After languishing for close to four years in a rapidly changing market, the company brings its once-flagship line up to date.
Given that the X-Pro1 debuted in 2012, one might be forgiven for thinking that Fujifilm had abandoned that track in favor of the more recent X-T1, the model which has held the flagship position in the company's pro/enthusiast interchangeable-lens line since it became available in February 2014.
The X-Pro2 is scheduled to ship in the US in February, at $1,700 for the body. Prices are high elsewhere, at £1,350 and AU$2,700.
In addition, Fujifilm keeps to its lens roadmap, announcing the promised Fujinon XF100-400mm f4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR. In what's already turning out to be the Year of the Telephoto lens (both Olympus and Panasonic announced them during CES), this pro lens has all the key features you'd expect for its $1,900 price tag (AU$2,700, £1,400): dust-and-weather sealing, five stops of image stabilization, nine-bladed round aperture and a water-repelling fluorine-coated front element. You can extend its 35mm-equivalent 150-600mm range with Fujifilm's 1.4x teleconverter. Still on the roadmap: a 120mm f2.8 macro by the end of this year.
For whatever reason, the X-Pro2 retains the shallow grip, forcing you to buy a better accessory grip (the MHG-Xpro2). This never fails to set off my peeve meter. And when you see what Samsung managed to pack into the competing NX1, including 4K video and a tilting display, for about $1,200 (£1,100, AU$2,000), the X-Pro2 seems a bit expensive. On the other hand, for folks who've made an investment in Fuji X-system lenses, it definitely sounds like a worthwhile step up from both the X-Pro1 and the X-T1. If rumors about the X-T2 are correct, then that will fill the more feature-packed flagship option in the company's lineup that this one doesn't.
|Fujifilm X-Pro1||Fujifilm X-Pro2|
|Sensor effective resolution||16.3MP X-Trans CMOS||24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III|
|Sensor size||23.6 x 15.6mm||23.6 x 15.6mm|
|Sensitivity range||ISO 100 (exp)/200 - ISO 6400/25600(exp)||ISO 100 (exp)/200 - ISO 12800/51200 (exp)|
|Burst shooting|| 6fps |
83 JPEG/27 raw
| Viewfinder |
(mag/ effective mag)
| Hybrid |
0.47 in/12 mm
1.44 million dots
0.48 in/12 mm
2.36 million dots
varies with focal length
(0.59x at 50mm)
|Autofocus||49-area contrast AF||77-point phase-detection; 273-point contrast|
|Shutter speed||30-1/4,000 sec.; bulb to 60 min; 1/180 x-sync||1/8,000 to 30 sec; bulb to 60 min; 1/250 sec x-sync|
|Metering||256 zones||256 zones|
|Best video||H.264 QuickTime MOV 1080/24p||H.264 QuickTime MOV 1080/60p @ 35 Mbps|
|Audio||Stereo||Stereo; mic input|
|Manual aperture and shutter in video||Yes||Yes|
|Maximum best-quality recording time per clip||29 minutes||14 minutes|
|Clean HDMI out||No||n/a|
|Display|| 3 in/7.5 cm |
| 3 in/7.5 cm|
1.62 million dots
|Memory slots||1 x SDXC||2 x SDXC|
|Battery life (CIPA rating)|| 300 shots |
| 350 shots|
|Size (WHD)|| 5.0 x 2.9 x 1.7 in |
140 x 82 x 43 mm
| 5.2 x 3.3 x 1.8 in|
141 x 83 x 46 mm
|Body operating weight|| 15.8 oz |
| 17.5 oz (est.)|
495 g (est.)
|Mfr. price (body only)|| $500 (est.) |
|Release date||April 2012||February 2016|
Editor's note, January 15, 2016: slightly updated the sensor and viewfinder specs.