Steve's Conclusion

Steve's SnapShot
  • 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III image sensor
  • X-Processor Pro
  • Dust and water-resistant body
  • 61 points of weather sealing
  • Freeze resistance to 14°F
  • 3.0" rear display with (1.62M dots)
  • Advanced Hybrid Multi Viewfinder (2.36M dots)
  • Diopter correction mechanism
  • ISO 200 - 12800
    • Extended ISO100 - 51200
  • 8FPS Continuous Shooting
  • Fast AF
    • 273 AF points (77 phase detection)
    • up to 0.08 seconds
    • motion predictive AF
  • 0.4 second start-up time
  • 0.05 second shutter time lag
  • 0.25 second shooting interval
  • 1/8000 second top shutter speed
  • 1/250 second flash sync
  • Full HD 1080p video @ 36Mbps
    • 60fps, 50fps, 30fps, 25fps and 24fps
  • Dual memory card slots
  • Slot1 compatible with UHS-II standards
  • Creative Filters
  • Monochrome ACROS film simulation
  • Grain Effect Mode
  • Interval timer
    • one second to 24 hours
    • up to 999 frames
  • Buil-in Wi-Fi
    • FUJIFILM Camera Remote app
    • Wireless Communication function
    • INSTAX Share App (iOS and Android) compatible
  • Compatible with all FUJI X-mount lenses
  • Pros
    • ISO performance is outstanding versus other mirrorless cameras
    • Hybrid viewfinder is a great feature and offers good versatility
    • Many upgrades over the X-Pro1
    • Good overall image quality in a variety of shooting conditions
    • Can shoot in both JPEG and RAW image formats
    • Six different function buttons you can assign to customize camera's operation
    • New on-screen menu design is well organized
    • Camera offers easy-to-use Q menu grid
    • Increased size of right hand grip makes operating the camera one-handed possible
    • Very cool retro design
    • Interesting Film Simulation feature
    Cons
    • Camera's price is pretty high for a mirrorless model
    • No built-in flash unit
    • Battery life could be better
    • Camera will take some practice to learn to use all of the dials and buttons efficiently; no mode dial is used
    • EV dial hangs over back edge of camera, meaning you might bump it out of place inadvertently
    • Touch screen capabilities would've been nice to have
    • Not many high-end video recording features; no 4K video
    Timing Test Results
    • Power up to first image captured = 1.1 seconds
    • Shutter lag when prefocused = about 0.1 seconds
    • Shutter lag with autofocus = about 0.1 seconds
    • Shot to shot delay w/o flash = 0.3 seconds (review off), 0.9 seconds (minimum review on)
    • Continuous Low = 10 frames in 3.0 seconds at 24M
    • Continuous High = 10 frames in 1.1 seconds at 24M
    All tests taken using 16 MB memory card, Program mode, flash off, review off, and all other settings at default unless noted.
    Bottom Line
    The Fujifilm X-Pro2 has a look that will remind you of many other mirrorless Fujifilm cameras, as they offer a retro style with plenty of dials and buttons to control the camera's primary settings. But the X-Pro2 sets itself apart from most other mirrorless offerings with strong image quality, especially when using high ISO settings. The high price tag on the X-Pro2 will drive away inexperienced photographers, but for those with enough experience to take advantage of the X-Pro2's features, this is a model that's fun to use and performs strongly.
    Pick This Up If...
    You like the idea of a retro-looking camera, you need strong performance in high ISO situations, you don't mind spending a bit of time learning to use a camera, and you have a high budget available.
    It has become almost commonplace in the world of digital cameras for manufacturers to offer upgraded models that don't offer much in the way of significant improvements. Such minor changes don't really give photographers much of an incentive to pay for the new camera.

    For Fujifilm and its high-end mirrorless camera, the Fujifilm X-Pro2, this isn't a problem, though. The X-Pro2 offers more than enough advanced and improved features to serve as a strong upgrade to the manufacturer's X-Pro1.

    And the X-Pro2 needs plenty of high end and improved features, as this model carries a high price tag of nearly $1,700 for the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera ... and that's before you purchase lenses or a flash unit.

    Both the X-Pro1 and X-Pro2 use the same APS-C sized image sensor, but the newer model offers about 50% more resolution than the older camera, roughly 24MP versus 16MP. Other improvements include:

    • 273 autofocus points on the X-Pro2, versus 49 AF points on the X-Pro1.
    • 1/8000th of a second maximum shutter speed (mechanical) and 1/32,000th of a second (electronic) for the X-Pro2, versus 1/4000th (mechanical only) for the X-Pro1.
    • Built-in Wi-Fi added to the X-Pro2.
    • More pixels of resolution in the hybrid viewfinder in the X-Pro2 (2.36 million versus 1.44 million).
    • 8 fps maximum burst rate in X-Pro2 versus 6 fps in X-Pro1.
    • Dual memory card slots in X-Pro2 versus a single slot in X-Pro1.
    These improvements mean that those who are new to Fujifilm mirrorless cameras, as well as those who already own the X-Pro1, will both be candidates to migrate to the X-Pro2.

    When considering Fujifilm mirrorless ILCs, the look of the camera will catch your attention every time. Fujifilm has grabbed a niche in the market that showcases retro looking cameras, while maintaining features and controls that are vital to making digital cameras work well.

    The design of the X-Pro2 follows along these same lines, offering numerous dials and buttons as you might find on an old film camera. And it has a viewfinder, something that was a necessity on film cameras but that few digital cameras offer, but a feature that many digital photographers really like.

    In fact, the Hybrid viewfinder is one of the coolest features on the Fujifilm X-Pro2, providing the best features of an optical viewfinder and an electronic viewfinder. And you can toggle among the different viewfinder modes to find one that works best for you.

    You can use the LCD screen to frame photos too in a Live View mode. The screen is very sharp and bright, measuring 3.0 inches, which is a standard size in today's market. The LCD almost looks a little smaller though, because the X-Pro2 has such a wide camera body (5.5 inches). Its extra width just leaves plenty of room on the back of the camera for extra buttons.

    One warning: Because of the positioning of the viewfinder in the upper left corner of the back of the camera, you'll end up with nose prints on the screen when you use your left eye to look through the viewfinder, which can be a bit of an annoyance. (Especially if you're like me and too set in your ways to learn to shoot with your right eye.)

    The X-Pro2 camera body has a tacky surface, which makes it easier to hold than some other thin mirrorless cameras. And Fujifilm increased the size of the right-hand grip on the front of the camera and the thumbpad area on the back of the camera to allow for easier one-handed operation.

    Another interesting design feature is the combination shutter speed/ISO dial. You'll push down the button in the middle of the dial to set the shutter speed. But to change the ISO setting, which is indicated in a small cutout window on the top of the dial, you'll lift the entire dial upward and turn it. It was so cumbersome to use the ISO dial at first that I just left it on the ISO Auto setting. It's definitely not a dial that you can adjust easily when you're in a hurry. But once you've practiced with it a few times, you'll feel more comfortable using it. And it does provide an interesting design look.

    Once you get past the cool overall design, the guts of the Fujifilm X-Pro2 work very well too. The APS-C sized image sensor produces strong image quality in a variety of shooting situations. You can record in either JPEG or RAW image formats.

    Low light photography results are good too, but it's a little odd that the X-Pro2 doesn't have a built-in flash. You'll have to purchase an external flash unit. But you may find that because this model's high ISO performance is so strong, you won't really need a flash very often. You'll begin noticing a minimal amount of noise once you migrate past ISO 6400, but the noise isn't really a significant problem in photos until you reach the extended ISO range (beyond ISO 12,800). This is a very impressive ISO performance level for a mirrorless camera.

    Another great aspect of the X-Pro2 is its collection of 273 autofocus points, which allow for very precise results. Fujifilm included a mini joystick on the back of the X-Pro2, making it easy and fast to select the exact autofocus point you want to use.

    And Fujifilm didn't forget to include the Q menu with the X-Pro2, through which you can see more than a dozen common settings on one screen in a graphical grid. You can select the setting you want to use in the grid and make changes quickly. Fujifilm employs the Q menu on many of its cameras, and it remains one of the best on-screen menu options from any camera maker.

    For a camera with such a high price tag, the battery life should be better. Most advanced photographers will not be able to shoot a full day of photos on a single battery charge with the Fujifilm X-Pro2. Thankfully, the X-Pro2 comes with an external battery charger, so you can keep a spare, or two, charged and ready at all times.

    Bottom Line - The Fujifilm X-Pro2 has a lot of great features -- both in terms of its design and in terms of its operation -- that make it an appealing camera. And it has numerous upgrades over what was offered with the X-Pro1. But it also has a very high price tag, one that's near the top of the mirrorless camera market. And with no mode dial, it'll take a little while to become comfortable with adjusting the camera's settings to make it work for you. So more than likely, this isn't a purchase an inexperienced photographer is going to want to make. There are less expensive mirrorless models (and DSLRs for that matter) that will appeal more to photographers seeking a first interchangeable lens camera. But, for those who can take advantage of the X-Pro2's advanced features and numerous manual control options, this model has a lot going for it. The X-Pro2's retro style is appealing, but it has more than looks on its side. This model excels in high ISO shooting conditions, has a great Hybrid viewfinder, and has a fast burst mode performance. This model's style and lack of a mode dial may not appeal to everyone, but its strong photographic features should, as long as you can afford it.



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