Fujifilm X-T2: Bringing 4K to the mirrorless APS-C shooter

Written by Patrick Jong Taylor

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Fujifilm has updated its popular X-T1 mirrorless DSLR-like camera, giving the new X-T2 4K/UHD recording and other improvements.

Fujifilm and its cameras have a lot of fans, particularly photographers that aim to at least dabble in video shooting. But a recent addition to its lineup might be the greatest argument yet for considering a Fujifilm model as a video camera for your kit.

The new X-T2, set to debut sometime mid-August, is the next iteration of Fujifilm's mirrorless APS-C (1.5x crop versus full frame 35mm) camera in a DSLR form factor. The X-T2 effectively replaces the X-T1, while offering boosts in performance and various improvements across the board. The sensor in the X-T2 ups the megapixel count from 16.3 to 24.3 over the previous generation, although this same X-Trans CMOS III sensor found its way into the Fujifilm X-Pro2, which stood as something of a bridge between the X-T1 and forthcoming X-T2.

Of course, if you're reading about the Fujifilm X-T2 here, you're likely interested in its video capabilities. The camera is capable of shooting 4K/UHD (100Mbps) video at 24, 25 and 30 fps, with a slight catch. 4K/UHD recording is capped at 10 minutes, although this can be bumped up to 30 minutes with use of an optional battery grip.

Here's a quick rundown of other key features:

    24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III Sensor
    X-Processor Pro Engine
    0.77x 2.36m-Dot OLED Viewfinder
    3.0" 1.04m-Dot 3-Way Tilting LCD Screen
    Internal UHD 4K Video & F-Log Gamma
    Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
    325-Point Intelligent Hybrid AF System
    Up to 8 fps Shooting and ISO 51200
    Weather-Sealed Body; Two UHS-II SD Slots
    Film Simulation and Grain Effect Modes

For you action and run-and-gun shooters out there, it's worth noting that the autofocus system has been revamped over that of the XPro2, not to mention the X-T1. The 325 'Hybrid' point system covers a greater area over the 273-point system of the XPro1, while the hybrid mean the system offers a blend of both contrast and phase detection, presumably at each point.

For those interested in the Fujifilm X-T2, popular retailers like Adorama have begun taking pre-orders for the $1599 camera (a $300 price jump over the X-T1, but potentially a good value, especially if you require 4K recording and better autofocus).

Let us know in the comments about your experiences shooting video with Fujifilm cameras and whether the X-T2 ticks enough boxes for you and how you like to work.

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