Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review
The Fujifilm X-Pro2 is a compact system camera featuring a brand new 24 megapixel X-Trans III sensor, high-performance X Processor Pro image processing engine, an Advanced Hybrid Multi Viewfinder which cleverly combines an optical viewfinder and an electronic viewfinder together, a robust weather-resistant body, a new focal plane shutter with a top speed of 1/8000 sec. and flash sync up to 1/250 sec, 77 phase-detection points and 273 contrast-detection points, and support for dual SD memory cards.
Ease of Use
Three years in the making, at first glance the new Fujifilm X-Pro2 looks very similar to its venerable predecessor, the X-Pro1, which was released way back in 2012. A closer look, though, reveals a number of subtle design tweaks, and it’s all change “under-the-hood”, with a new 24 megapixel sensor, faster X Processor Pro image processing engine, improved Auto-focus system and an enhanced Hybrid Multi Viewfinder all promising to make this the best X-series camera to date.
The all-black Fujifilm X-Pro2 remains a classically styled interchangeable lens camera that recalls film rangefinders from the past, with a stunning retro design that still draws admiring glances from everyone that sees and holds it. Fujifilm have been extremely busy in the 4 years since the release of the X-Pro1, now offering 21 different X-series lenses . With the concurrent announcement of the XF 100-400mm optic, Fujifilm offer lenses that cover a focal range from 10-400mm, equivalent to 15-600mm in 35mm full-frame terms, and the general consensus amongst reviewers and end users is that those 21 lenses are invariably of high-quality.
The Fujifilm X-Pro2 is an impeccably built camera, with absolutely no flex or movement in its chassis thanks to the die-cast magnesium alloy top and base plates and machined control dials. At the same time, it’s actually much lighter than a first glance might suggest, weighing in at 495g body only with the battery and memory card fitted, which is 45g heavier than the X-Pro1. Measuring 140.5mm (W) x 82.8mm (H) x 45.9mm (D), it’s taller, wider and deeper than all other current compact system cameras, and again slightly bigger than the X-Pro1. There are still a few plastic buttons and controls on the X-Pro2, most notably the memory card / battery compartment door and the flap for the HDMI port, both of which wouldn’t look or feel out of place on a cheap compact, but other than that the X-Pro2 offers excellent build quality. The X-Pro2 is the second weather-proof X-series camera, with 61 points of weather sealing offering dust-resistance, water-resistance and freeze-resistance down to -10°C, and it offers an impressive shutter durability of 150,000 shots.
In comparison to its predecessor, the X-Pro2 has a more pronounced hand-grip at the front and a larger space at the rear for your thumb, with your grip helped in no small part by the textured faux-leather surface that runs around the full width of the camera. Two small metal eyelets on either side of the body are used for connecting the supplied shoulder strap, which isn’t quite as luxurious as the rest of the package. A metal tripod mount is positioned in-line with the centre of the lens and next to the memory card / battery compartment, so you can now change the card/battery without having to remove the camera from a tripod. Two memory card slots, a first for mirrorless cameras, are located on the right-hand flank of the camera when viewed from the rear. The X-Pro offers compatibility with Ultra High Speed UHS-II SDXC memory cards via Slot 1, which has the main benefit of increasing the data writing speed in continuous mode to about twice that of a conventional UHS-1 card.
At the heart of the X-Pro2 is the brand new 24.3 megapixel APS-C sized “X-Trans III” CMOS sensor, with APS-C being a size that’s more commonly used by the majority of DSLR cameras than by compact system cameras. Fujifilm actually claim that the X-Pro2’s sensor will deliver image quality that surpasses most APS-C DSLRs and even some full-frame ones, thanks to the unique sensor which has a type of colour filter array that mimics film grain and no optical low-pass filter for higher resolution images, and as our test photos and sample images on the next two pages show, the X-Pro2 actually does live up to those claims. We won’t say any more at this point other than to recommend that you take a look at our Sample Images for yourself.
If you use lenses with fast maximum apertures of f/1.4-2.8, in conjunction with the large APS-C sensor it makes it easy to throw the background out of focus and achieve some really nice bokeh effects. The combination of the fast apertures and the extended ISO range of 100-51200 makes the X-Pro2 very well suited to low-light shooting, allowing you to hand-hold the camera in places where you’d usually be reaching for a tripod or other support. The clever ISO Auto Control setting allows you to set a default sensitivity, a maximum sensitivity and a minimum shutter speed , with the camera over-riding your ISO choice if it thinks you’re being too ambitious whilst maintaining a shutter speed that won’t introduce camera shake.
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Other resolutions||3:2 (4240 x 2832, 3008 x 2000), 16:9 (6000 x 3376, 4240 x 2384, 3008 x 1688), 1:1 (4000 x 4000, 2832 x 2832, 2000 x 2000)|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||24 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm)|
|Processor||X Processor Pro|
|ISO||Auto, 200-12800 (expandable to 100-51200)|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||100|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||51200|
|White balance presets||7|
|Custom white balance||Yes (3 slots)|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, normal|
|Optics & Focus|
|Number of focus points||273|
|Lens mount||Fujifilm X-Pro2|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Viewfinder type||Electronic and Optical (tunnel)|
|Viewfinder magnification||0.6× (0.4× 35mm equiv.)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/8000 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed (electronic)||1/32000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||No|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe or flash sync port)|
|Flash modes||Auto, forced flash, slow synchro, suppressed flash, rear-curtain synchro, commander)|
|Continuous drive||8.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 secs)|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25,p, 24p)|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC (Dual slots, UHS-II support in slot 1)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Remote control||Yes (Wired or via smartphone)|
|Environmentally sealed||Yes (water and dust resistent)|
|Battery description||NP-W126 lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||350|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||495 g (1.09 lb / 17.46 oz)|
|Dimensions||141 x 83 x 56 mm (5.55 x 3.27 x 2.2″)|