Fujifilm X-T2 review

Is this the first mirrorless camera that can really keep up with fast action photography?

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Verdict

The original X-T1 has been a firm favourite amongst photographers and us here at TechRadar, and it's easy to see why when you take into account its small form-factor, tactile controls, solid build and lovely results.

It wasn't perfect though, with the AF performance, particularly in continuous mode, a big stumbling block for the camera. It's an area that's undenialably deterred a lot of potential users looking to switch from their DSLR and who've grown accustomed to an advanced AF system that doesn't stumble when trained on a fast moving subject.

Now though, the X-T2 looks to change all that. While maintaining and tweaking the lovely handling characteristics of the X-T1, as well as some welcome additions like the double-hinged rear display, the biggest leap has to be the AF performance.

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Not only is it a huge step up from the system in the X-T1, it's a very polished and sophisticated system in its own right, delivering a fast and reliable performance that when matched with the fast burst shooting mode, make this a very capable camera for action.

There's still a bit of room for improvement, but factor in the new sensor that delivers pin-sharp results and the X-T2 has to be one of the most desirable cameras available right now.

Competition

X Pro2

Fuji X-T20

Launched just some six months after the X-T2, the X-T20 distills many of these key features of the flagship camera into a slightly more compact and affordable model that's likely to hit the sweet spot for many photographers. Despite the lack of weather-sealing the X-T20 feels very similar to its bigger brother in terms of build quality, while the tactile controls and polished handling make it a very satisfying camera to shoot with. AF performance is identical too, as long as you don’t want to customize it, while the images the camera captures display the same lovely colors and detail that you get from the X-T2.

Read the full review: Fujifilm X-T20

Sony A7 II

Sony Alpha A7R II

With 24 million pixels the A7 II matches that of the X-T2, but has the benefit of a larger surface area with a full-frame sensor, meaning you should be able to get that bit more control over depth of field. Excellent detail is possible then from the sensor, while there's a 5-axis image stabilisation built in too, but the EVF isn't a patch on the X-T2's, while the AF lags behind it as well.

Read the full review: Sony Alpha A7 II

Olympus E M1

Nikon D500

Nikon has taken their flagship D5 DSLR and most of its high-end features and distilled all of this into a smaller, but still very durable metal body. The full-frame sensor is replaced by an 20.9MP APS-C sized chip, so it hasn't got quite the same resolving power as the X-T2, but it does mean the D500 can shoot at a rapid 10fps, while the 153-point AF arrangement is perhaps the best autofocus system out there right now. A brilliant all-rounder, it excels at fast action like sports and wildlife photography.

Read the full review: Nikon D500