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Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review – Hands-On: The Ultimate CSC?

When the Fujifilm X-Pro11 landed in January 2012, it ushered in something of a golden era for Fujifilm cameras. I’m a big fan of the X series’ retro designs and tactile controls. It also helps that their sensors consistently outperform other cropped sensors for low noise, giving image quality that’s nipping at the heels of full frame cameras. The X-Pro2 is the long-awaited update to the X-Pro1, and externally there’s not much to separate them. The rangefinder-inspired design looks like it could have been drawn up at any point in the last 50 years, and the lack of a logo or other markings on the front gives it an air of assured confidence. The camera feels just as good as it looks, with a nicely balanced weight and enough of a handgrip to feel secure during single-handed operation. At 495g without a lens it’s relatively heavy for a compact system camera (CSC), and at 1,349 it’s also one of the most expensive, but Fujifilm offers lots of compelling reasons to make you part with your cash.

The 24-megapixel sensor is brand new and a notable step up from the 16-megapixel sensors in previous X series CSCs. The ISO speed range has increased, too, with a 200-12,800 range that can be expanded to 100-512,000. RAW capture is available at all ISO speeds a big improvement over previous models, which maxed out at ISO 6400 in RAW mode.

The sensor incorporates 77 phase-detect autofocus points to speed up autofocus, and autofocus certainly felt pretty nippy in the time I spent with the camera. There are dual SDXC card slots, and lossless compression helps to keep RAW file sizes down. The maximum shutter speed is up from 1/4,000 to 1/8,000s and there’s improved weather sealing compared to the X-Pro1. Single-function buttons and dials are a key part of the X series’ appeal, and the X-Pro2 is no exception. It matches the X-Pro1’s dedicated dials for shutter speed and exposure compensation, and goes further with dual command dials and a dedicated ISO speed dial. Shutter and ISO speed are built into a single control pushing the centre button down unlocks the shutter speed dial, while pulling the outer ring upwards accesses ISO speed. It took me a few goes to get the hang of this but it quickly proved to be an elegant use of the limited available space. Another big upgrade over previous X series cameras is the rear joystick for moving the autofocus point. This leaves the four-way pad free to be assigned to a choice of other functions.

The X-Pro2 also revisits a feature that was included in the X-Pro1 but not on any other compact system camera a hybrid viewfinder with both optical and electronic functions. Each type has its advantages, with the optical viewfinder eliminating any lag and showing the true colours in front of you, while the electronic viewfinder shows a closer representation of the photo you’re about to capture. Being able to toggle between them via the switch on the front of the camera is a great asset. New to the X-Pro2 is a hybrid mode, which uses the optical viewfinder but shows a small electronic viewfinder image in the bottom-right corner. This can either show the whole frame or a magnified area to help with focus. The optical viewfinder isn’t a through-the-lens (TTL) view, so there’s some parallax error for nearby subjects and the lens’s focal length is marked by a white box rather than a zooming image. The ability to see the scene beyond the confines of the framed shot can be extremely useful.

Other updates over the X-Pro1 serve to bring the specifications in line with current trends. Wi-Fi is built in for remote control and transfers to smart devices. 1080p video capture is at frame rates up to 60fps, and there’s a 3.5mm microphone input. The 3in LCD screen has a 1.62 million dot resolution the highest I’ve seen to date. The X-Pro2 is clearly an upmarket camera but it jostles for pole position in Fujifilm’s line up with the X-T12. The X-T1 has an articulated screen and additional dials for drive mode and metering mode. Both cameras’ electronic viewfinders have a 1024×768 resolution, but the X-T1’s is quite a bit bigger with a 0.77x rather than 0.59x magnification. Then again, the X-T1 lacks the X-Pro2’s hybrid viewfinder function and joystick, and its sensor is the older 16-megapixel design with a narrower ISO speed range fewer phase-detect autofocus point. It’s too early for a definitive verdict, but my initial tests suggest truly outstanding details and noise levels from the X-Pro2’s new sensor. The X-T1 is one of my favourite cameras of all time, and the X-Pro2 looks set to be a worthy contender for the crown. I’m looking forward to getting one in for extended testing and a full review.

References

  1. ^ Fujifilm X-Pro1 (www.expertreviews.co.uk)
  2. ^ X-T1 (www.expertreviews.co.uk)

The new Nexus 6P already rated as the second-best mobile phone …£

1. Takeharu (Posts: 170; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)1

Impressive! Can’t wait to pick one up!

15. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 269; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)2

same here! more I am reading about 6p, more I am getting inclined to purchase one. But I have to wait for full reviews first as my old habit, although my heart is dying to immediately get one. Old habits die hard

28. Bm888 (Posts: 183; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)3

there need to be blind camera comparisons between Nokia 1020, galaxy note 4, galaxy S6, galaxy note 5, LG G4, Motorola X style, Sony z5 premium and Nexus 6p. ..man this would be interesting …and finally finding out the real king of mobile photography. ( Note: no iPhone on my list coz already imo they are not among the top dogs). ^_^

38. TerryTerius (Posts: 643; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)4

At this point, it isn’t really possible to say there is a clear best smartphone camera. In different situations, some Phones take better pictures than others. Look at The Verge shoot-out between the g4, note 5, and iPhone 6s and that becomes blatantly obvious. It’s almost entirely situational at this point, & I don’t think there is going to be a camera that is flatout superior unless we have another substantial leap in mobile photography. Of course, you have the Panasonic Lumix cm-1, & a potential successor to the Lumia 1020. That’s a different beast altogether.

2. 10aera (Posts: 34; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)5

Too quick for a review, but at least it gives hope regarding the camera and the possibilities in low-light conditions. Hope the results can be trusted and we are trully in the presence of a true flagship in the imaging department.

3. mistercarter (Posts: 282; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)6

sorry but Sony Z3 was ranking high as well and we all know how lame its camera is… so i’ll wait to see final results but without OIS i doubt it’s better than my G4 at night

7. osanilevich (Posts: 271; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)7

OIS has little to do with low light performance, rather, it makes sure you don’t end up taking shaky photos or videos by suspending the camera on a series of self centering “springs” which center the camera unit when the phone is shaking

13. Penny (Posts: 1550; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)8

OIS has a lot to do with low light performance. When you are in a low light situation, the camera has to use A) a longer exposure, which means more opportunity for the camera to shake B) a higher ISO, which hurts detail or C) a combination thereof. A stabilized sensor will allow you to increase the exposure time without causing blur from your hands shaking, which in turn would allow the camera to use a lower ISO, which in the end means a cleaner image that preserves more detail.

35. VZWuser76 (Posts: 2883; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)9

While I agree with you that OIS does have a bearing on low light photos, the premise here is that with the larger micron pixels, that allow more light to be captured, the shutter time could be reduced. That’s the theory anyway.

18. Tuxedo (Posts: 293; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)10

Maybe you should first understand how a camera actually works, don’t you think? Penny’s explanation is right on.

25. combatmedic870 (Posts: 103; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)11

Kind of….it’s still not going to stop motion blur though. So lowering the shutter speed and ISO if your photographing a moving subject. You’ll just end up with a blur picture. I’d rather have a larger sensor with better low light then a smaller sensor with ois. Not to mention the benefits of the probably increase in dynamic range and highlight recovery in the larger sensor.

39. Penny (Posts: 1550; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)12

Absolutely. Everything you can do to improve the light-gathering capabilities of a camera is what you want to do technologically. A camera is all about capturing that light… And the benefits of a larger sensor do outweigh OIS in my opinion. But again, we are talking about phones with limited space and pretty terrible ergonomics when it comes to photography, so OIS at this stage in the game makes sense, and hopefully we eventually trend toward larger sensors as well.

9. marorun (Posts: 1013; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)13

you are Lame. My Z1 using older sensor take better picture than the S6.Its the built in camera app thats the fault lie on just put it on manual ( manual on sony device feel like automatic on others device and you can still put all options in automatic one by one but you can also use the full resolution instead of a crappy 8 mpix )

As for your G4 i know its pretty hard to beat i love thats phone. Bigger pixel do improve low light.

17. crzykiller (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Jan 2015)14

You are literally the definitely of stupid… The Z1 camera doesn’t even come close the the S6s camera… In fact the Z3+ does not have as good of a camera when comparing images taken with multiple different camera apps… The Z3+ doesn’t even have RAW support. Like shut up you don’t know what you’re talking about… The IMX240 is better than the IMX230 in the Z3+ and Samsung Optics are clearly better. Stupid fanboy

32. bestmvno (Posts: 245; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)15

According to that website the z3+ is in fact very close to the s6. It’s the 4th best (tied) camera. It’s on par with the iPhone 6. Got a score of 82 vs 86 for the Galaxy s6. The z1 scores just below the s5 and above s4. It’s not too bad either but a bit below the s6 scoring a 76.

14. p51d007 (Posts: 172; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)16

OIS is a crutch. An out for poor skills using a camera, ANY camera. I have OIS on my dSLR, and, unless I’m shooting speeds slower than 1/30th of a second, I don’t even bother using it. Just hold the camera still.Oh wait…people take “selfie” photos (I don’t understand the narcissistic need for self shots, but, in this me me me world…not surprised)

24. Penny (Posts: 1550; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)17

OIS is much more important on a phone than a dSLR in my opinion. Phone is much lighter and much less ergonomic, so it is very prone to hand shake. A dSLR is easier to stabilize in the hand. In any case, it is a cool piece of technology that I don’t see being a negative in any situation I can think of. And you don’t have to worry about that selfie cam — the OIS is only on the rear cameras. If you want to talk about real crutches, we should talk about something like digital cameras versus film cameras. Digital allows you to take unlimited shots to get the perfect exposure and framing, unlike film cameras back in the day where you had to be more calculated with each shot. You are shooting digital, right?

4. marorun (Posts: 1013; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)18

Same scoore as the LG G4 so both are second place. Very interesting indeed.

Its like an improved ultra pixel from HTC 🙂

5. someone12 (Posts: 58; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)19

Trash phone, the galaxy s6 is a much better phone with a better price!

8. Subie (Posts: 121; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)20

The Galaxy s6 is almost twice the cost of the new nexus. How is it better.

21. UglyFrank (Posts: 1190; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)21

I can pick one up on the high street for 399 which is almost 150 pound cheaper than when it released.

10. osanilevich (Posts: 271; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)22

I deplore fan boys like you. You give Samsung a bad name. The phone has been unveiled for but a few hours and you’ve already come to that conclusion? Also, hell will freeze over the day a galaxy s model is priced more competitively than a nexus one

12. Totse2k15 (Posts: 368; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)23

Agree. S6 is like, around $400s NEW on Swappa.

6. osanilevich (Posts: 271; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)24

If android 6.0’s new software is taken into account, does that mean other cameras might close the gap once they get 6.0? While more megapixels doesn’t necessarily mean better photos, I am ever so slightly concerned about the relatively small count; 12.3 really is an odd number, far less than just about everyone outside of Cupertino

20. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 269; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)25

12.30mp is not small. Infact it is a very good mega pixel count for keeping the file size small and bigger pixel size make up for the light and detail. More pixels like in 16mp and 21mp creates insanely bigger jpeg file size which eats up precious data plan and make it difficult to email many pictures at a time. Faceboot and any app down size the pic anyway while uploading so you loose detail anyway. Smaller mega pixel count than 12.30mp, like on ip6 & 6plus is also not good for taking pictures from distance bcoz it is not able to preserve good amount of detail properly. Lesser pixel count than 12mp is only good in Pureview technology. Like 2mp and 5mp shots of pureview gives equal detail of 16mp and 21mp bcoz of super pixels(very big size pixels). I wonder why google has excluded OIS? the reason they have given doesnt make much sense to me

26. combatmedic870 (Posts: 103; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)26

The Newly announced Panasonic fz300 has a 12.1 mp sensor. And this is a high end point and shoot.

11. nahusiv (Posts: 78; Member since: 20 Apr 2015)27

they new iPhone didnt make it, so ya, its only samsung, sony and nexus territory now

31. promise7 (Posts: 696; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)28

They didn’t review the new iPhone cameras yet, not they “didn’t make it.” They also haven’t reviewd the Z5’s camera yet either.

44. fyahking (Posts: 669; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)29

From the youtube reviewers, the s6 and G4 is still better than the new iPhones.

16. killerpollo (Posts: 40; Member since: 15 May 2015)30

Ha yeah, when DxOMark means something call me back…

22. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 269; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)31

DxOMark means a thorough test of camera’s capability. Now come back plz

43. killerpollo (Posts: 40; Member since: 15 May 2015)32

yeah, like when they said the iPhone 5 had a better camera than the Lumia 1020 for crying out loud…

19. arch_angel (Posts: 1639; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)33

So They Rated The G4’s Photo 86 And Video 79 Same As The Nexus 6P But The G4 Scores One Less Point In Overall, That’s Stupid How Does That Even Makes Since.

http://www.dxomark.com/Mobiles /LG-G4-Mobile-review-A-new-contender-in-the-top-334

23. rotkiv3451 (Posts: 78; Member since: 07 Jan 2015)35

I loved it until I realized the FRONT camera (which is the one that 99% of the population uses the most) has an f2.4 aperture, which obviously sucks. Even though I love the price and the battery size, I’m probably gonna get the Note 5.

27. combatmedic870 (Posts: 103; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)36

I think if the camera had OIS it would have come out #1.I do think the should have added ois. But if the lens is really sharp. It’s a good trade off.

30. Plutonium239 (Posts: 639; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)37

DxOMark is a complete joke.

33. gazmatic (Posts: 695; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)38

that website is complete garbage. Seriously?Individual reviews you can pass off but when you compare the reviews and the pros and cons… jeez louise. what a garbage website. compare the pros and cons then check out the score. such garbage.

34. Taters (Posts: 5746; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)39

Samsung killed the s**t out of it this year. Which is funny because all the Samsung haters claim that this is the worse year for flagships but it’s clearly the best one year in ages. Last two years were by far the worse though. The only two handsets worth mentioning in the last 2 years were the Nexus 5 and Xperia Z3, honourable mention to the Galaxy Alpha and Note 4 although the Alpha needed a better display and the Note 4 wasn’t slick looking enough.

This year has been fantastic though with the GS6, S6 edge, S6 edge +, the Note 5, Z5 premium, G4, and Z5. The nexus devices are nice too. Great year. This year

37. mixedfish (Posts: 933; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)40

Last year was way better than this year, we had the killer Xperia Z2/Z3 and Galaxy Note 4. This year what did we get? SD810 controversies and Samsungs pursuit to remove features in order to appeal to Apple fans.

40. Xardas2 (Posts: 3; Member since: 15 Sep 2015)41

Difficult decision to buy the Z5 premium using SD810 with the extra cooling. Or wait for the next years processors which might be a long while of yet? Moving away from Samsung this year after Note 1 and 3. Agree on the Samsung feature removals, they’ve lost me as a customer now.

36. Taters (Posts: 5746; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)42

I predict some isheep tears from this news unless somehow Apple pays for the number 1 spot with the 6s and 6s plus. Lol

41. mdsheik (Posts: 41; Member since: 03 Sep 2015)43

Guys dont forget its powered by SD810, ive heard that some people r using their HTC one m9 to iron their clothes powered by SD810…. lol

42. Extraneus (Posts: 85; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)44

“collecting up to much more”… Lol!

45. talon95 (Posts: 239; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)45

Seems like a good sensor, with the issues being nothing a software update wouldn’t fix to bring it up to par with S6 and Z5.

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