The new X-T2 is hyped over its two features – Autofocus and Video:

The new hybrid AF system boasts 325 AF points, including 91 zone focusing points (up from 49 in the X-T1). This new system paired with several algorithmic improvements makes for a “dramatic improvement” in performance. Fuji is promising “accurate focusing is all shooting situations, even in low light with a -3EV.” AF-C has also been “significantly enhanced,” promising better tracking of moving subjects.

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Where video is concerned, for the first time ever Fujifilm is bringing 4K recording to the X-Series family. And it is widely expected from Fujifilm, users of the X-T2 will be able to apply any of the film simulation modes available to you right on top of the footage you capture.

As mentioned above, Malaysia is having a long holiday, and the local subsidiary of Fujifilm is joining the rest of the corporate industry in observing the festive occasion but you can read all about the new X-T2 here in the European Press Release below:

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Press Release

FUJIFILM announces the ultimate mirrorless digital camera: the FUJIFILM X-T2 that delivers creative perfection.

The X-T2 offers outstanding image quality with FUJIFILM’s colour reproduction formulated over 80 years, advanced autofocus functions and 4K high definition video.

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) has announced that, on September 8, 2016, the company will release the FUJIFILM X-T2 – the ultimate mirrorless digital camera that uses advanced technologies to achieve premium image quality, outstanding operability and beautiful design reminiscent of traditional cameras.

The X-T2 combines the sensor and image processing engine developed by Fujifilm, with an ultra-sharp range of FUJINON lenses for excellent image resolution.  Fujifilm’s colour-reproduction technology, formulated over 80 years, delivers images of unparalleled quality and realism, recording a subject’s textures, three-dimensional feel and even the atmosphere surrounding it.

The X-T2’s compact and lightweight camera body is also dust-resistant, water-resistant and capable of operating at temperatures as low as -10°C.  Its autofocus and electronic viewfinder performance have both been substantially improved, making it more adaptable than ever before at shooting a moving subject under difficult conditions, such as sports or wildlife photography, which had previously been considered difficult with mirrorless cameras.

For the first time in the X Series, the X-T2 supports 4K video recording.  The Film Simulation modes, used for still images, can be applied to video to easily produce premium-quality footage.

The X-T2’s design is modelled after the central viewfinder style of the FUJIFILM X-T1, which has been popular since its launch in 2014.  This proven stable form factor provides a camera that is perfectly sized with ergonomic dials laid out exactly where they are needed for excellent, intuitive operability. Couple the X-T2 with the optional grip to provide a superior balance, especially when mounted with a telephoto lens.  Immerse yourself in photography through the large viewfinder with the magnification ratio of 0.77x.  The sense of perfect alignment from the centre of your body to a subject through the lens creates an illusion that you have become one with the camera for the ultimate photographic pleasure.

The full line-up of 22 FUJINON lenses covers a wide range of focal lengths from ultra-wide angle to ultra telephoto.  The compact and lightweight lenses are all optimally designed for APS-C sensors, and incorporate standout features including large maximum aperture and powerful image stabilisation to meet photographers’ diverse demands.

The X-T2 is to become the X Series’ flagship model along with FUJIFILM X-Pro2, the world’s only rangefinder-style camera with the Hybrid Multi Viewfinder, released in March this year.  The two models deliver unparalleled performance in their distinctive fields, with the X-T2 excelling in portraiture, nature and sports photography, and the X-Pro2 ideal for snapshots and discreet documentary photography.

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Highlight features of X-T2

FUJIFILM’s excellent reproduction of colours and gradation of tones capture premium image quality in both stills and video recording

The X-T2 features the 24.3MP X-TransTM CMOS III*1, an APS-C sensor with no low-pass filter boasting the highest performance in the history of the X Series, as well as the X-Processor Pro high-speed image processing engine to deliver outstanding colour reproduction and gradation of tones in both stills and videos with high ISO sensitivity and low noise.  The Film Simulation modes, developed with Fujifilm’s philosophy of colour reproduction nutured in over 80 years of photo film research, have further evolved to capture a subject’s textures, three-dimensional feel and even the atmosphere surrounding it.

The X-T2’s video function supports 4K video recording, which is the first in the X Series of cameras.  Approx. 1.8 times the amount of information needed to produce a 4K video file (3840×2160) video is captured to create stunning image quality.

Fast response to capture a decisive moment with any type of subject

Basic response specifications, such as start-up time, shooting interval and shutter release time lag, have all been improved to the extreme in pursuit of a camera that operates exactly as the photographer demands.

The high-speed processing power and the use of improved algorithms have significantly improved the basic autofocus performance, improving the focusing performance on points of light, low-contrast objects and subjects with fine and delicate textures such as bird feathers and animal fur, which have previously been the weakness of phase detection AF.

The X-T2 also features AF-C Custom Settings for even higher accuracy in focus-tracking moving subjects.  You can customize settings to optimize AF characteristics according to the type of subject movements.

The electronic viewfinder, which is used to continuously track a moving subject, is capable of displaying up to 100 frames per second, while also maintaining the magnification ratio of 0.77x and the display time lag of 0.005 seconds.  The duration of the viewfinder blackout, in which the live view display blacks out temporarily while the camera reads picture data, has been reduced by more than half, enabling up to 5fps, instead of 3fps in previous models, during continuous shooting in the Live View mode, a better option to ensure tracking subject movements.

A perfectly balanced, compact, lightweight and rugged body, made possible with the APS-C sensor

The X-T2’s compact and lightweight body, weighing just 507g (including memory card and battery), is dust-resistant, water-resistant and capable of operating at temperatures as low as -10°C.  The use of the APS-C sized sensor means the camera body mounts more compact and lightweight lenses, so that you only need a small camera bag to head out for all types of field photography.  Fit the optional Vertical Power Booster Grip (VPB-XT2) to shoot up to approx. 1,000 frames per charge.

Practicality-oriented design that brings back the operability of traditional cameras

Mechanical dials are provided for intuitive operation of all basic camera settings, including the shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, drive modes and metering modes.  The settings can be instantaneously adjusted even when the camera is turned off, so that you can be always ready for the next shot.  The rear panel of the camera body features the Focus Lever.  This can be moved up / down, right / left and diagonally to make quick changes to the focus area for accurate focusing.  The rear LCD screen is the X Series’ first three-direction tilting display, which tilts up and down when shooting in landscape, and upward when shooting in portrait.  The screen remains positioned on the optical axis of the lens even when tilted, facilitating easy high-angle and low-angle shooting.  When not tilted, it fits flush to the body to maintain its streamlined design.

Supporting an appealing line-up of lenses, and perfect match for Fujinon Red Badge zooms

Of the diverse line-up of FUJINON lenses, the Red Badge zooms, namely XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR, XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR and XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR, are the perfect fit for the X-T2.  Add the Vertical Power Booster Grip to the body for a more comfortable grip, while making additional features available for the entire system such as higher-speed AF and faster continuous shooting.

Product features

Integrating the image sensor boasting the highest resolution in the X Series, the high-speed image processing engine “X-Processor Pro” and image design technology developed from over 80 years of photo film production to achieve ultimate image quality in both stills and videos

The X-T2 features Fujifilm’s 24.3MP X-TransTM CMOS III APS-C sensor.  Its highly random pixel array effectively reduces moiré and false colours without the use of an optical low-pass filter.  The elimination of the low pass filter, which is attributed to loss of image resolution, makes it possible to draw out FUJINON lenses’ true capabilities to the maximum extent.  Coupled with the high-speed image processing engine “X-Processor Pro,” the X-T2 produces image quality comparable to that of cameras equipped with a larger sensor with higher pixel count, while also supporting 4K video recording.

Fujifilm’s proprietary image design technology, produced through the development of photographic films, helps to reproduce warm skin tones, bright blue skies and rich green foliage in beautiful colours, just as you remember seeing in real life.

The Film Simulation function now features the ACROS mode. Using X-Processor Pro’s advanced processing capability; the mode offers smooth gradation, deep blacks and beautiful textures to create monochrome images that far outperform the previous Monochrome mode.

The X-T2 also has the Grain Effect function for reproducing distinctive graininess seen in photographs taken with film cameras.  The function is available in “Strong” and “Weak,” and can be combined with any of the Film Simulation modes.  You can easily obtain the effect of film-based photos, notable especially when the image is printed out.

Despite having the pixel count 1.5 times that of the X-T1, the new device and its enhanced signal processing technology have successfully controlled digital noise even further.  Improved ISO sensitivity means ISO12800, which was part of extended ISOs in X-T1, is now available as a regular ISO option.  Even at ultra-high ISO settings, the camera produces low-noise images, reproducing deep blacks and smooth gradation of tones, capturing beautiful images even in low light conditions.

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X Series’ first support for 4K video recording

Approx. 1.8 times the amount of information needed to produce 4K video (3840×2160) or 2.4 times required for full HD video (1920×1080) is captured to create premium image quality with low moiré or artefacts. The X-T2 supports high video bitrate recording of 100Mbps for both 4K and full HD video, enabling high-resolution footage with minimal compression artefacts.

The Film Simulation modes, popular for still images, can also be applied to video recording.  For example, you can use “Classic Chrome” to add a documentary touch with subdued colours and rich tonality, or “ACROS” to produce stunning monochrome footage with smooth gradation of tones and deep blacks.  Nine different modes are available for versatile photographic expressions.

Footage in a Film Simulation mode can be further fine-tuned with “Highlight Tone,” “Shadow Tone,” “Colour” and “Sharpness” adjustments.

In response to videographers’ demand, the X-T2 supports Clean HDMI output for 4K video recording, and also offers the “F-Log” log-gamma option, which takes advantage of the sensor’s wide dynamic range to record video in wide colour gamut, facilitating video production workflow.

Fast response to capture a decisive moment with any type of subject

Basic response specifications have been enhanced to the extreme in the X-T2. A start-up time of 0.3 seconds, shooting interval of 0.17 seconds*2 and shutter release time lag of 0.045 seconds*2, ensure the camera operates exactly as the photographer intends.

Improvement in basic AF performance

The number of focusing points has been dramatically expanded from 49 in previous models to 91 (up to 325 points).  Approx. 40% of the imaging area (centre area containing 49 focusing points) is covered with phase detection AF pixels to form a fast and precise phase detection AF area that can be used in a variety of scenes.

The high-speed processing power and the use of improved algorithm have allowed the camera to refocus more frequently in the Live View mode, enabling predictive AF of advanced accuracy.

The X-T2 has an enhanced ability to autofocus on points of light, low-contrast objects and subjects with fine and delicate textures such as bird feathers and animal fur, which have been the weakness of phase detection AF.
The performance of contrast detection AF, enabled for approx. 85% of the imaging area, has also been improved.  The data read speed has been doubled compared to previous models to achieve AF performance of higher speed and precision.   Accurate focusing is obtained even at the low light condition of -3EV.