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Fuji Lifts The Veil to Reveal The X-T2 | New AF System & 4K Video

By Kishore Sawh on July 6th 2016

Fujifilm shooters and the world of mirrorless will have something to rejoice over today, as Fuji officially announces the X-T2.

As successor to the wildly popular X-T1, Fuji‘s primary DSLR-style shooter, the X-T2 will be greeted by high expectations, and from the spec sheet it appears formidable, and it’s certainly a significant spread of features. Not that one would really know from appearance, given that the outward appearance appears mostly the same. But under the splash-resistant and weather-sealed skin, it’s a bit of a different animal.

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The X-T2‘s heart is the latest generation 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III with an APS-C sensor without a low-pass filter, and Fuji says it boats the highest performance in the history of X Series. That’s a big claim, and perhaps on par with that is the X-T2‘s 4K video recording capability which allows for the use of Fuji‘s much-loved Film Simulation modes.

Fuji Updated AF System

The company claims the auto focus system (AF) of the X-T2 has been drastically improved, and sees the number of single AF points upped to a whopping 325, and the number of zone focusing points has increased from 49 to 91. In addition, approximately 40% of the imaging area is covered with phase detection auto focus pixels.

With the high-speed X-Processor Pro and the use of improved algorithms, the X-T2 now refocuses more frequently, enabling predictive AF of advanced accuracy.

The X-T2 also has an enhanced ability to autofocus on small points of light, low-contrast objects and subjects with fine and delicate textures such as bird feathers and animal fur.

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Considering all of that, and the fact the data read-speed has been doubled, AF performance should see not only significant improvements to AF speed, but also precision, and in AF continuity – even in low light scenarios down to -3EV, according to the literature.

The X-T2 includes the ACROS Film Simulation which is also available when shooting video. The ACROS is said to deliver smooth gradation, deep blacks, and true textures. Meeting the ACROS is the Grain effect function, so you’ll be able to deliver that signature Fuji grain, and to a desired strong or weak option.

Accessories

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Fuji isn’t only releasing the X-T2 on its own, as it’s also releasing a new EF-X500 flash, and a vertical battery grip called the VPB-XT2. The grip holds 3 batteries and provides enough power to shoot about 1000 normal exposures. Furthermore it has ‘Boost Mode’ which will improve the responsiveness and speed of the X-T2 by dropping shutter release lag time and shooting interval.

The grip features a shutter release button, AE-L and AF-L buttons; Q and Fn buttons and command dials. Clearly Fuji has included a lot of functionality in this grip, really making the purchase a must to see the most out of the X-T2. With the grip video recording jumps to 30 min, and it features a headphone jack for audio monitoring during video. The Grip also has its own battery-charging functionality and should be able to charge the two batteries it houses in 2 hours.

[REWIND: Tokina 24-70 f/2.8 Beats Nikon, Canon, & Sigma Models In Price & Performance.]

It’ll certainly be interesting to see how the X-T2 performs in the wild, and how much different it is than its predecessor. Perhaps most interestingly will be the opinions on how necessary the battery grip is.

Availability and Pricing

The Fuji X-T2 will be available in September 2016 in the U.S. and comes in at $1,599.95 USD. The X-T2 paired with the XF18-55mm (27-84mm) kit will also be available in September in the U.S., and for $1,899.95. The VBT Grip is going for $329

EF-X500 Flash key features:

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  • Maximum guide number of approximately 50 (ISO100・m) / 164 (ISO100·ft)
  • Zooming the illumination angle for the focal lengths of 24mm – 105mm, and covering the illumination angle of approximately 20mm when the wide panel is used
  • Flash head that can be tilted up by 90° degrees, down by 10° degrees, to the left by 135° degrees and to the right by 180° degrees for bouncing light
  • Equipped with LED video light that can also be used as AF assist light and catch light
  • Registers up to ten combinations of various setting to suit specific shooting conditions in advance for quick activation when needed

Fujifilm X-T2 key features: 

  • 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III Sensor
  • Dust and moisture-resistant body with approximately 63 points of weather sealing; Freeze resistance to 14°F
  • X-Processor Pro
    • Fast AF of 0.06 seconds
    • Startup time of 0.3 seconds
    • Shutter time lag of 0.045 seconds
    • Shooting interval of 0.17 seconds
    • Phase detection AF and motion predictive AF for continuous shooting up to 8 frames per second (fps)
    • Up to 11fps using Booster Grip
  • High-precision 0.48-inch, 2.36 million dot OLED viewfinder
    • Viewfinder magnification for digital cameras of 0.77x
    • Wide viewing angle (diagonal 38° and horizontal 31°)
    • Ultra-fast Real Time Viewfinder with a lag-time of 0.005sec (less than 1/10 of existing models)
    • Automatic Brightness Adjustment function
    • EVF refreshes at a rate of 60fps, or as high as 100fps in the Boost mode
    • Continuous shooting of 5fps in Live View
  • Full 4K 3840×2160 30P/25P/24P shooting (Using a card with the UHS Speed Class 3 or higher)
    • Continuous recording: up to approximately 10 minutes
    • Full HD 1920×1080 60P/50P/30P/25P/24P, Continuous recording: up to approximately 15 minutes
    • HD 1280×720 60P/50P/30P/25P/24P, Continuous recording: up to approximately 29 minutes
  • Four different display modes: Full, Normal, Dual and Vertical
  • Full mode: Displays shooting information at the top and bottom of the screen to avoid obstruction of the view
  • Dual mode: Adds a small second screen for checking focus point with Focus Peak Highlight or Digital Split Image
  • Normal mode: Lets you concentrate on framing the shot in Auto Focus mode while keeping you aware of how the shooting conditions are changing, making it the perfect setting for sports and action photography
  • Portrait mode: When in Full or Normal modes, it rotates the shooting information interface when the camera is turned vertically
  • Tempered glass 1.04 million dot high-precision 3” tilting LCD monitor
  • Digital Split Image and Focus Highlight Peaking
  • Wi-Fi and remote camera operation
  • ISO200 – 6400, extended ISO 100, 12800, 25600, Auto(maximum ISO setting from ISO 400 – ISO6400 available) with High ISO 51200 setting
  • Lens Modulation Optimizer technology maximizes each lens’ performance
  • In-camera RAW converter
  • Die-cast magnesium body provides a sturdy and durable, while compact and lightweight design
  • Two command dials and six Function buttons for instant control and customization
  • Interval timer shooting for Time Lapse photography is available with intervals of 1 second to 24 hours and up to “∞”  frames
  • Advanced filters and Film Simulations, including ACROS
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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Paul Nguyen

    I told everyone that the X-Pro2 was dead on arrival and that this would be the camera worth waiting for. Good to see that it packs great specifications and is all-round superior to the X-Pro2 at a lower price.

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  2. Hannes Nitzsche

    this looks like a very capable camera! I bet there are hundreds , if not thousands of togs out there at the moment, debating whether they should sell their dslrs for this small and lightweight package… I certainly am!

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  3. Mark Romine

    Maybe this will finally be the camera that gets to switch to mirrorless system. I hope so! Love to dump my Nikons. Did anyone see, is this still a single card slot body?

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  4. Chris Kwock

    I pre-ordered! I love my X-T1 and seeing the specs and other people’s reviews i had to get it. Looks like a good upgrade over the X-T1. Now if LR would get their X-trans processing right it’d be perfect.

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  5. Kim Farrelly

    Coming from a 5D3 I find the X-PRO2 to be very a capable camera including the AF, so if the X-T2 is a slight improvement on that all the better. It’s interesting how much more 5D3 like the new camera is in terms of functionality and use over the X-T1. Pity about the price though especially when you include the grip, that is one pricey APS-C’d camera!

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  6. Max C

    For photographers, this is a great camera. For video guys, this is not so good as the shooting duration for full HD, which all professionals use, is limited to 15 minutes. Try remembering to start and stop record every 15 minutes or restarting the recording without missing a moment. It’s a shame they had to handicap the video functions.

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    • Steve VanSickle

      Seeing as how the vertical grip increases the recording time to 30 minutes, I have to wonder how much of this limitation was just based on the battery. The a7 series has had similar experiences where the record-time at release was low to make sure the camera could save the data before the battery died, but was later extended in a firmware update after more field testing revealed a more accurate number.

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  7. Jean-Francois Perreault

    From the specs, this looks like a winner. I’ll wait for the “real” reviews, not the “biased” pre-production unit reviews, before I make my decision of selling my X-T1.
    I’m a little concerned about the higher price tag but maybe it’ll go down short after it’s released(?).

    I’m also curious about the 23mm f/2. Sometimes I think I’m going to get it (or the f/1.4) for street/travel/whatever but the 18-55 is so good and versatile for a kit lens that it makes it a harder decision. I have two reasons to get it. For low light indoor shots and for casual shooting (travel/street/etc.). At 900$, the f/1.4 is too expansive for my needs. Maybe the f/2 will be around the same price as the 35mm f/2 (400$)?

    All in all, this looks like a very interesting camera. If they indeed managed to drastically improve AF and made it almost on par with DSLRs, then Fuji might see a whole lot of newcomers who are just waiting for AF to become better in order to switch. I doubt they made it that much better though. Not good enough to become a capable sports camera. I guess we’ll see in september :)

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  8. William Irwin

    I’ll be saving up for this Camera. I’ve been wanting to get into the Fuji system for a while now and this looks like a good time to jump in. :)

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  9. Steve VanSickle

    I’ve already preordered the X-T2. The X-T1 has already been amazing for travel landscape photography, I can’t wait for this to give my photos a nice bump in max print size. I’m admittedly bummed that the ISO only goes down to 200 natively, but I’ll console myself with the fact that my shutter speed is going up to 1/8000th. I own a Nikon D610, and a D750 that I use for my commercial work, and neither of them broke 1/4000th. Despite my ISO gripe (really, my only big complaint left on the X-system), this camera seems like it’s going to be a blast.

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