metadata. The necessary smartphone app also runs on tablets, but is only available for Android and iOS.

Picture quality

The quality of a digital camera depends on the image quality. In the current generation, Fujifilm relies on a 24 megapixel APS-C sensor built in CMOS technology and equipped with Fujifilm’s special X-Trans color filter matrix, which eliminates the need for a low-pass filter without the appearance of moirés. The test in our laboratory is done for a better comparability as always in JPEG, also to test the image quality, which the manufacturer had in mind and not that of a raw converter. If you want to edit images in a complex way, you should definitely use the raw format, because this format offers finer color and brightness gradations and much more interventions in the image processing (resolution, sharpness, noise, white balance, etc.).

On the handle side of the Fujifilm X-T2 sits the waterproof memory card flap secured with a bolt.

The interfaces (USB 3, cable remote release socket, Micro-HDMI and 3.5mm stereo jack microphone) are hidden behind a plastic flap on the Fujifilm X-T2.

The XF 18-55 mm F2.0-4 R LM OIS was used in the laboratory test. Unlike the focal length range might suggest, as this is also used with the cheapest set lenses from other manufacturers, the XF 18-55 is a high-quality lens that also offers a good speed. Above all, as with practically all XF lenses, the image quality is also good. This is not least due to the Lens Modulation Optimizer (LMO), which is active at the factory and thus also during the laboratory test, and which corrects optical errors of the lens up to diffraction in the best possible way. So it is not surprising that distortion, vignetting and color fringes are very low.

In addition, the 18-55 shines with a high resolution of up to 63 line pairs per millimeter (lp/mm) in 35mm equivalent. At each focal length, up to 58 lp/mm can be achieved in the center of the image. The highest resolution of the lens is at medium focal length, but even the longest focal length achieves very high resolution values, because here lenses often drop a bit in resolution performance. The resolution drops by up to 30 percent towards the edge of the picture, which is very dependent on focal length and aperture. In wide-angle, it is best to work with an open aperture or with F11, because this is where the highest resolutions with the lowest edge waste are achieved. In general, the resolution drops slightly at F16 and slightly more at F22, but the LMO keeps the effects within limits. For medium and long focal lengths, F8 and F11 are recommended, with good center resolution there is only a minimal to no drop in resolution to the edge of the image. If the edge resolution is not so decisive, it is best to use the open aperture for medium and long focal lengths, since the highest resolution performance is achieved.

The 24-megapixel sensor also shines with good to very good performance. Up to ISO 400, the signal-to-noise ratio is very high at over 40 dB; only at ISO 3.200 is the critical value of 35 dB slightly undershot, and at higher sensitivities more undershot. While Fujifilm suppresses the color noise very well with the X-T2, the Japanese manufacturer allows brightness noise at sensitivities of more than ISO 3,200. However, this is very fine-grained and produces a pleasant image, as the restrained noise reduction ensures good detail preservation and a natural image impression. Especially up to ISO 1.600 there is practically no loss of detail noticeable. From ISO 3.200 the level of detail drops noticeably, but even at ISO 6.400 it is still acceptable. In addition, the loss of detail decreases further, so that fine structures are lost. However, since this is not associated with watercolor-like smooth surfaces, but rather with brightness noise, ISO 12.800 can still be used well. At ISO 25.600 and 51.200, however, the image quality also decreases very sharply visually, since other measured values also drop significantly here.

Battery and memory cards can be removed separately in the Fujifilm X-T2. Both slots support UHS II and achieve up to 117 MB/s write speed.

Somewhat disappointing is the measured input dynamic, which does not even scratch the mark of ten f-stops. Up to and including ISO 3,200, however, with nine and more f-stops it is at least on a good level. The tone curve is divided (but not too strong) for crisp center contrasts and a beautiful picture impression. The output tonal range shows very differentiated values. The brightness channel and the green channel show the finest gradations, whereas the red and especially the blue channel clearly decrease. Up to ISO 1.600 the brightness channel reaches at least 160 gradations, the red channel only up to ISO 800 and the blue channel only up to ISO 400. The color fidelity of the X-T2 is on average just good, although some color tones show stronger deviations. Above all, there is a stronger saturation of the warm tones, the greatest deviation from the actual hue shows cyan, which goes strongly towards blue. All in all, this makes for subjectively nice “Fujifilm” colors, which can also be adjusted to your own taste with the different film simulation modes and other settings. The white balance works well in most situations and the measured color depth is very good up to high sensitivities. Up to ISO 3,200, more than four million colors are differentiated, only above ISO 6,400 does the value drop more sharply. In the optimum case, at ISO 100 and 200, almost eight million colour nuances are differentiated.

Bottom line

With 1,700 Euro without lens or 2,000 Euro with the tested set lens, the Fujifilm X-T2 is  worth every cent. The workmanship is at the highest level and the many wheels and knobs are a real pleasure to use. The X-T2 offers a good balance of size and weight. The performance of the X-T2 is at the highest level in the mirrorless segment and really doesn’t need to hide behind DSLRs, whereby action photographers practically can’t get past the battery grip, which increases not only the grip and battery life but also the performance parameters noticeably. In terms of image quality, the dynamic range has to take the biggest criticism. Otherwise, the picture quality plays at the highest level. The set lens has a high resolution and hardly any optical errors, up to ISO 1.600 you get perfect images. Even up to ISO 6,400, the X-T2 can still be used very well, with slight exceptions. Above all, Fujifilm provides subjectively attractive images whose look can be individually adapted in the camera. The Fujifilm X-T2 is a real delicacy for ambitious photographers, but beginners might be overwhelmed. Despite improvements on the part of Fujifilm, some videographers get more from other manufacturers. But the X-T2 also has a lot to offer for everyday purposes and occasional ambitious video projects.

Fact sheet

Fact sheet
Manufacturer Fuji film
Model X-T2
Sensor CMOS APS-C 23.6 x 15.8 mm (crop factor 1.5
)24.3 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 3.9 µm
Resolution (max.) 6.000 x 4.000 (3:2)
Video (max.) 3.840 x 2.160 30p
Lens Fujifilm XF 18-55 mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS (zoom lens)
Video viewfinder EVF, 100 % field coverage, 2,360,000 pixels resolution, 1.16x magnification (sensor-related), 0.77x magnification (KB equivalent), diopter compensation (-4.0 to 2.0 dpt), -4.0 to 2.0 dpt)
Monitor 3.0″ (7.6 cm)
Disbandment 1.040.000 pixels
tiltable yes
rotatable
swivelling yes
Touchscreen
AV connector HDMI Output Micro (Type D)
Fully automatic
Automatic motivecontrol
Program automation yes
Program shift yes
Aperture priority yes
Aperture priority yes
Manual yes
Bulb long time exposure yes
HDR function
Panorama function yes, Sweep panorama
Exposure metering Matrix/multi-field measurement (256 fields), center-weighted integral measurement, spot measurement
fastest shutter speed 1/8.000 s
Flash included attachable flash
Synchronous time 1/250 s
Flash connection Hot shoe: Fujifilm, standard center contact
WLAN yes
NFC
GPS external, permanent smartphone connection
Remote release yes, cable release, cable release, remote control via Smartphone/Tablet
Interval shooting yes
Storage medium
SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I, UHS II)
Slot 2
SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I, UHS II)
Sensitivity
automatic ISO 200-12.800
manually ISO 100-51.200
White balance
automatic yes
manual measurement yes
Kelvin input yes
Fine correction yes
Autofocus yes
Number of measuring fields 169 Phase sensors273
Contrast sensors
Speed 0,41 s
AF auxiliary light LED
Dimensions (mm) 133 x 92 x 49 mm
Weight (ready for operation) 500 g (housing only
)807 g (with lens)
Tripod socket in optical axis
Zoom
Zoom adjustment manual on lens
Battery life 340 (according to CIPA standard)
– = “not applicable” or “not available”

Short evaluation

Pros

  • Very robust housing
  • Large scope of equipment with many direct operating elements
  • Excellent electronic viewfinder
  • Clever monitor folding mechanism
  • With the exception of the somewhat meagre dynamic range, very good image quality up to ISO 1,600 and good up to ISO 6,400

Cons

  • No touch screen
  • UHS-II write speed is not fully utilized
  • Full performance only with additional handle

Fujifilm X-T2 comes in graphite silver and X-Pro2 in graphite: Fine color variations

As with the X-T1, Fujifilm is now launching a silver color version of the X-T2 with a noble coating. In addition, the X-Pro2 also gets a noble color variant, which is much darker with graphite. The X-Pro1 was always available in black. The colour variants are created by a three-coat coating, whereby the first two coats are identical and only the last colour differs, giving the X-Pro2 a darker shade. While the X-Pro2 comes with a lens in a bundle, the X-T2 comes with only one flash.

The first of the three coats is a deep black primer, which should make the highlights stand out particularly well. The second layer of paint is based on a special multiple coating. Ultra-fine paint particles are applied to the rotating camera housing in wafer-thin layers, creating a velvety graphite-silver shade. The last layer of the X-T2 is a clear coat that provides the necessary gloss. In the X-Pro2, black particles are added to the clear coat, which gives it a darker shade.

Technically, the X-Pro2 graphite and the X-T2 silver graphite correspond to the black color variants. They are characterized by the 24 megapixel APS-C sensor with the X-Trans color filter arrangement. The X-T2 is also capable of 4K video recording.

Because Fujifilm X-T2 Graphite Silver does not use any black particles in the last clear coat, the colour tone is much brighter than that of X-Pro2. [Photo: Fujifilm]

The Fujifilm X-T2 Graphite Silver comes with a matching EF-X8 attachable flash, a leather camera strap and an aluminium flash shoe cover. From the end of January 2017, the X-T2 Graphite Silver will be available at a price of almost 1,900 Euro, which is 200 Euro more than the black color variant, which, however, comes without this special accessory.

Fujifilm X-T2 Datasheet

Electronics

Sensor CMOS sensor APS-C 23.6 x 15.8 mm (crop factor 1.5
)24.3 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 3.9 µm
Photo resolution
6.000 x 3.376 pixels (16:9)
4.240 x 2.832 pixels (3:2)
4.240 x 2.832 pixels (3:2)
4.240 x 2.384 pixels (16:9)
4.000 x 4.000 pixels (1:1)
3.008 x 2.000 pixels (3:2)
3.008 x 1.688 pixels (16:9)
2.832 x 2.832 pixels (1:1)
2.000 x 2.000 pixels (1:1)
Panorama Swivel panorama
Picture formats JPG, RAW
Colour depth 24 bits (8 bits per color channel), 42 bits (14 bits per color channel)
Metadata Exif (version 2.3), DCF standard
Video resolution
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 30 p
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 25 p
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 24 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 60 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 50 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 30 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 25 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 24 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 60 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 50 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 30 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 25 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 24 p
Maximum recording time 28 min
Video format
MOV (Codec H.264)
Audio format (video) PCM

Lens

Lens mount
Fujifilm XF

Focusing

Autofocus mode Phase comparison autofocus with 325 sensors, contrast autofocus
Autofocus Functions Single Auto Focus, Continuous Auto Focus, Area Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus, Manual, AFL Function, AF Assist Light (LED), Focus Peaking, Focus Magnifier
Focus control Depth of field control, dimming button, Live View

Viewfinder and Monitor

Monitor 3.0″ (7.6 cm) TFT LCD monitor with 1,040,000 pixels, anti-reflective, brightness adjustable, colour adjustable, tiltable 90° up and 45° down, rotatable 60
Video viewfinder Video viewfinder (100 % field coverage) with 2,360,000 pixels, 1.16x magnification factor, diopter compensation (-4.0 to 2.0 dpt)

Exposure

Exposure metering Center-weighted integral measurement, matrix/multi-field measurement over 256 fields, spot measurement, AF-AE coupling
Exposure times 1/8,000 to 4 s (Auto
)1/8,000 to 30 s (Manual)
1/32,000 to 30 s (Electronic Shutter)
Bulb with maximum 3,600 s Exposure Time
Exposure control Program auto (with program shift), Aperture auto, Aperture auto, Manual
Bracketing function Bracket function with maximum 3 shots, step size from 1/3 to 2 EV
Exposure compensation -5.0 to +5.0 EV with step size of 1/3 EV
Sensitivity to light ISO 200 to ISO 12.800 (automatic
)ISO 100 to ISO 51.200 (manual)
Remote access Remote release, cable release, cable release, remote control via smartphone/tablet
, remote control from computer: certain functions
Picture effects High Key, Low Key, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Selective Color, Sepia, Softer, Toy Camera, 2 more Image Effects
White balance Auto, Cloudy, Sun, White balance bracketing, Fine tuning, Shadow, Underwater, Fluorescent lamp with 3 presets, Incandescent light, from 2,500 to 10,000 K, Manual 3 memory locations
Color space Adobe RGB, sRGB
Continuous shooting Continuous shooting function max. 8.0 fps at highest resolution and max. 83 stored photos, 14 frames per second with electronic shutter, 11 frames per second with VPB-XT2
Self-timer Self-timer with interval of 2 s, special features: or optionally 10 seconds
Timer Timer/interval recording with max. 999 recordings, start time adjustable
Shooting functions AEL function, AFL function, live histogram

Flashgun

Flash no built-in flash availableFlash shoe
: Fujifilm, standard center contactFlash connection socket
: F-plug
Flash range Flash sync time 1/250 s
Flash number Guide number 8 (ISO 100)
(flash supplied)
Flash functions Auto, Fill-in flash, Flash on, Flash off, High speed sync, Slow sync, Flash on second shutter curtain, Red-eye reduction by pre-flash, Master function (4 channels and 3 groups), Flash exposure compensation from -2.0 EV to +2.0 EV

Equipment

Image stabilizer no optical image stabilizer
Memory
SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I, UHS II)
second memory card slot
SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I, UHS II)
GPS function GPS external (permanent smartphone connection)
Microphone Stereo
Power supply Power supply connection
Power supply 1 x Fujifilm NP-W126S340
Pictures
Playback Functions Red eye retouching, crop images, image rotation, protect image, highlight / shadow warning, playback histogram, playback magnifier, image index, slide show function, zoom out
Voice memo Voice memo (PCM format)
Face recognition Face recognition
Picture parameters Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Noise Reduction
Special functions Electronic spirit level, Grid can be displayed, Orientation sensor, Live View, User profiles with 7 user profiles
Ports Data interfaces: USBUSB type
:USB 3.0 SuperSpeedWLAN
: available (type: B, G, N)
AV connectors AV output: HDMI output Micro (Type D
)Audio input: yes (3.5 mm jack (stereo, 3-pin))
Audio output: no
Supported direct printing methods DPOF, Exif Print, PictBridge
Tripod socket 1/4″ in optical axis
Case Splash-proof, frost-proof up to -10 °C
Features and Miscellaneous Video recording time at 4K maximum 10 minutes, at 1080p maximum 15 minutes and at 720p maximum 29 minutesUltrasonic sensor cleaningFinder

with eye sensorExposure correction
Video +/- 2VDynamic range exposure series
(DR 100 %, DR 200 %, DR 400 %)
ISO exposure series ( /- 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV)
Film simulation exposure seriesDigital
split image indicatorFilm simulation
: Provia, Velvia, Astia, Classic Chrome, Pro Neg

.H

i, Pro Neg.Std, Black & White, Black & White (with color filters), Sepia, Acros (with color filters)
Lens Modulation OptimizerRAW Conversion

Technical information The color variant X-T2 graphite silver is delivered with a color-matching set flash.

Size and weight

Dimensions W x H x D 133 x 92 x 49 mm
Weight 500 g (ready for operation)

Other

included accessories Fujifilm BC-W126 Charger for special rechargeable batteriesFujifilm
NP-W126S special rechargeable batteryShoulder strap
, cover, instruction manual
optional accessory Fujifilm MHG-XT2 (Handle
)Fujifilm VPB-XT2 Rechargeable battery/battery grip

Firmware update 5.00 for the Fujfilm X-Pro2 and bugfixes for others: New features and bug fixes

Fujifilm provides new firmware updates for numerous cameras and two lenses. With the X-T10, X-T20, X-E2, X-E2S, X-E3, X-T2, X-H1, X100F, GFX 50S and the two lenses XF 18 mm F2 R and XF 60 mm F2.4 R Macro, there are only minor bug fixes and function updates for the X-T10, X-T20, X-E2, X-E2, X-E3, X-T2, X-H1, X100F and GFX 50S, whereas the X-Pro2 receives numerous new functions with the update 2.00.

Firmware 3.12 for the XF 18 mm F2 R and XF 60 mm F2.4 R Macro lenses fix a phenomenon where the angle of view could change during 4K close-ups. The firmware updates 1.31 for the X-T10, 4.11 for the X-E2 and 1.11 for the X-E2S ensure that the exposure metering in the aperture priority functions correctly when using an M-adapter. Firmware updates 2.01 for the X-T20, 1.21 for the X-E3, and 2.11 for the X100F fix a problem that caused flickering in the live image under certain circumstances. Updates 3.20 for the GFX 50S and 4.20 for the X-T2 add a new feature to create and select a folder where subsequent recordings will be stored. Five letters of the folder name can be specified. Firmware 1.11 for the X-H1 fixes a rare writing error on SD cards when using a card as a backup or when storing raw and JPEG recordings separately. Also, an abnormal menu screen could appear and the LCD settings could be reset.

For the X-Pro2 the firmware update 2.00 brings numerous new functions. The displays or indicators in the live image can now be enlarged and individually positioned to make them easier to read. In addition, there is now a flicker reduction function, which is especially useful for continuous shooting indoors. You can also create and select folders to save the following recordings. The first five letters can be selected individually. Furthermore, new algorithms provide a significantly improved phase autofocus. It now works up to F11 instead of F8, needs only minimal -1 EV light instead of 0.5 EV as before, which significantly improves the low-light capabilities. In addition, the AF-C is much faster and more reliable for continuous shooting, and fine details such as fur or feathers are focused more reliably. Finally, the X-Pro2 supports the X Acquire software after the update, which allows the camera settings to be saved and loaded on the PC.

The updates can be downloaded by the user from the Fujifilm website and played onto the camera via SD card.

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Peter Dench
I am Peter Dench. Digital Photographer, born in London 1972, currently living in Deerfield, near Chicago. I have numerous photography expositions and also working in model photography. In this website, PhotoPoint, I usually review cameras provided by local dealers in Illinois and by the manufacturers. Sometimes I, Peter Dench, review lenses too, but only when I have a suitable camera for them. Please let me know in the comments if I can improve any of these articles.