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  • New 24-Megapixel X-Trans CMOS Imaging Sensor
  • X-Processor Pro
  • 3.0-Inch, 1.04-Million Dot LCD Screen
  • Screen tilts and pivots
  • 2.36-Million Dot OLED electronic viewfinder
  • Fuji X-mount
  • Built-in WiFi
  • 8fps w/ mechanical shutter
  • 14fps w/ electronic shutter
  • Lightning fast AF system
  • AF-C custom settings
  • Full HD and 4K video capture
  • Audio input
  • HDMI output
  • Fujifilm Film Simulations
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
  • Battery grip to triple shooting time
  • Great image quality, both still and video
  • EVF is a pleasure to shoot with, showing 100% field of view and all exposure settings
  • On-camera controls are easy to access and use
  • Film simulation to recreate all of your favorite Fujifilm styles
  • LCD rotates and tilts to allow you to shoot in even the most difficult of situations
  • Compact and easy to handle
  • Excellent shooting performance
  • No Scene Recognition auto (Not necessary on this camera)
  • No built-in Image Stabilization. You have to rely on the lens
  • No dedicated video recording button
  • Drive mode and Metering mode switches can be hard turn while on the go
  • No in-camera video editing options
  • Steep Price Tag
Timing Test Results
  • Power up to first image captured = 1.0 seconds
  • Shutter lag when prefocused = less than 1/10 of a second
  • Shutter lag with autofocus = approx. 1/10 to 4/10 of a second
  • Shot to shot delay wo/flash = 0.50 seconds
  • Shot to shot delay w/flash = approx. 2 seconds (camera will still capture images if the flash is not ready)
  • Continuous Low = Up to 5fps (selectable)
  • Continuous High = Up to 8fps (selectable)
  • Continuous High Electronic Shutter = 14fps
  • All of our tests were completed using a Fujifilm Elite Performance UHS-1 8GB SDHC memory card, Program mode, ISO Auto and flash off unless noted otherwise. CH tests were completed at ISO 6400 to allow the fastest shutter speeds possible.
Bottom Line
The Fujifilm X-T2 is a powerful, high quality mirrorless camera that is meant for the more experienced photographer. Great image quality, performance and on-camera controls will keep you shooting and having fun, but you must know your photography basics.
Pick This Up If...
You are looking for a compact mirrorless camera with outstanding quality and complete control at your fingertips, not in a camera menu.
Currently in very high demand while not even available yet, the Fujifilm X-T2 ILC is a very powerful and coveted camera by more experienced amateur photographers. Sporting a new 24-Megapixel X-Trans CMOS imaging sensor, beefed-up X-Processor Pro, outstanding AF system with customizable AF-C settings, built-in WiFi, and Full 1080p and 4K video recording; the only things that this camera is missing are the Scene Selective auto shooting modes.

Fuji designed this new camera to keep even the most experienced photographers engaged and having fun. From the complete on-body exposure controls to the in-camera RAW processing and 4K video, the camera is ready for any and all situations; as long as you know what you need to do.

Built with the exposure controls of a manual film camera, the X-T2 keeps you out of the menu systems while shooting. With everything controlled on the body, it only takes a small amount of time with the camera to learn the controls and make your changes on the fly without slowing down. Small grips of the right side of the camera make it easy to hold on to, keeping your other hand free to zoom, focus or make exposure adjustments; something that is not always that easy with a small ILC. Two command dials and multiple Fn buttons allow you to customize the camera control to exactly how you like it. Only the drive mode and metering mode switches provided any difficulty in changing, as they can be hard to move with your finger without looking.

Composing your images can be accomplished with either the 3.0-inch, 1.04-Million dot tilting LCD screen or the outstanding 2.36-Million dot OLED electronic viewfinder; which has a lag time of just 0.005 seconds and a 100fps refresh rate. Both give you a full 100% frame coverage so there is no guessing as to the edges of your images. The EVF provides a clear, bright image that will please even the pickiest shooters with an unnoticeable lag time and great color reproduction. Even your exposure adjustments will show up in real-time on the screen, so you will see your changes even before you capture your images.

Performance from the X-T2 is fantastic as advertised. The camera was able to capture its first image in just 1 second after turning it on. Shutter lag is almost non-existent, being faster that we can notice and coming in at just 0.045 seconds according to Fujifilm. Allowing the AF system to work is also very fast, allowing the camera to capture images between 0.1-0.4 seconds, helping you capture those candid moments. The camera's shot-to-shot delay in single shot mode is just a half-second when you are not using the flash. Adding the flash slows the camera down quite a bit since the flash has to use the camera's battery to charge. We were not able to get an exact time since the camera will still fire if the flash is not ready, but it easily jumps to over 2 seconds per shot. The continuous shooting lives up to the hype as well. Both low and high continuous modes provide exactly the frame rate you choose, up to 5fps at low and 8fps at high in both single and continuous AF with the mechanical shutter. Switching to the electronic shutter increases the frame rate to 14fps at its peak. All of our tests were completed using a Fujifilm Elite Performance UHS-1 8GB SDHC memory card, Program mode, ISO Auto and flash off unless noted otherwise. CH tests were completed at ISO 6400 to allow the fastest shutter speeds possible.

Looking at the outdoor sample images captured with the X-T2, it is easy to see why this camera is in such high demand. Our samples show a vivid, well exposed image with outstanding color and sharpness. The camera and kit lens also produce a surprisingly shallow depth-of-field, which really helps make some of our images pop. It also helps to provide some softness around the edges of the image when we are not looking for it, which is also evident in most of our samples. The 18-55mm provides a great standard zoom range for everyday shooting, giving you a good wide end and decent telephoto end. Neither will get anywhere near the extremes, but are enough for any situation that allows you to move.

Our indoor samples give us a more controlled look at the image quality and noise levels produced by the X-T2. As we saw with the outdoor samples, these are loaded with detail and accurate, vivid color. Even at f/8 in these samples, we can see the shallow depth of field as the fine details start to fade away around the edges. ISO Low (100) through ISO 800 show an incredible amount of detail and very low noise levels. At ISO 800 is also where we start to see a little noise developing in our color swatches. All the way up to ISO 3200 and we are still seeing plenty of detail in the images, but the noise is slowly increasing as we go up, looking good until we pass 6400. This is an outstanding higher ISO range, letting you shoot in lower light conditions with ease. While the camera does not have a built-in flash, it does come with a small external flash unit. Similar in size and power to a built-in flash, it draws its power from the camera's battery and is slow to recharge. This flash is useful in close quarters and also works well as a fill light in bright situations.

Like you will find on most digicams these days, the X-T2 features a collection of art filters that provide some immediate creative effects. These have become pretty standard, with some blur and color adjustments that usually require a computer to accomplish. While we do not expect very many shooters that are paying the extra money for the X-T2 to rely on these filters for their creative images, they can be nice tools and examples of what the photographer is striving for with their end results without using the art filter shortcuts. These filters are also lacking in control, leaving you with what the camera comes up with. Samples of some of the art filters are available on our samples page.

Capturing portraits with the X-T2 is awesome as Fuji has taken its face detection software to the next level by adding eye-detection as well. This helps to fine-tune the focus and exposure as the camera can locate and follow the subject's eyes within the normal face detection software. With the fine-tuned focus on the face, the eyes really pop on the subjects. While the face detection is working, the camera is constantly adjusting the focus and exposure settings to make sure that the faces are always the priority in your images. Our sample images came out very well, as the camera's face detection did its job and kept the subjects sharp and well-exposed.

Video with the X-T2 is surprisingly simple, allowing you to go with a fully auto (Program) mode or by adding in any manual controls that you would like. Other than that, there are not a ton of options, keeping things simple. We captured samples in both 4K and 1080p with fantastic results. The color and clarity of our samples is excellent while the AF system did a very good job as well. The videos played back smoothly on a computer as well as on an HDTV via HDMI cable. An HDMI cable also allows you to connect a field monitor to the camera for a better look at your recordings. This monitor works along with the LCD screen on the back, so you do not have to give up one to use the other. The camera does not feature any built-in video editing options, so plan on putting together everything in post. Our video samples were taken using a Panasonic UHS-3 16GB SDHC memory card to ensure the quality of the camera's high quality, high resolution video.

Audio is recorded with a small stereo microphone that is built into the camera. As with all built-in mics, the camera records what is closest to the camera. This usually ends up in unwanted background noise and other sounds. For increased audio quality, the camera features an audio input port that works with a powered external microphone. Any external microphone will work with a slew of them available online. Fuji also offers their ST1 external microphone, which is listed as an accessory for the X-T2 on their website.

Powering the Fuji X-T2 is a 7.2V, 1200mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. Fuji gives some very good claims about the battery life and number of images that the camera is capable of capturing. However, during the completion of our tests, we had to recharge the battery several times. Without having another battery to try, we will not say that the battery life is bad. Chances are we just did not receive a good battery. The camera also comes with a portable quick-charger to keep your battery and a spare ready to go at all times. Fuji has developed a battery grip that will add two additional batteries to the camera, tripling your shooting time and pushing 1000 images without you having to stop.

Bottom Line - The highly sought-after Fujifilm X-T2 features some very advanced new components that provide some fantastic performance and image quality. The new 24-Megapixel X-Trans CMOS imaging sensor combined with the X-Processor Pro provide the speed and quality that will please even the pickiest shooter. Complete on-body control gives you a classic feel, while the great features like face detection and built-in WiFi give you modern day advantages and sharing capabilities. With a MSRP of US $1,599 for the body only or US $1899 with the 18-55mm kit lens, this camera is definitely not for everyone. It is, however, an outstanding camera that is worth the money for anyone that is in the market for a powerful and very compact mirrorless camera.

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