It was only just over a week ago that Fujifilm announced the version 4 firmware for the X-T2. Much anticipated by X-T2 owners it adds internal F-Log 4K video as well as 120fps 1080p shooting. Now, though, due to “malfunctions”, Fujifilm has put out a new firmware, v4.01. But instead of fixing the issues, it essentially rolls the camera back to version 3.
When Fuji announced the then-new X-T2 back in July 2016, it got Fuji shooters very excited, especially the ones interested in video. Fuji now has a 4K video-capable camera in their lineup. They’ve since gone on to add 4K to the X-Pro2 and released the new X-H1, but they haven’t given up on the X-T2 just yet.
Only a month after release, would-be X-T2 owners were complaining that they could only shoot 4K F-Log if they were using an external recorder and not internally. Fujifilm said at the time that they would consider internal F-Log recording. And now they’ve delivered with a new firmware update that adds internal 4K F-Log recording to SD, as well as 120fps 1080p slow motion.
This is an interesting developing. Fuji have announced that a new raw processing application is coming in November; Fujifilm X RAW Studio. Unlike all current raw systems, X RAW Studio actually seems to use your camera’s hardware to speed up the workflow. Much in the same way that games, 3D and even video editing applications can utilise your GPU.
Essentially, you plug your camera into a Mac or PC via USB, and then the software sends tasks out to the camera to perform. Fuji believe that the X Processor Pro inside the camera is far more efficient than a computer’s CPU. Especially when it comes to the large raw files we see today.
Let’s face it, everything looks good on a 3″ screen. So, the advantages of shooting tethered become immediately apparent in the studio. You’re able to quickly see the results as you shoot them on a much larger screen. This makes it much easier to spot distracting elements, issues with hair or makeup, and if the composition even works when shown big.
It’s an ability that many photographers find absolutely invaluable and difficult to work without. It’s also an ability that’s been lacking with the Fuji X-T2, until now. Fuji have released a new v1.10 firmware for the X-T2 which, amongst other things, now gives the photographers the ability to shoot tethered to Lightroom. Users can also shoot tethered to Fuji’s own HS-V5 software.
Packing the 24.3MP X-Tranx III APS-C sized CMOS sensor also seen in the X-Pro2, the new camera also includes an upgraded hybrid AF system with 325 focus points, as well as an AF selection joystick on the back.