Fujifilm X-Pro 2 Video Review

Cinema5d reviews the video capabilities of the X-Pro2, and that’s a topic we hadn’t really considered. Finding the camera excels at getting the occasional “magic image,” video is something we might do with it to get a moment in motion or two. Johnnie Behiri considers the video aspects of the camera, and in light of how mirrorless cameras combines stills and videos into a compact form factor, like the just-released a6300. The video capabilities of the X-Pro2 is a scroll down on their features page

Frame rates can be selected from 60fps, 50fps, 30fps, 25fps and 24fps for Full HD movies, supporting worldwide motion picture formats. It is also possible to change the settings of aperture, shutter speed, and exposure compensation while shooting a movie. Just as with still images, program, aperture priority, shutter priority and manual modes can be selected, as well as film simulation modes. Various expressions can be enjoyed such as a documentary style with CLASSIC CHROME.

But Behiri insets, it’s a still camera that’ll shoot HD video and deserves praise for the robots, weather-sealed body. Now to the pros and cons

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Pros (in no particular order)

  • Weather sealed, mirrorless APS-C sensor, exchangeable lens camera
  • Nice color rendering and fuji’s famous “film simulation” is built-in-camera (available options: Provia/Velvia/Astia/Classic Chrome/Pro Neg. Hi/Pro Neg. Std/Acros/Monochrome/Sepia)
  • Clever viewfinder system. You can change between Optical or Electronic in a flip of a button. In my opinion, the Optical is suited more for taking photos while the Electronic is better for video as it is a very high-quality one!
  • An assortment of focus aid tools to ensure that you are in focus while filming (peaking, digital split image à la film camera style)
  • World camera and up to 1080/60p
  • Camera light meter is accurate and helps in exposing correctly
  • Manual audio recording is possible, but no displayed visual meter layout after pressing the REC button
  • Mic/remote jack (but with 2.5 jack instead of the standard 3.5)
  • Rolling shutter is well controlled
  • At the back of the camera, a responsive joystick is located for quick and accurate focusing positioning
  • Battery life is good (if you remember that the green light means “charging,” not “battery full”!)

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Cons (in no particular order)

  • 14:32 min per clip recording limitation
  • LCD screen is secure; there’s no flip or tilt
  • No Log picture profile
  • I would not recommend shooting video above ISO 1000. It gets noisy and mashy
  • Continuous auto focus when shooting video is possible but not reliable
  • No zebra for helping in judging exposure
  • Limited 36Mbps data rate
  • No external recording via HDMI (the HDMI connector is for playback only)
  • No headphone jack
  • You CAN’T change many in camera settings or values AFTER pressing the REC button
  • It is not possible to change audio levels after staring recording
  • Dual SD card slots for photo but only slot number 1 is dedicated to video
  • Automatically switching between the LCD or EVF when looking through them is possible only before recording. Once you press the REC button, you are stuck with your last viewing device
  • Very evident moire and aliasing

And, if you’ve been following along with the launch, note that Fujifilm may just enable better video specs with a firmware update. They’ve got room in the body to handle the heat from 4K, and the reason photographers and videographers alike look to Fujifilm? It’s for their color science.

The Fujifilm X-Pro2 ships free from Amazon with Prime for $1699.00 for the body only and $1999.00 with the kit lens.

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