Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm X-T2

Say 'cheese'

£1,649-ish

Bundled with 18-55 kit lens

 

Mirrorless cameras are giving traditional DSLRs a run for their money. Recently released into the world and converting battle-hardened veterans of mirror movement over to the dark side, Fujifilm’s latest camera, the Fujifilm X-T2, is the talk of the town.

This will only be a quick rundown as you can get the full spec list on specialist/professional camera sites.

The Fujifilm X-T2 boasts an impressive amount of tech all crammed inside a solidly built body. Although its cropped framed (APS-C), the 24.3 megapixel X-Trans CMOS sensor is nothing to shake a stick at, creating stunning images that you wish you had them instead of eyes. The ISO ranges from 200 to 12,800 which is expandable to 100 to 51,200 (but for JPEGs only) to deal with most light situations, and the electronic viewfinder is one of the best on the market with barely any lag and with a refresh rate of 100fps in Boost mode.

Fujifilm X-T2

 

 

Pros

Old-school camera controls. No longer do you have to hold down multiple buttons to change the ISO as everything has its own place onboard the X-T2. With handy lockdown buttons so as not to accidently change shit by way of clumsiness, the body gives us actual dials to twiddle around for the ISO, shutter speed, exposure compensation, while the aperture is changed by the aperture ring on the lens or the front finger dial if lack of.

Fuji’s Film Simulation presets tweak the image to that of their array of film to bring out the colour or simulate the classic ACROS black and white look.

Dual SD card slots, great for overflow, copying, or RAW on one and JPEG on the other.

No anti-aliasing filter, meaning sharper images for all you pixel peepers out there.

The autofocus is a killer on this camera. With 325 single AF points and 90 Zone focusing points, it’s super quick and selecting/adjusting various menu settings means the continuous autofocus mode can track moving subjects in all manner of movement, including ignoring obstacles between the lens and subject, with relative ease.

8, 11, and 14 frames per second (vertical Boost grip needed to achieve higher frame rates) in high burst mode for when you want to shoot sports, a dog running, or if you want to make a flick book.

Very fast buffer speed for those spray and pray moments.

4k video filming at a 100Mbps bitrate in which you’re also able to apply Fuji’s Film Simulation modes on the go. You can get a clean HDMI output as well F-Log for colour grading and the like.

The camera is made in Japan, giving it a robust and solid build.

Weather sealed for when you want to shoot outdoors in England.

Built-in WIFI.

 

Cons

To unlock the full potential of the camera, you have to purchase Fujifilm’s additional battery grip which comes in at a costly £299. Unlike the camera itself, the grip is made in China; while that’s not a bad thing, you do notice the difference in build quality when it’s attached to the body, but it does the trick and give you an extra 2 batteries.

Fujifilm X-T2
But without one, you’re slightly limited in certain areas. The Boost mode that comes with the grip enables you to shoot longer in 4k before shutting off (to 30 minutes straight, up from 10 on the body alone), and access higher frames per second shooting, along with reducing shooting intervals and generally speeding up the camera.

No touchscreen for those who use it. I never had it on my old camera, but I can certainly see how useful a touchscreen would be for changing autofocus points during shooting or filming.

It eats batteries, but that’s a given seeing that its a mirrorless camera.

No in-body image stabilization. Unlike other mirrorless cameras, the Fujifilm X-T2 relies on image stabilization from their line of lenses.

Lack of cheaper lens options, but that’s more a Fujifilm con than for this specific camera.

Fujifilm X-T2

 

 

Images

Below are a few shots I’ve taken with the Fujifilm X-T2 with the 18-55 kit lens

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Final Word

This camera has made me want to go out and take pictures of everything. I’d always bring my old DSLR with me everywhere I went, but the weight, size, and constant fannying about and chimping the screen to see if everything came out okay (I’m not a professional by any means) would mean wasted moments. The Fujifilm X-T2 is small (even with the vertical Boost grip), light, sturdy as balls, and what you see on live view or through the electronic viewfinder is what you get, not to mention having those lovely Fuji image colours on tap.

 

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A mirrorless look on life

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