After a series of leaked photos and specs, the wait is officially over as Fujifilm has officially announced their latest mirrorless camera: the Fujifilm X-T2. Given how well-received its predecessor the X-T1 was, safe to say that we are excited to see what kind of changes and new features Fujifilm will be bringing to the table.
Now for the most part, the rumors about its specs were right on the money. For starters the upgrade to its sensor is huge. It basically saw Fujifilm move from the 16MP APS-C sensor on the X-T1 to a brand new 24MP APS-C sensor on the X-T2. The camera is also slightly bigger than its predecessor so if you have any existing cases that you thought you could reuse, it’s time to shop for a new one.
The camera will come with an improved EVF of 2.36M-dot and a 0.005 second refresh time. There is also a new LCD display that can articulate itself in more angles than before, but sadly it still does not flip up 180-degrees for selfies. There are also new controls like a new metering mode, a new knob on the back, and improvements made to video.
One of the criticisms of the X-T1 was its video, which while passable, definitely was not on par with other competing cameras. With the X-T2, Fujifilm has upped their game by introducing 4K video recording at 30fps for up to 10 minutes. There is even a microphone socket and on-screen audio monitoring, signalling that Fujifilm wants users to use its camera for videos.
Other areas of improvements include a new AF system which according to Fujifilm, will have 325 AF points, 169 of which will offer phase detection. With “Boost Mode” enabled, the company promises that it can reduce focus time from 0.08 seconds to 0.06 seconds. If you are planning on getting the camera, the X-T2 will not come cheap. It is priced at $1,600 for the body-only and will be seeing a release this September.