Fujifilm launches new flagship mirrorless camera X-Pro2

A Fujifilm employee poses with the company's new X-Pro2 premium mirrorless digital camera.
A Fujifilm employee poses with the company's new X-Pro2 premium mirrorless digital camera.PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - After nearly four years, Fujifilm has finally launched the successor to its flagship X-series mirrorless camera the X-Pro1.

The new X-Pro2 sports a new 24.3-megapixel image sensor that reduces the moire effect, caused by light interference making parallel lines look like wavy patterns, resulting in sharper image resolution.

Like its predecessor, the X-Pro2 comes with Fujifilm's unique Hybrid Viewfinder that is able to switch between optical viewfinder and electronic viewfinder mode - but at a higher resolution of 2.36 million dots, from 1.44 million dots in the X-Pro1.

It also has a weather-resistant magnesium-alloy rangefinder-like body with manual dials.

Other improvements of the X-Pro2 include 273 autofocusing (AF) points, a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000sec, wider sensitivity range of up to ISO ISO 51,200, six custom buttons and a rear joystick that lets you easily select an AF point.

Separately, Fujifilm has also launched the premium prosumer compact camera X70.

It has a retro rangefinder-like design but it comes with a fixed wide-angle Fujinon 18.5mm f/2.8 lens (equivalent to 28mm in 35mm-format). It uses a 16.3-megapixel image sensor and has a 3-inch tiltable touchscreen display.

Both cameras will be available next month at a retail price of $2,799 for the X-Pro2 (body only) and $1,099 for the basic the X70.

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