Fujifilm X-T2 The Mirrorless Camera
The FujifilmX-T2 is a compact system camera, designed to sit beside the X-Pro2. It boasts of a 24.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS sensor, which is APS-C size. It also comprises of an array of highly developed features that make it appealing to both high-end fans and full-time specialists. Those include improved AF, 4K video recording, stability and an optional battery grip that can enhance performance.
Fuji’s cameras will appeal to diverse people. The X-T2 sports a chunkier, more conventional DSLR shape, compared to the flatter, rangefinder style of the X-Pro2. The good news for enthusiast photographers is that it has several dials and buttons, each providing quick access to a series of different settings.
There is a switch at the front of the camera to quickly flick between single AF, continuous AF, or manual focus. Besides, just below the shutter-release button, is a scrolling dial. This button is used for a variety of functions, depending on the mode in which you’re shooting.
A good number of Fujifilm’s lenses have rings to change aperture, but if you have one that doesn’t, you could use the front dial to adjust aperture.
The camera is adorned by a top plate with assorted dials that give it a great retro look. You will find an ISO dial that has a handy lock button at its center. Right beneath this, you will find a secondary dial used to change the drive mode.
On the right side of the viewfinder, there is a shutter speed dial that also has a handy lock button. Both this dial and the ISO dial can be used the camera to Automatic. Below the shutter speed dial is the secondary dial for changing the metering mode.
Lastly, sitting nicely within reach of your thumb is an exposure compensation dial. This doesn’t have a lock button, but it is stiff enough that it shouldn’t spin too easily when you don’t want it to.Most buttons on the back of the camera are on the right-hand side of the screen. This setting makes it easy to perform quick changes when using the camera up to your eye.
There is the Q button that provides access to the “quick” menu for the frequently changed settings. You can simply use the directional keys to navigate to the setting that you want to change, then use the small scrolling dial and make the changes you need. You’ll find settings here such as AF mode, white balance, film simulation mode, image size and so on.
The Fuji X-T2 comes fitted with two SD card slots. You can back up your first SD card on the second card. You can do this by setting up the camera such that one card records in RAW format files whereas the second one records in JPEG.
The Fuji X-T2 camera has both an electronic and mechanical shutter. With the electronic shutter, you can shoot at much faster shutter speeds, all the way up to 1/32000. This means that you can shoot with wide apertures even in bright sunlight, without necessarily overexposing the shot.
An optional battery grip is available for the X-T2. Not only can it store two extra batteries to offer longer shooting times, it makes shooting in portrait format all the easier because there are duplicate shooting and AF buttons on the grip for when it’s turned on its side.
The X-T2 has a large electronic viewfinder. It is bordered by rubber and has a sensor that automatically activates it should you lift the camera to the eye. The view inside is brilliant and clear, and there’s no obvious lag. The inclusion of a built-in micro HDMI port as well as 3.5 mm audio jack allows for external devices to be connected as well. As such, the X-T2 is ideally set up to produce fantastic content.
The screen is mounted on a hinge that allows it to be slanted downwards and to the side. It can’t face all the way forward, but it is, however, useful for a variety of slightly awkward angles.
The X-T2 is a great camera that can be used for different subjects, main reasons being its speed. Start-up time is great, so is shot-to-shot time, and you can flip through menus and images in playback without any evident delay.
The buffer is able to hold around 25 uncompressed RAW files before it starts to lag. If you’ve timed your subject well, that should be more than enough. Fortunately, it refreshes quickly enough if you need to go again.
You can change to High-Performance mode if you invest in the X-T2’s additional battery grip. This provides room for two extra batteries, giving you the power you need for a faster frame rate, as well as allowing you to shoot 4K footage for longer periods of time.
Images directly from the X-T2 are superb. If you shoot in RAW format, you’ll be able to revert back to a “clean” version should you need it.
For those who simply want to shoot a quick video, in the maximum quality possible, the X-T2 offers “quick 4K”. This allows you to capture footage without worrying too much about settings. You can also apply any of the film simulations to video. The video is smooth and high quality. In short, this is a good camera for getting started with 4K.
The Fujifilm X-T2 is an admirable camera that produces beautiful, high-quality images and with the battery grip(708mAh) offers greater flexibility when shooting high frame rates and 4K video. A touch-sensitive screen would have been an added advantage.