Fuji XT2 Firmware Upgrade 2.0 REVIEW

In this review i want to show you my experience testing the latest Firmware 2.0 upgrade for the Fuji XT-2.
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This is not just a simple update which you normally get from time to time from camera manufactureres or probably rarely get any update.

With this upgrade FujiFilm shows again how excellent their camera and customer support is with lots of improvements and additional features for your existing camera.

Fuji could also just put all that good stuff in a new camera and sell it to you, but instead you get all that completely for free, making your Fuji XT-2 even more worth!

Here is the first part of improvements and features in Firmware 2.0:

  • 1.Shooting RAW in Bracketing and Advanced Filters

    The update enables you to use the RAW format when shooting not only in AE Bracketing but also in other Bracketing modes (ISO, Dynamic Range, White Balance, Film Simulations) and also in Advanced Filter modes.
  • 2.Extended ISO 125 and 160 selectable

    The update adds ISO125 and ISO160 to extended ISO levels available.
  • 3.Programmable long exposure of up to 15 minutes

    Long exposure in the T mode currently goes only up to 30 seconds. The update will allow users to extend it up to 15 minutes.
  • 4.ON/OFF for 1/3-step shutter speed adjustment

    The update allows you to turn off the Command Dial’s function to adjust shutter speed by 1/3 steps in order to prevent unintended adjustments.
  • 5.Full-range ISO adjustments with the Command Dial

    With the update, set the ISO “A” position to “Command” to adjust ISO sensitivity across the full range, including extended ISOs, with the Front Command Dial.
  • 6.“AUTO” setting added for the minimum shutter speed in the ISO Auto setting

    The update adds an AUTO option for the minimum shutter speed in the ISO Auto setting, that allows the camera to automatically define the minimum shutter speed according to the focal length of the lens attached.
  • 7.Faster “Face Detection AF”

    The update enables the use of Phase Detection AF for faster performance in Face Detection AF.
  • 8.Improved in-focus indication in the AF-C mode

    The update reduces focus hunting in the AF-C mode, making it easier to track a subject.
  • 9.Addition of a smaller Focus Point size in Single Point AF

    The update adds a smaller Focus Point size in Single Point AF, bringing the total number of available sizes to six. The new smallest size facilitates pin-point focusing.
    * This function used with tether shooting is available with “Tether Shooting Plug-in PRO for Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® Ver.1.5.0”.
  • 10.Addition of “Portrait / Landscape AF Mode Switching”

    The update allows you to specify separate AF mode and AF point settings for portrait orientation and landscape orientation.
    * This function used with tether shooting is available with “Tether Shooting Plug-in PRO for Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® Ver.1.5.0”. If you are using Ver.1.4.0 or before, set STORE AF MODE BY ORIENTATION to OFF in AF/MF SETTING.
  • 11.Change of focus frame position while enlarging it

    The update allows you to move the position of focus frame while enlarging it in Single Point in the AF-S mode or in the Manual Focus.
  • 12.Activation of the Eye Sensor in video recording
    The update allows you to use the Eye Sensor during video recording to automatically switch between EVF and LCD.
  • 13.Change of ISO sensitivity during video recording

    The update allows you to change ISO setting during video recording.
  • 14.Re-autofocusing in video recording

    With the update, half-press the Shutter Release button or press the button assigned to “AF-ON” function during video recording to re-do autofocusing.
  • 15.Display live histogram during video recording

    The update allows you to display a live histogram during video recording.
  • 16.Optimization of external microphone’s input level

    The update optimizes external microphone’s input level (lower limit revised from -12dB to 20dB) to reduce white noise when an external microphone with preamp is connected.
  • 17.Addition of “Eye Sensor + LCD Image Display” in the View Mode

    The update gives the “Eye Sensor + LCD Image Display” option in the View Mode that allows you to shoot through the viewfinder and check images on the LCD, just as you would with an SLR.
  • 18Constant “Dual display mode”

    With the update, the small window in the Dual mode stays on even when you half-press the shutter release button.
  • 19.Automatic vertical GUI for LCD

    With the update, when you hold the camera in the portrait orientation, the camera will automatically display the GUI on the LCD in the same orientation.
  • 20.Name Custom Settings

    The update allows you to assign a specific name to Custom Settings 1 – 7. 
    [How to set]
    IMAGE QUALITY SETTING>EDIT/SAVE CUSTOM SETTING>CUSTOM1-7>EDIT CUSTOM NAME
  • 21.Copyright information in EXIF data

    The update allows you to register the photographer’s name and the copyright holder’s name in advance so that the camera automatically adds the information to EXIF data for each image.
    [How to set]
    SET UP>SAVE DATA SET-UP>COPYRIGHT INFO
  • 22.Voice Memo function

    The update enable you to record 30-second “Voice Memo” clips in the Playback mode.
    [How to set]
    PLAY BACK MENU>VOICE MEMO SETTING>ON
    * When recorded images are displayed, press the front command dial for a while to start memo recording. When you remove your finger from the dial, it stops.
  • 23.Extended AE Bracketing

    The update extends AE Bracketing from the current 3 frames +/-2EV to up to 9 frames +/-3EV.
  • 24.Addition of “Shoot Without Card” mode

    With the update, you can have the “Shoot Without Card” mode turned OFF so that the camera cannot shoot when there is no SD card inserted. 
    [How to set]
    SET UP>BUTTON/DIAL SET



You see it’s a LOT, the XT-2 was allready very good when i got it, but with all these improvements it’s excellent.


List of upcoming Upgrade:

X-T2 version 2.10 & X-Pro2 version 3.10 – late May 2017

1. Support for computer tethering via Wi-Fi (X-T2 only)
The update adds support for computer tethering via Wi-Fi.

2. Addition of “All” AF mode (X-T2 only)
With the update, select “All” in the AF mode so that you can select the AF mode and Focus Area size by only using the Command Dial.

3. Function extension for “Shutter AF” and “Shutter AE” (X-T2 only)
With the update, you can specify different settings for AF-S and AF-C in “Shutter AF” and for AF-S / MF and AF-C in “Shutter AE.”

4. Addition of “-6” and “-7” to EVF’s brightness setting
Additional options of “-6” and “-7” to the “EVF Brightness” setting so that, even in an extremely low-light condition, the brightness of the EVF does not distract you from shooting.

5. Switchover of the main and sub displays in the Dual Display mode (X-T2 only)
The update allows you to switch between the main and sub displays in the Dual Display mode.

6. Function assignment to the Rear Command Dial
With the update, you can assign a specific function to be activated when the Rear Command Dial is pressed.

Sample Images taken handheld with the Fujinon 50-140 2.8

CONCLUSION

The Fuji XT-2 allready had a great price/quality ratio and in my review i wrote it is the APS-C Camera of the year 2016 with a 9/10 rating. Now having the Firmware 2.0 update and if Fuji also gives the XT-2 internal FLOG for video in a future update, it really deserves a 10/10. If you are a XT-2 user make shure to install the Fimware 2.0 update and if you are planning to buy the XT-2 now it’s the perfect time to this and get all the new features!

 

Fujinon 50-140 2.8 on Amazon US: Amazon US

Fuji XT2 on:  Amazon US

Fuji X-T2 Booster Grip on: Amazon US

Fujinon 56mm 1.2 on: Amazon US

Fujinon 16mm 1.4 on: Amazon US

Fujinon 16-55mm 2.8 on: Amazon US


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