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Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Camera

July 26 2016

by Philip Northeast

The new Fujifilm X-T2 promises photographers a realistic alternative to conventional dSLRs. The X-T2 is a mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses that takes the viewfinder seriously.

The design of most mirrorless cameras ignores the viewfinder. Photographers have to rely on the rear screen to see the view through the camera’s lens.

Many camera manufacturers embrace the mirrorless camera philosophy for interchangeable lens cameras to reduce the cost of the camera. The reduction in camera body size and weight due to the removal of the reflex mirror becomes insignificant when a lens is attached.  The Fujifilm approach is providing a 21st century alternative to the mechanical system.

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Fujifilm X-T2 mirrorless camera

Fujifilm has persevered developing versions of electronic versions rather than the conventional optical viewfinder of dSLRS using  a moving reflex mirror. The X-T2 has an OLED Electronic Viewfinder (EVF).  OLED displays are considered the best screens for smart phones and High Dynamic Range televisions, suggesting the X-T2’s  EVF will be very good.

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The rear monitor screen and electronic viewfinder on the X-T2

The main advantage of a using the viewfinder is it is the best way to hold the camera steady without using a tripod. With modern Autofocus systems the viewfinder is not essential for accurate focusing. If the OLED EVFs are not yet as good as conventional optical systems they are still useful for the main function of composing photographs and displaying camera information to photographers. Otherwise, the X-T2 is similar to any good APS-C size dSLR.

Autofocus

Fujifilm highlight the new autofocus system in their X-T2, often a weak point in the mirrorless design. The large mirror box in conventional DSLR designs offers room for the autofocus sensors. Doing away with the mirror box reduces the space for the normal autofocus system. Mirrorless designs need to use the digital sensor for autofocus as well as for viewing and recording the image.

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Fujifilm X-T2 with optional power boost grip fitted

Fujifilm say in the X-T2 they have significantly improved the AF-C, or continuous focus system. According to Fujifilm the  X-T2 uses the fast Phase detection AF method and motion predictive AF for continuous shooting up to 8 frames per second (fps). If the optional grip is fitted then this continuous shooting speed rise to 11fps with extra power from the Booster Grip.

The X-T2 offers a number of options for photographers  to adapt the autofocus system to the type of movement of the subject.

4K video

The new X-T2 has upgraded video capabilities, now capable of recording in the latest 4K high-resolution format. As with all dSLR video recording there is a time limit on recording For the X-T2 it is up to a maximum of 29 minutes, depending on the resolution chosen. Maximum resolution video can only record for approximately 10 minutes.  For longer videos shooting needs to be arranged in a series of short takes.

Weather Resistant

The camera body is splash and dust resistant, but also importantly Fujifilm offer a number of weather-resistant lenses in their X mount format so the whole package is suitable for adverse weather conditions that offer opportunities for spectacular photographs.

Image Quality

Despite their name and history, Fujifilm has considerable experience in their commercial digital photography printing equipment so they understand digital imaging hardware.

Fujifilm has increased the resolution of the X-T2 up to 24.3MP up from 16MP in the X-T1. It is an APS-C size CMOS Sensor, the same size as most dSLRs. The resolution is as good as the best APS-C size dSLRs and the lack of a low pass filter on the front of the sensor helps get the most from the new sensor.

Fujifilm has increased the sensitivity of the X-T2 over the older X-T1. The new camera has a normal ISO range from 200 to 128000, but there are extended settings from 100 up to 51200, which is comparable most APS-C cameras.

FUJIFILM EF-X500 Flash

A new top end hot shoe flash unit for the X series cameras. It is capable of High Speed Flash sync so photographers are not limited to slower shutter speeds for flash photography and has a   Guide number of 50 (ISO100?m) / 164 (ISO100·ft)

The X-T2 with an impressive looking flash unit

The X-T2 with an impressive looking flash unit

Power Boost  Grip

The accessory grip adds controls and shutter release for vertical shooting with extra batteries.  As well as prolonging shooting time the X-T2  uses the extra batteries in the grip to boost performance for continuous shooting.

Summary

The Fujifilm X-T2 is not about selling a cut-price compact camera. Instead, it is a view of the near future of quality dSLR cameras.

Fujifilm X-T2 top view with standard lens fitted.

Fujifilm X-T2 top view with standard lens fitted.

 

Availability and Pricing

The new FUJIFILM X-T2 (body only) will be available in September 2016 in the U.S. for USD $1,599.95. preorder from Adorama  

The X-T2 and XF18-55mm (27-84mm) kit will be available in September 2016 in the U.S. for USD $1,899.95.  preorder from Adorama 

The FUJIFILM EF-X500 Flash will be available in September 2016 in the U.S. for USD $449.9 preorder from Adorama 

 

Fujifilm X-T2 Specifications

Model Name

FUJIFILM X-T2

Number of effective pixels

24.3 million pixels

Image sensor

23.6mm×15.6mm (APS-C? X-Trans CMOS III with primary color filter

Sensor cleaning

Ultrasonic vibrations using piezoelectric elements

Storage media

SD memory card / SDHC memory card / SDXC memory card UHS-II*7

Lens mount

FUJIFILM X mount

Sensitivity

Standard ISO sensitivity

AUTO (Control available up to ISO12800)

ISO200 – 12800 (1/3 steps) (Standard Output Sensitivity)

Extended ISO sensitivity

ISO100/25600/51200

Viewfinder

Electronic viewfinder

0.5-inch, approx. 2.36-million dot OLED color viewfinder (Coverage of viewing area vs. capturing area: approx. 100%)

Eye point: Approx. 23mm (from the rear end of the camera’s eyepiece)

Diopter adjustment: -4m-1-+2m-1

Magnification: 0.77x

Horizontal angle of view: Approx. 31° (Diagonal angle of view: approx. 38°)

Built-in eye sensor

LCD monitor

3.0-inch, aspect ratio 3:2, approx. 1,040K-dot, three-directional tilting color LCD monitor (approx. 100% coverage)

Continuous shooting

14.0 fps (with the Electronic Shutter), 8.0 fps (with the Mechanical Shutter)

11.0 fps (with the Mechanical Shutter and when fitted with VPB-XT2)

Movie recording

4K 3840×2160 29.97P/25P/24P/23.98P up to approx. 10 min.

Full HD 1920×1080 59.94P/50P/29.97P/25P/24P/23.98P up to approx. 15 min.

HD 1280×720 59.94P/50P/29.97P/25P/24P/23.98P up to approx. 30 min.

* Use a card with the UHS Speed Class 3 or higher.

Power supply

Rechargeable battery NP-W126S (Lithium-ion type) (included)

Dimensions / Weight

132.5 mm (W) X 91.8mm (H) X 49.2mm (D) (Minimum depth: 35.4mm)

Approx. 507g (including battery and memory card)

Approx. 457g (excluding battery and memory card)

Standard number of frames per charge*8

Approx. 340 (when mounted with XF35mmF1.4R and shooting in the Normal mode)

Accessories included

Lithium-ion battery NP-W126S, Battery charger BC-W126, Shoe-mount flash EF-X8

Shoulder strap, Body cap, Metal strap clip, Protective cover, Clip attaching tool, Vertical Power Booster Grip connecter cover,

Hot shoe cover, Sync terminal cover, Owner’s manual, Warranty documents

 

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