March 3, 2016 will likely be the first roll out of the X-Pro2, heralding in a new series of X series cameras. Up until now the X series have been based on a 16 megapixel, X-Trans CMOS II sensor and a stunning range of very high quality lenses. Lenses whose performance out performs many full frame professional lenses. The X-Pro2 makes two large changes to the X line of cameras, first the resolution has moved from 16 to 24 megapixels, but just as important the aluminum substrate on the sensor has been replaced by copper. The increase resolution should have brought with it increased problems with noise and low light capacity, but a quick look at the test comparison shows just the opposite, better low light capacity and lower noise levels! The new copper substrate has pulled of a miracle, and challenged the conventional notions of how low pixel pitch impacts noise.
The X-Trans CMOS III 24 megapixel sensor still uses the unique 6 by 6 colour filter, unlike other camera sensors that use a 2 by 2 bayer colour filter, which when combined with the XF Fuji lenses produces a resolution that rivals Full Frame. Certainly it presents a real challenge to any full frame Nikon or Canon 24 megapixel camera with its superior noise and ISO performance. Especially when the physical package is so much smaller and discrete. Unlike its DSLR equivalents this camera has a number of really advantages beside size. The camera can operate in a completely silent fashion, with absolutely no noise (I mean really no noise at all). It has a jpg engine that is the best in the industry. The hybrid viewfinder, that can be toggled, allows for OVF (optical viewfinder), EVF (electronic view finder) and ERF (electronic rangefinder) viewing. The ERF has a small EVF magnification of the focal point in the lower part of the OVF to allow for accurate manual focus assistance. Lenses that out perform, edge to edge, most full frame high end lenses, especially at low f stops. Most impressive of all is, once you have set up the camera’s defaults, you really can operate the camera from the dial on top and through the read outs on either the display, EVF or Optical Viewfinder. The camera melts into the background as a camera should.
There are lots of other features that make this camera amazing, but I will leave you to explore this in the reviews I have listed below.
There has already been a large migration of professional photographer to the previous X family of cameras, and I think this new camera will accelerate this migration. If you read the threads associated with the reviews they are filled with full frame DSLR users looking for tips on how to sell of their equipment as they go all in with this new camera.
- Fujifilm X-Pro 2 site
- Dpreview Review
- David duChemin move from Full Frame DSLR to Fuji
- Camera Labs Review
- The Camera Store Video Review
- Pete Bridgwood Video Review