I am a very big fan of the Fujifilm X Series cameras and lenses, and so when they announced the Fujifilm X-T2 I pre-ordered almost immediately. I have been using two X-T1 cameras for a few years now, and just love everything about it. The new X-T2 packs a lot of features that I have been hoping for and so I thought I would give it a quick test-drive and share my thoughts here on my blog.
Out of the Box: First Impressions
Like the Fujifilm X-T1, this version is solid, sturdy, and feels good in my hands. The eye-cup is bigger, and the two large knobs on the top are also a little taller, making them easier to grip while changing settings. If you have used an X-T1, then holding this in your hand won’t feel too different, but is definitely updated and refined quite a bit.
As a whole, this camera is an excellent update and has a lot of big and small updates that make it worth the investment. Here are some of the new features that I am most excited about (in no particular order):
Two SD Card Slots
This is probably one of my favorite new features; I just love that this was added. With the two card slots comes the following setting options:
- Sequential: Lots and lots of extra storage space without having to change out cards
- Backup: Redundant backup of my photos (writing the same photo to both cards)
- RAW / JPEG: Writing RAW files to one card and JPEG to another
The setting that I choose will depend on my situation. I think, for now, I’m going to use RAW/JPEG (write RAW to one card and JPEG to the other). I already prefer to photograph in the RAW+JPEG mode so that I can easily transfer photos to my iPhone using the wireless transmitter in the camera, but once I import the images into Lightroom those JPEG files are unnecessary. Using this method means that I will only need to use the SD card with the RAW files to import to my computer.
I use the horizontal tilt screen with the LCD monitor all the time, especially when my camera is on a tripod. But with the X-T1, when I rotate the camera vertically, I can’t tilt it to view the same as I could with the horizontal setup. Now, with the X-T2 I am able to tilt it in both directions! This might be considered a small upgrade, but it will make a world of difference with my landscape work, and in the photo below you can see me using it with my food photography setup.
With the X-T1 I was able to create a workaround method to quickly access the focus points by programming the top/down/left/right buttons so that all four were all set to “Focus Area”. This works really well, but it leaves me with four buttons that cannot not be programmed to other settings. With the X-T2, Fujifilm fixed this by adding a dedicated focus lever! Words cannot describe how happy this one tiny toggle has made me.
Dial Lock Releases
The lock buttons on the ISO and shutter speed dials were upgraded on the X-T2. Pressing it into the down position locks the dial so it cannot be turned, and pressing it again releases it, allowing them to be changed quickly. This is great for those of us who want to keep the setting locked in place and to prevent unintentionally changing the setting while shooting. It’s also nice that it can be completely unlocked during times when you want to be able to quickly change the setting by turning the knob without anything in the way.
I’m not a megapixel snob, but I have to say that I’m very happy they sized-up the sensor. I’ve never felt like the 16mp I get with the X-T1 was not enough, but bringing the X-T2 to 24mp will give my photos a little extra space to play with.
I don’t create a lot of video, but every so often I will make a few clips of the scenes I photograph to use in some of my projects. With the X-T2 they added the option of shooting in 4k (3840px x 2160px), which will make a lot of video buffs very happy. One other thing that they did was to make the video mode really easy to access; there is now a little movie icon to the Drive Dial on the top-left, so jumping into video is done with just a quick turn of that dial.
Here’s a short clip of the 4k video in action (warning: it may make you hungry!):
Here are some straight-out-of-camera full-resolution JPEG files to preview. I added my watermark in Photoshop, and I also use the Velvia film simulation in-camera to add some vibrance to the images. (Click once on an image to view it in the lightbox mode, and then if you want to see the full-size, right-click to view it in a new tab or window.)