If you’re even just a little into photography, you’ve surely heard of Fujifilm, purveyors of some of the best Photographic Film available, and a favourite amongst pros and amateurs alike. While they were pioneers in the Film Photography days, Fuji were in danger of sinking into obscurity in modern times due to the digitalisation of the art of photography. At that point, they had to make a tough choice…well…. they made the right one and chose to innovate rather than stagnate.
They changed their entire business model, and made a successful comeback just a few years ago. Since then they’ve been making quite an impact in the camera world (again!) with their retro-styled X-series cameras and lenses. One of the most anticipated cameras recently, is the successor to the hugely popular X-Pro 1, which was the first affordable digital rangefinder style camera on the consumer market. Ladies and Gentlemen, feast your eyes on the X-Pro2.
The soon to be released X-Pro 2 is a huge step up feature-wise from its predecessor, but is still retro through and through, as most improvements are beneath the hood:
Some of these new X-Pro2 features are:
• 24MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor (APS-C)
• 273 Autofocus points (77 of which PDAF)
• 2.36M-dot OLED/Optical hybrid viewfinder with pop-up picture-in-picture tab
• (Auto)ISO 200-12800, expandable to 100-51200 with Raw shooting at all settings
• 1/8000 sec maximum shutter speed and 1/250 sec flash sync
• Acros black and white film simulation
• Grain Effect option for JPEGs
• 1080/60p movies
And Finally, Dual SD Card Slots, which a lot of photographers had asked for (thank you, Fuji, thank you, thank you for listening to your customers).
The X-Pro2 improves pretty much everything fans of the predecessor were asking for, but still maintains that beautiful classic retro style look, which made the X-Pro1 a huge hit.
Looks aside, the main star of this iteration is the new sensor, however, which Fuji claims will deliver image quality that is on par with, and can even surpass most APS-C DSLRs and even some Full-Frame ones, thanks to a type of colour filter array with no optical low-pass filter for delivering sharper, higher resolution images.
For some official Sample Images, click HERE
The ergonomics have also been improved, thanks to a deeper grip handle for the right hand, as well as easily accessible buttons, including a joystick on the back to navigate the much improved menu system.
This camera is already making waves in the Photo-community and is getting rave early reviews.
A new Sensor, a complete overhaul without sacrificing the “feel” of the camera, and all the right usability tweaks here and there assure that when you’re holding the camera, it really feels like a premium imaging machine in your hands.
It is sure to be a big hit this year, and I, for one, can’t wait to get my hands on a final production unit, and play around with it for a whole day later this month at the CP+ Camera and imaging technology show in the beautiful port city of Yokohama, Japan.
Till then, happy shooting!