It's been a four-year wait for the arrival of a new flagship model in Fujifilm's X-Series. Michael Topham reviews the Fujifilm X-Pro2 to find out if it meets our high expectations
Fujifilm had strong foundations on which to build their successor to the X-Pro1 and, rather than starting from scratch, they’ve focused their attention on refining what was a great camera, revamping it into something truly special.
Modifications and improvements have been made to virtually every area of the camera. While it’s the new 24-million-pixel X-Trans CMOS III sensor that receives most acclaim, there’s much more besides the X-Pro2’s stellar image quality and the fantastic detail it resolves. The combination of its solid metal body, refined handgrip and plethora of metal buttons and dials make it a pleasure to pick up and use from the hip. Other small refinements such as its dual card slots, revised menu system and improved weather resistance merge seamlessly with the significant developments that have been made to its superb hybrid viewfinder and autofocus system.
It’s great to see most of the criticisms we made about the X-Pro1 being ironed out. It isn’t entirely free of quirks, however, and there were times when the lack of a tilting screen was greatly missed. The ISO speed dial on the top plate takes some getting used to and the battery life, particularly in high performance mode, will encourage users to invest in a few spares.
Fujifilm had their work cut out to produce a camera with a superior set of features to the fabulous X-T1 and one that lived up to our high expectations. The X-Pro2 manages to do just that and then some – it’s an absolutely stunning premium compact system camera that we can categorically say has earned its place as the flagship model in the X-Series. The styling and off-centre viewfinder won’t be to everyone’s taste, but those after a superb digital rangefinder will find it hard to resist the temptation. Sometimes the longer you wait for something, the more you appreciate it when it finally arrives. The saying ‘good things come to those who wait’ is true in the case of the X-Pro2.
Score: 5 out of 5