Fujifilm has always been in a strange place in the camera world. The Fujifilm X-T1 reached sort of cult status amongst shooters and street photographers because of its great looks, straight out of camera and it’s low-profile body. In 2016, it looked a bit outdated and really needed a few upgrades to make it a legitimate option over the big names out there. The recently announced Fujifilm X-T2 addresses many of those issues, and adds some unexpected and exciting features.
First of all, I don’t shoot Fujifilm. This is mainly because I am primarily a cinematographer and videographer and have been drawn to features, but with the X-T2, Fujifilm seems to be reaching out to people like me. First of all, yes, the X-T2 has 4k video, however this isn’t really what has me excited. Resolution doesn’t really make an image exciting for me. What does are the features, that go along with that bump in resolution.
Who out there expected Fujifilm to add a Log format for video capture? Well, they did. It’s called F-Log, and was added in an effort to increase the dynamic range of your video. Clearly, we have a lot of testing and pixel-peeping to do once the camera is released, but I love seeing options like this in-camera. It shows that Fujifilm has an open ear to the industry and what’s selling and desired.
Additionally, the Fujifilm X-T2 has, “the X-T2 supports Clean HDMI output for 4K video recording.” I am super excited to see what people can accomplish with the HDMI out and to see if it makes a noticeable change in quality from the internal 4K capture.
Really, when speaking of the X-T2’s video capabilities, I need to temper my excitement with a bit of reality. Fujifilm has never been a video focused brand. What I do absolutely love seeing is the new features that feel modern.
Speaking of modern, the X-T2 sports a very updated AutoFocus system that almost appears too modern. The amount of customization is pretty incredible, however you have to wonder if the system is too intimidating for the majority of shooters. But this is where my criticism of their photography upgrades ends.
The new 24 megapixel sensor is sure to be a greatly needed upgrade over the 16 megapixel X-T1. Specifically, the number 24 puts it in a realm with other big name cameras,like the Canon EOS 7D, Sony A7ii and the Nikon D7200. With the battery grip attached, and in boost mode, you can get 11fps, and the EVF refreshed 100fps. Again, these are features that give the Fujifilm X-T2 a strong argument.
The Upgraded, durable body, the new flip out screen that articulates in new directions and the joystick selector round out what seems to be a major step forward for Fujifilm.
While the price puts the Fujifilm X-T2 in a range where it might be difficult to compete, the pull to try out and switch to the Fujifilm system has never been stronger. There are a few big names in the industry that seem slow and against evolving and giving shooters everything they want. The Fujifilm X-T2 might not be perfect, it’s at the very least a valiant, modern effort to address what you've been asking for.
Fujifilm X-T2 preview
FUJIFILM X-T2 Promotional Video (4K version) / FUJIFILM
Fujifilm's new X-T2 camera has 24 megapixels, 4K video, and great controls
Via The Verge:
Today Fujifilm announced the brand new X-T2, a successor to the X-T1 interchangeable lens camera introduced in early 2014. I’ve owned the X-T1 for a little over two years, and over time it has become my favorite camera ever. Fujifilm has updated it regularly with significant upgrades like improvements to the camera’s autofocus system and new film simulations that give you phenomenal looking JPEGs straight out of the camera. With its large, detailed electronic viewfinder and great lens selection, the X-T1 has become my do-everything camera. It managed to pull me away from the Canon 6D I’d used before, and I haven’t looked back. You’ve likely seen many, many photos snapped with the X-T1 here at The Verge.
But firmware updates can only get you so far. Now the time has come for a proper sequel. It's got more megapixels. It shoots 4K video. And that electronic viewfinder has been made even better. After a week of using a pre-production X-T2 sample unit, well, I'm considering making the switch when it hits stores in September. The X-T2 will cost $1,599.95 body-only, or $1,899.95 in a kit configuration that includes the decent 18-55mm lens. That's not cheap, and it's actually a fair amount more than the X-T1 was at launch. Are the refinements worth it? Let's take a look at what's new.
First things first: though they look nearly identical, the X-T2 is slightly larger than its predecessor. You'd be hard pressed to tell the difference without holding both cameras simultaneously, but it's worth noting. The most important change to the X-T2 is in the sensor. Fujifilm has brought over the 24.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III that debuted in the X-Pro 2, adding eight megapixels on top of the 16 that the X-T1 offered. It’s not a huge leap, but makes a very noticeable difference in terms of image detail. And as my colleague Sam Byford mentioned in his review of the X-Pro 2, those 24 megapixels really allow the company’s lineup of lenses to shine.
The X-T2 can also record 4K video — a first for an X-Series camera — at framerates of 24fps, 25fps, or 30fps. (1080p can be recorded at up to 60fps.) The 100Mbps 4K footage that I’ve taken so far looks nice enough, and you can apply any of Fuji’s nice film simulation effects before hitting the record button. But I doubt anyone will be buying the X-T2 because of its video chops. For one, 4K recordings are limited to 10 minutes, which feels a little restrictive. That recording time jumps to 30 minutes if you buy the X-T2's battery grip, but in general, I still came away thinking that Fujifilm’s got some catching up to do if it really wants to compete with Sony, Panasonic, and others on this front.
Ultimate mirrorless camera “FUJIFILM X-T2” delivers creative perfection.
Outstanding image quality with 80 years' color reproduction technology, advanced AutoFocus functions and 4K high definition video
FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) has announced that, in September 2016, it will release the FUJIFILM X-T2 – the ultimate mirrorless 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 color-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's compact and lightweight camera body is also dust-resistant, water-resistant and capable of operating at temperatures as low as -10°C. Its autofocus and electronic viewfinder performance have both been substantially improved, making it more adaptable than ever before at shooting a moving subject under difficult conditions, such as sports or wildlife photography, which had previously been considered difficult with mirrorless cameras. For the first time in the X Series, the X-T2 supports 4K video recording. The Film Simulation modes, used for still images, can be applied to video to easily produce premium-quality footage.
The X-T2's design is modeled after the “central viewfinder style” of the FUJIFILM X-T1, which has been popular since its launch in 2014. This proven stable form factor provides a camera that is perfectly sized with ergonomic dials laid out exactly where they are needed for excellent, intuitive operability. Coupling the X-T2 with the optional grip offers a superior balance, especially when mounted with a telephoto lens. The large viewfinder with the magnification ratio of 0.77x will immerse yourself in photography. The sense of perfect alignment from the center of your body to a subject through the lens creates an illusion that you have become one with the camera for the ultimate photographic pleasure.
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 stabilization to meet photographers' diverse demands.
The X-T2 becomes the X Series' flagship model along with FUJIFILM X-Pro2, the world's only rangefinder-style camera with the Hybrid Multi Viewfinder, released in March this year. The two models deliver unparalleled performance in their distinctive fields, with the X-T2 excelling in portraiture, nature and sports photography, and the X-Pro2 ideal for snapshots and discreet documentary photography.
Highlight features of X-T2
- Fujifilm's excellent reproduction of colors and gradation of tones capture premium image quality in both stills and video recording
- Fast response to capture a decisive moment with any type of subject
- A perfectly balanced, compact, lightweight and rugged body made possible with the APS-C sensor
- Practicality-oriented design that brings back the operability of traditional cameras
- Supporting an appealing lineup of lenses, and perfect match for FUJINON Red Badge zooms
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