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Fujifilm X-Pro2 announced

Fujifilm has finally announced the X-Pro2, the follow-up to one of its most celebrated cameras of modern times.

It’s been four years since the Fujifilm X-Pro1 arrived with its then-fresh retro rangefinder style and significant mirrorless camera chops. Now at long last we have a follow-up.

Following leaks right at the end of 2015, the Fujifilm X-Pro2 has been officially announced. While it looks very similar to the original, there are a number of significant improvements.

Perhaps most notably, the Fujifilm X-Pro2 is the first in the wider X range to bust past the 16-megapixel point. It sees the debut of the 24-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III image sensor, which is paired with the new X-Processor Pro image processing engine.

The number of focus points has been expanded from 49 to 77, which means that 40 percent of the imaging area is covered by phase detection AF pixels. Focusing is around double the speed of its predecessor as a result.

Meanwhile the maximum mechanical shutter speed has also been doubled to 1/8000 seconds.

There’s also a new and improved hybrid viewfinder, which can instantly switch between optical and electronic views. It seems to be similar to the one found on the X100T, but this time it’s been adapted to the interchangeable lens format, automatically altering magnification in line with the lens being used.

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Though the X-Pro2 looks similar to the original, Fujifilm has completely weather sealed its design, making it dust and splash resistant.

There’s also been a tweak to the external controls, with a new joystick enabling you to select focus points. You also now get an ISO control incorporated into the shutter speed dial.

Dual memory card slots and Wi-Fi are two other useful additions.

The Fujifilm X-Pro2 goes on sale in February for £1,300 body-only.

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