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Date: 07/07/2016 | By: Mathieu

It’s here: now let the Fuji X-T1 vs. X-T2 vs. X-Pro2 vs. The World comparisons begin!


It’s here: now let the Fuji X-T1 vs. X-T2 vs. X-Pro2 vs. The World comparisons begin!

When a new camera is announced, the interest that it generates usually comprises two steps. The first is to gather as much new information as you can about the product. The second involves comparing the camera to its siblings to understand what the most relevant changes are. And it won’t be any different with the new Fujifilm X-T2!

We knew that this Fujifilm camera was on the horizon because of rumours, leaks and pure logic. It arrives 7 months after the announcement of the rangefinder flagship camera, the X-Pro2. And yes, they are both flagship products, as their respective prices clearly reveal ($100 less for the X-T2 at the moment).

The good news is that Fujifilm didn’t just copy and paste the new features introduced on the X-Pro2 earlier this year. The company added some improvements like an updated AF system and 4K video. Compared to the X-T1, it is an even bigger improvement than anyone would have predicted.

As usual, you will find news articles as well as detailed comparisons on our curation website. Here I will share more personal thoughts. Don’t you worry, the X-T2 is already on our review list!

Fujifilm X-Pro2 vs. X-T2 – Rangefinder philosophy vs. sports boost

New AF system and 4K video

fujifilm x-t2 vs x-pro2
X-Pro2: you’re the fastest no more!

It feels more natural to start talking about the new camera with the X-Pro2 as our reference. The latter was the first to unveil the capabilities of the new generation of X cameras and our full review is still fresh in my mind. This actually allows me to clear the sensor topic right away:

If you are wondering about the image quality of the new X-T2, just head over our X-Pro2 complete review. The sensor, resolution and ISO sensitivity are the same.

There might be a few software tweaks since the image processor is certainly an updated version on the X-T2 but I doubt we will see anything substantial or worth mentioning.

fujifilm x-t2 vs x-pro2

Next we head over to the autofocus chapter. If you’ve read my review and dedicated article, you’ll know that I consider the X-Pro2 one of the two best mirrorless cameras for sports and wildlife (the other being the Sony a6300). Fujifilm, with the help of its ambassadors, showed what the camera was capable of doing in fast and difficult situations (also thanks to the weather sealing and the dual SD card slot that professional photographers love so much).

Based on the paragraph above, it’s interesting to note how Fujifilm now clearly divides the two series. Quoting from the press release:

“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.”

Suddenly the X-Pro2 loses its sports title and goes back to where it officially belongs (rangefinder philosophy, which means street, reportage and a wink to Leica). But is this true, really? Well, I guess from a marketing point of view there is not a lot that could be done differently: the new camera gets the priority and the attention, just as the younger brother or sister gets more hugs and gifts than the older sibling. But let’s analyse some specs first.

fujifilm x-t2 vs x-pro2
The X-Pro2 did really well in low light at this football game. Can the X-T2 do even better?

The AF system has been enhanced (91 vs 77 phase detection points for a total of 325 vs 271 AF points). There is a new AF-C Custom Settings mode that allows you to choose different presets (or create your own) according to the type of moving subject you need to photograph. The new parameters (tracking sensitivity, speed tracking sensitivity and zone area switching) allow you to fine tune how fast and reactive the AF must be and which zone of the frame should be given priority. That is definitely something worth testing in-depth as no other mirrorless cameras have advanced settings like this (Sony is the closest).

fujifilm x-t2 vs x-pro2
The new AF Custom Settings mode

The newly designed battery grip will add several benefits. It can house two batteries and function as a battery charger with the AC cable (very clever Fuji!). It can boost the continuous shooting speed up to 11fps and the 4K video recording to 30 minutes.

Wait, did you just say 4K?

Yes, the X-T2 is the first Fujifilm camera to feature 4K video recording. We already saw a good improvement in video quality with the X-Pro2 although the options are still basic. The X-T2 seems to be the first serious camera for filmmakers at least when it comes to specs. You can use the colours of the film simulation modes which is not something to underestimate. In our a6300 vs X-Pro2 video comparison a lot of users prefer the X-Pro2 rendering despite having less options and video functions. But this time Fujifilm is also including a picture profile specifically designed for video: it’s called F-log and will allow you to record a wider dynamic range and then grade in post. The HDMI port outputs a 4:2:2 8bit signal to record less compressed footage in comparison to the 4:2:0 100mbps internal codec. A mic input is present (3.5mm) and a headphone jack is available via the battery grip once again.


The new AF algorithm of the X-T2 will be implemented on the X-Pro2 via firmware in October. However the new AF-C Custom Settings function will be excluded. I wonder if it is a real limitation of the software/hardware of the X-Pro2 or just a decision not to make the two cameras overly similar.

This is a recurring problem of mirrorless cameras. There are many models that end-up being too similar to one another and the company needs to add or remove some settings to justify one or the other.

So on paper the X-T2 might look better for sports and action but the X-Pro2 isn’t any less capable as we’ve shown right here on this website. In the end it might easily become a choice based on the most obvious things:

  • Hybrid VF on the left or at EVF at the centre
  • Fixed screen vs. tilting screen (the new articulation of the X-T2 monitor seems interesting for portrait orientation shots).

fujifilm x-t2 vs x-pro2

However the X-Pro2 remains a relevant choice and actually surprised me in a number of ways, such as when I used the OVF (optical viewfinder) for birds in flight. So while I don’t doubt the X-T2 can perform as well if not better, the X-Pro2 is way more than just a snapshot camera. Oh, and there is the ISO dial topic: I am sure that the one on the X-T2 will be better! (sarcastic smiley face)

Fujifilm X-T1 vs. X-T2: a substantial upgrade or an opportunity to get the X-T1 for less?

New inside, similar outside

So now that we’ve got the main new characteristics of the X-T2 out of the way, let’s see how it compares to the X-T1. After all, lots of X-T1 users or potential X-T1 buyers were waiting for this new camera before making a decision. The X-Pro2 showed what the new generation of X cameras is capable of concerning quality and performance, but is the X-T2 really that big of a deal?

fujifilm x-t2 vs x-t1
First the X-T10, now the X-T2. Will the X-T1’s lifespan come to an end?

Image quality wise, the new X-Trans III CMOS sensor brings a good improvement. Apart from the obvious increase in resolution (24 MP vs 16MP of the X-T1) it is the ability to shoot RAW at every ISO values that makes a difference for me (the ISO 6400 limit is gone). You also get the recent Acros film simulation mode which means you can get very nice monochrome results even at high ISOs thanks to the fine grain (see a comparison here).

As for the video section, there is definitely an abyss between the two cameras. The X-T1 is still in the circle of those X-cameras with limited and mediocre video quality so the X-T2 is definitely a big jump (perhaps the most relevant difference out of all the specs).

The autofocus improvement will be considerable as well and not just on paper (325 vs 49 AF points). Since the X-Pro2 already performs better than the X-T1, it is clear that the X-T2 is superior. I always considered the X-T1 a good action camera. Not the fastest, not the most accurate but Fujifilm put lots of effort into enhancing the performance with firmware updates. If you are not into sports photography, you could find the X-T1 performance still more than enough for your needs but the X-T2 should be faster and more reliable as well as more sensitive in low light (-3Ev vs 0.5Ev on the X-T1).

fujifilm x-t2 vs x-t1
The X-T1 proved to be a good sports camera especially after firmware 4.0.

The high continuous shooting speed remains the same (8fps) unless you use the electronic shutter which boosts the performance up to 14fps (a new feature of the X-T2). The low speed goes from 3fps to 5fps. This is interesting since the low mode gives you live view with blackouts, so an increased speed means the blackouts will be faster in the EVF.

Speaking of the EVF, the X-T2 retains the same specs as the X-T1 EVF (0.5in size, 2.36M resolution, 0.77x magnification and 0.005s lag time). However the refresh rate goes up to 100fps approximately (with the optional battery grip) which is faster than the one of the X-T1 (56fps) and even the X-Pro2 (85fps). You still get all the manual focus assists including the dual view. The X-T1 has long had one of the best EVFs on the market and I admit I was hoping for a slightly larger EVF but I guess it wasn’t possible without increasing the size of the camera.

fujifilm x-t2 vs x-t1
The X-T2 viewfinder will support 100fps with the optional battery grip.

Speaking of size, the X-T1 and X-T2 look almost identical from the outside. The X-T1 is slightly larger (3mm on the wide end) which means the X-T1 battery grip won’t be compatible. The larger size accommodates a dual SD card slot (UHS-II compatible), a USB 3 connector (for faster tethering capabilities) and a 3.5mm microphone input. The other major change is the tilting screen that now articulates in three directions and allows you see your composition when using the camera in a vertical orientation. I wonder if this solution is more comfortable than the classic multi-angle monitor you see on many mirrorless cameras (GH4, Pen F, etc).

fujifilm x-t2 vs x-t1
Is this new tilting screen better than the classic multi-angle monitor?

Concerning the layout and ease of use, the most noticeable addition is the AF joystick which is really useful. Some dials have received a few improvements as well and there finally seems to be a proper video mode on the drive dial.

The X-T2 is definitely a major improvement if you are coming from an X-T1, X-T10 or X-E2 camera. However the major additions seem to be pro and sports/wildlife oriented. The price is higher than expected (and higher than the original X-T1 at launch) so I think that the X-T1 can still have a place for someone looking for an excellent camera on a budget. It might actually compete more with the X-T10 if the X-T1 price drops.

X-T2 vs. a6300 and the rest of the camera world

The X-T2 could potentially have the best autofocus system on the market as far as mirrorless cameras are concerned. If so, it will fall into direct competition with some non-Fuji branded cameras. The a6300 is the first that comes to mind but whatever the results, we can already highlight a price difference of $600 in favour of the Sony camera.

fujifilm x-t2 vs a6300
The X-T2 direct competitor (excluding the X-Pro2)

I can definitely see some advantages from the a6300 when it comes to video. While the quality is yet to be compared, the Sony has more options for demanding filmmakers who require precise settings to curate every aspect of the image (customisable picture profiles, S-log2 and s-log3, timecode etc.) as well as better slow motion capabilities. The AF will call for an interesting side-by-side test while the Fuji could easily have an advantage in terms of pure usability.

We have then to wait for the next flagship cameras from Panasonic and Olympus to see if 2016 is really going to be the year that mirrorless cameras become as good as DSLRs in terms of autofocus (or at least where the gap is so reduced that it doesn’t make a huge difference anymore).

What are your feelings about the X-T2 and its competition? Share your thoughts below in the comments section!

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About the author: Mathieu Gasquet

Mathieu Gasquet is a professional photographer with French and Italian origins. Besides running his own video and photography studio 3Dit Lab, he is also the official photographer for the National Cinema Museum in Turin. You can follow him on Google+, Twitter or Facebook!

  • Silvestro Crino

    It’s only grown slightly in size…this is still a tiny camera compared to DSLRs…

    Xt1 : 129.0 x 89.8 x 46.7 mm 440g

    Xt2 : 132.5 x 91.8 x 49.2 mm 507g

    Hardly earth shattering… and for that you get 4k Video, Dual Memory cards, USB3, Joystick and bigger dials…. and I believe its only $100 more than the X-T1 when it came out…. and $100 cheaper than the XPro2 while offering more capabilities…

  • Silvestro Crino

    Honestly… as much as I love my Sony A7r2 and the quality of the images I get with it….I have to say that Fujifilm has crack the camera look,feel and handling formula with both the X-T2 and Xpro2….these are both amazingly functional and highly sexy cameras that give me a mental chubby (eyegasm?) just looking at them… that they also have great features for the pro like good WR, Dual Card slots and that wonderful joystick makes them nearly irresistible … only real time I get that with my Sony is when I’m handling my Loxia lenses and when I’m looking at my results.

    Buy the way, best new feature that they added to the XT2 that no one mentions…. ability to charge the battery in the camera body using USB3 port…HUGE…. I’ve had this with my Sony and can not state enough what a huge plus that is for the travel photographer…

  • zensu

    I think a lot of non-sports or wildlife photographers would also like having a battery grip addition because of (in my case) the better ability to handle the camera with larger lenses such as my E-M1 with the 3 Oly PRO zooms (7-14mm, 12-40mm, and 40-150mm). I hope when Olympus upgrades to the E-M1 mk II I hope they add space for an extra battery (in the battery grip) so I can shoot all day long.

  • Wing Yip

    The x-t2 screen more comfortable to use? I don’t see why not and believe so.. it simply flips up, down and to the right. Seems hardly fiddly, but I guess just have to actually try to see for certain.. perhaps it doesn’t move as fluidly as it could.. but, from all the videos that have been posted so far on the screen and how you can tilt it and hold it in various positions, doesn’t seem to really extend beyond the perimeter of the screen itself.. pretty self contained within the rear screen’s immediate space, it looks pretty good so far. Anyways, looking forward to your final complete review once you’ve had the actual production unit to make final assessment of the X-T2!

  • Mathieu

    Yes you’re right the battery grip is not just there to increase the battery life. But I think only sports or wildlife photographers will buy it.

  • Mathieu

    Good point about the neck strap, it’s true that the classic multi-angle screen goes often in the way of a strap. I’m curious to see if this one on the X-T2 will be more comfortable to use.

  • Mathieu

    It’s always a good idea to wait. In one year the price might drop a little or you could have some Fuji cashback deals.

  • Mathieu

    The camera still remains smaller than a DSLR but with the battery grip and a lens like the XF 100-400mm the advantage is definitely reduced.

  • Mathieu
  • Wing Yip

    Regarding the cost difference between the xp2 and xt2, if you think about it, the cost for the xt2 is really more than the xp2.. you’re going to want the battery grip to have full access to all the top end features highlighted for tbe xt2, otherwise, you may find you dont have the “comlete package “.. call it half-baked with just the camera body alone., so, count on spending up to $2k at least..thats $1600 for body and $330 for the battery grip. You may end up spending perhaps more if you want to include the new np-w126s batteries which are suppose to further imprive the x-t2’s performance at near $70 each, you’re going to want at least 3 to start off with if not more if you plan to do lot of shooting and have addition spares ready to swap out.

    You could still have a great xt2 camera by itself, but it will perform to a lesser standard unless you get and use the optional nattery grip.

  • Wing Yip

    There’s a link to the xp2 firmwate update on one of those recent fujirumors posts. Or you can find it on fujifilm’s website that lists the improvements. They are basically improved af to match (or come closer to) the x-t2’s, improved parallel correction for accuracy and use with the ovf, improved power management (i think), and added compatibility with the upcoming ef-x500 flash. I think thats basically it, it may possibly change or have more later.
    They say its suppose to be released in october, but if the ef-x500 is expexted to be released by september at the latest, i would think that thw firmware should be released before that so the camera will ne ready to use with the new flash as soon as its available, right? Plus, it would be great to have the xp2 performanced increased to better be in line with the xt2 when it is released.

  • Wing Yip

    Thanks for your initial review… or rather a preview. I look forward to your full review when ready.

    There are so many cool things to point out on the x-t2. I’ll try to name the top few lff the top of my head.

    I like the new rear screen on the x-t2. It is actually very simplistic and functional. You only need to simply move in 1 direction to get the low or high angle shot you desire. Yes, the portrait orientation tilt seemed like an odd design choice at first, but if tou actially try it (or pretend to as most of us dont have early access to a review model), it actually makes a lot of sense.

    For a long time, with the om-d line, i was stuck with no good choices on rear screen tolt or articulation options. The e-m1 had landacape tilt up and down only, and forget about portrait low/high angle shots. Then I switched to the e-m5 mkii because it had the full articulation screen like most other digital cameras that have an articulated screen has… pretty standard and seemingly the most versatile. I could get my low/high angle shots in both landscape and portrait orientations. BUT, for either one of those tilt orientations, you must swing the screen all the way out to the side of the camera, effectively doubling your front profile and making the camera more unwieldly. This was unfortunate side effect of that articulating screen design.. forna relatively small camera body, it became very indiscreet for street photography when you wanted to try and keep low key by using thw rear screen and not putting the camera up to your face tl take the shot.. amd don’t forget if you use a neck strap, that screen is totally in the way of that as well.

    I think fuji found a unique solution and compromise to make a simple, compact and effective articulated rear screen. The only downside is that they decided not to make the screen tiltable to face the left of the camera and flip 180 to face the front for selfie or when you want to video yourself and check settings and framing and focus. Being that fuji made the x-t2 the most serious video capable camera to date, it seemed a missed opportunity to allow the screen to somehow face forward. Sure, it would have added the dreaded bulk and feont profile, but that would be rarer occurence than using screen for low/high angle shooting. Regardless, i like the new x-t2 rear screen design very much.

    I think it was smart decision to not only enlarge the ISO and shutter dials, but to implement a toggle lock button like on some of the Olympus and Panasonic cameras.

    All the performance enhancements ate great such as the AF, EVF, tracking, extended 4k recording via the boost mode, but they can only be accessed ifif you have the battery grip.. so, the tot package cones out to about $2k. Its probably the best Fuji X camera to date, but the entry fee is still steep if you must have the best from Fuji.

  • GaryGarth

    I’m just a hobbyist and my X-T1 does a great job, but the X-T2 just looks to be an excellent improvement overall. I’m pretty much set on getting it and it’s more of a matter of when. I think maybe another year with my X-T1 before I bite the bullet. In terms of practical benefit for what I photograph. Mostly ISO/dynamic range. Very interested in the movie mode.

  • Max headroom

    Think it’s interesting that Fuji refer to the xpro2 now as a snapshot camera! Disappointed that this new model is still cobbled, screen should have been fully articulated, video doesn’t go far enough with options etc. Size has also increased and getting back up there to dslr territory in bulk and price. No thanks Fuji.

  • nathanphotographer

    After reading several reviews today on this camera, it was refreshing to see your comparison between it and the prior model, as well as the X pro2. I’m curious to know exactly what will be in the firmware update for the XPro2. Although for less money and more features, this new camera is extremely tempting!

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