As a good friend of Fujifilm Australia, I had an opportunity (among other bloggers) to attend the launch event of Fujifilm X-T2. Of course the attendees all got the opportunity to try pre-production release of X-T2 which will be finally available in Australia as of 8th September. You also had the opportunity to ask questions to the Fujifilm expert trainer Warrewyk Williams.
The event was hosted at the “Luna Park” in The Palais room where we were greeted with a glass of bubbly, wine or whatever you liked. We were welcomed by all their team and introduced to various members of Fujifilm Australia Electronic Imaging Team. We mingled amongst other bloggers, all very excited to get their hands on the X-T2. So we approached the desk where the alluring new camera was placed along with a vast collection of Fujinon lens.
There were more than enough bodies kitted with various combination of lenses as well as the new battery grip for all of us to have a play with. They even allowed us to use our own SD cards to take images with and take them back home.
At a first glance, it was easy to notice the difference on the outside of the camera (with its predecessor X-T1):
- Shutter and ISO Dials are bigger and have a push button locking mechanism
- Exposure compensation dial is lot more firmer
- Focus lever (joystick) was present
- Tripod mount thread is now in the correct position, so no more obstructed battery compartment
- Mechanical Shutter goes up to 1/8000th of a second (vs 1/4000th of a second in X-T1)
- ISO dial supports ISO of up to 12,800
- 3 Way Tilting LCD screen now let’s you take images vertically, not only horizontally. It also has a locking latch so you won’t accidentally bump it out
Inside the camera, there is a new menu system but having only looked at it for a brief moment it looked nice but finding “Format” option for your card was tricky. It seems to be hidden under User Settings for some reason which is strange however I understand we were using cameras with pre-production firmware on it.
The Fujifilm X-T2 camera has a 24 Megapixel X-Trans CMOS III sensor same as the X-Pro 2 but has many other differences over its predecessor.
EVF (Electronic View Finder) has the same goodness as the X-T1 but has slightly increased refresh rate, even higher in the new Boost mode.
One of the other lacking functionality in X-T1 was the video capability and looks like Fujifilm has taken all the feedback from its users and has enabled the X-T2 to take 4K video along with a separate mode dial option as opposed to the small obscured Record button. Of course with video you want better auto focus which this camera has. It has a standard 3.5mm Mic Input (with level adjustment). If you want to monitor the audio you can also do this with 3.5mm Headphone jack.
- 4K video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
- Frame rate of 29.97fps, 25fps, 23.98fps
- Video is 100Mbps (so you need to use UHS Speed Class 3 or higher SD card)
Of course if Fujifilm take something seriously, they really do take it seriously and it shows with all the effort they have put in adding the video recording capabilities in the X-T2. You can apply all the Film Simulations available for your photographs to video which means you can get straight from camera video footage that is ready to share. Some of these film simulations include; Provia, Velvia, Astia, Classic Chrome, Black & White and Acros (which is the new addition).
All in all, the X-T2 is a great looking camera that is sure to rival the DSLR market once more and win over more consumers with its added 4K video capabilities.