Fujifilm X - Retro Through


Highly Recommended awardFujifilm"s X-Pro2, like its predecessor, occupies a unique position in the market. It"s one of the few interchangeable-lens digital rangefinders available with the major competition coming from the Leica M. The Leica has a larger full-frame sensor and native access to a series of legendary lenses, but the Fuji has a hybrid viewfinder, far superior AF especially for continuous tracking, faster burst shooting, longer exposure capability, built-in Wifi and, oh, comes in at about one third of the price. And while the sensor is "only" APSC in size, I have absolutely no complaints with the image quality, nor indeed with Fuji"s growing range of excellent X-mount lenses. Indeed I can"t think of a model that delivers better quality out-of-camera and I reckon you"d be mad to buy a Leica M over an X-Pro2 if you want a digital rangefinder-style camera.Buy it now!Check prices on the Fujifilm X-Pro2 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, or Wex. Alternatively get yourself a copy of my In Camera book or treat me to a coffee! Thanks!

Fujifilm X-Pro2 review25th April 2016

In depth

Fujifilm’s X-Pro2 is the new flagship body in the mirrorless X-series, featuring a hybrid optical and electronic viewfinder, dual SD slots, weather-sealing and a new 24 Megapixel X-Trans CMOS sensor with embedded Phase Detect Autofocus. Announced in January 2016, it’s the long-awaited successor to the original X-Pro1 which launched the X-mount exactly four years ago. During those years, Fujifilm has refined the X-series with numerous bodies from entry-level to high-end, not to mention built a respectable collection of lenses, but has kept us wondering whether the X-Pro1 would ever get updated. That question has now been answered with the X-Pro2 inheriting all the latest X-body enhancements and adding a few new ones.

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Externally the X-Pro2 looks essentially the same as its predecessor, allowing owners of the original to feel right at home, but there’s a number of important enhancements. The body is now weather-sealed and the addition of a magnesium base-plate lends a luxury feel. In a first for any mirrorless camera, the X-Pro2 features twin SD card slots, with the chance to backup, overflow or record RAW to one and JPEG to the other. A new ISO dial is housed within the shutter dial like a number of old film SLRs. On the rear there’s a new eight-way joystick for immediate repositioning of the AF area.

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Inside there’s a new 24 Megapixel X-Trans CMOS III sensor, Fujifilm’s highest resolution for the X-series to date, and featuring a broader array of phase-detect AF points than the CMOS II in the XT1. It’s coupled with a faster image processor and a new focal plane shutter rated at 150k actuations and supporting 1/8000 top mechanical speed (1/250 flash sync). There’s also an electronic shutter option to 1/32000, a higher resolution LCD screen with a new menu system, a new ‘ACROS’ mono film simulation, built-in Wifi, the choice of uncompressed or lossless compressed RAW files, and most importantly a new hybrid viewfinder which offers the chance to compose optically, electronically, or optically with a small electronic window overlay – similar to the X100T, but with further enhancements. There’s a few notable omissions, such as no 4k video and no tilting nor touch-sensitive screen, but from the X-Pro1 owner’s perspective it’s a dream come true. Find out if it’s the mirrorless camera you’ve been waiting for in my in-depth review!