Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review

Fujifilm X-Pro2 review
The Fujifilm X-Pro2 is an expensive mirrorless ILC, but it justifies that expense with tremendous image quality. Fujifilm

The Bottom Line

Although it is an expensive camera, my Fujifilm X-Pro2 review shows a camera that can produce tremendous image quality, especially in low light situations. You don't often see a camera with an APS-C sized image sensor produce such good results in low light conditions, but Fujifilm has created a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (ILC) that excels in this area.

The X-Pro2 also represents a significant upgrade from its predecessor, the X-Pro1, which means that this is a camera that current X-Pro1 owners can feel good about purchasing.

The X-Pro2 offers 24.3 megapixels of resolution versus the 16MP of the previous version. And the newer camera has improved its burst mode capabilities from 6 frames per second to 8 fps.

I really liked using the X-Pro2. Not only does it create great images, but its retro look and large number of buttons and dials makes it easy to change the camera's settings to meet the needs of each photographic scene that you encounter. But you'll have to pay for those features, as the X-Pro2 has a price tag of more than $1,500 for the body only. Then you'll have to pay extra to collect interchangeable lenses that will work with this Fujifilm mirrorless camera. You can obtain a nice intermediate-level DSLR camera for that price, so you'll want to be certain the X-Pro2 will meet your photographic needs before you make this purchase. And if it will meet your needs, you'll be pleased with the results you can achieve.

 

Specifications

  • Resolution: 24.3 megapixels
  • Image sensor: APS-C size (23.6 x 15.6 mm)
  • Optical zoom: NA, uses interchangeable lenses
  • LCD: 3-inch, 1.62 million pixels
  • Battery: Rechargeable Li-Ion
  • Dimensions: 3.3 x 5.5 x 1.8 inches
  • Weight: 15.7 ounces (camera body only)
  • Movie mode: Full HD (1920 x 1080)

Pros

  • Excellent low light image quality, outperforming many other mirrorless cameras
  • Both JPEG and RAW image file formats are available
  • X-Pro2's on-screen menus are easy to use
  • Can frame photos with viewfinder or LCD screen
  • Camera has a cool retro design

Cons

  • High price tag versus other mirrorless cameras
  • Video recording features are too basic
  • No mode dial
  • No built-in flash

Image Quality

With 24.3 megapixels of resolution in an APS-C sized image sensor, the Fujifilm X-Pro2 has plenty of resolution to meet the needs of the intermediate level photographers at whom Fujifilm has aimed this model. You can make large prints with this model.

The X-Pro2 especially excels when you're shooting in low light conditions ... as long as you don't need a flash unit. There is no built-in flash with the X-Pro2; you'll have to add an external flash unit to the camera's hot shoe.

But you may not really need a flash all that often, because the X-Pro2's ISO settings work well even at high numbers. Noise (or stray pixels) really aren't a problem when you're using the high ISO settings with this Fujifilm camera until you move beyond the top ISO number of 12,800 and into the extended ISO range. (The ISO setting is a measurement of the sensitivity of the camera's image sensor to light.)

Performance

When compared to other mirrorless cameras, the performance speed for the Fujifilm X-Pro2 is well above average.

You will not notice shutter lag with this camera in the majority of shooting conditions, and shot to shot delays are less than half a second.

The biggest factor in the performance levels for the X-Pro2 is its autofocus system, which includes 273 autofocus points. This system allows the X-Pro2 to achieve sharp photos in a hurry.

I was a bit disappointed in the battery life for this Fujifilm camera, as you cannot shoot a full day of images on one battery charge. For a camera with the high price tag of the X-Pro2, you would expect much better performance in terms of battery power.

The X-Pro2's burst mode is very impressive, allowing you to record 10 photographs in a little more than 1 second, all at the full 24.3 megapixels of resolution.

Design

The Fujifilm X-Pro2 has an attention grabbing design that will remind you of old film cameras. In fact, Fujifilm has developed quite a niche with its advanced fixed lens and mirrorless cameras in terms of creating retro designs that look great.

To achieve that retro look, Fujifilm did have to include a few design elements that will frustrate some photographers. If you're someone who likes to change the ISO setting on a regular basis, for example, you'll have to lift the shutter speed dial upward and then twist it. This isn't something you can do quickly.

Fujifilm included a few different dials with the X-Pro2, but one dial that's commonly found on other cameras -- a mode dial -- isn't available here. You'll use the shutter speed dial and the aperture ring to determine which mode you're using, which isn't quite as easy to use as a mode dial. After you use the X-Pro2 for a while, you'll figure out this system though, as it isn't too complicated.

I was pleased to see Fujifilm include a viewfinder with the X-Pro2. Having a viewfinder available just makes it easier to frame photos in shooting situations where using the LCD screen is a bit awkward. If you choose to use the viewfinder, you may end up pressing your nose against the glass of the LCD screen while holding the camera to your eye, possibly leaving smudges on the glass, which is a disappointing design element.

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