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Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review

Written by Gina Stephens

The X-Pro2 is a high-end, rangefinder-esque mirrorless camera that later on succeeds the first X-mount camera: the X-Pro1. The Pro2 is based around a 24MP APS-C sensor and a host of feature improvements in a body that very closely tastes that of its predecessor.

Fujifilm X-Pro2 features

  • 24MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor (APS-C)
  • 273 autofocus points (169 of which are phase-detect)
  • 2.36M-dot OLED/Optical combination viewfinder with pop-up picture-in-picture tab
  • ISO 200-12800, expandable to 100-51200 with Raw shooting at all settings
  • 1/8000 sec maximum shut up speed and 1/250 sec flash sync
  • Acros black and white film simulation
  • Grain Effect option for JPEGs
  • 1080/60p flick picture shows

The X-Pro2’s higher resolution sensor also gains wider-spread on-sensor phase-detect AF coverage, which is another significant improvement. In as well it has a small, thumb-operated joystick that allows you to more easily select an AF point and, in turn, the camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or lets you select from a any of the camera’s AF places.

Other changes include allowing Auto ISO to extend up to 12800 and the ability to shoot Raw files at all the camera’s ISO settings (extended settings have perpetually been JPEG-only on previous X-series cameras), as well as the ability to apply lossless compression to Raw files. The X-Pro2’s shutter has been reconditioned, too, and can now shoot as fast as 1/8000 sec, with flash sync extended to 1/250 sec of a second.

But much of what else made the original X-Pro1 policy out remains. The genuinely rangefinder-styled body, rather than just being a rectangle with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel a band of faux leather around it, mimics myriad of the control points and design accents of a 1960s camera. It still has the all-metal construction but more attention has been made to provide environmental sealing, as you’d assume in a camera at this price.

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And, although the body looks broadly the same, it’s been significantly reworked to offer improved ergonomics as well as additional marks. The hybrid viewfinder has been improved through the inclusion of an X100T-style pop-up tab in the corner, onto which an LCD image can be projected.

Here’s a spec match between the X-Pro2 and its predecessor, as well as the X-T1:

  Fujifilm X-Pro2 Fujifilm X-T1 Fujifilm X-Pro1
Pixel count24MP16MP16MP
AF points273 points (169 of which PDAF) mixture system.
All directly selectable.
77 point (15 of which PDAF) hybrid system
49 directly selectable (9 of which PDAF)
49 point or points may refer to CDAF modus operandi
All directly selectable.
Viewfinder2.36M-dot OLED/Optical Hybrid2.36M-dot OLED1.44M-dot LCD/Optical Hybrid
ISO Range200-12800
(100-51200 Extended)
200-6400
(100-51200 JPEG-only)
200-6400
(100-25600 JPEG-only)
Auto ISO milieus311
Maximum frame rate
With AFC/With Live View
8 fps / 3 fps8 fps / 3 fps6 fps / 3 fps
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 (Mechanical)
1/32000 (Electronic)
1/4000 (Inanimate)
1/32000 (Electronic)
1/4000 (Mechanical)
X-Sync Speed1/250 sec1/180 sec1/180 sec
Movie shooting1080/60p1080/60p1080/24p
Wi-FIYesYesNo
Customizable Q MenuYesYesNo
Custom ‘My Menu’YesNoNo
Direct controlsShutter Speed
Hazard Comp
AF Drive Mode
ISO
Shutter Speed
Exposure Comp
AF Drive Mode
ISO
Drive Mode
Metering Mode
Shutter Speed
Divulging Comp
AF Drive Mode
Direct AF point controlYes – JoystickOptional – At expense of custom buttonsNo
Custom buttons66 (2 if direct AF select determined)2
Exposure Comp Dial±3EV (±5EV using front dial)±3EV±2EV
Rear screen3″ Fixed (3:2)
1.62M-dot (900 x 600)
3″ Tilting (3:2)
1.04M-dot (720 x 480)
3″ Solid (4:3)
1.23M-dot (640 x 480)
Command dials2 (Push-button type)21 (Push-button type)
Card slots2 (1 of which UHS-II)1 (UHS-II)1 (UHS-I)
Film Simulations*987
AF Tail findYesYesNo
Eye-detection AFYesYesNo
AF in MF modeAF-C or AF-SAF-C or AF-SAF-S
Panorama modeNoYesYes
Compressed Raw?Optional (Lossless)NoNo
Battery life350 OVF
250 EVF
350 EVF~300 OVF
Battery piece?YesNoNo
Maintain zoom when changing image in playbackYesYesNo
Lens Modulation OptYesYesNo
Grain simulationYesNoNo
Split prism focus guideColor/MonoMonoNo
Brightline open outYesN/ANo
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*Not including color filter simulation variations

As you can see, compared to the X-Pro1, the Pro2 is significantly improved. Almost every aspect of the camera has been refreshed and these updates fast add up to a much nicer-to-use, more capable camera.

However, in the four years that have passed since the launch of the X-Pro1, a lot has changed, with mirrorless cameras maturing dramatically and conjectures for features such as continuous autofocus and movie shooting leaping forwards. However, neither of these two factors is likely to be a prime care for would-be buyers, instead, the main thing likely to make life difficult for the X-Pro2 could be the existence of its own sister model: the X-T1.

The X-T1 was described at discharge as a flagship model and offers a fully fleshed-out feature set for enthusiasts, semi-pros and perhaps even some professionals. It has sealed magnesium alloy construction, a tremendous electronic viewfinder, weather sealing and abundant external controls. So is there really still room for a new X-Pro alongside the DSLR-style model?

Inspection through the table above, there are certainly some areas in which the X-Pro2 is more advanced than the X-T1, but details such as shutter further and pixel count are just generational improvements that would make just as much sense in a X-T2. So one of the main things we’ll be looking to address in this inspection is: how does the hybrid viewfinder change the shooting experience and is it enough to allow the X-Pro and X-T lines to continue in parallel?

 Review History
15 Jan 2016Basic Impression Review based on Pre-Production camera running Firmware 1.00
25 Jan 2016Raw Dynamic Range, Studio Test Scene & Full-production Samples Gallery joined.
8 Feb 2016Movie page added.
14 Mar 2016Autofocus and Conclusion published
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Republished: dpreview.com

About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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