Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Fujifilm X-Pro2

The X-Pro2 is a high-end, rangefinder-esque mirrorless camera that directly succeeds the first X-mount camera: the X-Pro1. The Pro2 is based around a 24MP APS-C sensor and a host of feature improvements in a body that very closely resembles that of its predecessor.

Fujifilm X-Pro2 features

  • 24MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor (APS-C)
  • 273 Autofocus points (169 of which PDAF)
  • 2.36M-dot OLED/Optical hybrid viewfinder with pop-up picture-in-picture tab
  • ISO 200-12800, expandable to 100-51200 with Raw shooting at all settings
  • 1/8000 sec maximum shutter speed and 1/250 sec flash sync
  • Acros black and white film simulation
  • Grain Effect option for JPEGs
  • 1080/60p movies
The X-Pro2's higher resolution sensor also gains wider-spread on-sensor phase-detect AF coverage, which is another significant improvement. In addition it has a small, thumb-operated joystick that allows you to more easily select an AF point and, in turn, the camera lets you select from a any of the camera's AF points.
Other changes include allowing Auto ISO to extend up to 12800 and the ability to shoot Raw files at all the camera's ISO settings (extended settings have always been JPEG-only on previous X-series cameras), as well as the ability to apply lossless compression to Raw files. The X-Pro2's shutter has been improved, too, and can now shoot as fast as 1/8000 sec, with flash sync extended to 1/250 sec of a second.
But much of what else made the original X-Pro1 stand out remains. The genuinely rangefinder-styled body, rather than just being a rectangle with a band of faux leather around it, mimics most of the control points and design accents of a 1960s camera. It still has the all-metal construction but more attention has been made to provide environmental sealing, as you'd expect in a camera at this price.
And, although the body looks broadly the same, it's been significantly reworked to offer improved ergonomics as well as additional features. The hybrid viewfinder has been improved through the inclusion of an X100T-style pop-up tab in the corner, onto which an LCD image can be projected.
Here's a spec comparison between the X-Pro2 and its predecessor, as well as the X-T1:
Fujifilm X-Pro2
Fujifilm X-T1
Fujifilm X-Pro1
Pixel count24MP16MP16MP
AF points273 points (169 of which PDAF) hybrid system.
All directly selectable.
77 point (15 of which PDAF) hybrid system
49 directly selectable (9 of which PDAF)
49 point CDAF system
All directly selectable.
Viewfinder2.36M-dot OLED/Optical Hybrid2.36M-dot OLED1.44M-dot LCD/Optical Hybrid
ISO Range200-12800
(100-51200 Extended)
(100-51200 JPEG-only)
(100-25600 JPEG-only)
Auto ISO settings311
Maximum frame rate
With AFC/With Live View
8 fps / 3 fps8 fps / 3 fps6 fps / 3 fps
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 (Mechanical)
1/32000 (Electronic)
1/4000 (Mechanical)
1/32000 (Electronic)
1/4000 (Mechanical)
X-Sync Speed1/250 sec1/180 sec1/180 sec
Movie shooting1080/60p1080/60p1080/24p
Customizable Q MenuYesYesNo
Custom 'My Menu'YesNoNo
Direct controlsShutter Speed
Exposure Comp
AF Drive Mode
Shutter Speed
Exposure Comp
AF Drive Mode
Drive Mode
Metering Mode
Shutter Speed
Exposure Comp
AF Drive Mode
Direct AF point controlYes - JoystickOptional - At expense of custom buttonsNo
Custom buttons66 (2 if direct AF select chosen)2
Exposure Comp Dial±3EV (±5EV using front dial)±3EV±2EV
Rear screen3" Fixed (3:2)
1.62M-dot (900 x 600)
3" Tilting (3:2)
1.04M-dot (720 x 480)
3" Fixed (4:3)
1.23M-dot (640 x 480)
Command dials2 (Push-button type)21 (Push-button type)
Card slots2 (1 of which UHS-II)1 (UHS-II)1 (UHS-I)
Film Simulations*987
AF TrackingYesYesNo
Eye-detection AFYesYesNo
AF in MF modeAF-C or AF-SAF-C or AF-SAF-S
Panorama modeNoYesYes
Compressed Raw?Optional (Lossless)NoNo
Battery life350 OVF
250 EVF
350 EVF~300 OVF
Battery percentage?YesNoNo
Maintain zoom when changing image in playbackYesYesNo
Lens Modulation OptYesYesNo
Grain simulationYesNoNo
Split prism focus guideColor/MonoMonoNo
Brightline displayYesN/ANo
*Not including color filter simulation variations

As you can see, compared to the X-Pro1, the Pro2 is significantly improved. Almost every aspect of the camera has been refreshed and these updates quickly add up to a much nicer-to-use, more capable camera.

However, in the four years that have passed since the launch of the X-Pro1, a lot has changed, with mirrorless cameras maturing dramatically and expectations for features such as continuous autofocus and movie shooting leaping forwards. However, neither of these two factors is likely to be a prime concern for would-be buyers, instead, the main thing likely to make life difficult for the X-Pro2 could be the existence of its own sister model: the X-T1.

The X-T1 was described at launch as a flagship model and offers a fully fleshed-out feature set for enthusiasts, semi-pros and perhaps even some professionals. It has sealed magnesium alloy construction, a huge electronic viewfinder, weather sealing and abundant external controls. So is there really still room for a new X-Pro alongside the DSLR-style model?

Scanning through the table above, there are certainly some areas in which the X-Pro2 is more advanced than the X-T1, but details such as shutter speed and pixel count are just generational improvements that would make just as much sense in a X-T2. So one of the main things we'll be looking to address in this review is: how does the hybrid viewfinder change the shooting experience and is it enough to allow the X-Pro and X-T lines to continue in parallel?

I am keeping this as reference, as I am really tempted to buy buy buy.  :P~

Please see the full review here:

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