Fujifilm X-Pro2: Fuji's Top Mirrorless Shooter Returns With Fury

Fujifilm X-Pro2: Fuji's Top Mirrorless Shooter Returns With Fury

Even four years later, Fujifilm's X-Pro1 interchangeable-lens camera stands on its own in the world of mirrorless shooters. It's an uncompromising, no-bullshit serious photographer camera for arty types who "want to take their time with it". What then, will people say about its newly introduced successor, the X-Pro2? From the outside, the X-Pro2 looks roughly the same as is its predecessor. It's a hulk for a mirrorless camera — especially considering the compact design magic companies like Olympus and Sony have pulled off in recent years with their top mirrorless cameras. Nope, the X-Pro2 isn't built slim to travel or anything, but it's positively loaded with external dials and buttons that let you control basically every setting.

Fujifilm X-Pro2: Fuji's Top Mirrorless Shooter Returns With Fury

Though the cosmetic changes are minimal, the guts buried within the magnesium chassis have been ripped out and overhauled. With the X-Pro2, Fujifilm is introducing its third-gen X-Trans CMOS III sensor. The 24.3 megapixel APS-C format sensor is the first revision to the company's sensor tech in three years. This is actually exciting. The image quality improvement from the first X-Trans to the second-gen chip was considerable, so we've got high hopes going into the third generation.

Fujifilm is continuing to invest energy in making its cameras faster — people complained early X-series models had laggy processing and bogus, slow autofocus. The company claims that the X-Pro2's new processor is four times faster than its predecessor — a huge jump. Furthermore, the company says the the new 273-point autofocus system is twice as fast as before. We certainly hope so.

Fujifilm X-Pro2: Fuji's Top Mirrorless Shooter Returns With Fury

The X-Pro2 sports the latest iteration of Fujifilm's unique hybrid viewfinder system, which combines the benefits of real-time optical display, with some of the digital readouts and information available on electronic viewfinders.

Finally, Fujifilm, true to its hardcore photography roots, is adding a bunch of built-in monochromatic film simulation modes. They looked cool when I saw them in person on the camera. Still, I would rather do my processing in software on a computer after shooting, but hey, it's a nice touch.

So how much is all of this glorious retro style and imaging firepower going to set you back? $2700 for the body alone. And remember you're going to want probably at least a couple thousand bucks worth of lenses. Yup, as I said above, the X-Pro-line isn't messing around. It's uncompromising on everything, including price.


Comments

    I have the X100 and I sometime use B&W mode but I don't use the colour filters.
    I don't think I could tell the difference between camera monochrome or what is processed as post but it changes the way you think when you compose the photo.
    It gives me a clue what it's like to use the Leica Monochrom in terms of composition without considering the actual differences.
    Yes, you can change a colour photo but I wanted to experience it from the camera, it's like a commitment.

    Last edited 18/01/16 6:10 am

      Also still sporting the original X100 :)

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