Fujifilm X-Pro2 is the Compact Camera to Beat for 2018 | Gadget Review
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Fujifilm X-Pro2 is the Compact Camera to Beat for 2018

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 shelf
Fujifilm's latest advance leads to an incredible point and shoot camera.

Instead of doing the usual slight spec upgrade plus new feature for it’s next generation X-Pro2 compat camera, Fujifilm has decided to throw everything possible into this camera (an ironic decision considering how the Pro1 was designed as a throwback to original camera designs), including several new technologies and far better picture quality. Taken together, these advances make the X-Pro2 one of the best compact cameras has shown us thus far.

Let’s start with the hardware: The camera sports a 24-megapixel sensor, as well as a unique interchangeable hybrid viewfinder that uses both optical and electric viewfind technology. The 3-inch LCD screen is a bit less impressive, although we do like that the compact model has plenty of manual buttons. The shutter is mechanical, but it can still snp in 1/8000 of a second. Fujifilm claims that this camera is weather resistant and rugged, but gives few stats on just what it can resist, so buyers may still want to take care.

FUJIFILM X-Pro2

This compact camera has serious professional chops.

Inside the camera the specs are still impressive. The processor got a major overhaul with a new X-Trans CMOS III sensor and the X Processor Pro software to manage image. There’s also ACROS, a bit of tech designed to similate monochrome photos as authentically as possible for those more artsy shots. When it comes to focusing, the X-Pro2 can account for up to 77 focal points, more than any previous model. ISO sensitivity, meanwhile, is rated at 51200. Fujifilm also offers a new compressed RAW format so you can save on storage space while still getting that flexible RAW footage.

All these improvements add up to a truly impressive compact camera, but we haven’t talked much about the price yet: This model starts at $1,700. That’s a little pricey for the average consumer, and points at the X-Pro2’s focus on photographers who really know what they’re doing. The weighty lens and overhauled features are designed for pros and experienced amateurs, make no mistake.

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