Retro revisited: Fujifilm finally announces the X-Pro2
It’s been something like five years since Fuji first introduced the interchangeable-lens X System with the original X-Pro1. Since then, the system has multiplied, stratifying down price points with cameras like the X-E1, X-M1, and X-A1, and across body styles with the X-T1 and X-T10. The X-E1 was even replaced by the X-E2, and let’s not forget that we also saw the fixed-lens X100 get updated twice in this same timeframe. All the new cameras were upstaging the once-mighty X-Pro1, which seemed all but forgotten.
Well, Fuji fans, the time to rejoice is finally here. If you were a diehard X-Pro1 user holding out until the last minute, then your patience has finally paid off. The X-Pro2 now has all the updated tech from the other newer Fujis, but it doesn’t stop there. At its heart lies a new, 24MP X-TRANS III sensor with 273 autofocus points (77 of which use phase-detection). The hybrid viewfinder has been bumped up to 2.36 million dots, and includes the pop-up picture-in-picture feature found in the X100T. The maximum mechanical shutter speed is now 1/8000 of a second, the fastest of any Fuji X series camera, and burst rate is now up to 8 frames per second. Despite the higher resolution of the new sensor, native ISO range has increased, stretching from 200 to 12,800 (expandable to 51,200).
On the outside, things have also gotten better. There is a joystick for AF point control and six programmable custom buttons, up from the X-Pro1’s two. The shutter speed dial is encompassed by a lift-to-activate ISO dial, putting more control at the user’s fingertips (and making the overall appearance even more film-camera-esque). The X-Pro2 is also the first Fuji to offer dual SD card slots (one of which is compatible with the latest UHS-II standard), and the metal body has received upgraded dust and weather sealing.
But, the biggest improvement of all is nothing less than pure phototechnical wizardry: an adjustable diopter! Okay, really, we have no idea why the original X-Pro1 didn’t have this; it was a silly oversight, but at least Fuji finally made it better.
The X-Pro2 should be arriving mid-February at a price of $1699.99, and we are now accepting preorders. Overall, it looks to be quite the upgrade, and X-Pro1 users will likely be very happy with it. We’ll have a full review of the X-Pro2 as soon as we can get our hands on one, but we already know what our biggest concern is: can we possibly like it as much as we like the X-T1?