Introduction

Fuji’s flagship X-Series cameras are once again on equal specification footing. We are free to choose the form factor we prefer and features we want, budget depending, and not be worried about compromising image quality.

In fact, so much about these cameras is the same—from sensor to processor to autofocus engine—this will be more of a think piece on use cases, along with commentary on their handling, the key point of differentiation.

Finally, with a pair firmware upgrades of Godzilla-like proportions, these cameras are still evolving, catching up with each other in some respects, and pulling ahead in others. This comparison includes the X-T2’s Firmware Ver.2.00, and the X-Pro2’s Firmware Ver.3.00, which you can download using those links.

Specifications

This table is pulled from my Interchangeable Lens Body Spec comparison page, which has been given a much needed once over. Feel free to skip it.

  X-T2 X-Pro2
Announced July 7, 2016 January, 2016
Released September, 2016 February, 2016

Sensor and Image Capture

  X-T2 X-Pro2
Effective Pixels 24.3 million 24.3 million
Maximum Image Size in Pixels 6,000 × 4,000 6,000 × 4,000
Sensor X-Trans CMOS III X-Trans CMOS III
Processor X Processor Pro X Processor Pro
RAF Compression Yes Yes
Native ISO 200 – 12800 200 – 12800
Extended ISO 100, 25600, 51200 100, 25600, 51200
Metering TTL 256-zone

Multi, Centre-weighted, Spot, Average
TTL 256-zone

Multi, Centre-weighted, Spot, Average
Exposure Compensation ±5.0EV
±3.0EV via Physical Dial
±5.0EV
±3.0EV via Physical Dial
Face Detection Yes Yes
Eye Detection Yes Yes
Scene Recognition (SR) Auto Mode No No
  X-T2 X-Pro2
Max Shutter Speed, Mechanical 1/8,000s 1/8,000s
Shutter Speed, Electronic 30s to 1/32,000s 1s to 1/32,000s
Continuous Shooting Electronic Shutter: 14fps
With VPB-XT2: 11fps
High: 8fps
Low: 5fps
High: 8fps
Low: 3fps
Reduced Viewfinder Blackout Time Yes No
Auto Bracketing AE (Exposure)
Film Simulation
Dynamic Range
ISO sensitivity
White Balance
AE (Exposure)
Film Simulation
Dynamic Range
ISO sensitivity
White Balance
Exposure Bracketing Values ±⅓ to ±2 EV ±⅓ to ±2 EV
Custom White Balance Banks 3 3
Interval Timer Shooting Yes Yes
Classic Chrome Film Simulation Yes Yes
ACROS Film Simulation Yes Yes

Autofocus

  X-T2 X-Pro2
Autofocus Points 325 in 25 × 13 grid
91 in 13 × 7 grid
325 in 25 × 13 grid
91 in 13 × 7 grid
Phase Detect 49 Points
Middle ⅔ of the frame
49 Points
Middle ⅔ of the frame
Autofocus Modes Single, Zone, Wide/Tracking Single, Zone, Wide/Tracking
AF-C Custom Settings Yes Yes
AF-C CUSTOM Custom Settings Yes No
Focus Stick (Lever) Yes Yes

Viewfinder

  X-T2 X-Pro2
Diopter Adjustment Yes Yes
Eye Point 23mm 16mm

Optical (OVF)

  X-T2 X-Pro2
Magnification - Approx. 0.36×/0.6×
Frame Coverage - 92%
Electronic Rangefinder (ERF) - Yes
Bright Frame Simulation - Yes

Electronic (EVF)

  X-T2 X-Pro2
Size 0.5 inch 0.48 inch
Resolution 2.36m dot OLED 2.36m dot TFT
Magnification 0.77× 0.59×
Viewfinder Rotation Yes Yes
Updated UI Yes Yes
Auto Brightness Yes Yes
Manual Focus “DUAL” Mode Yes No
Refresh Rate 60 frames per second
100 frames per second in “Boost Mode”
85 frames per second
Display Lag 0.005 seconds 0.012 seconds

LCD

  X-T2 X-Pro2
Size 3.0 inch 3.0 inch
Resolution 1,040k dot 1,620k dot
Touch Screen No No
Tilt 3 Direction None
Updated UI Yes Yes
Rotating UI Yes No
New Menu System Yes Yes

Video

  X-T2 X-Pro2
4K
3840 × 2160
Yes
29.97p
100Mbps
No
Full HD
1920 × 1080
Yes
59.94p
100Mbps
Yes

Flash

  X-T2 X-Pro2
Flash Included Included
EF-X8
No
Flash Sync Speed 1/250 of a second 1/250 of a second

Body and Handling

  X-T2 X-Pro2
Storage Media Slots Two Two
Media Max. Speed UHS-II
Slot1 and 2
UHS-II
Slot 1 Only
Start-up Time 0.3 sec. 0.4 sec.
Command Dials Front and Rear Front and Rear
Command Dial(s) Act As Buttons Yes Yes
ISO Dial Yes Yes
Dial Locks Yes Yes
Metering Mode (Photometry) Dedicated Switch Button
Drive Select Dedicated Switch Button
Updated Menu System Yes Yes
  X-T2 X-Pro2
Dimensions 132.5mm Wide
91.8mm High
35.4mm Deep
140.5mm Wide
82.8mm High
45.9mm Deep
Weight
(Measured)
453g
513g with Body Cap, Hot Shoe Cover, Battery, Memory Card
435g
495g with Body Cap, Hot Shoe Cover, Battery, Memory Card
Body Contruction Magnesium Magnesium
Weather Sealing Yes Yes
Operating Temperature -10°C - 40°C -10°C - 40°C
Battery Life Up to 340 frames
(Normal Mode)
Up to 380 frames
Power Management Boost
Normal
High Performance
Standard
Economy
IO USB 3 / Micro USB
Micro HDMI
3.5mm / Microphone / Remote Release 2.5mm Stereo Mini Connector
Micro USB 2
Mini HDMI
Microphone / Remote Release 2.5mm Stereo Mini Connector

Build Quality

Not much to write in this section. The build of both cameras is excellent. I have my quibbles about a button that doesn’t click as nice as I’d like here, or a dial that’s a little harder to turn there, but on balance, there’s no way to make a purchasing decision on the quality of the parts, tolerances of assembly, or fit and finish.

Buttons, Dials, and Switches

Finally a bit of variance. I prefer the X-Pro’s D-pad and exposure compensation dial to the X-T2, but I definitely prefer the X-T2’s shutter speed and ISO dials. My X-T2 preferences are probably more from an operational and handling perspective, which we’ll get into more below.

I also prefer the cross hatched milling for all the metal dials on the X-Pro2, but that’s mostly subjective.

Tripod Mount

The X-Pro2 wins here, as the X-T2 has a seamed baseplate like its predecessor. As I mentioned in my review, that’s probably down to accommodating the grip contacts. I’m curious as to whether Fuji could get these things milled out of a single piece of metal.

Memory Card and IO Doors

The Memory Card Doors are of similar quality, but open differently. I prefer the slide mechanism on the X-Pro2 over the little tab found on the X-T2—which is really tough to open with heavier gloves on—but given the body shape, it’s not hard to see why Fuji had to go with this style. A slide cover would mean losing the added thumb grip on the X-T2.

The IO Doors are effectively the same.

Graphite Option

If you don’t mind spending a little extra for for an extra fancy finish on your camera, Fuji’s got you covered. I like the look of the X-Pro2 “Graphite” over the X-T2 “Graphite Silver,” but I confirmed with Fuji that just one lens, the XF 23mm F2 WR will be the only lens offered as part of a kit in “Graphite.” On the other hand, while more lenses are available in silver, they aren’t Graphite Silver,“ and so have a slightly different look to the finish.

You probably shouldn’t be choosing which of these cameras to get based on the finish. Choose the better body for you, then pick the finish. But I wouldn’t judge.

Handling

This is the category we’ll see the biggest differences, and will be one of the deciding factors between these two cameras. Cutting to the chase, neither handles better than other overall, just different. Take your preferences—and whether they align with mine or you think I’m out to lunch—into account.

We’ll start with a couple areas that won’t matter much at all though.

Size and Weight

Out of the box, the size difference is noticeable, but hardly noteworthy. The X-Pro2 is wider and shorter where the X-T2 is narrower and taller. The X-T2 grew a little more in iteration than the X-Pro2 did, so the difference in size is even less than it was in the first generation.

Where things do get different is with the addition of the VPB-XT2 Vertical Power Booster Grip, an accessory that, while not required, will get you the maximum amount of performance possible out of the X-T2. With that accounted for, size and weight become a huge factor, but if you want a grip, the decision between these two cameras has been made for you.

So again, grip aside, size and weight are criteria that probably needn’t factor into your decision a great deal.

Measured Weight in Grams

Includes caps, batteries, memory cards and covers

AF-C Custom Settings

This is a section I had not anticipated a complete overhaul for so soon. AF-C Custom Settings are one of the X-T2’s marquee features. I figured it had to come sometime, but I would have bet later in the year. Once again Fuji did it’s surprise and delight Kaizen (改善) thing, and we almost have feature parity as it relates to Continuous Autofocus and Focus tracking.

AF-C Custom Settings adds an enormous amount of customization with how the Continuous Autofocus behaves, and the autofocus engines found in all X-Trans III/X Processor Pro cameras are identical, as are the processors.

Still absent from the X-Pro2 are the Custom custom settings found on the X-T2. In fact, this latest round of firmware updates actually brought the X-Pro2 in line with the X-T20, so those of you who track moving subjects a lot, the X-T2 is likely still the better option.

You can read much more about this feature in my X-T2 review.

Focus Stick

Th “Focus Stick” is such a key feature now that it warrants it’s own section. It’s positioned better on on the body of the X-Pro2 for, until I rotate it to portrait orientation where I can feel the RSI taking hold. A gripped X-T2 is literally twice as good. If you spend your days shooting handheld in portrait orientation, the X-T2 wins, period. If you rarely shoot portrait, this matters very little, if at all.

Dial All The Things

For dedicated function access, the X-T2 has you covered. A greater number functions are immediately accessible, and more can be locked into place. I don’t find the pull-to-release ISO dial on the X-Pro2 has frustrating as a lot of other reviewers and photographers do, but the operation of the X-T2’s viewfinder dial sandwich is positively sublime when honing in on the perfect exposure. So much so that I find myself pressing and releasing the button on the X-Pro2’s Shutter Speed dial expecting it to turn when set to “A” and wondering why it won’t.1 If I was in the habit of changing my shutter speed on the fly often, switching back and forth between these cameras would be frustrating, and I would prefer the X-T2’s approach.

It’s tough to call a winner here. This is going to come down to your shooting style and subject matter more than anything. Both cameras can photograph anything of course, but if you’re standing behind your tripod for a lower angle wanting to dial in your exposure perfectly, the X-T2 will serve you better. That said, there’s something to be said for getting your camera set and having the controls just a little bit more out of the way. It’s part of the draw to the X-Pro2 for me. I’m largely an Auto ISO shooter when I’m out and about with my X-Pro2. Having immediate access to my autofocus point via the Focus Stick, Exposure Compensation and Aperture is more often than not all I really need.

Button Arrangement

While the layout of these cameras is just about as similar as Fuji could make them within their styles, their layouts are quite different. This is almost 100% subjective territory. In my hand, I feel the buttons on the X-Pro2 fall in just the right place more often than the X-T2. It’s the “extension of my hand/eye” or whatever. I like that even the Image Review and Trash buttons are to the right side of the camera where the X-T2 requires she grip shimmying to get at. A big exception to that is when I’m shooting on a tripod, I actually like having both thumbs going at the same time, so I think Fuji made the right choices here.

The X-T2’s grip has an effect here too. Without it, the position of the front Function button is perfect for me, like the X-Pro2. With the grip attached, I find that button just a bit out of reach. I plan to keep the grip attached my X-T2 all the time, and that results my button placement preferences leaning a little further towards the X-Pro2. So make sure you try the X-T2 out with the grip before you buy (or buy from somewhere with a liberal return policy) to see how it handles for you. If you’re disappointed about missing out on an OVF, for instance, and it turns out you dislike the handling of the X-T2 with the grip on, that could alter your purchase decision.

Button Customization

The X-T2 has one extra customizable button, but making adjustments is quite a bit more annoying. For some reason, Fuji has omitted the extreme convenience of being able to press and hold a customizable Function button to quickly change it’s setting like we have on the X-Pro2. Instead, we’re forced to wade into Menu Land to make adjustments.

Comically, if you have either the top or bottom D-Pad buttons set to change your AF mode, pressing and holding will result in the camera quickly cycling through the various modes. I can’t think of a single reason why anyone would want this functionality. I hope to see this changed in a future firmware update.

Command Dials

With “S.S. (Shutter Speed) Operation” set to “ON,” the “ISO DIAL SETTING (A)” set to “Command,” and your ISO Dial set to “A”, you can press the front Command Dial on the X-T2 to switch between ⅓ stop increments of your shutter speed, and the full range of ISO settings.

It’s another point for the X-T2’s operation, but there is some seriously confusing UI and menu naming here. If you, like me, do not want your Command Dial to change your shutter speed and have set “S.S. (Shutter Speed) Operation” to “OFF,” and have your camera properly set to adjust ISO with the Command Dial, pressing the front dial will still cycle between Shutter Speed and ISO. The shutter speed won’t change on dial rotation, but I can’t figure out why it switches at all. Something I would guess Fujifilm will fix in a Ver.2.01 release.

I would love a setting in there to have the Command Dial only cycle between my Auto ISO banks, but I will likely leave this setting off for the most part. On-the-fly ISO adjustment isn’t something I need very often where I’m not happy to let the camera make those decisions for me, and when I do want control over my ISO, it’s almost always in a setting where the ISO dials serves my needs perfectly.

This will be a big plus for DSLR owners looking to switch and keep their habits the same though, so it’s a wise addition for Fuji, and a small win for the X-T2 over the X-Pro2, where this feature is strangely absent.

Viewfinding

Each of these cameras come with viewfinding tradeoffs. At first thought, one might think the addition of an entire Optical Viewfinder would tip the scales heavily in favour of the X-Pro2. But what the X-T2 does have is so much better than the X-Pro2’s equivalents that it ends up being a much closer comparison, of not tipping the other way.

AF Mode Orientation Memory

This is a feature that could see limited use, but it is pretty slick. Imagine you are a wedding photographer and you have a zoom lens attached to your X-T2, you’re shooting AF-Zone in landscape at a wider focal length, and then zoom in for a portrait shot of just one person where you want pinpoint AF accuracy on their eye. The X-T2 will let you do that.

I do wish it also remembered Face/Eye Detection settings as in my imagined scenario above, Face Detection could be great in landscape, but you would then have to turn it off in Portrait. Not a huge deal, but I would have been extra impressed had Fuji implemented that.

Optical Viewfinder

The optical viewfinder of the X-Pro and X100 line of cameras can offer the photographer a tremendous amount of flexibility in how they compose their images. There’s a good chance you’ve read this elsewhere, but aside from seeing reality through the viewfinder, as opposed to a camera’s interpretation, the additional space surrounding the frame allows you to more carefully compose your images, and capture the image at the right time, once something has entered the frame. The former makes a bigger difference than you might think. Having to hunt around outside of an otherwise blacked out frame can grow tiresome. The latter is a huge boon for street and reportage photography.

I wrote the above in my X-Pro2 vs. X-T1 article and absolutely nothing has changed. With the right lens on2 I love the OVF. It’s the “killer feature” that really is a killer feature.

Electronic Viewfinder

The X-T2 bests the X-Pro2 here in every way. From size to magnification to maximum potential frame rate to the manual focus “DUAL” split screen mode, the X-T2’s EVF is a few cuts above the X-Pro2.

Boost

Turning “Boost Mode” on pushes the X-T2’s EVF frame rate up to 100, or 15 higher than the maximum the X-Pro2 can achieve. In low light, I don’t see a big difference between the two without Boost Mode on, but when I flick the switch on my grip (or digging pretty far into menus without some “My Menu” action), I can see the frame rate jump immediately. It’s pretty remarkable. If you’re a nighttime street shooter, you’re gonna want the X-T2’s EVF.

Eye Relief

Eyeglass wearers take note, at 23mm and set to “NORMAL”, the X-T2’s EVF is much easier to compose with than the X-Pro2 if the diopter doesn’t cut it.

LCD

The X-Pro2 takes the pixel density crown here, with around 600K more dots on its display, but it’s a display that doesn’t tilt at all, let alone in three directions like the X-T2’s. I can see the added resolution offered by the X-Pro2, particularly in the UI, but I would take the utility of a tilt screen over the resolution bump.

LCD

With the latest Firmware bump, the X-T2 add a little something extra, something I’ve been waiting for since the X-T1 came out, rotating UI on the LCD. It’s an odd omission from the X-Pro2, but the X-T2 does have the VPB-XT2 Vertical Power Booster Grip on offer for serious portrait orientation shooting.

Performance

Like size and weight, this is another department that is going to mostly hinge on whether or not you have a grip installed on your X-T2 or not. Grip attached, X-T2 wins. No grip, it’s a tie outside of two things, AF-C Custom Settings, and Continuous frames per second.

Startup Time

Getting into specifics, startup time has been reduced further still from 0.4 sec. to 0.3 sec. Comparing the two, I can’t tell the difference, and the delay in my ability to actually flick the power switch at the same is probably have way more of an affect start up time than the cameras are.

Autofocus Speed

Set the X-T2 to “Boost,” and the X-Pro2 to “High Performance” or “Standard” and you’ll get the same AF performance out of these cameras provided you have the same lens mounted.

Autofocus Algorithms

The X-T2 added some improvements to autofocus algorithms geared primary at wildlife shooting; fur and high frequency subjects, specifically. Thanks to Fuji’s dedication to firmware updates these improvements hit the X-Pro2 with their Ver.2.00 update, so it seems we’re back to even playing ground there. I can’t say I was having a lot of trouble with autofocus shooting wildlife with the X-Pro2 at firmware Ver.1.02.

Continuous Shooting

More about the grip. Without it, these two cameras are the same, right down to the buffer. Attach the grip to the X-T2 and the maximum frame rate goes up to 11 frames per second, while the buffer goes down 83 to 73 for JPEG, from 33 to 3 for Lossless compressed RAFs, and stays the same for Uncompressed RAFs. This suggests that while the shutter can capture at a higher frame rate, the image processor can’t quite keep pace with the added computation effort of compressing the images one way or another.

Performance Summary

As discussed, the “better” camera when it comes to performance depends entirely on whether you intend to get the grip for the X-T2. If so, the X-T2 is the most performant camera Fuji has on offer today.

Video

The X-T2 was already the camera to get if video was what you are after. With Firmware Ver.2.00, the gap between these camera’s video capabilities as widened further. Honestly, I wouldn’t even consider the X-Pro2 for video use. From 4K to vastely superior operation, if video is a deciding factor, decision made, X-T2.

Image Quality

You can expect identical image quality from these two cameras. The entire imaging chain is the same.

Accessories

If you’ve made it this far and/or read my X-T2 Review, you know that there’s one accessory in particular that’s pretty important to the overall X-T2 experience; the VPB-XT2 Vertical Power Booster Grip. The X-Pro2 doesn’t even have a vertical grip of any kind, let alone that improves its performance. This is one area the X-T2 runs away with it.

Conclusion

I’m the sort of person who is open to letting a product’s design inform the way I use them to some degree. I’m willing to approach a product with my mind open to the idea its designers know what they are doing. That’s not to say I will accept nonsensical design, for from it, but as I use cameras like the X-Pro2 and X-T2, I can appreciate what their designers set out to achieve with each. They really are not intended for the same audience.

For me, the X-T2 is typically a contemplative set up, followed by rapid capture, tweaking, and more capture. The X-Pro2 is the nimble, stealthy candid capture. Fewer tweaks, less fuss, get in, get the shot and get out. Having written that, both cameras can serve the role of their counterpart well, maybe just not as well in every situation.

Price

Sales and bundles aside, we’re looking at a price difference of around $100 for the addition of an Optical Viewfinder. Pretty fair. But then, you’d be nuts to ignore sales and bundles where you can get an X-T2 and the VPB-XT2 Vertical Power Booster Grip for the same price as an X-Pro2 on its own. Value-wise, I gotta hand it to the X-T2 with the grip. It’s the better buy and you can get more camera for your money.

So Who Should Get an X-Pro2

While this camera has suddenly found itself somewhat tucked into a niche—even more so now that the X100 is available in X-Trans III—there are still some for whom the X-Pro2 is the better camera. Street, reportage, and documentary photographers will definitely appreciate the Optical Viewfinder found in either the X-Pro or X100 bodies, and if they aren’t fond of being restricted to 35mm and conversion lenses, the X100 is out. The OVF is a pretty big deal.

Who Should Get an X-T2?

Anyone else, really. Especially those who plan to supplement their interchangeable body with an X100F, and don’t mind being tied to 35mm for optical goodness. Going back to the X-Pro2’s EVF is always hard after shooting with the X-T2 for a minute and half, and the more I handle it with the VPB-XT2 Vertical Power Booster Grip and my Really Right Stuff L-plate attached, the more I like it. I love braving the elements with the X-T2.

Shoot Video?

X-T2. Period. End of story. The X-Pro2 might as well not even have video. I would sooner use my iPhone. You get the picture.

What If You Already Have An X-Pro2?

You’re fine. No need to make the lateral move to an X-T2 unless of course, you purchased the X-Pro2 because the lure of more resolution was too much to bear, or you find yourself wanting to add video to your skill set. In which case, fill your boots, as they say.

My Camera Strategy

It wasn’t long after owning the X-Pro2 that I knew I would want an X-Trans III sensor in an X-T body. If I had unlimited funds and an assistant to carry my things, I would have two X-T2’s, both gripped, one with the XF 16mm F1.4 WR attached, and the other with either the XF 90mm F2 WR or XF 50-140mm F2.8 WR along with an X-Pro2 and the XF 35mm F2 WR. As it stands, I will probably vacation with exactly that, minus one X-T2. I can’t express strongly enough how much I wish I had this X-T2 during my Safari trip.

I love the X-Pro2, I really do. If I could have only one camera and one lens, it would still be the X-Pro2 and XF 35mm F2 WR. Desert Island Camera. But it’s less versatile, its marquee feature, the OVF, should really be limited to 23-56mm, it’s missing the grip modularity of the X-T2, and its video capabilities are sorely lacking by comparison.

The X-Pro2 will continue to be my preferred street and documentary photography camera. One of three Auto ISO banks selected, each with its own maximum Shutter Speed. When I’m going out to shoot with my tripod in poor weather, or setting up my LumoPro LP180s for a portrait session, it will be the X-T2 in full manual all the way.

  1. It’s of the press-and-hold variety of dial releases. ↩︎
  2. A prime anywhere between 18mm and 60mm, 23mm and 56mm if I’m being picky. ↩︎