Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Camera - Body Only
Park Picks 2017 Highly Commended: Best Product of the Year
2016 was definitely a big year for Fuji, releasing updates to their two flagship mirrorless cameras in the Fuji X series and announcing for the first time, a digital medium format camera in the form of the Fuji GFX 50s.
It was a tricky choice to pick between this and the Fuji X-Pro2 for highly commended camera, but there are just some standout features on the X-T2 that helped us to choose it for this award.
This was the first Fuji camera to have 4K video recording capabilities for example, and the updated EVF helped to eradicate some of those fears of input lag with a 60fps refresh rate.
A vastly improved ISO range and sensor on its predecessor also impressed and make it a much more viable camera in poorer lighting conditions, and the Vertical Power Booster grip accessory also impressed with the fact that it adds extra power to the camera in the form of increased fps when in burst mode - and the ability to store 2 extra batteries to enabling a combined battery life of 1,000 shots!
For a full list of winners and highly commended products take a look here - Park Picks 2017
Fuji XT2 Compact System Camera - Body Only SUMMARY
Compatible Fujifilm lenses
With the X-T2, Fujifilm have taken what was already an incredible camera and somehow managed to improve on almost every aspect of it. With the new lenses also now available, there really aren’t any better options available in its price range if you’re looking for a mirrorless camera that delivers impeccably across all styles of photography.
|Fujfilm X-T2 Hands-on Review|
|Fuji XT 2 CSC - Body Only FEATURES|
The Fujifilm X-T2 is the ultimate mirrorless digital camera that uses advanced technologies to achieve premium image quality, outstanding operability, and beautiful design reminiscent of traditional cameras. The X-T2 combines the sensor and image processing engine developed by Fujifilm, with an ultra-sharp range of Fujinon lenses for excellent image resolution. Fujifilm’s colour-reproduction technology - formulated over 80 years - delivers images of unparalleled quality and realism, recording a subject’s textures, three-dimensional feel, and even the atmosphere surrounding it.
The X-T2 is the Fujifilm X Series’ flagship model along with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 - the world’s only rangefinder-style camera with a Hybrid Multi Viewfinder. The two models deliver unparallelled performance in their distinctive fields, with the Fujifilm X-T2 excelling in portraiture, nature, and sports photography, and the X-Pro2 ideal for snapshots and discreet documentary photography.
Sensor and processor
The X-T2 features Fujifilm’s 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor, boasting the highest performance in the history of the Fujifilm X Series. Its highly random pixel array effectively reduces moiré and false colors without the use of an optical low-pass filter. The elimination of the low pass filter - which is attributed to loss of image resolution - makes it possible to draw out Fujinon lenses’ true capabilities to the maximum extent.
Coupled with the high-speed X-Processor Pro image processing engine - which delivers outstanding colour reproduction and gradation of tones in both stills and videos, with high ISO sensitivity and low noise - the X-T2 produces image quality comparable to that of cameras equipped with a larger sensor with higher pixel count, whilst also supporting 4K video recording.
4K and Full HD video
The video function of the X-T2 supports 4K recording, which is a first for the X Series of cameras. Approximately 1.8 times the amount of information needed to produce 4K video (3840x2160) or 2.4 times required for full HD video (1920x1080) is packed in to create premium image quality with low moiré or artifacts. The X-T2 supports high video bitrate recording of 100Mbps for both 4K and Full HD video, enabling high-resolution footage with minimal compression artifacts.
In response to videographers’ demands, the X-T2 supports Clean HDMI output for 4K video recording, and also offers the ‘F-Log’ log-gamma option, which takes advantage of the sensor’s wide dynamic range to record video in wide color gamut - facilitating video production workflow.
The Film Simulation modes - popular for still images - can also be applied to video recording. For example, you can use ‘Classic Chrome’ to add a documentary touch with subdued colors and rich tonality, or ‘ACROS’ to produce stunning monochrome footage with smooth gradation of tones and deep blacks. Nine different modes are available for versatile photographic expressions. Footage in a Film Simulation mode can be further fine-tuned with ‘Highlight Tone’, ‘Shadow Tone’, ‘Colour’, and ‘Sharpness’ adjustments.
The Film Simulation function now features the ACROS mode. Using the X-Processor Pro’s advanced processing capability, this mode offers smooth gradation, deep blacks, and beautiful textures, to create monochrome images that far outperform the previous Monochrome mode of the X-T1.
Fujifilm’s proprietary image design technology, produced through the development of photographic films, helps to reproduce warm skin tones, bright blue skies, and rich green foliage in beautiful colors - just as you remember seeing in real life.
The X-T2 also offers a Grain Effect function for reproducing distinctive graininess seen in photographs taken with film cameras. The function is available in ‘Strong’ and ‘Weak’ versions, 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.
The number of focusing points on the X-T2 has been dramatically expanded from 49 in previous models to 91 (up to 325 points). Approximately 40% of the imaging area (centre area containing 49 focusing points) is covered with phase detection AF pixels to form a fast and precise phase detection AF area that can be used in a variety of scenes.
The AF-C algorithm has been significantly improved for even higher accuracy when focus-tracking moving subjects in the AF-C mode. Depending on the type of movement, you can choose individual settings for ‘Subject Retention Characteristic’, ‘Acceleration / Deceleration Tracking Characteristic’, and ‘Focus Zone Characteristic’, or select one of five presets that combine specific settings for these three elements.
The performance of contrast detection AF - enabled for approximately 65% of the imaging area - has also been improved. The data read speed has been doubled compared to previous models, to achieve AF performance of higher speed and precision. Accurate focusing is obtained even at the low light condition of -3EV.
Despite having a pixel count 1.5 times greater than that of the Fujifilm X-T1, the X-T2 and its enhanced signal processing technology have successfully controlled digital noise even further. Improved ISO sensitivity means ISO12800, which was part of extended ISOs in the X-T1, is now available as a regular ISO option. Even at ultra-high ISO settings, the camera produces low-noise images, reproducing deep blacks and smooth gradation of tones, capturing beautiful images even in low light conditions.
Improved response times
Basic response specifications such as startup time, shooting interval, and shutter release time lag have all been improved to the extreme in pursuit of a camera that operates exactly as photographers demand. A startup time of 0.3 seconds, shooting interval of 0.17 seconds*, and shutter release time lag of 0.045 seconds*, ensure the camera operates exactly as the photographer intends.
*When using the Boost Mode with the Vertical Power Booster Grip.
The high-speed processing power and the use of improved algorithms allows the camera to refocus more frequently in the Live View mode - enabling predictive AF of advanced accuracy. This has also significantly improved the basic autofocus performance, improving the focusing performance on small points of light, low-contrast objects, and subjects with fine and delicate textures such as bird feathers and animal fur - which have previously been the weakness of phase detection AF.
The 2.36 million-dot high-resolution organic EL electronic viewfinder has the magnification ratio of 0.77x and maintains the display time lag of just 0.005 seconds. With the maximum brightness doubled from previous models, the viewfinder features the Automatic Brightness Adjustment function, so it is easy to see even in intense backlighting. It has improved resolution in the Live View mode, and eliminates moiré or false colors to enable focusing with greater accuracy.
The EVF refreshes at a rate of 60fps - or as high as 100fps in the Boost mode - to deliver smooth display of movements; the fast rate of refresh is maintained even in low light for easy framing during night shooting, and it can continue displaying a moving subject without interruption.
The blackout time of the X-T2 is less than half of that of the X-T1, due to the parallel processing of Live View display and fast shutter charging. This has enabled continuous shooting of 5fps in Live View, giving users the ability to easily continue tracking a moving subject.
The body of the Fujifilm XT 2 is both compact and lightweight, weighing just 507g (including memory card and battery), is dust-resistant, water-resistant, and capable of operating at temperatures as low as -10°C. The use of the APS-C sized sensor means the camera body mounts more compact and lightweight lenses, so that you only need a small camera bag to head out for all types of field photography. You can also fit the optional Fujifilm VPB-XT2 Vertical Power Booster Grip to shoot up to approximately 1,000 frames per charge.
The body of the X-T2 is fully made of magnesium alloy, so it is not only compact and lightweight, but also solid and highly durable. The body is weather-sealed at 63 points to achieve a high level of resistance to dust and moisture and, coupled with its ability to operate in temperatures down to -10°C, is ready for fully-fledged field photography. Similar weather-sealing is applied to the dust-resistant and water-resistant lenses - as well as to the Vertical Power Booster Grip - to provide weather resistance across the entire system.
Mechanical dials are provided for intuitive operation of all basic camera settings, including the shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, drive modes, and metering modes. The settings can be instantaneously adjusted even when the camera is turned off - so you can always be ready for the next shot. For the prevention of operation errors, the dials for shutter speed and ISO sensitivity are equipped with a Lock & Release button, and are designed with extra height for operability improvement from the X-T1.
The rear panel of the camera body features the Focus Thumbstick, which can be moved up / down, right / left and diagonally, to make quick changes to the focus area for accurate focusing. The rear LCD screen is the X Series’ first three-direction tilting display, which tilts up and down when shooting in landscape, and upward when shooting in portrait. The screen remains positioned on the optical axis of the lens even when tilted, facilitating easy high-angle and low-angle shooting. When not tilted, it fits flush to the body to maintain its streamlined design.
In response to requests from professional photographers, the X-T2 comes with dual SD card slots, both supporting UHS-2 for faster write speeds. The two slots can be set up for ‘Sequential’, ‘Backup’, ‘RAW / JPG’ for recording RAW data in Slot 1 and JPEG data in Slot 2, as well as ‘Video Destination’.
Of the diverse lineup of Fujinon lenses, the Red Badge zooms, namely the Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8, Fujifilm XF50-140mmF2.8, and Fujifilm XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 are the perfect fit for the X-T2. Add the Vertical Power Booster Grip to the body for a more comfortable grip, while making additional features available for the entire system, such as higher-speed AF and faster continuous shooting.
The full lineup of 22 Fujinon lenses covers a wide range of focal lengths from ultra wide-angle to ultra telephoto. The compact and lightweight lenses are all optimally designed for APS-C sensors, and incorporate standout features including large maximum aperture and powerful image stabilisation to meet photographers’ diverse demands.
Install the Tether Shooting Plug-in or the Tether Shooting Plug-in Pro for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to tether the X-T2 to a Mac or Windows computer for remote shooting. You can automatically transfer and save images on the computer, and shoot while checking Live View images (on the Pro version only) to accommodate the workflow of professional photographers. (Remote shooting with USB and Wi-Fi connectivity will be supported in a future firmware update).
Wireless communication for smart devices
Download the free ‘Fujifilm Camera Remote’ app onto your smartphone (both Android and iPhones are supported) or tablet device, and use the Wireless Communication function to transfer photos and videos to the device with easy one-touch operation - or browse photos and videos in the camera from the device to select and download specific images - without having to enter an ID or password. The app also allows the X-T2 to download location information from your device and attach it to images.
The app’s ‘Remote Control’ function enables wireless operation of the X-T2’s shutter, exposure, etc. from your smartphone or tablet device. The Remote Control function allows you to not only handle basic operations such as Touch AF and Shutter Speed selection, but also to adjust a diverse range of shooting settings or even record video remotely. It makes it easy to compose and take a photo from a remote location when shooting a group photo, self portrait, or even wildlife in their natural environment.
Wi-Fi communication is supported for easy backup of in-camera data on your computer (to use this feature, the free software ‘Fujifilm PC AutoSave’ must be installed on your computer in advance).
Fujifilm X-T2 vs X-T1 / Fujifilm X-T2 vs X-Pro2
If you would like to know how the Fujifilm X-T2 compares to the Fujifilm X-T1 or the Fujifilm X-Pro2, please read our review article...
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|Sensor Type||23.6mmX15.6mm (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS III with primary colour filter|
|Megapixels||24.3 million pixels|
|ISO range|| Standard ISO sensitivity
AUTO (Control available up to ISO12800) ISO200-12800(1/3steps) (Standard Output Sensitivity)Extended ISO sensitivity
|Focus points||Up to 325 points|
|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)|
|Video resolution||4K 3840x2160 29.97P/25P/24P/23.98P up to approx. 10 min.
Full HD 1920x1080 59.94P/50P/29.97P/25P/24P/23.98P up to approx. 15 min.HD 1280x720 59.94P/50P/29.97P/25P/24P/23.98P up to approx. 29 min.
|LCD screen||3.0-inch, aspect ratio 3:2, approx. 1,040K-dot, three-directional tilting colourLCD monitor (approx. 100% coverage)|
|Viewfinder||Electronic viewfinder 0.48-inch, approx. 2.36-million dot colour LCD viewfinder (Coverage of viewing area vs. capturing area: approx. 100%)|
|Wireless connectivity||Wi-Fi with remote app control facility|
|Lens compatability||FujiFilm X-Mount series (Wr range for weather proofing)|
|Storage type||SD memory card/SDHC memory card/SDXC memory card UHS-II|
|Dimensions||132.5 mm(W) X 91.8mm(H) X 49.2mm(D)(Minimum depth: 35.4mm)|
|Weight||Approx. 507g (including battery and memory card)
Approx. 457g (excluding battery and memory card)