It’s been a long time coming, Fujifilm users. But the wait is over. The Japanese imaging company has officially unveiled the X-Pro2, a 24-megapixel mirrorless camera that might look like its predecessor, but hides far more power and all new features beneath its familiar façade.
Inside the rangefinder-inspired camera is an all new 24.3MP X-Trans III CMOS sensor and X Processor Pro image processor capable of cranking out 8 frames per second (fps) and 1080p video at up to 60fps.
For capturing images, the X-Pro2 doubles the maximum mechanical shutter speed to 1/8000th of a second and an all-new electronic shutter capable of a blazing 1/32000th of a second. The flash sync speed also improves to 1/250th of a second, up from 1/180th a second on the X-Pro1.
An all-new hybrid phase detection autofocus system features 273-points—a massive increase from the X-Pro1’s 49-point system. Another improvement to the autofocus system are two new modes called ‘Wide’ and ‘Tracking.’
For composing images, a slightly larger 0.48-inch 2.36 millions dot display bumps up the resolution almost double that of the X-Pro1 and covers the same 100%. On the back is an almost identical 3-inch 1.62 millions dot LCD screen.
As far as physical design, the retro-esque rangefinder concept remains largely unchanged. Instead, Fujifilm addressed a few key sore spots of the X-Pro1. Most notably, the X-Pro2 now features a brand new joystick on the back, which can be used to more easily navigate the menus and select focus points. The grip has also been slightly altered for better control when your fingers are wrapped around.
One of the most notably changes for X-Pro1 users is the new button layout. Rather than the buttons being on the left-hand side of the rear LCD, they’re on the right. This means you can control every function of the camera with one hand.
One of the most welcomed additions is an extra SD card slot and weather sealing. Two of the most requested features from X-Pro1 owners was an extra slot for backups or overflow and weather sealing for shooting in rough conditions. Fujifilm listened.
The Fujifilm X-Pro2 is set to hit shelves in February 2016 for $1,700, a $400 increase over the initial selling price of the X-Pro1.