Fujifilm X-Pro2: The versatile mirrorless
The X-Pro2 is a high-end mirrorless camera, a much awaited successor to the X-Pro1, Fujifilm’s first mirrorless camera, launched in 2012.
The X-Pro2 retains the compact yet chunky retro design of its predecessor, in a magnesium chassis. There are physical shutter speed and exposure control dials, and the camera is now dust-, splash- and freeze-proof as well. There are dual SD card slots too, which make more storage space available.
It is, however, slightly larger than its predecessor and about 45g heavier, owing to the enhanced hardware that now sits in the chassis.
The highlight remains the viewfinder. One button lets you switch instantly between the optical viewfinder (OVF) and electronic viewfinder (EVF) display. Many users prefer to use OVF to frame and capture photographs: It’s a more conventional option than looking at the subject and the world around on a small (screen) display.
The X-Pro2 packs in a 24-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor; its predecessor had a 16-megapixel sensor. There are more focus points too—273, compared with 49 earlier, and Auto ISO to extend up to 12,800, against 6,400 earlier. The X-Processor Pro engine can now process images much faster too. The shutter lag is less, and the X-Pro2 focuses quickly on the subject.
In most photographs, you will find that the focus is on natural colours rather than forceful image processing to potentially make colours look unnaturally rich. Multiple modes can simulate the photography experience of classic films from an earlier era. These add different styles of contrast, colour tone, monochrome and even grain effect to images, creating an old-world charm. All in all, be it the standard mode or the more advanced tweaks that more professional users may apply, the colour temperatures are accurate.
The sensor is able to capture photographs at higher ISO settings with minimal noise, and seems to have been well worth the wait. Overall, we were impressed by the crispness and detailing in the photographs. Of course, there will be limitations in terms of low-light performance compared with a DSLR since the mirrorless has a slightly smaller sensor size, but the X-Pro2 compensates well enough.
But is there space in the market for two Fujifilm cameras in the same price bracket, the X-Pro2 and XT-2 (Rs1,39,999)? Both work largely in the same way, with the same lens options, and both are very precise in performance.
It is also hard to ignore Sony’s Alpha range of mirrorless cameras, which come with distinct advantages—extremely fast focus, great photographs, and an appreciably wide range of lenses to choose from.
So while there is no doubt that the X-Pro2 is an excellent and versatile camera, it isn’t the “pro” camera its name may suggest.