Fujifilm has finally announced the X-T2 camera, while updating its X-mount lens roadmap and confirming the release date of the EF-X500 flash.
This has been one of the busiest years ever for Fujifilm. The Japan-based company has introduced a lot of products since the start of the year. However, there is always room for more, as we say at Camyx, and the X-T2 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera is officially here.
In addition to this MILC, the company has also confirmed the launch date of the EF-X500 hot-shoe flash, announced a firmware update for the X-Pro2 flagship camera, and revealed an updated lens roadmap.
Fujifilm unveils X-T2 mirrorless camera with 4K video recording capabilities
The new Fujifilm X-T2 is packing plenty of improvements in order to make it worth upgrading from the X-T1. First of all, there is the sensor and processor combination used in the X-Pro2, which consists of the 24.3-megapixel APS-C-sized X-Trans CMOS III sensor, which does not have an optical low-pass filter, and X-Processor Pro engine.
This duo will allow the mirrorless camera to capture high-quality photos and 4K videos, while enabling high-speed autofocusing. Speaking of which, the new AF system has 325 focus points, that will ensure that the X-T2 focuses quickly in all sorts of lighting conditions.
Fuji says that the AF-C performance has also been improved and users will love how precise the subject-tracking feature is. The manufacturer has put a lot of effort into providing more speed and accuracy in general, as the X-T2 will be a great tool for wildlife and sports photographers.
Another reason why this is important is because the new MILC is described as a splash-resistant device. Just like its durable predecessor, will be resistant to -10 degrees Celsius temperatures, dust, moisture, water splashes, and more external factors.
New battery grip will make the Fujifilm X-T2 tougher, better, and faster
Fujifilm will release a special grip for the camera. It is referred to as the Vertical Power Booster Grip, that is also rugged. It has two batteries, thus taking the total to three batteries.
This way, the camera will be able to capture 1,000 photos on a single charge or 4K videos for 30 minutes, up from 10 minutes. Shutter lag is reduced, too, along with the blackout time. Moreover, the 8fps continuous shooting mode will be able to go up to 11fps.
An OLED electronic viewfinder with a 2.36-million-dot resolution is available to the users with a refresh rate of 60fps, which can go up to 100fps when the booster grip is attached. Photographers can also use the 3-inch 1.04-million-dot tilting LCD to frame their shots. In Live View mode, the continuous shooting mode is limited to 5fps.
It used to be a big deal in a camera, but now WiFi is a “must “add feature. It is present in the Fujifilm X-T2, too, and everybody is hoping that no future cameras will come without it, as wireless file transferring and remote controlling are always welcomed.
Release date and price details are also official
The specifications list continues with a native ISO range of 200-6400, which can be extended between 100 and 25600. There is an Auto setting, that includes a High ISO 51200 option, and will be useful in low-light conditions.
Fujifilm X-T2 offers a couple of command dials along with six customizable Fn buttons. Software-wise, the shooter provides time-lapse photography option, Lens Modulation Optimizer, multiple filters, effects and film effects, and an in-camera RAW converter.
A faster mechanical shutter of 1/8000s has been added, too, while the electronic shutter returns to offer a 1/32000s shutter speed. When it comes to connectivity, users are getting microphone, USB 3.0, and microHDMI ports.
Fuji’s weathersealed device has a dual SD card slots with UHS II compatibility. The camera measures 133 x 92 x 49 mm and weighs 507 grams with the battery and SD card included. It will be released this September for a price of $1,599.
New firmware for X-Pro2, EF-X500 flash availability info, and updated X-mount lens roadmap
The Japanese company will release a new firmware update for the X-Pro2 in October. The firmware will deliver better parallax correction for the hybrid viewfinder when making use of the optical viewfinder.
Additionally, it provides support for the EF-X500 flash. This accessory was revealed earlier in 2016, but the manufacturer delayed confirming its availability details. Anyway, the flash is coming this September for about $449.
X-mount photographers were waiting for this for a while now. Fuji has finally updated its lens roadmap by adding three new optics, whilst removing one. The additions consist of the 23mm f/2 R WR and 50mm f/2 R WR, which will be compact and lightweight lenses, just like the already-available 35mm f/2 R WR.
The other novelty is the 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro. This one replaces the 120mm f/2.8 R Macro, just like the rumor mill said in the past. The decision to make this substitution was made in order to meet the demands of the market, as customers want smaller, light lenses, says the company.
Fujifilm will release the 23mm f/2 R WR wide-angle prime by the end of 2016. Both the 50mm and 80mm will become available sometime next year.
It will be worth seeing if customers will agree with Fuji’s choice, as the X-mount line-up was already trailing behind in the telephoto department. Let us know what do you think about the company’s newest announcements in the comments section below.