Fujifilm X-Pro2

The X-Pro2 takes again one of the great strengths of its predecessor which is its design, it has hardly been modified, just retouched to be brought up to date. Indeed, approaching and holding the device in hand, this professional hybrid is not without reproach. The quality of general manufacture is so good that the rare snags stand out all the better. Lack of luck, the two imperfections that we will highlight are related to two very important control elements: the exposure control and the rear joystick, both too loose.


You can order it now ( body only):
Fujifilm X-Pro 2, 24 MP Mirrorless Camera (Body Only) Black
You can order it now:
Fujifilm X-PRO2G/XF23 Mirrorless Digital Camera + XF23mmF2 R WR Kit, Graphite


You’ll find yourself quickly with a case that on / under-exposed and collimators positioned in the wrong place, especially if you wear your case shoulder or shoulder. Note that two control knobs, very discreet, appear at the index (on the front) and thumb (back). In use, as long as you use a built-in clutch and diaphragm ring lens, you will rarely use these knobs except to activate the magnifying glass. This is particularly useful in manual focusing as electronic assistance (Digital Split Image or Focus Peaking).

Fortunately, for the rest, everything is fine. Without this being either “luxury, calm and voluptuousness”, a Fujiist will quickly find his little ones and a non-Fujiist will tame the device in a few minutes. Just be aware that the sensitivity setting is not done in the menus but physically, directly on the hood, by raising the gear selector and turning it to see the sensitivity or one of the sensitivity modes automatic. This is surprising at first, but it will bring back good memories to the users of silver cameras … with a subtlety. Indeed, the physical wheel is graduated only up to 12800 ISO, accompanied by a position A for “automatic sensitivity” and a position H for a high sensitivity position. Go to the menu (Menu> Setup> Key Config (Wheel)> ISO Config Wheel (H)) to choose whether H gives access to 25600 or ISO 51200. As is customary at Fujifilm, these two extreme sensitivities are not accessible in RAW. At the same time, it is important to note that the maximum speed is now 1/8000 s in mechanical shutter, that the electronic shutter, totally silent, appears and allows to climb up to 1/16000 s, and that it is possible to combine the two modes of shutter, the box being responsible for choosing itself the most adequate.

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The hybrid viewfinder is progressing strongly, with an Oled panel of 2,360,000 points. The display is clear and precise, whether you are in optical or electronic view, it is possible to display a rich range of information, exposure parameters through the electronic level, cutting the frame into thirds or the histogram. A slight lag remains perceptible when switching from one mode of sight to another. If the electronic part is now classic and in agreement with the trend, the optical sight, although having progressed a lot, remains perfectible. Thus the correction of the parallax is not yet perfect and a slight deformation is noticeable. Eyeglass wearers will have some difficulty seeing the information scattered around the viewfinder. The rear screen offers for its part a very beautiful definition of 1 620 000 points, very precise and endowed with a beautiful colorimetry. It is neither tactile nor orientable.

In the notable progress of the X-Pro2, we congratulate Fujifilm for providing its professional hybrid with a dual SD compartment that can be accessed via the right side, where the USB and HDMI jacks were once. The X-Pro2 is, quite simply, the first hybrid equipped with such an aptitude and, just to get it right, the first SD slot is UHS-II compatible to benefit from the best transfer rates, which are very useful for burst. We emphasize that it is possible to write overflow (one card after another), in parallel (a map in RAW, a map in JPG) and in “return” mode. In any case, the NP-W126 battery, the same as the X-Pro1, will run out well before your cards are filled since in economic mode you will barely reach the 240 views, when in mode “high performance” you will not even chained 100 shots. Ouch. And apart from you walk with several batteries on you, you can not change much since there is no optional handle with built-in battery.

Image qualities

With the reputation that Fujifilm has forged over the years, the X-Pro2 had no choice but excellence. That’s good: with its new X-Trans III 24.3MP sensor associated with the equally new X-Pro processor, the X-Pro2 is excellent!

With the XF 23mm f / 1.4, equivalent to a 35mm, this is a perfect combination for street photography. Even if the lens has a little noisy focus, especially compared to the XF 16-55mm f / 2.8 inaudible, the set is more than pleasant to use. Excellent from the full opening, it is the ecstasy between f / 5,6 and f / 8. The deformation is null, the aberrations do not exist and perfectly corrected by the electronics. All you have to do is take advantage of the different photographic filters of the case, the “double exposure” mode and choose wisely your film simulation. Note also that the “Classic Chrome” mode seemed less successful than usual: dull enough in daylight, its rendering is downright unsightly night. But it’s just a tiny hitch in a sea of happiness.

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Video

There is no dedicated video mode and the only settings available are the definition (Full HD at best), the frame rate (60p / 50p / 30p / 25p / 24p) and the setting of the internal microphone levels. You have to select manually if the 2.5mm jack on the right side is used for the microphone or the wired remote control.

In absolute terms, the picture is quite good and the sound is not a bad surprise, but we can not say that Fujifilm has made efforts in terms of use. Video triggering is only possible if you have assigned the Fn button on the cover for this purpose. Once the video is started, autofocus is disabled (do not expect any MF support) and you can not touch the speed, sensitivity and aperture – unless you shoot with a manual aperture lens . Finally, do not rely on optical stabilization to make up for your tremors, and certainly not on mechanical stabilization, since there is none. In short: the X-Pro2 is cut for the photo.


You can order it now ( body only):
Fujifilm X-Pro 2, 24 MP Mirrorless Camera (Body Only) Black
You can order it now:
Fujifilm X-PRO2G/XF23 Mirrorless Digital Camera + XF23mmF2 R WR Kit, Graphite


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