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Fujifilm Unveils the X-Pro2 Mirrorless Camera

Posted 19/01/2016 at 3:09 PM

Four years ago, Fujifilm introduced the X-Pro1 to the delight of mirrorless camera enthusiasts. Now, they have unveiled the X-Pro2 which is a major upgrade from its predecessor. Indeed, the X-Pro2 takes the term “flagship” to a higher level.


Main Features of the Fujifilm X-Pro2 Mirrorless Camera


The Fujifilm X-Pro2 Mirrorless Camera provides a multiple of upgrades from its predecessor, the X-Pro1. With its 24.3 MP X-Trans CMOS III Sensor working with a high-performance X Processor Pro image processor, it is capable of capturing stills of up to 6000 x 4000 resolution as well as Full HD video 1080p recording at 60 fps. Speaking of video, this Fujifilm camera also boasts of an ACROS Film Simulation Mode for better video texture.

It is also the first camera with an Advanced Hybrid Multi Viewfinder which includes an Electronic Rangefinder Mode. Speed is the name of the game for the X-Pro 2 as it has a top shutter speed of 1/800 seconds and quick flash sync of up to 1/250 seconds. You can also take advantage of its fastest autofocus of 0.06 seconds and combine it with the 7 x 7 Phase Detection AF Area. Camera functions and image preview can also be seen through the 3-inch, 1.62 million-dot rear LCD. Running out of file storage space is no problem too thanks to its Dual SD Card slots.


Other Features of the Fujifilm X-Pro2 Mirrorless Camera

The Advanced Hybrid Multi Viewfinder features a direct optical viewfinder and a 2.36-million-dot electronic viewfinder to preview settings. Speaking of the EVF, its speed has been increased to a maximum of 85fps while blackout time after release has also been reduced to 150ms. These improvements reduce image delay that usually comes when tracking a moving subject.

For a quick glance on a few details such as white balance, exposure and angle-of-view, you can make use of the Electronic Rangefinder. The X-Pro2 also has a Multi-Magnification function that automatically switches viewfinder magnification according to the lens in use. Likewise, this camera is capable of shooting time-lapse sequences from one second to 24 hours for up to 999 frames. You can also control the camera via the Fujifilm Camera Remote app which is available for iOS and Android devices.


Just like the cameras of old, the ISO sensitivity dial is now in the shutter speed dial which makes it easier to confirm the camera’s settings turning the device on. A command dial position which expands the range to ±5EV has also been added to the exposure compensation dial. There is also a center-weighted metering for optical viewfinding and a focus lever for quick focus point selection.

Approximately 40% of the imaging area is now covered by fast, precise phase detection AF pixels, which improves focusing speeds especially when photographing moving subjects. With the help of the new X Processor Pro, this camera has a contrast AF readout speed that is twice as fast as the previous X-Series cameras. Shooting up to 8 fps is also made possible by improvements in AF algorithm and phase detection AF accuracy.

The body of the Fujifilm X-Pro2 Mirrorless Camera is created from rigid magnesium alloy and is sealed in about 61 places to protect it from splash and dust away. It will also continue to work well in temperatures as low as -10°C. The aesthetics of which is also improved by a semi-gloss finish for a luxurious touch.


Availability, Pricing and Compatible Products with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 Mirrorless Camera

The Fujifilm X-Pro2 will be available by February 2016 although there is no definite pricing yet. You can also purchase the MHG-XPRO2 Hand Grip which reduces camera shake especially when using heavier large aperture lenses. The grip need not be removed when using a tripod and it enables users to swap batteries and SD cards easily. Also, you can purchase the BLC-XPRO2 Leather Case for additional protection. This case comes with a cloth that wraps the entire camera when it is stored in a bag.

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