The X-Pro2 and X-T2 are the most recent flagship models from Fujifilm and on paper, they seem very similar. They both have the same sensor, processor, auto focus frame, etc. So it makes sense that a lot of people want to know which one to get. While each camera has its obvious differences, there are also some little things that could have you lean one way or the other.
The most obvious difference between the two cameras is the fact that one is a rangefinder styled camera while the other is DSLR type. What this means is that the X-Pro2 has the viewfinder on the far left of the camera while the X-T2 has it in the more traditional center. The X-Pro2 also has a hybrid viewfinder. This allows a user to quickly switch between an optical viewfinder (OVF) and an electronic viewfinder (EVF). The benefit of this rangefinder styled OVF is that you have the ability to see outside of your frame. This allows you to see subjects before they enter the frame so that you can better plan or recompose when needed. This style of shooting is great for documentary styled work like weddings or street photography because you don't get stuck with tunnel vision only seeing what's inside your frame. Then with the flick of a switch you can have a very nice and fast EVF that lets you see exactly what the image will look like before you press the shutter. There is also a cool little feature where you can have the OVF with a small little EVF in the bottom right of the frame. This gives you the benefits of both worlds.
While the X-T2 is limited to just an EVF, it is one of the best you can get on any camera. It’s larger and has a quicker refresh rate which makes using it more pleasing to the eye. Jumping back and forth from the X-Pro2 EVF to the X-T2, you will notice quite the difference. But after a day of shooting on the X-Pro2, I don't find myself longing for the larger EVF of the X-T2 and would much rather trade the larger EVF for the smaller hybrid viewfinder.
As far as the finish and overall build go, the X-Pro2 has nice gloss black finish as opposed to the matted textured finish of the X-T2. This difference boils down to personal preference, but I feel like the gloss finish looks better. The X-Pro2 also has nice metal front and rear dials that have a knurling that matches the other dials on the camera. The XT2 trades these metal dials for a pair of plastic dials. In use they both work well, but again, I feel like the dials on the X-Pro2 look and feel better.
When it comes to the other dials and buttons, both cameras have the shutter speed dial and exposure compensation dial, but the X-Pro2 has the ISO dial built into the shutter speed dial while the X-T2 has it’s own dedicated ISO dial.
Moving onto the LCD screen, the X-Pro2 has a very nice fixed screen, while the X-T2 has a lower quality screen that can tilt. This is very similar to the situation we faced with the EVF though. If you go back and forth between the two screens, you can definitely tell that the screen on the X-Pro2 is nicer. But after a day of shooting on the X-T2, I don't find myself wishing I had the screen of the X-Pro2. I would much rather have the nice tilting LCD screen over the nicer fixed LCD screen.
Now let's talk about about another source of frustration for me between the two cameras. The X-Pro2 has an option to shoot in either high (eight frames per second) or low (three frames per second) continuous shooting modes. The X-T2 has the same option of either a high or low continuous shooting mode, but if you select high, you have the option of 14, 11, or 8 frames per second. If you choose low, you get the option of 5, 4, or 3 frames per second. The frustrating part is that the X-T2 is limited to eight frames per second if you are using the mechanical shutter, but you can use 11 and 14 if you switch to the the electronic shutter. So the difference is frame rates has nothing to do with a physical limitation. The X-Pro2 uses the same sensor, processor, and seems to have the same mechanical shutter. So I really don't understand why this cannot be added to the X-Pro2?
Another feature you will find on the X-T2 that you won't see on the X-Pro2 is the ability to change how the camera tracks a subject when using the continuous autofocus mode. This AF-C settings menu has six different options that allow you to fine tune how the camera will track a subject. You can adjust for things like erratically moving subjects or so that the camera won't be confused by obstacles that my get between you and you subject as you track them. Since both cameras have the same autofocus system, it would make sense that they would have the same options when it comes to autofocus settings. But that's just not the case. The X-Pro2 was also recently updated to get the same AF-C algorithms that are used on the X-T2, but they failed to add the AF-C settings menu.
The last difference between to the two cameras is the video abilities. While both cameras have seen major upgrades in comparison to previous models, only the X-T2 has the to ability to record in 4K. In order to add 4k recording to the X-T2, Fujifilm had to add a physical heat sink to the device. While 4k recording could be added to the X-Pro2 via firmware, due to the lack of heat sink, Fujifilm has said that the feature would be too limited to justify the addition. The X-T2 is currently limited to 10 minutes ok 4k recording unless you are using the vertical battery grip, so I’m curious what the limitations on the X-Pro2 would look like if the feature was added.
After looking at both cameras, most of the features that separate the two can be found on the X-T2. Things like more Fn buttons, more dials and levers to control functions, a tilting screen, and 4K recording. The only real feature that cannot be found on the X-T2 is the hybrid viewfinder. So if I had to give my recommendation on which camera to buy, sight unseen, it would have to be the X-T2. I say sight unseen though because when I leave the house with one camera for a day of shooting, I grab the X-Pro2 almost every time. It may just be personal taste, but I like the look and feel of the X-Pro2 more. It just seems more enjoyable to shoot and all the buttons and dials seem to be in a more ideal location. This is why it’s so frustrating for me to see features on the X-T2 that can and should be found on the X-Pro2. But as it stands today, aside from my personal taste, the X-T2 is the clear winner. Thankfully Fujifilm is known for their amazing firmware updates and ability to listen to users, so hopefully they are seeing this.
Do you have the X-Pro2 or X-T2? What do you think? What are some features that you feel are missing from either camera?
Below is a set of images shot on either the X-Pro2 or the X-T2. If you are curious about a specific image, feel free to ask in the comments.