Just announced and already available for pre-order, the X-T2 is Fujifilm's latest and truly greatest mirrorless camera — and it's not even the most expensive. Supporting the latest 24-megapixel X-Trans III sensor are features that include 8 frames-per-second shooting (11 fps with a newly announced power grip), an ISO range of 200-12,800 (up to 100-51,200), and over-sampled video during both 1080p and a Fujifilm mirrorless camera first: 4K recording. If you want the best Fujifilm mirrorless body, this is it. And we're just getting started.
Built on the success of Fujifilm's X-T1 SLR-style mirrorless camera, the X-T2 is a clear example of Fuji's willingness to listen and cater to its customers. Scroll down a bit if you want to read about the big-ticket features, but for the true shooter, these small improvements are a nice reminder of the X-Trans brand's commitment to its fans.
Small Features Really Add Up
The X-T2 has all the basics, including a weather-sealed body and an extremely quickly-refreshing OLED EVF. But other decisions such as the more robust dials that lock more effectively, the superior orientation and subsequent spread of camera operations amongst the various control dials, a three-way tilting rear LCD screen, an eight-direction joystick for focus point selection, generally improved handling, and dual super-fast UHS-II-compatible SD card slots are amongst a host of features that the avid shooter will find welcome.
Using the same sensor found in the X-Pro2, the X-T2 features similar capabilities in actual image quality, from its megapixel-count to the 100-51,200 extended ISO range. But improvements such as a 325-point hybrid contrast- and phase-detection autofocus system — the most advanced of Fujifilm's mirrorless cameras — push its capabilities beyond what the X-Pro2 can accomplish (at least on paper). Meanwhile, greater customizability of performance while using the Continuous shooting mode (in addition to a new and improved autofocus algorithm) ensures more accurate tracking and overall performance while shooting.
New Vertical Power Booster Grip
Combining power output from two batteries held within, a new grip for the X-T2 enables features such as 11 fps shooting (up from 8 fps with the body alone), shortened lag-times before and between shots, and extended 30-minute 4K shooting periods (up from 10 minutes without the grip).
With or without the Vertical Power Booster Grip, the X-T2 supports 4K and 1080p recording. Images captured in both modes are compressed from over-sampled files, however, which is a fantastic feature of which few manufacturers in this class have been able to take advantage. A 5,120 x 2,880 sample image supplies 1.8 times the necessary data for 4K video recording (3,840 x 2,160) while a 3,000 x 1,687 sample image is compressed to a sharper 1080p file in the traditional 1,920 x 1,080 dimensions. Full HD video can be recorded in a variety of frame rates up to 60 fps while 4K tops out at 30 fps.
Additionally, Fujifilm's film profiles can be applied to any recorded footage. But more interestingly and usefully, Fujifilm gives users the ability to record in an F-Log Gamma setting for a flatter, more workable profile pros can appreciate.
Everything announced today is currently available for pre-order.
On paper, the X-T2 is a perfect marriage of a much-needed technology update and a number of small refinements that could make it the best mirrorless camera on the market. And while we'll have to reserve final judgment for hands-on reviews to roll in alongside real-world tests, we're sure this is something that will serve Fujifilm shooters for years to come.