Fujifilm Unveils New Top-of-the-Line X-Pro2 Mirrorless Camera

Fujifilm just took the wraps off its new premium mirrorless camera: the X-Pro2. The flagship X-Series camera is the follow-up to Fuji’s X-Pro1 from 2012 and while it looks similar to that rangefinder-style model, the X-Pro2 adds a host of new features.

The Fuji X-Pro2 uses an APS-C-sized 24.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III sensor and features a unique Advanced Hybrid Multi Viewfinder that can quickly switch between optical and electronic finders. While a similar hybrid viewfinder first appeared in the Fujifilm X100 in 2011, Fuji says this latest version is its most advanced yet. The Fuji X-Pro2 also adds the new X-Processor Pro, which Fuji says delivers “dramatically improved response times” to the camera.

The build of the Fuji X-Pro2 is also more robust than its predecessor. It has a weather-resistant body with a chassis made from four pieces of magnesium alloy. The X-Pro2 is sealed with more than 61 points, making it dust-proof, splash-proof and operates in temperatures as low as 14°F. It also has dual SD card slots.

The Fuji X-Pro2 also adds a new monochrome ACROS film simulation mode designed to produce black-and-white images image with “smooth tones, deep blacks and rich textures,” according to Fujifilm. The X-Pro2, like all of Fuji’s X-Series cameras, is compatible with its line of Fujinon X-Mount interchangeable lenses.

Here’s a rundown of all the key features in the Fujifilm X-Pro2:

• Advanced Hybrid Multi Viewfinder with 2.36 million dots and maximum speed of 85 frames per second

• Diopter correction mechanism with an eye point of 16mm and a telephoto bright frame with enlarged focal length of 140mm

• 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III (APS-C size) sensor

• Fast AF of up to 0.08 seconds

• Phase detection AF and motion predictive AF for continuous shooting up to 8 frames per second

• Start-up time of 0.4 seconds

• Shutter time lag of 0.05 seconds

• Shooting interval of 0.25 seconds

• Focal plane shutter top speed of 1/8000 second

• Flash sync speed up to 1/250 second

• Dust and water-resistant body with more than 61 points of weather sealing and freeze resistance to 14°F

• 3-inch rear display with 1.62 million dots

• Dual memory card slots (Slot1 compatible with UHS-II standards)

• New monochrome ACROS film simulation for smooth tones, deep blacks and rich textures

• New Grain Effect mode for images reminiscent of old film photos, especially when printed

• Maximum ISO performance up to 12800 sensitivity; Extended ISO ISO100, 25600, 51200

• Improved electric charge transfer rate for ultra-fast readout speeds

• Interval timer for shooting time-lapse sequences of one second to 24 hours, up to 999 frames

• Free Fujifilm Camera Remote application and Wireless Communication function allows users to remotely shoot images from smartphones and tablets via WiFi

• Photos can be sent to the INSTAX Share Printer using the free INSTAX Share App (iOS and Android) SHARE Smartphone Printer

• Full HD video 1080p at 60fps; bit rate of 36Mbps for clear capture of delicate movements; frame rates of 60 fps, 50fps, 30fps, 25fps and 24fps, supporting worldwide motion picture formats

• Advanced creative filters

• Optional accessories:

- Hand Grip MHG-Xpro2 - improves grip and retains access to battery and SD card, and compatible with an Arca Swiss plate

- Leather Case BLC-XPRO2 – genuine leather bottom case elegantly shows off the X-Pro2’s classic design while protecting the camera body with battery access

The Fujifilm X-Pro2 (body only) goes on sale in February 2016 for $1,699.95 (USD) and $1,899.99 (CAD).