Here’s the camera photographers have been eagerly waiting for, but does the Fujifilm X-T2 have what it takes to be a DSLR killer? Michael Topham puts it to the test
Fujifilm X-T2 review: Verdict
When we reviewed the X-T1 in 2014, we concluded by saying it was one of the finest premium compact system cameras we’d ever tested. We instantly fell in love with its chic styling and DSLR-like layout of buttons and dials. However, we always felt there was room for improvement with regard to battery life, AF speed and general all-round performance. Fujifilm has taken the feedback from the X-T1 onboard and ensured the X-T2 isn’t just a minor update on what we’ve seen before but a revolutionary one.
Ripping out the guts of the X-T1 and implementing the same sensor and processor technology from the X-Pro2 has rejuvenated the X-T2 as a speed demon that’s now capable of keeping up with the fastest of moving subjects. Its agile AF response is in a different league to that of the X-T1 and when it’s combined with the power booster grip the all-round performance receives an extra injection of speed. The power booster grip is an essential accessory. Not only does it answer battery life concerns, it allows you to shoot up to 14fps – speeds that are typically associated with flagship DSLRs like the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II, which come with monumental expense.
Other additions such as the new tilting-screen mechanism, revised menu system, dual card slots and improved weather resistance are very welcome, but ultimately it’s the detail; response at high ISO sensitivities; and the rich, vibrant colours that make the X-T2 images as good as they are. Those who have been patiently waiting for one of the best all-rounder substitutes for a more cumbersome DSLR may just have found their perfect partner in the X-T2.
To sum up, all the things we loved about the X-T1’s classic and nostalgic retro charm have been kept and nearly every improvement we’ve been longing for has been introduced. I say nearly because I’d still like to see ISO control added to the quick menu, or better still, have the option to hold a function button and adjust ISO on the fly without having to pull my left hand away from supporting a lens. Apart from these, the X-T2 is a dream camera. It’s the most appealing model in the X-series to date and will certainly change people’s perception of speed associated with mirrorless cameras.