TEST: in the new X-Pro2 have everything has become faster than its predecessor, thanks to new technique on the inside. Even the exterior has been improved, and a lot of X-Pro2 is really good.
As so many times before, we see that it is difficult to pick up for very new technology at the same time. It was exactly what we saw in the Fujifilm X-Pro1 from 2012, with unique features in an exciting retro-inspired skins.
The speed, or lack of it, was the biggest problem in X-Pro1. And to you who have been waiting for X-Pro2, I can say that you can be quiet – there is a marked difference between X-Pro1 and Pro2.
In X-Pro2 we find now a new sensor at 24 Megapixels, an upgrade with 50 per cent more than in X-Pro1. Also the ISO range is f rbättrats one step further with the possibility of fotogafera up to 51200 ISO (even in raw form).
The fact is that there is much to say about X-Pro2, because it is so funktionsfylld. In this test, I will take up the most important parts.
Design wise, there are differences to its predecessor, although the Foundation remains the same. The grip is slightly improved than that of X-Pro1, and more comfortable to hold. My first experience of X-Pro1 was mostly that it felt like a big box, which now feels better.
Key terms also feels the set of features and buttons are well-thought-out, although there are a few misses here. First of all, Fujifilm now chosen to give the photographer more control over the camera, and through that you can kustomisera up to six buttons with a selection of features, something that certainly is welcome.
There are otherwise two news and, secondly, the possibility to select the focus point via a joystick, which you can also press to return to the middle. Spontaneously, it feels very useful for those who use manual adjustment of focus point. You can also set the number of points to 77 (from 273) so you can quickly move towards the edges of the focus point – the in-between disappears then.
The other news is that you can adjust the ISO setting directly on the top of the camera, via the integrated shutter speed and ISO-slider. It just keeps up the ring and replace the ISO value. The advantage is that you have a physical switch, and to directly see the setting, something that increases the feeling of how this camera used.
On the other hand, those who love to use focus on an AF-ON button with thumb to be disappointed. On the back there is no button that is located at a suitable distance for the thumb, unfortunately. Feature set, such as the AE-L button, but it doesn’t feel good at all.
Also the selector wheel for your thumb on the back is too far in, it should stand out more. This helps it become a little fiddly to make adjustments for this, and worse, pushing it (for example, to get the digital split image or fokusaccentuering which is the default setting).
So, when we come to it as everyone waited for: how fast is actually X-Pro2? Actually, we don’t need to compare to X-Pro1, for against, the difference is huge. If we compare against today’s new cameras in the same category as are the same class.
If we look closer at the autofocus so I see it as a reasonably fast and safe, although there are some situations in low light when it has a bit more difficult to quickly find the right (even if it finally puts the focus). It is not lightning fast, but still really good.
To help you with X-Pro2 ‘s hybrid focus 273 AF points, of which 169 are fasdetekterande and covers around 40% of the sensor surface – which is also the explanation for the improvement. In X-Pro1 had only 49 kontrastdetekterande AF points available.
Burst shooting has been increased up to 8 frames per second, and here Fujifilm also worked well with reducing blackout-times at the series of Imaging. It is therefore no problem to follow objects with the camera (which, of course, still go with the analogue viewfinder), and also no problem to use the focus-tracking on the item that you want the camera to follow with autofocus.
Really good actually!
In burst shooting can handle X-Pro2 to take around 30 images in raw form in 8 frames per second before the buffer is filled. Another good thing is the ability to have two memory card slots, which according to Fujifilm many Pro users hoped for.
With the option to set the mechanical or digital shutter, the camera can also be quieter, which is ideal if you are shooting in the streets.
Over the law have Fujifilm has succeeded very well with that drive up the speed of X-Pro2. Honestly, it’s like this you’d wanted to X-Pro1 had been from the beginning. The camera feels fast to use, fast to work with, and there is no hint of lag or sega waiting periods sometimes experienced with X-Pro1.
Innovative viewfinder design
By Sight Seeker is probably the most awesome with X-Pro2, and perhaps also why many choose this particular camera in front of the other. The principle is the same as that of X-Pro1.
Here you can choose if you want to have an analog or digital image, by using the slider on the front side. The analog version is thus reality through a lens, with a digital deliberation that displays information about the various settings. The advantage here is that you actually see everything as usual, while the disadvantage is that you can’t always see exactly how the final image will be, because it is not looking directly through the lens, as shown by parallaxkorrigeringen, that is a box that shows the correct utstnitt. Now is also a good feature that displays slicers for different focal lengths in advance, before you replace the lens. Smart!
By the slider on the front side, you can also pop up a small digital screen in the lower right corner above the analog picture. The screen can be used for example to see the focus of the selected item, and make sure that everything is correct, something that is otherwise impossible to see.
The digital viewfinder is quite good, with good image and a resolution of 2.36 million pixels, against its predecessor X-Pro1 ‘s 1.44 million pixels. The refresh rate is 85 FPS, which eliminates the flicker in the image. In short, it works just fine, as the eye sensor that turns on and off. Anyone who wants to use the viewfinder but want the digital to see exactly how the picture gets, will not be disappointed.
This feels a bit like the Fujifilm thing, and they have done it really well. Along with the speed of the camera, there are now all the possibilities to get a good experience during their photography.
The screen on the back of three inches has a resolution of 1.62 million pixels. There is nothing extravagant, but the image is good, and gives a clear view outside.
However, it feels as if Fujifilm not really invested in full on video. Video features are fairly basic, where you can adjust the aperture and shutter and manual focus, but not much more. The ISO value is fixed to what you had when you first started recording, but on the other hand is not the slider (or exponeringskompensations-slider either, which allows a part when you turn it) accessible for adjustment during filming, then it’s easy to shake the camera.
Video is recorded in full-HD 1080 p 60/50/25/24 fps in h.264 in 36 megabits, and is limited to 14 minutes because of the file system.
Even the Interior has received a slight improvement. The menu system has been updated and become something more modern, while Fujifilm now sorted all the parts around six different basis, which makes it easier to find. Well done – the same goes for the menu item to set the function buttons where you see a layout of the camera, which considerably simplifies the customization of buttons and their functions.
Generally, there are quite a few exciting settings to make the Fujifilm X-Pro2, and it is exactly these adjustments that make you feel that the camera follows your pipe and do as you say. It has Fujifilm has succeeded in really good to have you as a photographer to feel that you can manipulate the camera, but on the other hand, the meaning of all choices are not entirely obvious.
Fujifilm has also taken the opportunity to throw in the wifi in X-Pro2, which can be used to take pictures or upload photos directly to your smartphone via Fujifilm’s app.
Fun – and useful – is also the Fujifilm video modes to simulate the look of old analog movies. X-Pro2 have been equipped with nine different settings for the video’s appearance, including the new Acros gives a fine black and white image appearance. Fun to use, and with really good results.
For those who like to roar down their images is now also the possibility to add extra noise to their photos. The function is as a filter to enable, but unfortunately, I am not so keen on this, although I like the noise, for example, in black and white images.
The reason is that the noise looks all for computer generated, they had instead taken a» real «noise appearance and added it had seen much prettier. Now I stick to high ISO sensitivity to get the ROAR neat instead.
Fujifilm X-Pro2 keeps very high image quality according to our tests. JPEG images are very crisp and high quality, and is in the class with Nikon cameras when it comes to dynamic range. The fact is that X-Pro2 have better dynamic range than the best APS-C sensors, especially at high sensitivity. This also contributes to the highest image quality rating so far for an APS-C sensor.
When we look closer at the video files from X-Pro2 we see that Fujifilm have improved, and now gives the video quality that we have seen in other manufacturers – the films are really sharp, looks good, and is on a par with what you would expect.
When Fujifilm celebrates five years with their X-series fits the to release X-Pro2. Good timing and good thoughtful improvements, especially as many other manufacturers release their flagship.
And they do it really well. It is noticeable that they listened to the kind of photographers who work with a camera like this. The improvements are numerous, and the picture quality (as it is for many) is really good.
Fujifilm has done well with its X-T1, which many find work as an alternative to the larger and heavier digitalkamerasystemen, and it can also be made with X-Pro2. Technology has finally caught up with the innovation and become useful for real.
For those who often take their pictures at the thick of street corners, there are many contributing elements of X-Pro2 appreciated: the viewfinder is, of course, the most direct, but also how to set up and use the camera adds to the experience.
Design for us back to the manual time era, and only in this manner, the photographer a special connection to their work tools. Just such a thing that you can connect a physical wire triggers to trigger – everything for the sake of the fading.