Fujifilm X-Pro2 Brief Review


REVIEW SUMMARY

Specifications

  • 24.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans III CMOS sensor
  • No optical low pass filter
  • ISO 100-25600
  • Shutter speed 30 sec. To 1/8,000 (Bulb up to 60 min.)
  • 77-point phase detection autofocus with 273 selectable points
  • 8 fps burst shooting
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Hybrid optical and electronic viewfinder
  • Hot shoe slot (no built-in flash)
  • 1080p HD video at 60 fps
  • Dual SD card slots
  • Wi-Fi
  • Li-ion battery rated at 350 shots (250 with electronic viewfinder)
  • Weighs 17.5 oz. (495g)
  • Release Date: 2016-01-15
  • Final Grade: 92 4.6 Star Rating: Recommended


Fujifilm brings rangefinder style to pro-level mirrorless with the X-Pro2
With a newly designed sensor, the Fujifilm X-Pro2 is one of the top options from the manufacturer.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 1/31/2016

Fujifilm's mirrorless line is backed by an excellent sensor design that offers a high level of detail and rich colors. With the Fujfilm X-Pro2, that sensor gets a nice upgrade.

Fujifilm was lagging a bit behind in the megapixel arena with their mirrorless cameras sticking at right around 16 as DSLRs climbed into the mid-twenties. That's not the case with the upgraded X-Trans III sensor. The X-Pro2 has a 24.3 megapixel sensor, and just like the earlier X-Trans sensors, the sensor uses a randomized pixel design instead of an optical low pass filter for a greater level of detail while still combating moire. Fujfilm also added more autofocus points to the X-Pro2 with 273, though there's still the same 77 selectable points.

The new sensor is combined with a new processor as well--that change has upped the burst speed to 8 fps, a two frame increase over the older X-Pro1. The electronic shutter allows for speeds as high as 1/32,000, with 1/8,000 available with the traditional mechanical shutter. The camera also now offers wi-fi and the video has been bumped up to 60 fps.

Fujifilm has made a pretty interesting move in terms of the design--instead of the electronic viewfinder in the center, the X-Pro2 has a hybrid viewfinder on the left edge of the body. Mirrorless cameras can't use a traditional optical viewfinder because the mirror is what bounces the image to the viewfinder. The X-Pro2 uses a Galilean style viewfinder that sends the image to the viewfinder using prisms. Following the style of a rangefinder camera, the viewfinder is on the left side of the camera instead of in the center (unlike a rangefinder, there isn't a second viewfinder for focusing). That optical viewfinder isn't 100 percent accurate though--it only covers about 92 percent of the image, so you'll have more in the image than you see. To solve that issue, Fujifilm created a hybrid viewfinder, projected inside the same opening and allowing for features like 100 percent coverage, immediate image playback through the viewfinder and additional display options.

The Fujifilm X-Pro2 looks like a beefed up camera with a lot of solid features. With the redesigned sensor, image quality should be even better than on the X-Trans II cameras, which is really saying something. But, the price on the X-Pro2 is pretty high. Body-only, the X-Pro2 is listed for $1,699.99. That's $400 more than their former flagship, the X-T1, which doesn't have the newer sensor or hybrid viewfinder but offers similar speed and weather-sealing. The body-only Sony a7II is similarly priced, but offers a bigger full frame sensor. The Samsung NX-1 is a few hundred dollars less and offers 4K video, 15 fps burst shooting and a tilting LCD screen. The Fujifilm X-Pro2 looks like an excellent mirrorless camera, but we're a bit wary of the price.


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Being among the first creators of the compact camera, Fujifilm is one of the world's most significant imaging and photographic companies. Fujifilm launched the DS-1P in 1988, gaining credit for the first real digital camera widely available.

Most of their latest advanced cameras use an X-Trans sensor, which eliminates the need for an optical low pass filter by reducing moire with the arrangement of pixel units instead. Eliminating the optical low pass filter means there's less between the lens and the sensor, which translates into better resolution and detail.

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Fujifilm is about more than mirrorless though, offering several fixed lens cameras that are good options as well. Their super zoom cameras are usually a pretty good bet. They also offer a waterproof XP line, but they're more of a budget camera than a best-in-class option.

Fujifilm has also recently joined the retro camera craze, giving many of their models a retro film look with all the features of digital. Many of their models follow this trend, but there's a few that stick with a more digital look.

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