Fuji X-Pro 2 Review

Hey, it’s Mike here and today we’re going to talk about the X Pro 2. Today we got a quick and dirty review for you. We’re going to compare it against the XT-1 and the Nikon D7200 and see how it stacks up. We want to look at things like ISO resolution, dynamic range but also video capabilities. So let’s get to it. We’re going to take this camera out, shoot it, test it out and see we think about the brand new sensor. Now resolution, that’s really the biggest change from the XT 1 to the X Pro 2, their new 24 megapixel sensor. You know Fuji really pushed the 16 megapixel sensor for a long time, so there’s an exciting one and for what we can see here with the lack of aliasing filter, great resolution, very good sharpness, and we compared it against the D7200 which is a similar sensor and I’m going to say with both cameras and both sensors being anti-alias free, we got very similar resolution results. Results are almost identical so Fuji is not pushing far ahead of any of the other comparable sensors, but they’re certainly getting it on par with the latest technology.

Now dynamic range, Fujis have always been excellent for dynamic range, you know part of their x-trans sensor technology. Now looking from the XT-1, the older generation to the new sensor, we did see an improvement. It’s good but it’s marginal. Took pictures of trees just behind us here on the river when the light was much harsher and again the XT-1 did a great job. The X Pro 2 steps it up just a little bit more. Now again looking at that in comparison to the Nikon d7200, honestly even though the 7200 uses a somewhat older sensor tech, we’re getting very very similar results, great dynamic range, good detail in the shadows. That’s all going to hold together pretty much the same way, so the XT-1 is giving us a kick with the X resolution but the dynamic range isn’t going to blow you away beyond and above what we’ve expected so far from Fuji.

Alright it is time to look at the Fuji X-Pro-2 high ISO performance low-light situations, so here we’re ramping it up from 1600 ISO, 3200 up to 6400 and what I do like about the X Pro 2 now is we’ve got a top, a new top 12,800 ISO. Now looking at the XT-1, this would be a high one push, so we’re going to look at that at 6400 ISO and what I’m finding, the X Pro 2 steps up the low-light performance, the high ISO performance but just marginally. You’re not really getting that big of an improvement, not even half a stop. But keep in mind what you are gaining is 8 megapixels and that’s always counterproductive to ISO performance, all in all the X-Pro 2 is giving us a nice benefit here. We decide to look at it with the Nikon d7200 as well. 7200 has always had great low-light performance and Nikon do great processing and produce good image quality out of their sensors in low-light, but we have to talk about a little bit of a discrepancy here first.

You know, Fuji is known for doing this, they kind of flub the numbers, cheat the numbers, however you want to look at it. Their ISOs tend to expose darker than other people’s. It’s almost like they’re not collecting as much light even though they say they are. So you know if we look at both cameras at 6400 ISO, we could say that yeah the Fuji does perform very well but tech check this out, if we get the exposures the same we push the Fuji to 12,800, we look at it with the d7200 at 6400 ISO, we’re getting basically the same exposure at the same aperture and shutter speed and you can see here they’re very very comparable. So what I’m going to say is if we’re looking at the Nikon d7200, we’re looking at the X Pro 2 sensor, even with this little flub on the ISOs, I think the image quality at high ISO is basically the same. So you know again it’s kind of the same story. Fuji has brought out a new sensor, it stepped up the resolution but we’re not seeing huge gains in other places and nothing that really takes us beyond what we’ve seen in the competition for a little while now.

Now when it comes to autofocus on the X Pro 2 you know compared to the XT 1, these are the impressions that I get. You know we did test this when we had the pre-production model it performed pretty well. Now that we’ve got a full production model, I say it slightly improved over the XT-1. I noticed a very slight, miniscule improvement in a single point focus, you know point-to-point, distance to distance. Continuous looks pretty much the same, it does track faces well. We still find that Fujis do tend to sometimes lose the target, especially closer and enough to kick your focus off and you know kill the depth of field and put you out of that range. When Fujis make a mistake, they kick right back into it so you’re never far off, but it’s still not up to the standard of some of the competition. I would still say that Panasonic owned the market on single point, you know point-to-point distance to distance focusing. Their DFD system works amazing. Even though the Sony A6300 a that we tested was pre-production, we still feel that that had the best continuous autofocus that we’ve seen on mirrorless to date. I expect it will only get better when we take a look at that here shortly. So all in all, I put Fuji in third place now, still very serviceable, you know it’s a testament that they make their older cameras focus as well as the newer cameras with firmware upgrades, but you’re not going to, again find a huge improvement in focusing speed here.

Now, we’re going to be talking about the X Pro 2’s video capabilities and I usually didn’t take too long when I talked about the previous Fuji X cams video features because there really weren’t many to talk about, and the image quality was terrible so it made my job pretty easy. But with the X Pro 2, they’ve actually really made an effort to step things up and when we saw our earlier pre-production camera, I was pretty underwhelmed it looked like more the same, but in the production camera here we’re actually getting a much sharper image and it’s a lot less prone to the image issues we used to see, artifacting. aliasing that kind of stuff. Now you will still get the odd example of moir√© but in general this is a huge step up in image quality. Now, I have always loved Fuji colors for stills, that’s one of the reasons I shoot with these cameras a lot and I always really miss that in video, but the video quality was so bad on the other cameras it wasn’t really worth it. Now with the X Pro 2, now that we’ve got actually quite nice video coming out of the camera, I could certainly see using it from time to time. Now I don’t think this is going to become anyone’s primary video camera it’s still pretty limiting and there’s tons of weird interface quirks. I can’t see a histogram when I’m shooting. I can’t even see my 16 by 9 frame until I hit the record button. And the codecs still pretty weak again, not something you can grade really aggressively. But I don’t want to undermine the fact that this is huge step forward for Fuji and I hope they keep moving in this direction because I would love to use a Fuji cam as my primary mirrorless camera for video in the future.

Alright guys that just about wraps things up. Remember, today’s review is just a chance to get you to see the image quality on the final production camera. We already talked about handling in our first impressions before in another review. You know, overall with the sensor, I like that we’re now getting 24 megapixels. I mean Fujis always had a fantastic handling system, great lenses, beautiful color. What we needed was just the resolution to get us up there, so we’re now on par with the rest of the competition, that’s a great place to be. Now as far as auto focusing goes, I know I didn’t seem too impressed by it, it’s not like it’s improved much, but keep in mind the X Pro 2 does add a lot more points. It’s a lot more adjustable and that joystick on the back to move your focusing points around is brilliant, so overall auto focusing has improved vastly, just not the speed, more the handling.

Overall you know the last thing I want to say about Fujis, keep in mind, although you know we’re getting up to a level that everybody else is at, Fuji still own it for just overall color, look, feel and contrast out of the box. What I mean by that is their JPEGs are beautiful. There’s almost no work you have to do, and we’re finding on the X Pro 2 the raws are very similar as well. You just get this great looking photo, very little post to be done afterwards that can save you time and enhance your creative vision at the same time. So guys thanks very much for joining us. We will see you guys very soon hopefully with some brand new cameras on the market.

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