A Fujifilm manager has revealed that the Japanese company is not working on a full frame camera, nor at the X-Pro1 successor, as the X-Trans shooter still has a long life ahead.
It is the season of interviews for Japanese camera makers. First, it was Canon’s turn to “leak” some of its future plans in a Q&A session with DC Watch. An EOS M2 with a built-in electronic viewfinder might be released in the second half of 2014, said Masaya Maeda.
Furthermore, a Panasonic director has confirmed that Micro Four Thirds adopters will have the chance of purchasing a 4K video recording camera during the first half of next year.
The interview has taken place only a day after the Canon interview and it practically confirms that the rumor mill has been right all along – the GH 4K / GH4 is real and it is on its way.
As digital imaging fans cannot have enough of these interviews, it is time for another one. It has been granted by Fujifilm Product Manager Hiroshi Kawahara and it mostly tells us what the company will not do, rather than what it will provide in 2014.
Fujifilm X-Pro2 is not coming to the market anytime soon
According to Mr. Kawahara, the Fujifilm X-Pro1 replacement is not real for the time being. The company does not have any plans to launch the X-Pro2, as the current X-mount flagship camera will be improved by the way of firmware updates.
The X-Pro1 has received a fair share of upgrades, but it does not seem like they are going to end here. This means that the Fujifilm X-Pro2 rumors are not true and that photographers will have to be content with the current model.
No full frame camera as it would upset current X-mount owners
Moreover, the alleged Fujifilm full frame camera is not real either. There have been several talks regarding such a device over the past few months. However, Hiroshi Kawahara has debunked these myths due to several reasons.
The company is committed to the X-mount line-up therefore it would not make sense to start from scratch with a new series. XF and XC lenses would not support a shooter with an FF sensor, while current owners would not be too happy about the launch of this camera.
Fuji cameras with higher-than-16-megapixel sensors are being considered
A positive thing is that Fuji is considering other products for the future. It seems like the X-series adopters want cameras with a higher count of megapixels. The X-Trans 16-megapixel models have received mostly positive reviews, but it is hard to call yourself the best when your competition is launching 36-megapixel cameras.
Additionally, XC lenses will be built with affordability in mind. At this point, it is technologically impossible to launch an XC optic with a bright aperture and keep the costs down. It is a great challenge which cannot be solved easily, so fast aperture lenses will continue to be expensive.
There will be some disappointed Fujifilm fans, but everything will work out for the best and they have to be patient as good things come for those who wait. Stick with us, more details are on their way!