Review: Fujifilm X-T2
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The design of the flagship mirrorless camera from Fujifilm remains largely the same as its predecessor, the X-T1—the X-T2 (Rs1,39,999 (with 18-55mm lens) retains the retro touch too, though the newer hardware it packs in has ensured it’s grown marginally in size.
The thicker grip means it is still a breeze to hold. On the top are dials for ISO, shutter speed and exposure compensation settings. Next to the 3-inch display (this is not a touch-screen though, mind you) is an auto-focus-point control joystick which can be used for shifting the auto-focus point. The magnesium body is weather-sealed, to protect it against rain and dust.
It may not be a looker when compared with the clean design lines of the Alpha range from Sony or the Olympus OM-D E-M10 II, but the X-T2 comes with a 24-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III sensor which takes advantage of the X-Processor Pro image-processing engine. This is a significant upgrade, and not just in terms of megapixel numbers—its predecessor was 16-megapixel. In all, 325 auto-focus points are available. The new image processor and the updated algorithms that work in the background are designed for faster sensor readings, which means that the overall photography performance is quicker.
You’ll get used to the X-T2 in a jiffy. Most of the photographs are very impressive under a variety of lighting conditions. Be it bright outdoors or indoors lighting, or even low light, the details were good and the dynamic range in terms of the brightest and darkest areas of any photograph turned out to be genuinely impressive all through. You may not need to edit most photographs.
Shooting speeds have become faster overall, and object tracking is significantly better and more accurate, making this more apt for a variety of shooting scenarios in which DSLRs have ruled. The only area where photography performance fell a little short is with the mix of natural and artificial lighting—exposures as well as detailing suffered.
The X-T2 also has film modes, taking advantage of Fujifilm’s years of expertise in making photographic films—there are options such as Provia (standard), Velvia (this makes photographs more vivid) and monochrome, to name a few.
The Fujifilm X-T2 is a mirrorless camera that sits right in the middle of DSLR territory. It’s more than just a lightly updated successor to the X-T1, and has tried to stay up to date. The weather-sealed body, the dial controls, the crisp display are just some of the things that the superb performance builds on. As with any cropped sensor, however, there will be some noise or exposure issues when lighting isn’t ideal.