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Fujifilm X-Pro2 review

Fujifilm X-Pro2 front
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Price when reviewed : £1349
inc VAT (as of 5th of May)

Retro, luxurious and innovative, the Fuji X-Pro2 is a class act


Sensor resolution: 24 megapixels, Sensor size: 23.6×15.6mm (APS-C), Focal length multiplier: 1.5x, Viewfinder: Hybrid optical/electronic (2.36 million dots), LCD screen: 3in (1.62 million dots), Lens mount: Fujifilm X Mount, Weight: 495g (body only), Dimensions (HxWxD): 83x141x46mm (body only)

Fujifilm’s X-series compact system cameras have an impressive track record at Expert Reviews, and so it was with much excitement and equally high expectations that I unboxed the X-Pro2 for testing. This is the new flagship model in the range, sitting above the mighty Fujifilm X-T1 and providing a long-awaited update to the X-Pro1, Fujifilm’s first compact system camera.

Design and controls

At first glance the X-Pro2 and X-Pro1 are very similar, with the same chunky rangefinder styling, rock solid magnesium alloy build and multitude of buttons and dials. All X-series cameras could be described as retro but this one goes furthest. Weighing it an 495g body only, it’s bulky and heavy for a CSC. This improves handling and gives lots of space for controls, but makes this camera less appealing to casual photographers — even extremely wealthy ones.

Look a little closer and you’ll notice quite a few changes compared to the X-Pro1. There are dual SDXC card slots, and Wi-Fi is built in for wireless transfers and remote control from iOS and Android devices. There’s a mini joystick that’s dedicated to moving the autofocus point, leaving the navigation pad free for other duties. This is a great improvement not just for the increased number of controls but also for the ease and speed of operation, particularly when using the viewfinder. Other buttons have been rearranged so they’re all reached with the right hand, leaving the left hand to concentrate on the lens rings for aperture and focus. Unusually for a CSC system, nearly all X Mount lenses include aperture rings.Fujifilm X-Pro2 back

The shutter speed dial doubles as an ISO speed control. There’s a button lock that must be pressed to venture away from automatic shutter speed, while lifting the ring and twisting accesses the ISO speed control. It’s an efficient use of the space and easy to grab while using the viewfinder, but I’m not completely convinced by the design. The button to unlock the shutter speed doesn’t need to be pressed when moving from one manual speed to another, and I sometimes inadvertently changed the shutter speed when attempting to adjust the ISO speed.
Fujifilm X-Pro2 dials

There are six customisable buttons, and I particularly like how holding one of them down jumps to a menu page to reassign it. Certain other functions are less accessible. For example, face detection doesn’t appear with the autofocus mode options and must be enabled via a submenu, but doing so overrides the metering mode and makes the metering button unresponsive.

Autofocus benefits from 169 phase-detect autofocus points arranged as a 13×13 grid that covers a large area of the frame. Additional 3×14 blocks of contrast-detect points appear either side to extend coverage into the corners of the frame. It was quite noticeable how much faster the phase-detect points were, particularly when taking multiple shots of a subject in quick succession. It typically took 0.2 seconds to focus and shoot, which is up there with the best. 0.4 seconds between shots in normal use and 8.3fps in burst mode are excellent results, too. It even managed 8.3fps with continuous autofocus, but the camera was slow to update its focus settings for moving subjects. Its ability to track subjects around the frame wasn’t up to much either. This is one of the XPro-2’s weakest areas, and rules the camera out for sports and wildlife photography. Its other big weakness is the 250-frame battery life. Additional batteries cost £49.

Hybrid viewfinder

The most unusual feature is the hybrid viewfinder. At the flick of a lever on the front of the camera, the view through the window shows an optical or an electronic viewfinder. The optical viewfinder isn’t an SLR-style through-the-lens type, so it doesn’t preview focus and depth-of-field effects. There’s also some parallax error due to the differing positions of the viewfinder window and the lens. On the upside, the view is uninterrupted when taking a photo, so it doesn’t black out when taking a photo.

I’ve seen this hybrid viewfinder technology before on the Fujifilm X100S, and I can’t help feeling that it makes more sense on a fixed-lens camera. Putting a 18-55mm lens on the XPro-2, wide-angle shots are partially obscured by the lens. There’s an overlaid white box to denote the edges of the captured frame, but the box changes size rather than the image being magnified. In truth, there is an optical magnify function in the viewfinder, but it’s only used per lens rather than for zooming lenses. It only offers two magnifications — one for focal lengths below 35mm and the other for 35mm and up. Significantly longer focal lengths result in a small white box in the centre of the viewfinder image to denote the edges of the frame.

Fujifilm gets around the lack of focus feedback — and makes up for lenses that obscure the bottom-right corner — by offering a an optical viewfinder mode with a small electronic viewfinder overlaid in the corner. This overlay can show either the whole scene, which is useful for checking exposure settings, or a close-up of the autofocus area for focus checking. In manual focus mode there are also options to show a highlight around sharply focused parts of the frame, or to use a Split Image mode whereby the image is split into horizontal bars that appear aligned when the subject is in focus. These focusing aids are also available in full electronic viewfinder mode and on the 3in rear LCD screen, which is unusually sharp at 1.62 million dots.

It’s hard to imagine a more comprehensive set of features for people who like to focus manually but don’t want the bulk of an SLR. Then again, the X-Pro2’s electronic viewfinder with its 0.59x (equivalent) magnification is dwarfed by the Fujifilm X-T1 0.77x electronic viewfinder. The X-T1 also has a tilting LCD screen, which the X-Pro2 lacks. Perhaps this is a case of horses for courses, but I’d have liked for the X-Pro2 to deliver the best Fujifilm has to offer.

Video quality

^ The Pro2’s videos exhibit significantly sharper details than previous Fujifilm X-series cameras.

Video has never been Fujifilm’s strongest area but video quality is substantially improved on the XPro-2. Its 1080p video frames employ much higher quality anti-aliasing to produce smooth, sharp details, rather than the blocky, pixelated appearance of previous models. Frame rates range from 24 to 60fps and manual exposure control is available. The lack of 4K capture and an external microphone input means there are better options for keen videographers, but it’s still up to the demands of serious use.

Image quality

Fujifilm’s CSCs have been using 16-megapixel sensors since it the X-Pro1 appeared in 2012, but the X-Pro2 moves to 24 megapixels. Comparing its output with the X-E2s, the new sensor captured more detail while simultaneously exhibiting a little less noise in JPEGs at ISO 6400 and above. Fujifilm already lead the pack for noise levels from APS-C sensors, and the X-Pro2 extends its lead even further. This is a camera that can hold its own among full-frame competitors for image quality.

It also benefits from Fujifilm’s superb dynamic range optimisation, which underexposes by one or two stops and then boosts all but the brightest parts of the image, thereby retaining extra highlight detail. Various other cameras employ similar techniques but Fujifilm’s implementation is straightforward and highly effective. JPEG colour reproduction is superb, with a rich vibrancy that flatters most subjects. With a range of film simulation presets, I suspect many users will be happy to shoot JPEGs rather than go to the hassle of processing RAW files.

^ This photo is packed with detail from corner to corner, colours are rich and shadows and highlights are handled well too. (1/400s, f/5.6, ISO 200, 52mm equivalent)

^ The camera has nailed autofocus and there’s masses of detail in the subject’s skin, hair and clothing. (1/400s, f/6.4, ISO 400, 52mm equivalent)

^ The dense foliage looks a little over-processed in this JPEG but it’s hardly a bad result. The ISO 400 setting is the result of Fujifilm’s dynamic range processing, which has successfully avoided clipped highlights in the clouds. (1/350s, f/9, ISO 400, 54mm equivalent)

^ The 1/8000s shutter speed allows for wide apertures and shallow depths of field in direct sunlight. (1/8000s, f/1.4, ISO 200, 52mm equivalent)

^ A physical exposure compensation dial encourages regular use – this photo was taken at +1 EV to compensate for the strong backlight. (1/125s, f/2, ISO 200, 52mm equivalent)

^ The superb sensor and an f/1.4 lens conspire to deliver outstanding images in low light. (1/60s, f/1.4, ISO 1250, 52mm equivalent)

^ At ISO 4000 skin textures have a glossy sheen but it’s an excellent result for a cropped-sensor camera. (1/60s, f/4, ISO 4000, 78mm equivalent)

^ Setting the shutter speed to 1/250s freezes motion but also pushes the ISO speed up to 12800. There’s a fair amount of grain on close inspection but it looks great at modest sizes. (1/250s, f/4, ISO 12800, 82mm equivalent)

^ Fujifilm’s dynamic range processing (shown here off, medium and high) does an excellent job of rescuing clipped highlights without adversely affecting the rest of the frame.


It’s hardly a surprise that the X-Pro2 is a fantastic camera, considering its illustrious pedigree and four-figure price. Whether it’s worth the asking price is a trickier call. I’d happily settle with the X-T1 for around £800 body-only. It lacks the hybrid viewfinder and photo and video quality improvements, but image quality isn’t far off, the controls are a little better laid out and I always appreciate an articulated screen. The X-Pro2 must also compete with the Sony a7 Mark II, a full-frame CSC that currently costs around £1200 body-only.

Then again, if the X-Pro2 meets your needs and matches your budget, this is a camera that will live up to extremely high expectations. Buy Now from Amazon.

Sensor resolution24 megapixels
Sensor size23.6×15.6mm (APS-C)
Focal length multiplier1.5x
Optical stabilisationAvailable in lenses
ViewfinderHybrid optical/electronic (2.36 million dots)
Viewfinder magnification (35mm-equivalent), coverage0.59x, 100%
LCD screen3in (1.62 million dots)
Orientation sensorYes
Photo file formatsJPEG, RAW (RAF)
Maximum photo resolution6,000×4,000
Photo aspect ratios3:2, 16:9 1:1
Video compression formatMP4 (AVC) at up to 38Mbit/s
Video resolutions1080p at 24/25/30/50/60p, 720p at 24/25/30/50/60p
Slow motion video modesN/A
Maximum video clip length (at highest quality)14m 32s
Exposure modesProgram, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual
Shutter speed range30 to 1/8,000 seconds
ISO speed range100 to 51200
Exposure compensationEV +/-3
White balanceAuto, 7 presets with fine tuning, manual, Kelvin
Auto-focus modesMulti/tracking, zone, flexible spot
Metering modesMulti, centre-weighted, spot, average, face detect, eye detect
Flash modesN/A
Drive modesSingle, continuous, self-timer, AE bracket, film simulation bracket, dynamic range bracket, ISO speed bracket, white balance bracket
Lens mountFujifilm X Mount
Card slot2x SDXC
Memory suppliedNone
Battery typeLi-ion
ConnectivityUSB, micro HDMI, wired remote/microphone, PC sync
GPSVia smartphone app
HotshoeFujifilm TTL
Body materialMagnesium alloy
AccessoriesUSB cable, neck strap
Weight495g (body only)
Dimensions (HxWxD)83x141x46mm (body only)
Buying information
WarrantyOne year RTB
Part codeP10NC14480A

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