Fujifilm has appealed to the lucrative indie filmmaker/videography market with its latest flagship mirrorless cameras – the X-T2 – by featuring elements specifically for film production workflows in its design.
For starters (as a surprise to know one) the camera shoots in the ever popular 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution in 8-bit ProRes 4.2.2 @100Mbps (via HDMI), with up to 19-mins of continuous video recording.
It also features a new 24.3-MP proprietary X-Trans CMOS III, ASP-C sensor, with no low-pass filter and a 6×6 colour filter array pattern that the company says will reduce moire and false colours. Which means that the camera’s X-mount can take full advantage of Fujinon’s entire range of cinematic ASP-C (capable) lenses. An optional M-mount adapter is also available.
Other video/filmmaking features include a new F-Log Gamma option and the ‘Clean HDMI’ output (for recording to external devices and monitors).
Along with a vastly updated Auto-Focus, with 169 phase-detection points and a new customisable ‘AF-C’ setting (which can be saved to 6-Presets).
This setting allows users to track specific objects/people by locking the focus to three different parameters – ‘Tracking Sensitivity’ (locking-focus to your subject’s appearance in/out of frame), ‘Speed Tracking’ (locking-focus to your subject’s motion) and the very cool ‘Zone-Area Switching’ (locking-focus to your subject’s movements forwards/backwards along the Z-axis).
On paper the AF-C setting sounds as though it could (virtually) allow users to pre-program any of their focus-pulls. However, how it responds when you’re actually using the camera on-set, remains yet to be seen. It might be one of those functions that you want really badly when buying a camera, but never use a single time.
For those who like to use in-camera cinematic ‘looks’, the X-T2’s ‘Film Simulation’ modes can be applied to both stills and video capture. With 15 simulated modes to choose from, including the new ‘ACROS’ mode for shooting in monochrome with custom set tonal hues. Further fine-tuning options become available when shooting video, such as ‘Highlight Tone’, ‘Shadow Tone’, ‘Colour’ and ‘Sharpness’.
Other improvements include a faster startup time (0.3-seconds), and a 100fps live-view EVF (electronic viewfinder) with a 0.77x magnification ratio. The camera’s 3-inch LCD screen can also be tilted in three directions.
When shooting stills, the camera features a shooting interval of 0.17-sec and shutter-release lag of 0.45-sec in Boost mode, when combined with the optional VPB-XT2 (Vertical Power Booster) grip. Also, the camera is equipped with both a mechanical and a fully electronic shutter (for high-speed and silent stills photography).
The camera body is made from magnesium alloy and is dust-resistant, water-resistant, and able to operate in temperatures from -10C to 40C.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The X-T2 is currently available on pre-order (through Amazon) for US$1599 (Body only) or with Fujinon 18-55mm F2.8-4.0 Lens Kit for US$1899 and will begin shipping in September, 2016.
For more info, check: www.fujifilm.com/x_t2
|Model Name||FUJIFILM X-T2|
|Number of effective pixels||24.3 millions pixels|
|Image sensor||23.6mm x 15.6mm(APS-C)X-Trans CMOS III with primary color filter.
|Storage media||SD Card (-2G) / SDHC Card (-32G) / SDXC Card (-256G) UHS-I / UHS-II*1|
|Number of recorded pixels||L: (3:2) 6000 x 4000 / (16:9) 6000 x 3376 / (1:1) 4000 x 4000
M: (3:2) 4240 x 2832 / (16:9) 4240 x 2384 / (1:1) 2832 x 2832
S: (3:2) 3008 x 2000 / (16:9) 3008 x 1688 / (1:1) 2000 x 2000
|Lens mount||FUJIFILM X mount|
|Sensitivity||Standard Output Sensitivity : AUTO1 / AUTO2 / AUTO3(up to ISO12800) / ISO200 to 12800(1/3 step)
Extended output sensitivity : ISO100 / 25600 / 51200
|Exposure control||TTL 256-zone metering, Multi / Spot / Average / Center Weighted|
|Exposure mode||P(Program AE) / A(Aperture Priority AE) / S(Shutter Speed Priority AE) / M(Manual Exposure)|
|Exposure compensation||-5.0EV – +5.0EV, 1/3EV step
(movie recording : -2.0EV – +2.0EV)
|Image Stabilizer||Supported with OIS type lenses|
|Shutter type||Focal Plane Shutter|
|Continuous shooting||Approx. 14.0 fps [Only Electronic Shutter](JPEG: 42 frames, Lossless compression RAW: 28 frames, Uncompressed RAW: 25 frames)
Approx. 11.0fps [with VPB-XT2](JPEG: 73 frames, Lossless compression RAW: 30 frames, Uncompressed RAW: 27 frames)
Approx. 8.0fps (JPEG: 83 frames, Lossless compression RAW: 33 frames, Uncompressed RAW: 27 frames)
Approx. 5.0fps (JPEG: endless, Lossless Compression RAW: 39 frames, Uncompressed RAW: 30 frames)
|Auto bracketing||AE Bracketing(±2EV / ±5/3EV / ±4/3EV / ±1EV / ±2/3EV / ±1/3EV)
Film simulation bracketing(Any 3 types of film simulation selectable)
Dynamic Range Bracketing (100% · 200% · 400%)
ISO sensitivity Bracketing (±1/3EV / ±2/3EV / ±1EV)
White Balance Bracketing (±1 / ±2 / ±3)
|White balance||Automatic Scene recognition / Custom1~3 / Color temperature selection (2500K~10000K) /
Preset: Fine,Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White),Incandescent light, Underwater
|Self-timer||10sec. / 2sec.|
|Interval timer shooting||Yes (Setting : Interval, Number of shots, Startinng time)|
|Hot shoe||Yes (Dedicated TTL Flash compatible)|
|Viewfinder||0.5 inch approx. 2.36 millions dots OLED Color Viewfinder Coverage of viewing area vs. capturing area: approx. 100%
Eyepoint: approx. 23mm (from the rear end of the camera’s eyepiece) Diopter adjustment: -4~+2m-1
Magnification: 0.77x with 50mm lens (35mm equivalent) at infinity and diopter set to -1.0m-1
Diagonal angle of view: approx. 38° (Horizontal angle of view: approx. 31° )
Built-in eye sensor
|LCD monitor||3.0 inch, aspect ratio 3:2, approx. 1,040K-dot,|
|Movie recording||[4K (3840×2160)] 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 100Mbps up to approx. 10min.
[Full HD (1920×1080)] 59.94p / 50p / 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 100Mbps up to approx. 15 min.
[HD (1280×720)] 59.94p / 50p / 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 50Mbps up to approx. 30min.
|Film Simulation mode||15 modes (PROVIA/Standard, Velvia/Vivid, ASTIA/Soft, CLASSIC CHROME, PRO Neg.Hi, PRO Neg.Std, Black & White, Black & White+Ye Filter, Black & White+R Filter, Black & White+G Filter, Sepia, ACROS,ACROS+Ye Filter, ACROS+R Filter, ACROS+G Filter)|
|Dynamic range setting||AUTO, 100%, 200%, 400%
ISO restriction (DR100%: No limit, DR200%: ISO400 or more, DR400%: ISO800 or more)
|Advanced filter||Toy camera, Miniature, Pop color, High-key, Low-key, Dynamic tone, Soft focus,Partial color (Red / Orange / Yellow / Green / Blue / Purple)|
|Wireless function||Geotagging, Wireless communication (Image transfer), View & Obtain Images, Remote camera shooting,PC Autosave, instax printer print|
|Other functions||PANORAMA, AF-C CUSTOM SETTINGS, 4K MOVIE OUTPUT, SHUTTER AE, SHUTTER AF, AF-ON,Exif Print, PRINT Image Matching II, Language (35 languages including JP/EN), Time difference,Exposure preview on LCD during Manual mode, EVF brightness, EVF color, LCD brightness, LCD color,Mode effect on monitor, Customize|
|Power supply||NP-W126S Li-ion battery (included)|
|Dimensions||132.5mm (W) x 91.8mm (H) x 49.2mm (D) (minimum depth 35.4mm)|
|Weight||Approx 507g(including battery and memory card)
Approx 457g(excluding battery and memory card)
|Operating Temperature||-10°C – 40°C|
|Operating Humidity||10 – 80% (no condensation)|
|Battery life for still images*4||Approx. 340 frames (NORMAL MODE), Approx. 1,000 frames (with VPB-XT2) When XF35mmF1.4 R is set.|
|Starting up period||Approx 0.3sec.|