The X-Pro2,
My Extended Hands On Review

Highlighted by its stylish retro rangefinder design aesthetic, the X-Pro 2 is more than a pro-level mirrorless camera - its a fashion statement on its own.

This is my extended hands on review following my use of this camera as my primary shooter for the better part of this year.   (scroll to read)

The Next Generation of X-Trans

The photography industry had long waited for Fujifilm to unveil their next generation of X-Trans sensor, which they finally did at the beginning of this year with the announcement of the X-Pro2. Featuring a similar, but very much improved, design to its predecessor, the X-Pro1, the X-Pro2 brings the Fujifilm X-Series into level terms with the rest of the market on almost all fronts. 
I am not sponsored by nor have I received any direction or compensation from Fujifilm in regards to this review. The thoughts, opinions, and conclusions shared are my own.
5.5 x 3.3 x 1.8"
Sensor & Resolution
24.3 Megapixel with a max resolution of 6000x4000
Speed & Buffer
8 fps with 84 frame Jpeg buffer, 33 Frame RAW buffer 
ISO Range
200-12800 (Expandable to 51200)
15.70 oz
Video Capability
1920 x 1080p / 60 fps (36 Mbps)
Flash Sync Speed
1 / 250 seconds
Wifi Capability
Transfer Images, Remote Control via Camera Remote App (iOS/Android).

Retro Inspired. 

As noted, and very clearly obvious, the X-Pro2 features a retro inspired rangefinder design, complete with an optical viewfinder. It is as much a fashion and style choice as it is a professional tool.

I am often asked if I am using a film camera or if not asked directly, its clear that it what they are thinking based on the look they give me when I pull this out of my bag.

Being a Boudoir photographer, it is actually a great conversation piece that helps lower the nerves of my clients while we are getting ready to shoot.  

Easy to Use and Never in Your Way 

The X-Pro2 is incredibly easy to use, and while different from a DSLR in many ways, once you are used to the layout and controls, the flow you can get into while shooting is amazing. 

This is actually a key point as to why the X-Pro2 is such a great camera for professionals. It is easy to use, allows for an effortless flow in your shooting, and never - ever - gets in your way. Something that can't always be said of mirrorless cameras in general.

Great for Work or Play

I am a boudoir photographer and I use the X-Pro2 as my primary camera. But in addition to that, I also use it as my general every day camera for documenting and capturing my family life and outings. 

That is the glory of a camera like this, unlike a DSLR which is a pain and hassle to carry around everywhere, the smaller, lighter, not to mention more stylish X-Pro2 is no problem at all to bring with me and not get in the way. 

ISO Sample Images


ISO Samples

Here are some ISO ramp tests. I did not go through the entire range, as you can see, the results are pretty good throughout. Also, these are straight from the camera JPEGs, so no manipulation from me in LR or PS. 

You can click on a given image to bring up the full size (all 6000x4000 pixels of it) .

Sample Image Galleries


Camera JPEG Samples

Here are some SOOC (straight out of the camera) JPEGS images for you guys to have a gander at. One of the big things that everyone loves about Fujifilm is the quality and color of those SOOC JPEG images, so here are some examples, uploaded in full res.  

Sample Images - Processed

Scroll through the gallery for a somewhat random assortment of images I have shot with the X-Pro2 over the course of the last year, these were all processed through Adobe Lightroom as RAW files and exported as JPEGs for use on the web. 

Overall Thoughts and Opinion

Ok, the time has come for my final thoughts and conclusions about the X-Pro2 and its place in both the Fujifilm ecosystem and the greater mirrorless market overall. Clearly, my experience with the X-Pro 2 has been a good one, the fact that it has lasted this long as my primary camera is testament enough to that. Through my experience with the camera over this period I have come to find that there is very little about the X-Pro2 to not like as a Boudoir/Portrait shooter.

It is my opinion that other portrait photographers would have a similar experience, this is a camera that makes my life easy and never - ever - gets in my way during my work. That said, if you have not used a Fujifilm camera before and are completely new to the system, you will have some to account for some time to learn the controls. The X-Pro2 works differently from you average Canon or Nikon DSLR and you are going to need some adjustment time to train your mind to go about things in a new way.

A perfect example of this would be the ISO Dial, I absolutely love it and find it incredibly easy to use. But there are some who, for whatever reason, just can’t get into it and prefer a more standard ISO implementation. That is fine, to each their own, but for me, I love it. It is quick and easy to change your ISO, even with your eye up to the EVF. When I know the light is going to be within a range that I want I will usually stick ISO to one of the Auto modes (customized with ISO 1600 Max with a 1/125th shutter minimum) and then use the exposure compensation dial to adjust my exposure throughout the shoot. Other times, when the light is more consistent, I will just set it to a constant ISO and go from there. My point is, it is incredibly easy to work with once you get used to the way it works - anyone who complains about has either only recently got the camera, or is just being lazy about learning their new equipment - in my opinion.

One feature that I thought I would rarely use was the WiFi and that has actually turned out to be a feature that I sue all the time for my own personal work, be it for self-portraits or remote control long exposures. In terms of the video capability, yeah it’s not 4K, but as far as 1080p video goes, I have been more than happy with the video files I have been able to get out of the X-Pro2. I would have liked to see some higher frame rates enabled, but honestly, it’s not a bad video camera as it is for someone that just wants to record some video here and there.

Now in terms of value, this is where things get a little more murky - especially now that the X-T2 is available. There is no denying that the X-Pro2 is a premium camera, with top class build quality, materials, specs, and capabilities. But for the price this guy is one of the highest priced mirrorless cameras on the market, and especially now, taking into account the arguably better specs of the X-T2, it’s hard to justify this price over the cheaper X-T2. The only reasons to go with the X-Pro2 over the X-T2 is if you prefer the rangefinder look, are into street photography and want to make use of the OVF, or if you need a lower profile (ie smaller) camera. For anyone else, I think the X-T2 will make you just as happy and offer you the capabilities (and more) for less money.

That said, I won’t be trading in my X-Pro2 for an X-T2, I am more than happy with this camera and have no desire to pick up an X-T2 for my own work. (Though I would happily grab one for review purposes) The X-Pro2 gets the job done in every way that I require and add to that the unique look, excellent style, and stellar image quality - it is a camera that I will be enjoying for a long time to come.  

My X-Pro2 Rating

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Video Capability
Low Light / High ISO
Overall Rating

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