Fujifilm X-Pro2 rumors are starting to heat up, and one that caught my attention this morning involves what could be a very interesting development, a larger – but still not full frame – sensor.
According to the report from Fuji Rumors, which makes it clear to pour the salt on this one because it’s from a new source, the Fuji X-Pro2 will come in two flavors: a standard ~24MP APS-C model and a second one with a larger 25-27MP APS-X (1.3x) sized sensor.
[Rewind: Fuji X-T1 Graphite Silver Review]
Supposedly, the larger sensor would still be supported by the standard X-Mount and its wonderful lenses. Though, since the sensor would be pushing the boundaries of the X-mount, one has to wonder how the performance of the X-series lenses we love would be affected in the outer edges of the frame.
Still, the allure of a slightly larger sensor intrigues me. I wonder if the ‘feel’ of a 1.3x crop would be so different from a 1.5 crop that Fujifilm would think this is worth the time and money to develop. I mean, the full frame snobs are going to raise their noses at a 1.3x crop just as much as they do at a 1.5x crop, so the only real reason to increase the sensor size to the mount limits is if there are real performance gains, or if the ‘look and feel’ is noticeably different.
It will be interesting to see how this rumor turns out. So far, there is no real timeline on the X-Pro2, so who knows when we might see if this is true or not.
What are your thoughts on an APS-X sensor in the X-Pro2? Do you think the performance and ‘look’ would really be different enough over the standard 1.5x APS-C sensor to warrant Fujifilm investing in it?