Fujifilm Brings 4K Video to New Flagship X-T2 Mirrorless Camera
Fujifilm has announced the next generation of their flagship mirrorless cameras, the X-T2, and while loyalists have mainly been still photographers, filmmakers are more likely interested in its 4K video capabilities.
Dipped in a 4K candy shell, the DSLR-shaped APS-C camera harnesses a 23.6mm x 15.6mm (24.3MP) X-Trans CMOS III sensor and a randomized pixel array that reduces aliasing and moiré without the need of an optical low-pass filter. The X-T2 is also equipped with the X-Processor Pro, which boosts start-up time, continuous shooting modes, and write speeds. Combined, the two provide faster autofocus and a better image quality that mimics the organic nature of film. The sensor has a native sensitivity range of ISO 200-128000 (1/3 step) that can be expanded to ISO 51200.
Here's a film shot with the X-T2, Akiyama-go, as well as a BTS video:
- 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III Sensor
- X-Processor Pro Engine
- 4K at up to 30fps, HD at up to 60fps
- 0.77x 2.36m-Dot OLED Viewfinder
- 3.0" 1.04m-Dot 3-Way Tilting LCD Screen
- Internal UHD 4K Video & F-Log Gamma
- Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
- 325-Point Intelligent Hybrid AF System
- Up to 8 fps Shooting and ISO 51200
- Weather-Sealed Body; Two UHS-II SD Slots
- Film Simulation and Grain Effect Modes
While we’re not getting the joy of a full frame sensor, the small 1.17x crop does capture internal 4K/UHD (3840 x 2160) at 29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 fps at 100Mbps. It captures 1.8x (5120 x 2880) the number of pixels needed for 4K video ensuring maximum resolution is provided and 2.4x (3000 x 1687) for HD. The one caveat: you only get 10 minutes of record time in 4K/UHD (15 in HD). It’s most likely due to overheating concerns which can be expanded to 30 minutes using the optional Vertical Power Booster Grip.
The X-T2 does have a clean HDMI output (8-bit 4:2:2) along with an F-Log gamma for workflows needing that extra push of dynamic range in the grade. It’s also worth noting the autofocus system has been re-engineered, boasting a 325 Intelligent Hybrid AF System, including 91 zone focusing points which improves accurate focusing for shooting situations like run-and-gun and action sequences even in low light with a -3EV.
You can view footage from either 2.36M-dot OLED EVF or from a 1.04-dot 3-inch LCD screen that articulates. In video mode, you trigger recordings using the main shutter and there’s also a remote jack and threaded release socket that can roll the camera. Dual memory card (SDHC/SDXC) slots capture images with a suggested UHS Speed Class 3 for video. Fuji also gives a slew of film simulations options to choose from and color temperatures ranging from 2500K-10000K.
Beyond video and autofocus, the specs see a bump all around with audio catered with an external mic minijack input. Levels can be adjusted manually, but the only headphone jack you’ll find is on the power grip.
So, what do you think? Is the latest from Fuji worth adding to your toolkit?