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It’s Fuji Day! Fuji X-Pro2, X-E2s, X70 Announced

By Anthony Thurston on January 15th 2016

We knew they were coming; we have been hearing rumors about the next batch of Fujifilm cameras for some time now, and today, that was all made a reality. Ushering in the next generation of X-Trans, Fuji announced their new flagship X-Pro2, along with a new X-E2S and X70 to make for a really solid set of announcements.

Fuji X-Pro2

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The biggest of the three announcements, the new X-Pro2 features Fuji‘s next generation 24.3MP X-Trans sensor as well as a brand new ‘X-Processor Pro’. These improvements, along with the others listed below, aim to take Fuji‘s top of the line camera to new heights.

Another great addition to the X-Pro2 is the Hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder. This is an updated version of the same one featured in the X100. This will allow photographers to shoot how they prefer, with a more standard rangefinder experience, or a more modern EVF experience. The best of both worlds.

Additionally, the new X-Processor Pro is being boasted as having 4x the processing power of traditional imaging processors, allowing the X-Pro2 to shoot at this higher 24MP resolution while still performing faster than before.

Fuji also updated the body design, while still keeping true to that classic X-Pro rangefinder style. Some of the body enhancements include an ISO sensitivity dial, command dials on the front and rear of the camera, and a few focus lever.

X-Pro2 SPECS

  • 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III Sensor
  • X-Processor Pro Engine
  • Advanced Hybrid Multi Viewfinder
  • 3.0″ 1.62m-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi, SHARE Printer Compatible
  • 273-Point AF with 77 Phase-Detect Points
  • Up to 8 fps Shooting and ISO 51200
  • Weather-Sealed Design, 2x SD Card Slots
  • Film Simulation and Grain Effect Modes

Overall, this is the Fuji we have been waiting for, and I can’t wait to get my hands on one for a full review. So stay tuned.

If you are interested in grabbing one of these as soon as possible, then you better get on the pre-order list soon. These will no doubt be a hot commodity and waiting could cost you. Pre-Orders are now open over on B&H for $1,699.

Fuji X-E2S

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Another big announcement, the X-E2S is a great update to the largely popular Fuji X-E2. As has been the tradition with Fuji, the ‘S’ denotes an updated, but not next generation, version of a camera.

Featuring mostly software improvements over its predecessor, the X-E2S brings the X-E2 line more up to date with the latest technologies. Some of the improvements include: new interface, improved grip, better AF performance, and an electronic shutter.

Fuji X-E2S Specs

  • 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans II CMOS Sensor
  • EXR Processor II
  • 3.0″ 1,040k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • 0.5″ 2,360k-Dot OLED Viewfinder
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Continuous Shooting up to 7 fps
  • 49-Point Single Point Autofocus Mode
  • 77-Point Zone, Wide/Tracking Focus Modes
  • Maximum 51200 ISO Sensitivity

Don’t fear if you just bought an X-E2, all of the software improvements in the X-E2S will be coming to the original X-E2 in a firmware update soon. The only improvements you won’t get are the minor physical ones.

Pre-Orders for the X-E2S are also open over on B&H. Get on the list now and secure your X-E2s for just $699.

Fuji X70

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Looking to get in on some of the premium compact camera action, Fuji also announced the new X-70 today. This fixed lens (28mm FF Equivalent) compact camera aims to be the camera you have with you in your pocket while out and about.

You can take a peek at the specs below:

  • 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor
  • Fujinon 18.5mm f/2.8 Lens (28mm Equiv.)
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi, SHARE Printer Compatible
  • ISO 51200 and 8 fps Continuous Shooting
  • 77-Point AF System
  • Interval Recording & Electronic Shutter
  • Film Simulation Modes & Creative Filters

Coming in at $799 the X-70 is an interesting option for those looking for a premium compact camera. If you are interested you can pre-order them now over on B&H here.

So what are your thoughts on Fuji‘s announcements today? Will the X-Pro2 live up to the expectations we all have for it? Is the X-E2S a valid purchase or should people just buy the now cheaper X-E2 and update the firmware? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Paul Nguyen

    I think it’s time for you to get back with Fuji, Anthony! :P

    I remember reading your article about your switch to Sony and one of the major reasons was Fuji’s lower 16MP sensor.

    If there’s a mirrorless system that I honestly love, it’s the Fuji system. They have a great ethos, in that they actually care about producing lenses, not just cameras. Their lenses are also excellent and they have a good variety of fast lenses and ones that sacrifice speed for size/weight.

    I think once Fuji irons out some of the quirks and kinks they have in their system, they’ll really be the mirrorless system to beat. Sony is doing well at the moment, but I think they’ll stall at around where their A-mount was when people start realising that their cameras don’t handle well and their lens selection is (quite honestly) really pathetic.

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  2. adam sanford

    I just hope X-Pro 1 people / hybrid VF lovers are happy with this.

    The X-Pro line has an absolutely glacial update timeline, so if there is something this rig *doesn’t* do for you, it’s going to be a while…

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  3. Jean-Francois Perreault

    Can’t wait for the real reviews to pour in! Those “first impressions” are nice but they can’t share much since they’re all on pre-production units.

    From what I read, ISO seems to be a full stop better, which is something I was interested in. Also, the skin waxing issue seems to be fixed. Not sure if it’s sensor or firmware (or both) related but that’s also something I was interested in. More phase-detect pixels is always a nice addition :)
    I’m also interested to see how the lossless compressed files will look like.

    Pretty sure all these nice upgrades will be in the X-T2 so there goes my Cancun vacation ;)

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    • Jean-Francois Perreault

      Thanks a lot for the link! Very interesting!
      His first shot at ISO 12800 is quite impressive.

      At 45MB, uncompressed raf files might become a problem in Lightroom. So let’s wait and see how the 22MB compressed files will look like :)
      I wonder which will be better. To DNG-Convert the uncompressed file or use the compressed raf file?

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    • Dave Haynie

      Is there an issue processing X-Tran raws that’s different from other cameras? Or just a concern about the size? I have found Lightroom just dandy on my 100MB+ OM-D E-M5II hires files… which, I guess like X-Tran, need a bit more processing than the typical raw to decode. But it might be an issue on a slow PC, and of course, not every shot is done in hires mode (needs a fixed subject and a good tripod).

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  4. Justin Haugen

    Are we positive it’s a new sensor design and not the xtrans? LOL

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