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Fujifilm's X-T2 camera pairs a familiar design with 4K video

The new mirrorless arrives in September for $1,600 (£1,400).
Edgar Alvarez, @abcdedgar
July 7, 2016
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Based on recent conversations with Fujifilm camera users, I know many of them couldn't wait for the X-T1 successor to be announced. And well, that day is finally here. Today, Fujifilm introduced its new X-T2 mirrorless shooter, a major upgrade over the X-T1 from 2014. The X-T2 features a 24.3-megapixel (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS III sensor without a low-pass filter, which should help capture sharp, DSLR-like images. Additionally, there's an X-Processor Pro chip that, according to Fujifilm, uses improved algorithms to produce a more accurate autofocus system (325 single points, 91 zone).

Gallery: Fujifilm X-T2 hands-on | 15 Photos

What's more, in a first for the X-Series line of digital cameras, Fujifilm's X-T2 can shoot 4K video at 24, 25 and 30 fps. That's something fans of the brand had been asking for, but we'll see whether the UHD quality (3,840 x 2,160) meets people's expectations. For now, recording in 4K is limited to up to 10 minutes at a time, though this could change later with a firmware update. That said, you also have the option to shoot for longer periods in 1080p (15 minutes) or 720p (30 minutes) at 24, 25, 30, 50 and 60 fps.

Like its predecessor, the X-T2 comes with a weather-resistant design, as well as an OLED electronic viewfinder, a 3-inch tilting LCD screen and WiFi for remote control and sharing pictures to mobile devices. The X-T2's continuous shooting mode is a decent 8 fps, while the ISO range clocks in at 100-21,600 (52,000 with the High setting). And don't forget you have Fujifilm's trademark physical dials at your disposal. All told, the X-T2 is a solid alternative to the X-Pro 2 -- at least on paper.

The X-T2 won't be cheap when it arrives in September. You'll need to pay $1,600 (£1,400) just for the body, or $1,900 (£1,649) for a kit that includes an XF 18-55mm lens.

Gallery: Fujifilm X-T2 press images | 6 Photos

Update: We had the chance to check out the X-T2 at a media event in New York City. As expected, Fujifilm's new mirrorless camera feels incredible in the hands, thanks to its familiar ergonomics and that sleek design made out of strong magnesium-alloy. Most importantly, it performs as advertised. It didn't take long for me to notice the overhauled AF system -- it's both speedy and accurate, whether you have a still or moving subject in front of you.

Unfortunately, we couldn't bring any sample images with us, but we'll have some to share ahead of the X-T2's release date. That said, one thing is for sure: you'll want to get the external grip to make the most out of the camera. Not only does the $329 add-on let you record up to 30 minutes of 4K video at once (10 without it), but it also takes continuos shooting to a max of 11 fps with a mode called Boost.

You could argue that those are features you shouldn't have to pay extra for, but Fujifilm says the X-T2 requires the grip's two extra batteries to achieve said performance. We won't make a full judgment on the X-T2 just yet, but there's no denying that it promises to be one of the best mirrorless cameras on the market. We'll find out soon enough.

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