The world of mirrorless cameras just became even more exciting with the announcement of the Fuji X-T2, which to the surprise of many features some very nice video features that would go a long way with the video crowds. With more than 2 months to Photokina, Fuji fired shots at the competition earlier today with their newest Fuji X-T2 APS-C beast, which features a 24 megapixel sensor, some delicious 4K (okay UHD) video up to 30p (yeah, it’s not 60p, but at least it’s there), 1080p/60 and flat F-Log gamma options in additions to some other interesting feature such as a Dual UHS-II SD card slots and advanced autofocus functions.
Fuji X-T2 Highlights
- 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III Sensor
- X-Processor Pro Engine
- 0.77x 2.36m-Dot OLED Viewfinder
- 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot 3-Way Tilting LCD Screen
- Internal UHD 4K Video up to 30p & F-Log Gamma
- 1080p/60 slow-motion
- 8bit 4:2:2 HDMI Output – clean for external recorders
- Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
- 325-Point Intelligent Hybrid AF System
- Up to 8 fps Shooting and ISO 51,200
- Weather-Sealed Body; Two UHS-II SD Slots
- Film Simulation and Grain Effect Modes
I am not going to go into the photography oriented features, which of course are way more important to photographers, but there are plenty of reviews already by established photographers, you can google them and learn all about the 14 fps, and the Intelligent AF system with 325 points for more accurate fast tracking of subjects.
We’re more interested in the video side of things here; hence why Fuji have kindly provided some video samples demonstrating the various built-in Picture Profiles based on film emulsions and a behind the scene look at a video shot with the Fuji X-T2.
A nice 4K postcard by Emmanuel Pampuri:
Behind the scenes:
With the dual UHS-II slots the camera becomes an interesting proposition for video. It will be also interesting to see if the camera would overheat in 4K, as some mirrorless cameras like the Sony A6300, and the A7sII and A7rII used to before the remedial firmware. Video users will also appreciate the 3-way articulating back LCD screen, which will come handy in low-angle shots for example.
Frame rates and resolutions:
|Video Recording||Yes, NTSC/PAL|
|Resolution||3840 x 2160: 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
1280 x 720: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
3840 x 2160p (100 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p (100 Mbps)
1280 x 720p (50 Mbps)
Internal recording seems to be the old fashioned H.264 8bit 420 at 100 Mbps in UHD, and 50 Mbps 8bit 420 in 1080p. Not ideal, and further testing is required to see if its any good. From the marketing samples you can’t really tell.
First Look by B&H:
First Look by Adorama:
The not so good idea with the X-T2 is according to the specs, there is no headphone jack on the body of the camera, but instead they will make you buy a Vertical Grip, which gives you a 3.5mm jack for headphones?! Adding any important (non battery) features on an add-on accessory is a recipe for disaster in my book as it went so well with the GH4 and the stupid YAGH extension box, which never went anywhere as it required its own power??? The XT2 vertical grip here thankfully does not require external power, but a 3.5mm headphone jack in the grip?? Come, on….
All and all on paper, this seems like a serious contender to dare I say *and infuriate Sony fanboys – a6300. Or maybe I should go further – R.I.P a6300? Who’s with me?
The XT2 will be available sometime in September and you can pre-order from the authorised reseller links below and help us keep our awesome blog alive by earning a small commission at no additional cost to you.
- Fuji XT-2 Body Only – $1,599 (B&H Photo/Video; Adorama)
- Fuji XT-2 with 18-55 lens – $1,899 (B&H Photo/Video; Adorama)
- Fujifilm VPB-XT2 Vertical Power Booster Grip – $329 (B&H Photo/Video)
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