A CLOSER LOOK – X-T2 FUJIFILM’S NEW FLAGSHIP 4K MIRRORLESS CAMERA

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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

Pictured with optional VPB-XT2 grip.

Pictured with optional VPB-XT2 grip.

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.

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The new Fujifilm X-T2 camera shown with Fujinon XF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens (note: camera body and lens sold separately).

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

FULL SPECS

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.

Sensor Cleaning system
Ultra Sonic Vibration
Storage media SD Card (-2G) / SDHC Card (-32G) / SDXC Card (-256G) UHS-I / UHS-II*1
File format
Still image
JPEG (Exif Ver.2.3)*2, RAW : 14bit RAW(RAF original format), RAW+JPEG
Movie
Movie File Format: MOD
Movie Video Compression: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
Audio: Linear PCM/ Stereo sound 48KHz sampling
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
Shutter speed
Mechanical Shutter
4 sec. to 1/8000 sec.(P mode), 30 sec. to 1/8000 sec.(All modes)
Bulb mode(up to 60 min), TIME : 30 sec. to 1/8000 sec.
Electronic Shutter*3
30 sec. to 1/32000 sec.(P / A / S / M modes)
Bulb mode : 1 sec. fixed, TIME : 30 sec to 1/32000sec.
Mechanical + Electronic Shutter
4 sec. to 1/32000 sec.(P mode), 30 sec. to 1/32000 sec.(All modes)
Bulb mode(up to 60 min), TIME : 30 sec. to 1/32000 sec.
Synchronized shutter speed for flash
1/250 sec. or slower
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)

  • * recordable frames depends on recording media
  • * Speed of continuous shooting depends on shooting environment and shooting 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)
Focus
mode
Single AF / Continuous AF / MF
type
Intelligent Hybrid AF (TTL contrast AF / TTL phase detection AF)
AF frame selection
Single point AF: EVF / LCD: 13×7 / 25×13 (Changeable size of AF frame among 5 types),
Zone AF: 3×3 / 5×5 / 7×7 from 91 areas on 13×7 grid,
Wide/Tracking AF: (up to 18 area)

  • * AF-S : Wide
  • * AF-C : Tracking
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)
Flash modes
SYNC. MODE
1ST CURTAIN / 2ND CURTAIN / AUTO FP(HSS)
FLASH MODE
TTL (FLASH AUTO / STANDARD / SLOW SYNC.) / MANUAL / COMMANDER / OFF (When EF-X8 is set)
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.

  • * For recording movies, use a card with UHS Speed Class 3 or higher.
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 transmitter
Standard
IEEE 802.11b / g / n (standard wireless protocol)
Encryption
WEP / WPA / WPA2 mixed mode
Access mode
Infrastructure
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
Terminal
Digital interface
USB3.0 (High-Speed) / micro USB terminal

  • * connectable with Remote Release RR-90 (sold separately)
HDMI output
HDMI micro connector (Type D)
Others
ø3.5mm, stereo mini connector (Microphone) / ø2.5mm, Remote Release Connector
Hot shoe, Syncronized terninal *Mechanical release : shutter button
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.

1 Comment

  • Reply October 5, 2016

    james elwood

    Hello,

    Does the XT 2 use, ALL i ( iframe ) or IPB compression when recording video

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