FUJI X-T2 REVIEW and why i switched from Sony

 

In this review i want to show you how excellent the Fuji X-T2 is + the very sharp Fujinon 16mm 1.4 + optional Booster Grip  and at the same time show you why i made the switch from Sony to Fuji! Make shure to watch the Review video above, it has a lot of additional infos, focus tests, video samples…subscribe to my youtube channel to be one of the first to know when a new video comes out https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiTupTj11iyk_Baxt29EsQQ

Now if you followed my blogposts and videos you do know that i love Sony for it´s innovation and image quality. Sony produced sensors are the best of the best and thats why also the Fuji X-T2 is using a Sony made Sensor, which was an excellent decision by Fuji.

Update: The sensor is produced by a factory specialized in sensor manufacturing owned by Sony, but it’s entire R&D and design is by Fuji.

But first of all let´s have a look at all the very impressive specs of this camera:

Lens Mount Fujifilm X Mount
Camera Format APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
Pixels 24.3 Megapixel
Max Resolution 24 MP: 6000 x 4000
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.6 x 15.6 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: Linear PCM
Bit Depth 14-bit
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Cards 2 SD Card Slots
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Resolution 3840 x 2160: 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
1280 x 720: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
Video Format MPEG4-AVC/H.264
3840 x 2160p (100 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p (100 Mbps)
1280 x 720p (50 Mbps)
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Video Clip Length Up to 10 minutes and 30 Minutes with booster grip
Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo
Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points Hybrid: 325
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Size 0.5″
Viewfinder Pixel Count 2,360,000
Viewfinder Eye Point 23.00 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.77x
Diopter Adjustment – 4 to +2 m
Display Screen 3″ Rear Screen Pivoting  LCD (1,040,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200-12800 (Extended Mode: 100-51200)
Shutter Type: Mechanical
Speed: 30 – 1/8000 second
Type: Electronic
Speed: 30 – 1/32000 second
Remote Control RR-90 (Optional)
Metering Method Average metering, Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Automatic Scene Recognition, Color Temperature, Custom, Fine, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
Continuous Shooting Up to 14 fps for up to 42 frames in JPEG format with booster grip
Up to 14 fps for up to 28 frames in raw format with booster grip
Up to 8 fps for up to 83 frames in JPEG format
Up to 8 fps for up to 33 frames in raw format
Up to 5 fps for unlimited frames in JPEG format
Up to 5 fps for up to 39 frames in raw format
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Commander
Manual
Off
Slow Sync
Built-in Flash No
Max Sync Speed 1 / 250 seconds
Flash Compensation -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System TTL
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, PC Terminal
Performance
Start-up Time 0.3 seconds
Shutter Lag 0.05 seconds
Self Timer 10 seconds, 2 seconds
Interval Recording Yes
Connectivity 1/8″ Microphone, 2.5mm Sub-mini (2-Ring), HDMI D (Micro), Micro-USB, USB 3.0
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Power
Battery 1x NP-W126S Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack
AC Power Adapter AC-9V AC Adapter (Optional)
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)
Humidity: 10 – 80%
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.2 x 3.6 x 1.9″ / 132.5 x 91.8 x 49.2 mm
Weight 1.12 lb / 507 g with memory card and battery

 

If you are reading the specs, you would probably never think that this is „only“ an APS-C camera, with all the features it allready has, buttons and dials for pretty much everything, you would probably think this would be a great fullframe camera. And yes it has a lot of features i whish Sony users would get for the upcoming A7III for example, like the dual SD Card Slots, big dials on the top, 4k Video, bigger grip, AF Joystick and much faster and accurate focusing.  I had my A7II for more than a year now and really loved it, but there was a LOT that i was missing which the Fuji X-T2 has.

BUILDQUALITY & ERGONOMICS

The first time when you hold the Fuji X-T2 body in your hands you will notice the buildquality of the camera is just excellent. It feels so good and premium in the hands, Fuji has done a great job with the body and its also completely weather sealed:

Supporting its use in harsh climates, the durable weather-resistant body design is constructed from magnesium alloy and sealed to protect against dust, moisture, and cold temperatures down to 14°F.

You could even go to antarctic with this camera, it is built like a tank and so are Fujis Premium lenses like the Fujinon 16mm 1.4, 16-55  2.8 and 50-140 2.8…

The body is a bit bigger than on a Sony A7II for example, which i find a lot better with my big hands. You also have buttons and dials for allmost every function directly on the camera and on the lens. The best thing on the back is the AF joystick, its so easy to navigate the AF where you want it to be in a second, this should be standard on any camera.

EVF

The EVF is a joy to look through, without the booster grip you have a refresh rate of 60 FPS which is allready more than on many other cameras and also has a very big magnification of 0,77x which is allmost as big as in the Sony A7rII which has 0,78x. With the booster grip the refresh rate will get even faster with crazy 100 FPS and this makes it one of the best EVF´s out there, which can rival true optical viewfinders.

APS-C vs. FULLFRAME

Here are some comparison shots with the Sony A7II + adapted Sigma 24mm 1.4 which i had and the Fuji X-T2 + Fujinon 16mm 1.4:

The Sigma 24mm 1.4 is so huge if you compare it to its equivalent the Fujinon 16mm 1.4 and the Sigma lens with the Sony is also a lot heavier, in fact the Sigma with the Sony A7II weighs more than the Fuji X-T2 + Fujinon 16mm 1.4 + Booster Grip + 2 Batteries. No joke, try it out.

Now some people will say how the hell can you compare a fullframe camera with an APS-C? Shure the sensor of the XT-2 is a lot smaller, but as you can see in my sample images below, the Fuji X-T2 with its amazing dynamic range, shadow recovery and also very good iso performance rivals really more with fullframe. I had the A7II for a long time so i have to compare it, without that the review would not be complete. If i get the chance to test the new Sony A6500 i will definetly compare it to the X-T2.

Here is an ISO comparison shot in raw @ ISO 4000 and 6400  with 1.4 with the same shutterspeed WITHOUT DENOISING, so this is exactly what you get:

Fullframe Sony A7II + Sigma 24mm 1.4, ISO4000

APS-C Fuji X-T2 + Fujinon 16mm 1.4, ISO4000

 

Fullframe Sony A7II ISO6400 + Sigma 24mm 1.4

 

APS-C Fuji X-T2 ISO6400 + Fujinon 16mm 1.4

 

As you can see the noise level is pretty much similar, so for a much smaller sensor  this is a great result in terms of ISO performance. Of course the A7II fullframe has its little advantage in terms of bokeh in this test, but its really not a lot and in the images below you can see that you can have a lot of bokeh too with APS-C.

ISO PERFORMANCE

To further show you how good the ISO performance of the X-T2 is here are some real world images shot in raw at night handheld on a fair WITHOUT DENOISING:

And here are some long exposure shots, shot in RAW on a tripod at ISO 100-320 WITHOUT DENOISING:

SHADOW RECOVERY & DYNAMIC RANGE

To demo how good the shadow recovery of the X-T2 works, here are some examples taken handheld in RAW, the shadows are boosted with the slider in lightroom. Parts of the original files are pitch black because i was exposing for the sky.

Original raw:

Developed image:

Original RAW:

Developed image:

You see the shadow recovery of the Fuji files is just incredible, i have shot with the Sony A7rII which got amazing shadow recovery and dynamic range and would say its shadowrecovery of the XT2 is at least as good as on the A7rII which costs more than 2x as the X-T2

And here are some more results, i think dynamic range is also outstanding:

SHARPNESS, DETAIL & BOKEH

Since the Fuji X-T2 has no AA Filter, which is a great decision again, the detail and sharpness you will get with your Fuji lenses is the best of best. You can really see the difference when the AA Filter is not there, your image gets that extra sharpness which is great to have. Other brands like Nikon and Canon charge a LOT of money just by leaving the AA Filter out as we know on their cameras.  Here are some examples shot handheld, also notice the beautiful Fuji colors, all that is just simple lightroom editing and i added the Fuji Velvia Film Simulation Profile in Lightroom:

FOCUSING

How good is it? In one word FAST

Focusing with the X-T2 is very fast even in low light scenarios like i´m showing in my review video, the focus is moving really fast from the back to the front and there is no pumping or anything else. Focusing with the XT2 is just great and compared to my Sony A7II and any other mirrorless i had it is definetly the best focusing I experienced yet on a mirrorless body. This is exactly how focusing should be on a mirrorless camera. Fuji has really set a high standard with their focusing system. So people who still say mirrorless and focusing that does not fit together, my dslr is a lot faster, try the X-T2.

The Pro features of Fuji´s focusing system goes even so far that you can customnize the AF and use 5 presets. Make shure to watch my review video above, all my focusing tests are in there! As i said the focusing works great and also in AF-C, if it sometimes looses focus it can quickly refocus again, together with the booster grip you will get 14 FPS speed and a LOT of shots that are in focus!

Your camera must be set to electronic shutter to really have the 14 FPS, with the mechanical shutter it´s 11 FPS with the grip which is still very good.

Here 2 images from my Focusing test in the Video:

You also have EYE and Face AF with the X-T2 which is great for portraits. In my early tests with the EYE AF it worked very good, but i need some more time to test this and i will write a seperate blogpost about this.

STABILISATION & HANDLING

In short the X-T2 has no built in stabilisation but their premium lenses like the excellent Fujinon 50-140 2.8 has OIS and even Fuji´s excellent kitlens. I have tested the 50-140 2.8 beast in a store and the stabilisation was rock solid, i could easilly shoot handheld in the store and even with a 2x converter it was no problem to get shakefree images.

The Fujinon 16mm 1.4 has no stabilisation built in, but with that short focal length you really don´t need, because of the very light weight, as you can see even at night and in lowlight it worked great for me. I thought i would miss the 5-Axis inbody stabilisation of my A7II but i really don´t.

Of course it would be great to have IBIS for Video, maybe in the X-T3? But as you can see in my Video above handholding the camera with the lens and also with the grip is not a problem. If you shoot a lot of video just use a monopod with a fluid tripod head and it will work for you and of course you can post stabilise the footage.

 

4K VIDEO

The XT2 can shoot very detailed 4k, much more detailed than on other cameras.

Update: It can do that by downsampling 5K footage internal and it records this internally with a 100 mbps bitrate. So just in case if you wonder that i said in in my review video its a 6k downsample, of course its not, just had far to many specs to go through while making the video:-) In real world usage the 5k downsample is not really different from the 6k downsample which the a6300 and a6500 can do. You will never really notice a difference except you would zoom in to 100 or 200 % while you are watching the video and no one does that. The reason why Fuji has chosen not to give it a 6k downsample is probably because the rolling shutter is a lot less on the X-T2.   The file format is an mov which does not take a lot of space and it plays back great in any video editing software.

Your video files will  have a tiny 1.17x crop, but that’s really not much and unfortunately there is no zebra yet on the xt2 and the Fujis flat profile, FLOG can only be recorded with an external recorder via HDMI Out. But fuji already announced that they want to give us the internal flog with firmware update and hopefully the zebra too.

Without the FLOG you can still get a pretty flat looking video. You switch to the Pro Neg Hi Std Film simulation and set the shadows and highlights to -2, color to -4 and sharpness to -3 or -4

The xt2 also does a great job on video, video focusing is very good, if it fails once it can very quickly refocus. And as you can see in my review video, the video footage even without using the flog, but using the user preset + color grading, is just beautifull, very detailed and sharp. Its just a joy to look at and the colors are amazing. Make shure to watch my review video with colorgraded sample footage!

During my videoshots with and without the boostergrip i didn´t have any overheating issue. I have recorded only like 2-3 minute long scenes in 4k for my review, so i can´t say yet if overheating will be an issue if you record longer periods of time, but i will test all that in a future video. The recording limit with 4k and without the grip is 10 min. and with the grip you can record 30 min. of 4k.

The Booster grip also gives you a headphone jack which is essential for videoshooting, if you want to monitor your sound. The internal microphone is really not bad and useable, but in quite scenes it picks up quite a lot of noise from the lens. So i would definetly recommend an external microphone.

GPS & FUJI REMOTE APP

The XT2 has no GPS built in, but you can use your smartphones GPS and the Fuji Remote App to geotagg your images which is really great to remember where you took all your great images.  You can also transfer your images to your smartphone and share them to the rest of the world via social media, remote controll the xt2 and record video with the app. The touch to focus function needs some improvements though, because often you have to touch the screen like 2 or 3 times  untill something happens, which you can also see in my review video. Fuji should also add touch to focus for video recording which is currently not available in the app.

 

THE BOOSTER GRIP & BATTERY JUICE

I definetly recommend you to buy the grip with your Fuji X-T2 since it really enhances the features of the camera

NORMAL BOOST Camera only With Grip
AF speed 0.06 sec. 0.08 sec.
EVF refresh rate 100fps 60fps
Shooting interval 0.19 sec. 0.17 sec.
Shutter time lag 0.045 sec. 0.06 sec.
Blackout time 114msec. 130msec.
High-speed continuous shooting 14 fps 8 fps

For big hands like mine with the grip it´s just so great having more to hold, i always leave the grip on the camera and if i need to charge the batteries i just connect the powercable that comes with it to the grip and my 2 batteries in the grip are charging. The battery in the camera will not be charged this way.

The Juice in the Battery will last for 3-4 hours of shooting i would say, so if you have 2 of them or maybe 3 thats probably enough for 1 session. Currently for me 2 batteries are enough.

CONCLUSION

The Fuji X-T2s price/quality ratio is outstanding. You get professional weatherseald gear with great buildquality for a price of 1.600 €/$. You get 2 SD card slots,  14 FPS with the booster grip, very fast focusing. Excellent dynamic range and shadow recovery with no aa filter for the best sharpness. Great looking and very detailed 4k video downsampled from 5k footage and much much more…There are very little cons like it has no zebra and internal FLOG, which can be added via firmware update. It´s a complete modern camera package which gives you pretty much everything you really would need. For the X-T3 i whish Fuji would give it 5 Axis Inbody stabilization so it could work together with their excellent OIS in the lenses, just like Olympus has.

The last time I was so excited about a new camera was my first dslr 🙂 It really is that good, if you have a chance definetly try the XT2. In my Opinion with all you just have seen in this review and video above, this camera definetly deserves an award for best mirrorless aps-c camera 2016 with outstanding price quality ratio!

 

RATING

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*1=stay away from that garbage / 10=excellent

 

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Fujinon 16mm 1.4 on: Amazon US

Fujinon 16-55mm 2.8 on: Amazon US

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Hi, really interesting post, thank you. I’m just about to try out my new X-T2 this week and I’ll try out your suggested video settings. I’m a beginner but am very enthusiastic about the Fuji approach to videography, so will be interested in reading more about your experiences. Cheers!

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