We test the second installment of Fujifilm X-Pro. Relative to its predecessor the changes are significant. And how they translate into taking pictures?
Since the launch of the first generation of Fujifilm X-Pro passed nearly four years. The latest Fujifilm X-Pro 2 is, like its predecessor, the device of the highest quality. We have to pay for them quite a lot, but we get a camera with a powerful, which gives a great comfort. In our test we check how the new flagship is doing and whether it has a chance to compete with professional bezlusterkowcami competition.
Construction, buttons and ergonomics
X-Pro 2 is a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera built for the most advanced and demanding users. This is evident at first glance. The apparatus is made very solidly – uses high-quality materials, the body was additionally sealed. Size model resembles a competitor in this field – and so do not hide it in your pocket, for it will take up less space in your backpack than any SLR. Despite the not inconsiderable size equipment surprising lightness, weighing just less than half a kilogram. We will add some weight to him, however, by screwing the lens – and this may weigh more than the body. Looking at the camera from the front really hard to figure out that we are dealing with a modern, digital model, rather than the product of several decades ago. The nature of the X-Pro 2 reveals only the light that is not too visible. Fuji very firmly in retro design and great him out. On the front we have a slightly scratched grip knob autofocus, dial settings, as well as the lever to switch between modes viewfinder. And of course he viewfinder. Hybrid – optical panel added electronic notice. The upper part is a classic knob – to set the ISO sensitivity and exposure compensation, as well as the shutter button. In addition to the trigger placed one of the function keys. In the upper part there were also a place on the manufacturer's logo and the model name. There were hot shoe.It was not until the display reveals the camera with its modernity. In addition to the 3 inch screen we can find a whole bunch of keys – to set the menu, preview images, adjusting the viewfinder, to the function buttons, another knob and knob allows you to select the AF – because also we will do manually, and not, for example, by means of the screen. In the upper left corner we find yet viewfinder. On the left side of the flap hidden USB ports, HDMI and microphone, and turn on the right, another flap hides the entrance to the SD card – two pieces. Plus for this, because, considering the size of the files, it is easy to fill up space on the card.
The battery and the flash
The battery has a capacity of 1260 mAh, which allows you to work freely without fear of fast battery discharged. The fact that most of the functions can be selected manually (using the buttons) use the screen can be minimized to allow for economical operation. Paradoxically, it helps the fact that in the tested model will not experience stability matrix. However, there is nothing to hide – trying to use the camera more intensively, we obtain the additional battery. As any mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera X-Pro 2 needs at the end of quite a lot of energy. According to the manufacturer, the battery should last for about 350 shots, and more or less manages to get, but using the viewfinder. To use the display, especially if you need to search the menu, the result will be a little weaker. As with most professional models, and there's no flash. It can not be considered as a disadvantage, because in the end the manufacturer assumes that the camera will be used by professional users, and yet you usually use external accessories. The camera provides flash synchronization up to 1/250 sec.
The display and the viewfinder
Display X-Pro 2 does not stand out especially for the competition – a 3 inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1.62 million dots. Gives a high quality viewing and good color reproduction, is also characterized by high brightness – because the quality of the preview you can not have reservations. It is unfortunate that once again guided by the principle of equipment for the professional, the manufacturer did not give us the possibility of tilting the display. As far as professional SLR indeed a rare offer such a possibility, it bezlusterkowce – often. It is unfortunate that here we do not get such an option, because it would certainly be handy. The screen also deprived of the touch panel – is no loss, since all settings can be quickly entered via the convenient buttons and knobs. The display will see electronic spirit level, which is a very useful improvement. Noteworthy is the viewfinder. Panel electronic version has a resolution of 2.56 million points, which provides a very good quality of the preview, but it is a hundred percent frame coverage. Thanks to the AF frame set the knob and do not touch the display, we can easily adjust the focus using the viewfinder. Significant is the fact that in addition to the electronic panel manufacturer offers us a viewfinder. We can freely move between both. Optical viewfinder, of course, does not see as a lens, but if you increase or decrease the focal length shows us the frame, we can estimate how much he can "catch" from what we see. This solution will certainly please the traditionalists or people using the SLR.
Matrix and image quality
APS-C X-Trans CMOS III with a resolution of 24 megapixels is supported by the image processor X Pro. The result – sensational. Images are exceptionally good quality, are full of detail, sharp in every part of the frame, and the saturated colors. That gives a very nice staff. Picture quality is what will convince everyone for this camera. Photographs "pulled" out of the bezlusterkowca look great – without any treatment. Equipment good model copes well with high ISO values. Even at ISO 6400 image is nice and only the 12800 noise appears – but only after a closer look at photographs. Below the ISO test. Besides him, in the gallery of sample images can be found staff deliberately made to ISO 12 800, even though there was no need – you can see for themselves how the camera copes with high sensitivity.Good image quality is not only coping with high sensitivity, but also the fact that the images are full of detail, and white balance in automatic mode works very well. It is worth mentioning that the digital shutter allows for shortest exposure time in succession 1/32 000 s and can be useful when you want to take full advantage of clear lenses on sunny days. Below you can see a gallery of sample photos with the camera. Done both on automatic settings, as well as with high ISO, and with the help of creative filters.
Speed, stabilization, AF setting and
The camera turns on very quickly – in less than three seconds after turning the switch, we can take the first picture. This is a good result. Burst mode for it does not impress – 3 frames per second at full quality, and 8 in a slightly lower (but still acceptable). It must be said that with such a speed camera records Rawa, and this, as you know, is quite a task for the image processor. Below you can see how serial mode operation in practice.Autofocus is one of the strengths of the new model Fujifilm. Equipped with 273 points of focus allows us to exactly, but what also important, very fast sharpening. The autofocus works quickly, so it is not surprising that one of the elements, which the manufacturer puts a strong emphasis advertising the second generation of its flagship. Regarding the possibility of control, definitely you see that this model targeted at professionals. The same menu is as clear and readable, but most of the settings will have to be made manually via buttons and knobs on the body. Less advanced users a lot of time it will take to master your camera, and if anyone had previously dealt with any model Fujifilm is without a thorough reading instruction there's no way. And even those who have previously used the first generation X-Pro will not have an easy task, because the menu has been completely redesigned. Set does not have much – we can use classic modes P, A, S, M, and that's about it. There is no additional automatic modes. I may well, because in the end, what we emphasize all the time, X-Pro 2 Pro model for professional use. Although the maximum analogowości could not miss the camera wireless connectivity. We get WIFI, but the NFC has already run out. And that wireless is one of the weaknesses of the model. Let's start with the fact that the dedicated application allows us to much. In addition to viewing pictures on your smartphone, we also have geolocation, and of course, wireless camera control. Admittedly, the function of which we can control, a lot. ISO modes, aperture. That's a big plus. The problem, however, is speed. The connection takes a very long time, communication often breaks up, the application jams. What about the fact that we have a lot of features, if it is difficult to use them because of the continuing deficiencies in the stability of the connection? I do not know if the camera is guilty, if the application – in any case, something is wrong. No stabilization – optical or digital. It is a pity, because in the high-end model, we could count on a 5-osiowwą stabilizing matrix, which certainly would be handy here – not all lenses have a dedicated camera stabilization (it lacks even some of the more expensive copies).
Effects and movies
In the case of effects we can actually talk about the two types. We get, of course, several creative filters, but apart from this we can also select the "film plate" on which we want to take pictures. As for the results, there are not too many, but those that are, certainly will be useful – we have the option of leaving one color to black and white picture, we have a high key and low key, we also have pictures with a high tone. The rest is the most popular and perhaps a bit "corny" effects, such as toy camera and the colors pop. An interesting option is the choice of film film. The manufacturer tried to reproduce the popular clichés used in analogue photography – each of them gives different saturation, contrast, and thus has its own distinctive color scheme. It is strange how hard and meticulously. Fujifilm refined style retro camera. Certainly, this option will please photographers. Below are some interesting images using different filters.
Fujifilm does not follow the fashion of creating cameras for filming. We get the standard 60 frames per second in full HD and nothing more. Videos enroll in formats MOV, MPEG-4 AVC. No popular among manufacturers 4K, and no useful when shooting stability. No even a dedicated button filming. The message is clear – the producer gives us a movie recording function, but only out of necessity. Fujifilm is a camera to take pictures. Dot.
Summary and evaluation
Fujifilm X-Pro 2 is the device unique. I think any manufacturer has failed to do so classic bezlusterkowca. Instead of technical innovations and a variety of "goodies" get equipment that can capture great pictures and provides a large comfort. And this is after all the most important in the case of devices with higher-end, which undoubtedly aspires Fujifilm X-Pro 2. Razi lack seemingly obvious features, such as stabilization or tilting the screen, but these flaws rather should not interfere with professional users. Fujifilm X -Pro 2 resembles what is the photograph – which focuses on taking pictures, where the most important factor is not the equipment, and the person who uses this equipment. We get a camera that not only looks, but also support for similar models from before the digital age. So if someone is looking for a timeless camera, which quickly gets old, the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 is the perfect choice. Therefore, with a clear conscience I admit X-Pro 2 award "Editor's Choice".[temperatura2 product_id = "21358"]