Even fewer mirrorless cameras can appeal to such a large cross-section of the population as the Fujifilm X-Pro1, which is even more impressive considering how much of a fanbase the X-Pro1 amassed.
Acceptable image quality and a steady line of well-regarded optics slowly released alongside meant that it quickly became the camera everyone else wanted to own. Its classic styling and manual controls immediately attracted experienced photographers who may have started out with similarly styled rangefinders. However, its fine image quality also made it quickly become the camera everyone wanted to own.
It is true that because it was the first model in the X-series to use interchangeable lenses, it came equipped with several peculiarities and oddities that not everyone found appealing. Its focusing mechanism, for example, wasn’t very great at recording moving subjects, and the one-of-a-kind X-Trans sensor technology proved troublesome regarding the video quality. Those are just a couple of examples.
Firmware upgrades have been released to address some of these problems; nevertheless, in the realm of camera technology, four years is a very long period, and the demand for an upgrade was quite apparent.
The X-Pro may now be seen before you. It keeps the successful formula that its predecessor had while updating the entire feature set. It looks to be both a significant advance and perhaps a camera that may win over those who were not convinced by the X-Pro1 since it comes equipped with a new sensor and processor, a new focusing mechanism, and an upgraded hybrid viewfinder.
Fujifilm X-Pro2 Video & AutoFocus
Fuji has expanded the range of video recording choices available on the X-Pro1 for the new edition. The camera does not support the 4K recording that has been standard on many other recent releases, but it is now possible to shoot full HD video at 60, 50, 30, 25, or 24 frames per second.
These can record in Full HD for up to 14 minutes and HD quality for up to 28 minutes. Additionally, a mic connector allows external microphones to be used as an alternative to the camera’s internal microphone. It is possible to generate a time-lapse film using the built-in interval timer.
The 49-point system included in the X-Pro1 has been replaced with a substantially more advanced 61-point system in this camera. There are now 77 points as the norm, which may be enlarged to 273 points when necessary. This densely saturates the center portion of the frame with AF points.
Phase-detect points now occupy 40% of the image area, which is believed to benefit the camera while focusing on a moving subject. Improvements to the predictive AF algorithm are also behind enhanced performance in the camera’s functionality area.
In addition, it is believed that the camera can achieve the fastest focus of any X-series camera, which is twice as fast as the X-Pro1 owing to improvements made to the contrast-detect readout speed of the sensor.
The manual focusing system of the X-Pro2 has also received some improvements. The focus-peaking option, introduced in the previous model, has been expanded to include a variety of color settings and peaking levels. The rangefinder-like Digital Split Image method of achieving correct focus in color and monochromatic modes have also been added.
Fujifilm X-Pro2 Build Quality
The X-Pro2 has been developed and built to a level of quality commensurate with its four-figure price tag. The body of the X-Pro2 feels just as sturdy in the hands as the original X-Pro1, which was built on a four-panel magnesium-alloy chassis.
In addition, Fuji says that the camera can be used in challenging weather conditions by installing 61 seals at various areas of potential water and dust entry as well as providing protection down to a temperature of -10 degrees.
Even when equipped with either the 18mm f/2 R or the 27mm f/2.8 XF lens, the camera can still squeeze into the pocket of a typical coat even though it is not the most miniature camera on the market. Its ergonomics show that Fuji intends for it to be paired with smaller and lighter optics, particularly prime lenses, as opposed to the likes of the XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR and XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R WR ASPH zoom lenses, which require the more substantial grip of the X-T1. This is because prime lenses have a fixed focal length, whereas zoom lenses have a variable focal length.
Walking about all day with the camera in my hand, I felt that the X-Pro2 gave a more stable hold at the price of a minor decrease in comfort. The grip on the X-Pro2 is more defined than the flatter grip on the X-Pro1, which is one reason why. That is not to indicate that it is unpleasant to use; instead, it means that the design is flatter, which may make it easier to use with various hands.
Fujifilm X-Pro2 Performance
The X-Pro 1’s focusing mechanism was possibly the subject of the most prevalent complaints, which is why Fuji made a series of firmware upgrades to solve this issue. Comparing the two devices demonstrates that Fuji has achieved substantial advancements with the new camera. This is the case even though the X-Pro1 is now operating with the latest v3.50 firmware upgrade.
Fuji’s claims of a doubling of focusing speed compared to the previous model appear to be proven by testing, even though it is impossible to determine exact focusing rates. These speeds depend highly on the lens, the subject, and other factors.
This is possibly a little behind some competitors; this is an area where current cameras have made significant advancements, but for the vast majority of scenarios, this is not a cause for concern.
Fujifilm X-Pro2 Image Quality
The Fujifilm X-Pro2 creates photographs with an exceptional level of detail and clarity. It captured noise-free JPEG photos at ISO 100 up to 6400, with only a tiny bit of noise at ISO 12800 and more noticeable noise, along with a slight color desaturation at the faster settings of ISO 25600 and 51200, which is an astounding performance for a camera with an APS-C sensor. The RAW files were also of exceptionally high quality; although they had a higher level of noise, they produced highly acceptable photos from ISO 100-12800.
Fujifilm X-Pro2 Specs
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Body material||Magnesium alloy|
|Max resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Other resolutions||3:2 (4240 x 2832, 3008 x 2000), 16:9 (6000 x 3376, 4240 x 2384, 3008 x 1688), 1:1 (4000 x 4000, 2832 x 2832, 2000 x 2000)|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||24 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm)|
|Processor||X Processor Pro|
|Color space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Color filter array||X-Trans|
|ISO||Auto, 200-12800 (expandable to 100-51200)|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||100|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||51200|
|White balance presets||7|
|Custom white balance||Yes (3 slots)|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, normal|
|File format||JPEG (Exif v2.3)Raw (14-bit RAF, lossless compressed or uncompressed)|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Number of focus points||273|
|Lens mount||Fujifilm X|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Viewfinder type||Electronic and Optical (tunnel)|
|Viewfinder magnification||0.89× (0.59× 35mm equiv.)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/8000 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed (electronic)||1/32000 sec|
|Exposure modes||Program AEShutter priorityAperture priority|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe or flash sync port)|
|Flash modes||Auto, forced flash, slow synchro, suppressed flash, rear-curtain synchro, commander)|
|Flash X sync speed||1/250 sec|
|Drive modes||SingleContinuous (hi/low)Self-timerInterval|
|Continuous drive||8.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 secs)|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25,p, 24p)|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC (Dual slots, UHS-II support in slot 1)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Remote control||Yes (Wired or via smartphone)|
|Environmentally sealed||Yes (water and dust resistent)|
|Battery description||NP-W126 lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||350|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||495 g (1.09 lb / 17.46 oz)|
|Dimensions||141 x 83 x 56 mm (5.55 x 3.27 x 2.2″)|
Fujifilm X-Pro2 Verdict
Fuji has made several substantial adjustments to the X-Pro formula to develop the X-Pro2, which is certainly something we should have expected, given the four-year gap between the two models. On the whole, the results are favorable.
Those upgrading from the X-Pro 1 will immediately notice the enhanced electronic viewfinder. The increase in resolution and overall performance helps to narrow the performance gap between this and conventional optical viewfinders.
Although Fuji is not the only company that has made these viewfinders more user-friendly than they were on earlier generations of cameras, the particular style of the viewfinder that this camera utilizes may influence individuals who are generally resistant to using viewfinders.
Fujifilm X-Pro2 Pros & Cons
- Excellent work was done on the details and colors.
- Improved viewfinder
- Much improved AF compared to prior
- Rear panel with a fixed display
- ISO dial might be difficult
- EV dial is prone to being tampered with