Earlier today Fujifilm announced several interesting products including the long awaited X-PRO2 (the original X-PRO1 was announced back in 2012) – Fujifilm’s new flagship, a slightly updated XE-2 version (called X-E2S) and an all new large sensor compact camera – the X70 and finally an all new long telephoto zoom lens – Fuji XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR.
Lets start with the X-PRO2 which Niccolls and Elson review in the video above (mind you they only have a pre-production sample so not much to say on RAW image quality). The new camera brings improvements to all the main parts including a new higher res sensor (24MP instead of 16MP), a new and much faster processor (4X the speed of thr X-PRO1), Many more AF points (273 with 77 phased ones) and supposedly faster focusing as well, 2 SD card slots (one with UHS-II support), a new film simulation mode faster shutter speed (1/8000) and faster sync speed with up to 8fps and improved hybrid viewfinder (with the same resolution as the X-T1).
Update – a second video by the guys from the the Camera Store on image quality of the X-PRO2
Here is a list of the main X-PRO2 features:
- Sensor: New 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III Sensor
- Processor: X-Processor Pro Image Processor.
- Sensitivity: 200-12,800 (extended up to 51,200 ISO).
- Viewfinder: Hybrid EVF with 2.3m dot LCD and more advanced overlays in optical mode.
- LCD: 3.0″ 1.6m dot rear LCD.
- Connectivity: Built-in Wi-Fi.
- Shutter: up to 1/8000 sec.
- Shooting speed: up to 8fps.
- Video: 1080p @60, 50, 30, 25 and 24fps with exposure control.
- Microphone: Stereo mic input (2.5mm).
- Extra features: new b&w filter, dual sd cards (UHS-II support for slot 1) and weather-sealing.
- Weight: 495g.
- Price: $1700 (on Amazon).
The new x-pro2 – a long wait
An extensive first look of the X-PRO2 by Billy from the Fuji Guys
The second camera is we mentioned is the XE-2S which is almost identical to the original XE-2S with better increased sensitivity of up to 51,200 ISO. The new version is also less expensive at $700 (or around $1000 with the XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS kit lens).
A more interesting/innovative camera is the X70 – this tiny and thin compact camera has the same APS-C sensor as the XE-2S but with a Fujinon 18.5mm f/2.8 lens (28mm equivalent in 35mm) but with a very minimalistic and tiny body which should fit in a pocket (at least from the look of the camera) and is similar to the X100 series minus the viewfinder and maybe a few other features but it does have a 180 degree flip screen.
The new X70 – large sensor compact
The price of the X70 is also more accessible than the X100 series at $800.
Side view of the thin X70
First look at the X70
Finally we have a new telephoto zoom lens – 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens which is weather resistance (WR) has advanced optical image stabilization (OIS) as well as an interesting twin linear motors (LM) for better AF and tracking.
The lens has 21 elements in 14 groups, including no less than 5 ED elements and one Super ED element for reducing chromatic aberration. The lens is also compatible with Fuji’s XF1.4X TC WR teleconverter.
The new weather resistant long zoom-telephoto
The 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 will cost $1900 when it reaches the market in February.
Wex Photographic & Fujifilm video on the new 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens
You can find many more previews and reviews on our Photography review section here on LensVid.