Here is a collection of Fuji X-Pro 2 hands-on field test and review videos:
I recently had a chance to handle and test the FujiXPro2 and must say that the joystick used for selecting AF points is very very handy. I am certain that this new feature will considerably improve the usabilty and ease of operation of this and upcoming Fuji cameras that will have this feature.
That said, there are also a few things I wasn’t too keen on the XPro2. As one of the earliest user of the X100, I greatly appreciated the ability to switch between the OVF and the EVF. Yet I think it is time for Fuji to move on without an OVF other than in a fixed lens camera model. The OVF in the XPro2 is dark and is easily trumped by the EVF. Moreover, zooming with the 16-50mm f/2.8 shows how slow the OVF FOV indicator is matching the focal length being used. This is the case even while I purposely zoom very slowly from one end of the zoom to another. The OVF adds cost but does not add much by way of functionality. Most Fuji users will not lose much by skipping the XPro2 and waiting for the XT-2.
The Fuji XPro2 is surprisingly light despite its large body. Grip is nowhere as good as the Nikon D750 and even more so against the D500 but it is not bad. Yet what was most striking for me while testing it with various Fuji lenses was how quickly it is unbalanced by mounting a larger heavier lens. I am not referring to the new 50-140mm f/2.8 zoom but just any one of the larger prime lenses.
The Nikon booth was located right besides the Fuji booth and I was able to do back to back testing of the XPro2 with the Nikon D500.
The lack of an articulating screen, and a touchscreen really puts the XPro2 at a disadvantage. While the XPro2 features an improved AF, the improvement on the Nikon D500 was phenomenal and was very close to the Nikon D5 that I tested alongside with it. The Nikon D500 shooting 10fps unerringly on AF-C at a low decibel level put a smile on my face. Moreover, shooting at ISO 3200 seemed to be very clean on the rear screen display (equal I think to the Nikon D700 FX at the same ISO). The Nikon D500 really put a smile on my me. To have this level of high fps on AF coverage and performance in a $2,000 camera is a steal for those who need this.
Add to that the ability the fact that the Nikon D500 has a much better grip, also has a joystick for quickly and very easily designating AF point, plus a very easy to reach AF-on button – and I cannot but conclude that the FujiXPro2 has been outclassed by the Nikon D500.
While this will perhaps not count as much for those invested in the X-mount, it simply means that Nikon has raised the bar considerably for Fuji in terms of what one gets for the price one is paying for the camera.
The absence of Nikkor APS-C specific lens puts Nikon somewhat at a disadvantage, specially when compared to the plethora of great lenses from Fuji. But the recent 3rd party lenses produced for Nikon (and Canon) APS-C bodies have made up for this somehow. Add to this the continued release of f/1.8 “full frame” prime lenses by Nikon and the Fuji lens advantage is no longer as persuasive.
Bottom line? FujiXpro2 represents an improvement over other Fuji camera bodies but may likely be best seen as the harbinger of things to come in upcoming Fuji cameras. Moreover, the competition (the D500 in this case) presses Fuji very very hard and Fuji will need to up its game better compete against what the competition offers.