5 Stars By Kevin Kleitches on 2016-10-22
My absolute favorite camera (sorry, Canon)
First off, this is (according to my failing memory), the only fan-key review I've ever felt compelled to write, so that should give you a pretty good idea on just how amazing this camera is.
Quick backstory: I've only been shooting for a couple of years. In 2014, I picked up my first DSLR, a Canon T3i. Within a few months I graduated to the Canon 6D, and a year or so later, the 5D Mark III. Canon has served me well over the years, and I've been fortunate enough to make a solid side-income from this hobby-turned-profession. I wouldn't be writing this review right now, let alone know what a mirrorless camera is, if it weren't for my friend, Jahns. We made plans to shoot some street photography one day and he showed up with a small little camera that looked more like a point-and-shoot rather than a DSLR. Turns out, it was neither. It was the Sony a7, and I quickly became enamored with its convenient portability and nifty features, like its electronic viewfinder, focus peaking, and advanced focus system. Suddenly it became clear: mirrorless was the future. I knew I had some research to do.
I had my work cut out for me. There are plenty of mirrorless options on the market, so deciding which one I wanted proved to be a difficult task. Initially, I thought my choice was clear: The Sony a7rII. It boasted everything I would ever need in a camera. But the price tag ($3,198) was hefty, and I started to question whether I really needed all those megapixels. Surely, there was a more affordable alternative. Enter the Fuji XT-2. I'm actually not sure how I stumbled upon this marvel of a machine, but I'm so glad I did. After reading glowing review after glowing review about the X-series, it became obvious the XT-2 was for me. So I ordered it.
Five Reasons Why I'm in Love with This Camera:
This camera along with the 35mm f/2 (the only lens I have for it) weighs 1.5 pounds. That's including the battery and lens hood. The Canon 5D Mark III with the 85mm f/1.2 weighs well over three times that much. The difference in weight is not just noticeable, it's dramatic. You can wear it around your neck or slung over your shoulder and you'll barely feel it.
2) Superior focus system
"Superior to what?" you might be asking. While I don't know if the XT-2's focus system beats out other mirrorless cameras (it might, I just haven't done the research), I can say with certainty that it's light years ahead of any DSLR I've shot with. DSLR cameras use what's called phase detection autofocus, while mirrorless systems use what's called contrast detection autofocus. What's the difference? Phase detection is generally a little faster, but it has one huge drawback: it can be pretty inaccurate. With contrast detection, on the other hand, the camera looks at the point on the sensor that's supposed to be in focus and adjusts the lens accordingly until everything looks sharp. Since getting the XT-2, my "throw-away" rate has been cut down significantly. So many images are in focus, and if they aren't, it's generally because I'm not shooting at a fast enough shutter speed.
3) Articulating Screen
If you're a street photographer, you're going to be in absolute heaven. This camera is already discrete with its small form factor, but when you couple that with the ability to pull out the LCD screen, you have the superpower of going around virtually unnoticed. Using live view, I can look down at my camera's LCD screen that's flipped up and focus more on composing my shot rather than worrying about if people are noticing me. This means capturing more real-life moments and less time planning out *how* you're going to capture those moments.
4) Film Simulation
The film simulations are a big part of what swayed me to Fuji instead of Sony. And they definitely do not disappoint. I'm particularly fond of the "Classic Chrome" simulation; its soft and muted tones makes images so pleasing to look at. I generally will color correct images on my own, but I've been surprised at how many images are shareable right out of the camera. Especially for random outings and trips, this is such a welcome feature. No longer do you have to spend hours culling and editing every individual shot.
One other thing to note about the film simulations: they can be applied to video too, although I haven't thoroughly tested this yet. It's nice to know that you can choose to forgo color grading if you're happy with what the simulation gives you. (Fuji also has a flat video profile called F-log, though I think that can only be utilized when using an external 4k recorder.)
5) Sex Appeal
Looks aren't everything, but they sure do help, and the XT-2 is a damn sexy beast. With its three dials on the top of the body, it deceives many into thinking it's a film camera. That is, until they see the LCD screen or hear the sound of its delicious (and silent!) mechanical shutter. The XT-2 is the perfect marriage of nostalgia and technology, and is sure to be a conversation piece among friends and strangers alike.
The Bottom Line: No piece of gear will make you a better photographer on its own, but this camera certainly makes shooting hella fun. If you're considering making the leap from a DSLR to mirrorless, this is a fine choice. Get it! You won't regret it. :)
I hope you all find this review helpful. Thanks for reading, and happy shooting!
Kevin Titus Photo
5 Stars By Candid Reviewer on 1969-12-31
Pure joy... I prefer it over the X-T20 and even my Nikon D750! Get the Body + 35mm f/2 lens!
The Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera is INSANELY good, blending an extremely responsive autofocusing system with Fuji's first-rate color and image processing, all squeezed into a brilliantly compact form factor. Paired with Fuji's outstanding 35mm f/2 XF lens, you end up with a light, portable powerhouse that can produce first-rate images and is simply a joy to shoot.
At work, I use a Nikon D750 full frame DSLR. That camera is amazing and can virtually see in the dark when paired with Nikon's pro-grade lenses. However, it is also heavy and cumbersome. I don't mind toting it around for a couple of hours to grab photo/video content for marketing, but it's the kind of camera that never lets you forget you're "on the job," as you work around its intrusive size and heft. Past the two-hour mark, I also begin to tire quickly and it's a chore to press on much longer. By contrast, the Fuji X-T2 packs 95% of that capability into a form factor so much smaller and lighter that the camera virtually vanishes in the down-time between shots, whether slung around your neck or stowed in a bag or pack. This makes it a dream to use for travel and family photography. Truly, for the first time, I feel like I can have a zero-compromises camera that fits in with family time without getting in the way. (My previous camera for that role was the superb little Panasonic LX100, which is noticeably more compact than the X-T2 and even the X-T20, but its diminutive size and other qualities undermined some of the joy of shooting that I get from the Fuji cameras, which have a better build, larger sensor, and all-around better "feel".)
Here's what I love about this camera that makes me prefer it by far over the LX100, X-T20, or D750:
- SMALL, BUT NOT TOO SMALL: The X-T2 hits the ideal sweet spot for my medium-sized hands. It's small enough to eliminate considerable weight and bulk over the D750, but unlike my LX100 or the X-T20, it's not so small that my fingers feel crowded and fumbly on the controls (especially when trying to operate them without taking my eye away from the viewfinder). The grip could be larger for some tastes perhaps, but the size of the camera overall (the spread of the controls, the space for fingers to move around and on an attached lens, the space for putting an eye to the viewfinder) is the PERFECT compromise between uber-portability and comfortable usability. Ergonomics may sound like a minor issue to some people, but when it comes to the pleasure of the shooting experience, this was one of my biggest gripes about my capable little LX100. It was just too small, and that's a key reason I ruled out the nearly identically-sized X-T20. I wanted the bigger body of the X-T2, and while it indeed fits and feels as good as I hoped (and expected, having handled the X-T1), I am also delighted to find that it feels eminently portable. Frankly, between the X-T2 and X-T20, it's the lens you select, more than the body itself, that is going to make or break the comfort of carrying it around, but the X-T2 definitely beats the X-T20 in the ergonomics of its controls. (If you have small hands, you may disagree and find that the X-T20 feels fine. Try to get your hands on both if you're unsure about ergonomics, but for me the difference was noticeable.)
- SUPERB FUJI IMAGE PROCESSING: The D750 is so powerful I can get it to make just about any image I need; however, virtually every image requires some post-processing in Lightroom/Photoshop to get it looking its best. That's not really a problem when I'm shooting a subject for a specific marketing purpose and effect, but when it comes to family photos (i.e., the gazillion candids I snap of our kids) it means I have to spend exponentially more time on post-processing/editing to get the images looking the way I like them. The X-T2 boats nearly the same degree of raw power (though its sensor is definitely weaker in very low light than the D750's full-frame sensor), yet its JPEGs often look stunning straight-out-of-camera (much better than the D750's do). I still shoot everything in RAW + JPEG to preserve the additional editing latitude that RAW allows; however, most of the time, no editing is required and I can simply delete the RAW file for "average" shots I'd like to keep but don't particularly love, and then keep the RAW files for the shots that look the best in case I want to edit them later. In other words, I can grab thousands of already-fantastic images of our kids at the press of the shutter (more than pleasing enough to drop into a slideshow, digital picture frame, or online album), and devote all of my editing attention to tweaking the nuances of only those few images that I like best, choose to push creatively, or want to prepare for large-scale, framed prints. Hallelujah! The joy of shooting is back, and I'm free of that photographic purgatory known as obligatory photo editing!
- POWERFUL, WITH ROOM TO GROW: Given Fuji's superb track-record of supporting their cameras with multiple iterations of aggressive, feature-enhancing firmware updates, plus the fact that the X-T2 can be combined with a performance-boosting battery grip to significantly extend its feature set (not to mention the finer ergonomic feel I mentioned above), its "future proof" creative potential is quite a bit higher. Don't get me wrong: Better technology will undoubtedly come out in the next year or two, and I don't even intend to buy the XT-2's battery grip anytime soon; however, I don't upgrade my camera gear every year or two like some people do. I like to grow into a camera and build a relationship with it for years. So I decided it's worth it to me that, as I grow into the action shooting and video side of this camera, the available battery grip offers me the option to shoot at markedly higher frame capture rates (with faster autofocus and viewfinder refresh rates, as well) and to triple 4K video recording times (30 min. vs. the standard 10 min.) compared with its standard performance on a single-battery and the fixed limitations of the X-T20. Of course, with regard to the pleasure of the shooting experience, I also just knew that I wanted the larger EVF and the faster start-up time--not to mention the...
WEATHER-SEALED BODY: Unlike the LX100 and X-T20, the X-T2 is weather-sealed, provided you mount a weather-sealed lens. In the past, I've had two relatively nice digital cameras fail me due to gradual moisture intrusion. To be clear, I've never left a camera in the rain; however, living in a very hot, humid place (Georgia) and going in and out of air-conditioned environments can take quite a toll on electronics. While my little LX100 is still going strong, I always take great care to keep it protected, including using a good case with a desiccant packet to absorb moisture. I don't intend to run my X-T2 in any rainstorms nor to neglect storing it carefully (I take good care of all my gear), but I like that its sealing means extra protection from moisture and dust, and thus, probably greater longevity. I intend to shoot with this camera for a very long time because, based on my experience, this is going to be one of those timeless cameras that is so good at what it needs to do, there won't be a compelling reason to upgrade for quite a long time (unless you are a tech-junkie, but that's not why I fell in love with the X-T2).
If not for the autofocus issues on the X-T1, I would have jumped into the Fuji system a few years ago and probably would have been a perfectly happy X-T1 owner. When it comes to capturing candid images of my three little daredevil daughters (who are always in motion, it seems), however, the X-T2's added power finally transforms the otherwise-impressive X series into my ideal camera: Perfect for family and travel, yet powerful enough to serve in a professional role. (Frankly, the only hesitation I would have about using this camera professionally would be in very low-light and very fast-action roles, in which case the full-frame Nikon cameras and blazing-fast-autofocusing Canon cameras still have quite an edge.) It's a no-compromise camera that can capture first-rate images of my family, yet small enough to be unobtrusive, with ergonomics that not only facilitate easy, instantaneous operation, but enhance the sheer pleasure of the shooting experience. It's a camera so good that I love toting it everywhere I go. It never feels underpowered or slow so as to miss a great moment, nor is it so bulky as to feel laborious to lug around or steady, nor it it so small as to feel toy-like, cramped, or awkward, nor does it feel like the technology (menus, meters, motors, etc.) ever gets in the way. This is the kind of camera I yearn to carry around and shoot with, even for no other reason than the sheer pleasure of snapping photos. That is not something I could say about my LX100 due to its too-small form factor and the particular annoyance of its electronic zoom (I hate, hate, hate lever-actuated electronic zooms; they're just too slow).
If affordability is priority one but you want the benefits of the Fuji X system, go with the X-T20. (If price and sheer portability are critical and you don't need all those megapixels or mind a tiny grip, you may even want to track down an LX100!) If affordability and ergonomics are critical, but you don't need the fast auto-focusing (i.e., you do mostly studio work or shoot fixed subjects), go with the X-T1, which can give you 80% of the performance, 95% of the ergonomics, and 99% of the image quality of the X-T2 (assuming you don't need the extra megapixels for added flexibility when cropping). But if top performance and superb ergonomics in a refreshingly portable package are your top criteria (and, like my children, your subjects tend always to be in motion), the X-T2 is hands down the best mirrorless camera in the world at this time. It's also powerful enough that you can grow into it for YEARS without feeling like you're bumping up against its limitations. (That is not something I could say about the X-T1 due to its autofocus limitations, which have been revolutionized in the X-T2.)
A note on lenses: I passed on the non-weather-sealed 18-55mm lens. While it sounds like a fine lens, the images I reviewed from the 35mm just looked better to me and it offers a faster aperture and weather sealing. I was hesitant about switching to a prime, especially with only one lens as I switch to the Fuji system; however, after quite awhile, I have NEVER ONCE regretted this decision. The 35mm f/2 (~50mm equivalent) is remarkable versatile, and compared with the wider 23mm f/2 (which is also quite good, per images I reviewed) it never struggles to fill the frame with people if that's your goal. The 35mm can get good and close, yet is relatively easy to back up for wider shots that give a sense of place/environment. And it can even focus closely enough (about 10 inches) that you can get surprisingly sharp, close photos of flora and fauna, provided you have the right lighting and can get close. Not macro, mind you, but darn good close-ups that show amazing detail and textures. So, in my opinion, if you're on the fence as to whether you want the kit, I would say no. For the money, the performance of the unbelievably affordably priced 35mm f/2 is just TOO GOOD to pass up on. I think the better deal is to buy an X-T2 body plus the 35mm f/2 XF WR lens. You end up with a very portable powerhouse of a camera that is all I have needed to get outstanding variety and quality of images on family outings.
That's my review and random thoughts as someone who has a D750 and lots of lenses for work, has used an LX100 for personal family shots for the past two years, and now owns an X-T2 with the 35mm f/2 lens. I hope this review was helpful!
5 Stars By Pen on 1969-12-31
I have several. Absolutely a professional level camera!
Pictures say it all. This camera can do anything my full frame cameras can do and I like it better. Im a pro wedding photographer who covers about 40-50 weddings at my current rate. This camera is essential to my workflow. I can do great shots with much less global editing.
- Pro Quality
- Lighter than my DSLR
- Smaller than my DSLR even with a grip
- high fps
- AMAZING jpeg files
-easiest camera Ive ever owned when it comes to shoot in full manual and not accidentally messing up a shot.
- best wifi experience of any pro camera I know of
- can print directly from camera with instax eich my brides love
- low light focusing can be kinda slow or miss but its the best mirrorless Ive had for low light focusing.
- need battery grip to do long events
All shots attached are jpegs straight from the camera
5 Stars By egmancera on 2017-06-10
Buy it at your own risk!
I made the mistake to buy the Fuji XT-2 as my first mirrorless camera to team up with my $15.000 life investment on Canon equipment.
After a few days of use and a couple of jobs done with the XT-2 I realize that now is the perfect time to sell all my Canon gear before people start noticing how superior Fujifilm is to Canon.
Seriously, it is a game changer…
5 Stars By Vancouver Tom on 2016-10-19
Best camera since the old 35mm film days.
I have been reading the reviews about some of the mirrorless cameras for quite a while. I was mildly interested, but I had a great Canon 6D that took wonderful photos and video. Then I photographed my brother in law's wedding a few weeks ago and felt the weight of my Canon 6D and 24-105mm L lens start to bother me. I had a small kit with me and left my bag and other lenses in the car, preferring to work light this time. So much for that...
When I returned home, I started looking at smaller DSLRs and read a few reviews on the Fuji X-T2. The reviews seemed like they were written by the Fujifilm marketing department. But there were many reviews praising the X-T2 even though it had recently become available.
So, I took a chance and ordered the X-T2 with XF 18-55mm lens. It did take a bit of owner's manual study to get used to the menu layout and the different controls. But when I started taking photos and examined the sharpness and fantastic color, I became a believer! Wow! This was the best camera since my film days when I used to shoot Fujichrome Velvia film.
Since this is the initial release of this model, there are a few things that I expect to see changed in a firmware release. But it works as is perfectly for me. I love shooting it and it doesn't seem to weigh much compared to the old Canon 6D. To me, this makes vacation and street photography fun again.
I also have the XF 10-14 f4, XF 35mm f2 WR, and the Rokinon 12mm F2 lenses. They are all exceedingly sharp with excellent color.
5 Stars By Ray on 1969-12-31
Limit this to "Five Stars?" That's Absurd.
Sometimes I feel silly writing a review. This normally occurs when I want to review a product that already has so many other reviews previously posted, and/or that come to similar conclusions. This is one of those reviews, and on both counts. But I still wish to write this review, because the Fuji X-T2 is THAT good.
I’m not a professional photographer in the strictest set of terms. I recently ran into a man in Paris who was shooting with a Hasselblad camera that he had purchased (body only) for seven thousand euros (about eight years ago; not including the lens). Of course, it’s not the CAMERA that makes him a professional: this is a freelancer who sells photos to newspapers and magazines across Europe, and if you spent time (which I did, some 30 minutes of it, or so) watching how he would size up a shot in his mind, take a long time to think about it, and then whip up the camera and take a shot almost without effort, you can tell you are looking at a professional. We had a nice talk and exchanged stories about cameras. With some Hasselblad backs selling for over 40,000 dollars, he still complimented my camera. What camera was it? A Fuji X-T2.
I’m no professional, but I’ve been into photography for about 20 years. I’ve owned many many different cameras over that period, of all types, from diminutive little devices that fit into your front pocket, to DSLR’s that were so heavy you almost yearned for the end of a shoot. Most of them were advanced at the time, sporting one or more technological achievements never before present in a camera, and many of them immensely enjoyable to use. And many brands, too. Nikon. Canon. Sony. Fuji. And on and on.
Let’s cut to the chase. The Fuji X-T2 is simply a flat-out amazing camera. It builds on all the advances of the X-T1, and, for the most part, very well, with improvements and tweaks that even people who loved the X-T1 wanted to see in the camera's next incarnation. It FEELS good to shoot with it. It produces REMARKABLE results, particularly when you are shooting with one of their succulent “XF” lenses (sorry, that's the word that comes to mind, and to any that have used the XF 23mm or the XF 56mm, you'll know what I mean). The Fuji X-T2 feels like the camera I’ve been waiting for all these years. It’s comfortable to hold. It’s fast. It’s highly customizable, yet will turn out fantastic shots in full auto mode. It opens you up to a series of Fuji lenses that are endlessly compared to Leica and Zeiss lenses at three times their price (or more). It’s made in Japan, and feels like it. (So are most of the "XF" lenses, by the way, with a couple of exceptions.)
Why are the results of the X-T2 so good? It’s not because of its 24 mp rating. It’s because of the TYPE of sensor, the MANNER in which the sensor’s data output channel is handled by the camera’s processor, and because of the incredible OPTICS of the “XF” line of Fujinon lenses. Put another way, it’s the marriage of the sensor, the characteristics of the lenses, and the way the sensor output is handled once the shot is taken that make the X-T2 what it is.
You can read all about the details of the camera’s specifications nearly anywhere (and be careful, information overload is a real danger here), but I won’t do that here. What I WILL do is tell you that this is a magnificent camera that can take amazing photos. Is it a full frame or a medium-format camera? No. But for someone like me, that does not matter. What DOES matter is that I can take photos with this camera that were never before possible, and that routinely possess the “wow factor." And there is plenty of room to tinker with those photos later on--even if shooting in jpg-- because of the high megapixel sensor, if you choose to do that.
The Fuji X-T2 is a “photographer’s camera” because it lets you do just what you want to do: take pictures the way you envision them. It lets you do so smoothly and quickly, and offers so many opportunities for manipulation that it would take far too long to list them here. This camera feels good in the hand. It oozes quality. Is it the “poor man’s Leica?” Maybe so. It’s so pleasant to shoot with and the results are so good—color, saturation, headroom, detail, sharpness, clarity—that I don’t need to worry about saving for a Leica. Yes, I understand I am comparing apples and oranges, and it truly is a subjective view that I’m providing, but it’s a view that is shared by nearly everyone who has used either a Fuji X-T1, X-T2, X-Pro, or X-Pro2. Asked another way: How many NEGATIVE reviews have you seen on any of these cameras by those that have owned or used them? There are a few out there, but so very, very few; that all by itself speaks volumes. And the X-T2 may very well be the best of them all.
The fact that it is still relatively light and comfortably small (as compared to a typical DSLR) is just icing on the cake. It’s a camera that nearly anyone can use to take great photos. Give it to a novice on AUTO, slap the kit lens on it (either the 18-55mm or the 18-135mm kit lens, it doesn’t matter) and turn them loose and see what they capture. It’s remarkable to see. And then, if one starts to learn more about photography (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc.), let them interact with the camera’s customizable settings. It’s amazing.
I love being able to easily adjust settings with mechanical knobs at the top of the camera, but I just as much love being able to set things to AUTO and let the camera figure things out for me, usually with good result. Quiet operation (even a completely silent electronic shutter, if I want it). Comfortable grip. A truly tremendous set of lenses to select from. Customizable buttons (six of them, actually). A viewfinder that makes you think you are using a glass prism, but also includes all the shooting data I on it. This is what photography is all about.
I am aware I’ve not in this review cited any specifications: these are available anywhere. What this review is just simply another person’s response to using this camera over a period of months. I just finished a three-week shoot in Paris with it. It’s obvious this camera is made by a company that understands photography. And understands it well. Just as my acquaintance above with the Hasselblad camera complemented my X-T2—a camera that cost one-tenth as much, or less—Fujifilm is onto something here. If you are a photographer, you owe it to yourself to look into this camera and its entire line of lenses, because if you do not, you’re missing out on what is potentially one of the most amazing lines of photographic equipment available for the non-rich. It’s not that the Fuji equipment is cheap, because it most certainly is not. But BY COMPARISON with its true competitors, it really is inexpensive. But all of that can be overlooked: just examine the shots you take with this camera and be amazed. Because that’s exactly what will happen.
I've uploaded a few sample shots. As anyone knows, these have been reduced and shrinked so much for use here that they do not show the ACTUAL photos. What they do, however, is provide a general feel for what can be done with X-T2.
5 Stars By noelty on 2016-12-01
A solid improvement over the X-T1
Let me start by saying I have been a Fuji shooter for almost 4 years now. It started with the X100S which I absolutely loved! I then bought an X-T1 and a bunch of lenses and ditched my Canon gear. The X100S was replaced with an X100T, and two months ago the X-T2 was added to the stable. I still love the X-T1, but it has now been relegated to backup in case there is an issue with the X-T2 when shooting professionally.
The X-T1 compared to the X-T2 seems like a beta version of the camera, at least in terms of build quality. The build quality on the X-T2 is magnificent. The dials feel much more solid, and the fact that you can lock them down is a big improvement over the dials on the X-T1. Even the doors on the side for the card reader and the ports are more solid than the X-T1.
DUAL CARD SLOT
Hooray! Now I can shoot both RAW/JPEG, Continuous or backup. I shoot RAW and JPEG but it is nice to know if I wanted to shoot continuous I can fill one card before the camera starts writing to the other card. If I was only shooting RAW and needed a backup I am covered! Never had a card fail on me yet...but it is nice to know I am covered if one does fail.
The joystick is the single best feature Fuji has introduced. It took a while to get used to not hitting the directional pad to change the focus point. Once I got used to the joystick it has become a pleasure to use. If the X100F gets the joystick I may have to upgrade from the T.
The autofocus runs circles around the X-T1. The custom settings make shooting action a breeze! I am still astounded by how well the continuous auto focus performs.
5 STOP EXPOSURE COMPENSATION
Set the exposure compensation to "C" and you can get two more stops than the X-T1.
2 STOP EXPOSURE BRACKETING
Perfect for my needs. The X-T1 has 1 stop exposure bracketing which was pretty worthless for me when I shoot real estate. I prefer to shoot interiors with off camera lights. Expose for the windows and fill the room with artificial light. Some assignments there are too many reflective surfaces and exposure bracketing comes into play. In this scenario, for my needs, 2 stops works fine.
MICRO USB CHARGING
Love this feature on the X100T and it is welcome on the X-T2. When traveling I prefer to charge the battery in camera rather than bringing the charger along. I usually carry a few extra batteries with me...as long as I can charge one battery in camera at night I am good to go.
24MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor
The new sensor is absolutely fantastic!
I never shot video with any of my Fuji cameras. After testing out the 4K video capabilities that has changed. The video quality is perfect for my needs...quite stunning!
So far my only complaint is the WIFI has been a bit spotty. I have had some trouble connecting the camera to my iPhone 6. I have never had a problem with the X-T1. I am not sure if this is an app issue, or perhaps a firmware fix. I have managed to connect my camera to phone every time, but more often than not is has taken me multiple attempts.
That is really about it in terms of bad. If you are thinking about this camera, do not hesitate...buy it...it is FANTASTIC!!!!!
5 Stars By RAFAEL POGGI on 2016-11-15
I am an enthusiast photographer interested in macro and nature photography in general. The first camera I used, was a Nikon D300 with the 18-200mm. After some years, decided to have a new camera and made a lot of internet research, and I mean A LOT. I wanted the best quality images I could get that my wallet could afford. I started to see full frame bodies as an option, but price was a restrictive issue considering the whole package including good glass for a macro, a wide angle and a telephoto. While “surfing”, I started to read about Fujifilm, there were interesting opinions about the great image quality and the amazing color rendering they produce, but not so many about its autofocus. Besides this, everything else was somehow aligned with my requirements. Then the X-T1 was announce and immediately grab my attention for the autofocus speed upgrade they introduced in this model and maybe because of my DSLR background that it is reassembled on this lineup, finally I jumped to the Fujifilm with the X-T1. Really a new hole dimension on image quality and color rendering. Loved the camera, and after a couple of years later saw myself fully committed to this Fuji ecosystem having great glass for all my interests.
Then the X-T2 was announced, with a bigger sensor, better autofocus, better ISO, better shutter speed, with a very useful focus stick selector, double memory card slots, grip with 2 additional batteries, and more. I immediately sold the X-T1 in order to have cash and order the X-T2 that I have for a couple of months now. The bigger knobs are also a great addition, such a pleasure to use the dials, and I did not start using film cameras, it just make more sense than Aperture and Shutter priority.
The Cons, still waiting for good lighting system, still waiting for a better macro lens (picture of butterfly taken with the Zeiss 50 f/2.8), no touchscreen yet, still pricy, software support still behind canikon, still waiting for tethering support.
(Picture of butterfly taken with the Carl Zeiss 50mm f/2.8, the toucan with the XF 100-400).
5 Stars By Amadeus on 2016-11-25
Make sure to UPDATE FIRMWARE on LENS
There are so many reviews and they are all true, this is a great camera so I won't go into details on that. One thing I wanted to let you all know is that you see any weirdness (for example moving waves in the video) with the 18-55 mm lens or other lenses make sure to UPGRADE the FIRMWARE on the LENS to the latest available at Fuji site. I would upgrade the Firmware on the lens even if you do not see any problems at the moment as your IS may not work optimally. The camera does not have Firmware upgrade as of the writing of this review. Check all of your lenses!
The many great qualities of this camera outweigh the few things that need improvement. Things I would have liked to see for video is the headphone jack to be on the camera and not on the grip. But maybe they did that because the battery life is very short for video that you pretty much will have to use the grip. But still. The shooting switch selector (video-BKT-L-H-S...) is hard to use.
5 Stars By Bryce Milton on 2017-07-06
Could use more buffer space, but otherwise this is the perfect all-rounder!
Best camera I've ever owned. 15 year Nikon DSLR shooter, here, but this camera with the rest of the X-system was good enough to compel me to sell all of my Nikon "holy trinity" 2.8 lenses, primes, bodies, and flashes and a switch wholesale to Fuji for the next 15 years. Nikon and Canon's success and dominance in the DSLR game left them reluctant to make the R&D investment to build mirrorless systems that compete and defeat their DSLR systems. Meanwhile among mirrorless, Sony may have a better sensor, and Oly better weather sealing, etc, but Fuji is the one that seems to be striking that perfect balance of cutting edge mirrorless technology, outstanding and mostly fair-priced lenses, world-beating ergonomics, and quality construction. When paired with the XF 50-140 f/2.8 and XF 16-55 f/2.8 "red badge" weather sealed zooms, this camera's autofocus abilities are impressive, and though still not quite at Nikon D500 levels, it's right up there with Nikon D7xxx series performance, while adding insane mechanical and electronic shutter frame-rate performance in a more compact, lighter, and modern package.