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Fujifilm’s X-series gains a new flagship – meet the new X-T2

By Marcus Wong - on 8 Jul 2016, 1:26pm

Fujifilm’s X-series gains a new flagship – meet the new X-T2

 

Fuji fans have been eagerly looking forward to the successor of the X-T1 for quite a while now, and it certainly seems as though the wait has not been in vain, as the company has just announced that the X-T2 will be released on September 8, 2016.

As with the X-Pro 2, the X-T2 will get a brand new 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor and the latest X-Processor Pro with increased memory and computing power, making for a very speedy camera. The X-T2 is said to have a start-up time of approximately 0.3s, continuous shooting of up to 14fps when using the electronic shutter, and the ability to acquire focus in just 0.06s. 

The shutter interval is now just 0.17s, and shutter release time lag is just 0.0045s. For high speed action, the X-T2’s EVF now has a boost mode that ups the refresh rate from 60fps to 100fps. Improved parallel processing also means that 5fps continuous shooting is possible in Live View mode, so you can more easily track a moving subject.

More focus points and a larger phase detection area should make for much faster focusing.

Like the X-Pro2, the X-T2 gains a new Focus Lever to allow for easier selection of focus points, and the number of focus points has increased to 325, with the phase detection area expanded by approximately 230% (91 points compared to 49 in the original). Contrast detection AF has also gained a performance, with the ability to focus accurately in light levels as low as -3EV.

New options allow you to fine tune focus to best meet your needs.

Meanwhile, Fujifilm has also improved the AF-C capabilities of the X-T2, with options for you to fine tune how the camera reacts to various situations. Adjust Tracking Sensitivity to fine tune how readily the camera switches subjects when the original object being tracked disappears from the frame. Meanwhile, changing the Speed Tracking Sensitivity setting will affect how much the camera takes speed changes into account when tracking a subject. 

Finally, Zone Area Switching allows you to specify which part of the focusing zone should be given priority. Five presets have already been created in-camera for you to cover a wide variety of situations, but you can always create your own preset to best suit your needs. 

The X-T2 looks set for tackling greater video demands than before.

All of these AF improvements will also carry over to the X-T2’s video recording performance, and the X-T2 is the first Fujifilm camera to offer 4K video recording. It will also have the ability to provide simultaneous output via HDMI so you can hook an external monitor or recorder. All of the film simulation modes available for stills can also be applied to video, so you can bring the Fujifilm “look” into all your video productions. 

The X-T2 retains the old design, but adds some nice touches.

The X-T2 retains the same design as the X-T1 before it, but at 132.5x91.8 x 49.2 mm is slightly taller and wider. It also weighs a bit more at 457g (body only, without battery and memory card), but gains dual SD card slots, a wider grip, and locking mechanisms for the SD card cover and the battery cover. There’s also a brand new three-direction tilting LCD screen which can tilt up and down when shooting in landscape, and upward when shooting in portrait. The 3.0” LCD has 1.04 million dots and uses toughened glass to keep up with the durable, weather-sealed body. 

The worldwide release date for the Fujifilm X-T2 has been set for Thursday, September 8, 2016, but pricing and local availability has yet to be announced.

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