The Fuji X-T2 is a professional work horse of the mirrorless world, with enough external controls to please any retro-fanatic. It offers top-notch weather sealing, and the auto-focus engine has also been heavily amped from the original X-T1, bringing its C-AF chops more in line with its modern DSLR rivals. Under the hood, the X-T2 sports the latest-generation 24.3mp X-Trans sensor, and we found the resulting image quality both in the lab and out in the field to rival or top most any APS-C camera out there.
With the new focusing algorithms and faster processor, Fuji states that not only can the X-T2 focus better on small objects, low-contrast subjects and other items with very fine details, it also refocuses more frequently, thereby offering more accurate predictive AF for better subject tracking. Fuji has focused (pun intended) on improving continuous AF performance in the X-T2. New and improved C-AF-specific algorithms are said to help with focus accuracy for tracking moving subjects. Users are now also given some C-AF fine-tuning options, where they can customize the C-AF performance parameters to suit the subject at hand, such as tracking acceleration and deceleration, how long the camera maintains focus on a subject, and a parameter called Focus Zone Characteristic. The camera also offers a set of five AF presets for various shooting scenarios, which sounds similar to Canon's various autofocus "Case" presets found in a number of their recent EOS models. Like the Canon system, users of the X-T2 can further tweak and customize these AF focus presets as needed.
Fuji states that the X-T2's contrast-detect capabilities have been improved as well. Sensor readout performance has been increased -- 2x compared to the X-T1 and earlier Fuji models -- which should increase AF speed. The camera is also said to be capable of focusing in very dim conditions, down to -3EV. In addition to focus performance improvements, Fuji says the X-T2 gets a number of other performance boosts across the board, including faster start-up time which is reportedly shortened to just 0.3 seconds from 0.5s on the X-T1. The top mechanical shutter speed has increased from 1/4,000s to 1/8,000s, and X-sync speed has increased from 1/180s to 1/250s. Top electronic shutter speed remains at 1/32,000s.
Continuous shooting for both phase-detect single-AF and predictive C-AF with the mechanical shutter hits up to 8fps for full-resolution images, which is unchanged from the predecessor, but up to 14fps is possible with the electronic shutter. However, by adding on the accessory Vertical Power Booster Grip, you can increase the burst rate to 11fps with the mechanical shutter in Boost mode. Cycle time, shutter lag and viewfinder blackout time are also said to be improved in Boost mode when using the optional grip. (More on this Booster Grip later.)
Rated buffer depths are generous, at 83 JPEGs, 33 lossless compressed RAW or 27 uncompressed RAW frames at 8fps. At 11fps, the rated buffer depths are 73, 30 and 27 frames respectively, and at 14fps, buffer depths are 42, 28 and 25 frames respectively. Although the electronic viewfinder in the X-T2 appears to use the same 0.48-inch 2.36 million dot OLED panel as before, along with the same manufacturer-rated 100% coverage, 0.77x magnification (35mm equivalent), 23mm eye point and -4 to +2m-1 diopter adjustment, it improves on the earlier cameras.