Fujifilm X-T2 Snap Verdict
The Fujifilm X-T2’s 24.3Mp X-Trans CMOS III and X-Processor Pro processing engine enable it to capture a good level of detail with attractive colour and contrast while its autofocus system can be relied upon to get fast-moving subjects sharp in daylight conditions.
If you set the EVF to reflect the impact of camera settings you can make exposure and Film Simulation mode adjustments as required and you’ll be rewarded with high-quality images.
For Fujifilm X-T2
- High-quality APS-C format 24.3Mp sensor
- Traditional exposure controls
- Customisable Continuous AF system
Against Fujifilm X-T2
- No touch-screen
- Dual tilting screen mechanism a little clunky
- AF system not the best in low light
What is the Fujifilm X-T2?
The Fuji X-T2 is the replacement for the X-T1, Fuji’s enthusiast-level DSLR-shaped APS-C format mirrorless system camera. It offers traditional exposure controls with dials to set sensitivity, shutter speed and exposure compensation on the top-plate, as well as the ability to work with lenses that have an aperture ring.
Inside the X-T2 is the same 24.3 million pixel X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro processing engine as is in the X-Pro 2, X-H1 and X-T20.
Thanks to the newer sensor and processing engine the X-T2 has a 1-stop (EV) higher standard sensitivity range (ISO 200-12,800) than the X-T1. That’s despite the increase in pixel count from 16 million to 24.3 million. There are also expansion settings of ISO 100, 25,600 and 51,200 – the X-T1 also tops-out at ISO 51,200.
When the electronic shutter is in use the X-T2 can shoot at up to 14fps (frames per second) for up to 42 jpegs or 25 uncompressed raw files. With the mechanical shutter in action the X-T2 can muster 11fps for 73 jpegs or 27 uncompressed raw files when the optional Vertical Power Booster (VPB or battery-grip) is attached, or 8fps for 83 jpegs or 27 uncompressed raw files without the VPB.
If you’re shooting raw files with the booster in position, you’ll fill the buffer in that’s a little under 2 seconds of shooting but if you’re shooting jpegs you can fire away for a little over 5 seconds, which may not sound long but it seems ages in practice.
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Improved Autofocus System
Apart from the increase in pixel count, for many, the most significant change that the X-T2 makes over the X-T1 will be the major update to the hybrid autofocus (AF) system. Whereas the X-T1 has 49 focus areas, the X-T2 has up to 325 in a grid of 25×13 and the phase detection points cover a much greater area of the frame.
The newer processing engine also makes the X-T2 more responsive than the X-T1, taking just 114ms rather than 280ms to take a shot. This gives it more time for autofocusing to take place and boost accuracy.
Taking the lead from DSLRs like the Canon 5D Mark III and Nikon D500, it is also possible to customise the response of the continuous AF system to suit specific subjects and shooting situations. The X-T2 offers control over Tracking Sensitivity, Speed Tracking Sensitivity and Zone Area Switching, with five preset options (or Sets) giving useful combinations of settings along with a fully customisable Set.
Tracking sensitivity gives control over the speed at which the camera adjusts to changes in subject distance. When set to a low value the camera will adjust focus quickly if subject distance changes, but with a high value it will pause before adjusting. These higher values are useful when panning with a subject and objects such as stadium columns, trees or spectators are likely to get in the way.
The Speed Tracking Sensitivity option is used to control how sensitive the system is to changes in subject velocity, with higher values being designed for subjects such as basketball players that accelerate or decelerate quickly. A low value should be used for subjects that move at a constant pace.
Zone Area Switching determines the focus area that is given priority and there are three options, Centre, Auto and Front.
Set 1 is designed to be the multipurpose setting and it’s the same as the X-Pro2 has already.
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Multi-purpose – standard tracking, what’s on XPro2 already (a firmware upgrade will introduce the new options). Tracking sensitivity is set to the middle value, Speed Tracking Sensitivity to the lowest value and Zone Area Switching is set to Auto.
When Set 2 is selected the camera will track the subject in the centre of the frame and ignore obstacles when panning.
Set 3 is designed for use with subjects that are prone to accelerating and decelerating so Speed Tracking Sensitivity is set to the highest value and Zone Areas Switching is on Auto.
Set 4 is for use when shooting subjects that appear suddenly in the frame, it would be a good option for photographing birds for instance.
Set 5 is a good general option for when shooting subjects that move erratically.
Set 6 is available for customisation.
The X-T1’s viewfinder went a long way to convincing many photographers that electronic viewfinders are worthwhile and offer some advantages, not least the ability to see images with camera settings applied.
Although the headline figures of the X-T2’s 2.36-million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) are the same as the X-T1’s, it’s claimed to have lower moire patterning and less false colour in its Boost mode. Fuji also claims that it is the World’s fastest EVF, being ‘delay-free’ with a refresh rate of 100fps in Boost mode and 60fps in Normal mode (it’s 54fps in the X-T1).
According to Fuji, the X-T2’s EVF also gives 1-stop better performance in low light and 25% better picture quality when focusing manually. Brightness has also been increased from 250cd/m2 to 500cd/m2.
In addition, the blackout time of the X-T2’s EVF is half that of the X-T1, to make it easier to track fast-moving subjects.
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Some people criticised Fuji for not giving the X-Pro2 4K video capability and only enabling Full HD (1920×1080) recording. These expectations have been met for the X-T2 as it can shoot 4K (3840×2160) video as well as 1920×1080.
Aware of its audience of dedicated stills photographers who want an easy means of shooting video, Fuji has given the X-T2 a Quick 4K movie option. This enables movies to be produced using the Film Simulation modes so that the footage resembles the stills. It also avoids the need for post-capture grading. However, clean HDMI is also supported along with an F-Log gamma uncompressed 4:2:2 option to enable recording with wider dynamic range for those who want to grade post-capture.
In 4K mode there’s a crop factor of 1.17x, with 5120×2880 input and 3840×2160 output at 100Mbps. Recording time is limited to 10mins, but this extends to 30mins when the optional Vertical Power Booster (VPB) is attached.
Both the camera body and the VPB have a 3.5mm stereo mic port, but there’s no headphone port.
Like the X-Pro2, the X-T2 has dual SD/SDHC/SDXC card ports with one being UHS-II complaint and the other UHS-I. That’s ideal if someone wants to shoot 4K video as well as stills.
|Camera Name||Fujifilm X-T2|
|Date announced||7th July 2016|
|Price at launch||£1,399/$1,599 (body only)|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.6 x 15.6mm)|
|Effective pixel count||24.3 million|
|Processor||X Processor Pro|
|Sensitivity range||ISO 200-12,800 expandable to ISO 100-51,200|
|AF system||Hybrid with 91 or 325 points|
|Max shooting rate||Electronic shutter: 14fps for 42 jpegs, 28 lossless compressed raw or 25 uncompressed raw, |
Mechanical shutter: 8fps for 83 jpegs, 33 lossless compressed raw or 27 uncompressed raw or 11fps with VPB for 73 jpegs, 30 lossless compressed raw or 27 uncompressed raw
|Max video resolution||4K (3840x2160) 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 100Mbps up to approx. 10min.|
Full HD (1920x1080) 59.94p / 50p / 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 100Mbps up to approx. 15 min.
|Storage||2 SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)|
|Viewfinder||0.5-inch OLED with 2,360,000 dots|
|Screen||Dual-tilting 3-inch LCD with 1,040,000 dots|
|Dimensions||132.5 x 91.8 x 49.2mm|
|Weight||457g (body only), 507g with battery and card|