It’s almost two years since the Fujifilm X-Pro2 was announced in January 2016. Since then, it’s become a much loved and well regarded camera for anybody who’s owned one. One of the big drawbacks, though, at least for those looking to mirrorless for video, is its lack of 4K video. Well, that’s about to change thanks to a new “Kaizen” firmware update.
Yes, that’s right, the X-Pro2 is getting 4K video, along with tethered shooting over USB or Wi-Fi, new AF tracking algorithm for moving subjects, Fujifilm X Raw Studio support for the Mac, improved wireless flash capability, and several other things.
The firmware’s been rumoured for a while. Fujirumors mentioned it way back in August. Now it’s been announced. If you’re impatient, you can download it here right now. If you want something to take up your time while you wait for the download, continue reading…
- Addition of 4K video mode (excluding HDMI out)
The update adds 4K video using the X Series’ famous Film Simulation modes. You can input audio from an external microphone.
(Excluding HDMI output for recording)
- Support for tether shooting via USB or Wi-Fi
After connecting a camera to a computer, the compatible software will enable users to transfer images taken with the camera to the computer and save them in a specified folder, or to control the camera from the computer.
To use the Tether shooting by wireless communication, one of the PC application software below and additional setting are required. For detail of the setting, refer to the setting manual.
- New AF tracking algorithm for moving subject
Thanks to the newly developed image recognition algorithm, the update enhances AF-C to track moving subjects twice as fast as previous firmware. In addition, the update also enhances tracking to be able to capture up to 50% smaller moving subjects than before.
- Support “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO”(Macintosh)
Once connecting a camera to a computer via USB cable, the “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO” enables users to convert RAW files with X Processor Pro. The first batch processing will also be available. The “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO” can be downloaded from the FUJIFILM website for free.
*”FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO Ver.1.0 Installer for Macintosh” can be downloaded from the URL below.
- Improve radio flash controller usability
The upgrade allows users to shoot with compatible third party studio flash in high speed sync. or TTL mode via their radio controllers.
- Support for backup/restore of camera settings via FUJIFILM X Acquire
Once connecting a camera to a computer via USB cable, the “FUJIFILM X Acquire” allows users to backup/restore camera settings to/from a file. Copying all camera settings from one camera to another is available.
*Settings other than date, custom white balance, custom registration/edit can be backup and restored.
* FUJIFILM X Acquire Ver.1.7 Installer can be downloaded from our website.
- Support for “Instax SHARE SP-3”
Additionally, “Instax SHERE SP-3” has become compatible with this camera.
- RGB histogram display and highlight warning
If you press the function button allocated to the histogram, RGB histogram and highlight warning (High brightness portion will blink.)are displayed.
- Re-start of AF function during a movie shooting
AF function can be done again by pressing the shutter button halfway during a movie shooting.
Fuji have long said that they plan to keep improving their cameras with new firmware updates because “we want you to use our camera longer and longer in your life”, and true to their word it seems they’re doing exactly that.
It does make you wonder, though, why didn’t they just implement this stuff in the first place?