After months of hype and speculation, Fujifilm has officially lifted the veil on its latest mirrorless camera, the X-T2. A second-generation camera, the X-T2 takes a healthy dose of aesthetic inspiration from its predecessor while stepping up its game in terms of specs.
Stylistically the camera looks similar to the X-T1, but not so inside. At the heart of the X-T2 is a 24.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor. A massive improvement over the X-T1’s 16-megapixel X-Trans CMOS II sensor, this third-generation variant, first introduced in the X-Pro2, is capable of shooting up to 11 frames per second (fps) when used in conjunction with the Vertical Power Booster Grip, a new battery grip released alongside the X-T2. The sensor also lack a low-pass filter, which helps to enhance image quality.
In addition to still images, this new sensor is also capable of capturing 4K video at up to 30 fps – a first for Fujifilm’s X-series mirrorless lineup. Videos will be limited to 10-minute clips, but it’s possible this limitation could be overcome with a firmware update in the future. Noteworthy is that 4K videos support Fujifilm’s Film Simulation mode, for that creative touch that mimics the look for the company’s films products, like Acros.
Driving the focusing capabilities of the X-T2 is a new 325-point autofocus system, with phase-detection points that cover approximately 40 percent of the sensor’s surface, and improved contrast-detection that covers approximately 65 percent.
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.
According to Fujifilm, “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.” In continuous autofocus mode (AF-C), Fujifilm says tracking focus is even more accurate than before.
The X-T2 has an ISO range between 200 and 6,400, with extended options for 100, 12,800, 25,600, and 51,200.
One of the most important components to any mirrorless camera is its electronic viewfinder (EVF). Fujifilm made sure to not skimp with the X-T2, putting in a 0.48-inch, 2.36 million-dot OLED viewfinder that has a lag time of only .005 seconds and a refresh rate of 60 fps. For composing and reviewing images on a larger screen, the X-T2 has a 3-inch, 1.04 million-dot tilting rear LCD display.
The camera itself is made up of a magnesium alloy and is dust and moisture resistant thanks to 63 weather sealed points throughout its construction.
Alongside the X-T2, Fujifilm has released the aforementioned Power Booster Grip as well as the EF-X500, a new hot-shoe mount speedlight for X-series cameras. The EF-X500 is Fujifilm’s most powerful flash yet and is capable of being used alongside multiple flashes for a multi-light setup.
The X-T2 is set to go on sale in September with an MSRP of $1,600 (body-only). A kit with Fujifilm’s XF 18–55mm lens will also be available in September, for $1,900. The EF-X500 flash will launch alongside the X-T2 in September and retail for $450. The pricing for the grip has not been announced.