Meet Fujifilm’s impressive new X-T2 4K mirrorless camera: 24 megapixel stills and ultra HD video
Stephan Jukic – July 6, 2016
Fujifilm’s brand new X-T2 4K mirrorless compact camera looks a lot like a DSLR but this powerful new successor to the X-T1 from early 2014 is indeed a mirrorless APS-C model and it comes with some robust new improvements over its previous version. The manufacturer has now announced the impending availability of this interesting and rather high-performance new shooter.
For those of you who may be familiar with or own the previous X-T1 camera from Fujifilm, the new X-T2 comes with some marked improvements, which include autofocus improvements, new film simulations, and expansions to video recording capacity that include 4K video ability. In effect, the X-T2 successor to the X-T1 goes well beyond the firmware updates that made the original camera only get better with time and now also includes a robust serious of hardware augmentations.
With these, the X-T2 comes with a new 24 megapixel sensor, the capacity to shoot 4K video at decent frame rates and an electronic viewfinder that is thoroughly powerful. The new X-T2 will be retailing for $1,599.99 for a body-only model and a full kit configuration with 18-55mm lens included will retail for a rather hefty but possibly worthwhile #1,899.95.
Here are some more details on the sorts of refinements and specs you can expect for this sort of price tag.
For starters, the new camera pulls off the cool trick of coming with more power and more features while also losing weight of the original X-T1 models design. Thus, the new shooter comes with a powerful 24.3 megapixel X-Trans CMOS III sensor of robust Fujifilm pro cameras like the X-Pro 2. This means 8 more megapixels than the X-T1 and those extra megapixels definitely count for a lot of new details and quality to still photos with the new model.
Additionally, the X-T2 can handle 4K video recording at frame rates of 24fps, 25fps or 30fps depending on shooting details like bitrate. On the other hand there are some limitations to this shooter’s 4K recording chops: Most importantly among them, 4K footage can only be shot for about 10 minutes and this puts this camera well behind similarly priced rival 4K mirrorless cameras from Panasonic, Sony and others like Samsung even.
In other words, the more serious reasons for buying this new camera lie more in its photographic capabilities, although the X-T2 can also handle a much longer recording run of Full HD video at up to 60fps.
In terms of said photographic chops, the X-T2 offers a maximum native ISO of 12,800, a 1/8000 manual shutter speed with a 1/32000 sped for the electronic shutter and there is also a focus joystick included which makes selecting a focus point in a photo frame so much easier than what we’ve seen in some of the clumsier focus selection system of cameras like the a6300 4K mirrorless from Sony –an otherwise excellent 4K shooter with one notoriously cumbersome focus selection system.
And speaking of focus points, the X-T2 offers 325 of them for the AF and 49 of those cover the center phase detect alone.
This new shooter also includes slots for dual SD cards, comes with a 3.5 mic output and offers connectivity via USB 3.0. There’s also a 3 inch LCD rear photo and video display as well as a continuous shooting speed capacity of 8fps. This camera also comes with an accessory battery grip with space for two extra batteries and which ups the continuous shooting speed to 11fps. Naturally enough, the X-T2 also comes with built-in WiFi.
Fujifilm is releasing the new X-T2 compact camera to the retail market as of September.
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