X-T2

If I'm honest, I've done well putting off the inevitable upgrade from my trusty X-T1. It's a truly fantastic camera, and I've had no regrets trading in all my Nikon gear to make the Fuji switch. I don't have the most extensive Fuji lens collection, but each has a specific purpose. Lately, switching from lens to lens has become a real hassle, and I've had many instances on my travels where a second body would have been really handy. So why not kill two birds with one stone?! Upgrade, and keep my X-T1 as a backup body when needed. 

I'm not going to to a complete review, there are hundreds of those online already. But these are just my observations, having used the X-T1 for a few years. 

Within the first few minutes of playing about with the X-T2, and needlessly fiddling with various controls in excitement, there are some big noticeable improvements over it's predecessor. Some are only minor ergonomic changes, but they are sure to make a big difference using the camera everyday. For instance, the exposure compensation dial requires more force to rotate. This is great news for me, as I've lost count how many times I've taken the X-T1 from my bag, and found the dial has moved on its own! Even the up/down, left/right navigation buttons are raised further, so there's a more positive click with each press. Even the side covers take a lot more force to open. I was initially struggling to open them at all initially, probably because the body was so new, but gone are the days when you might accidentally open the covers when you don't need to. 

The 'joystick' is a great addition. Moving the AF points in the X-T1 was a real pain, having to open the option, then move them, then confirm. Now you can just move the points with the joystick anytime. No need to jump in and out of menus. 

Another fantastic hardware change is the even more flexible rear screen. Being able to tilt in the additional axis is a BIG deal for me. As sad as it sounds, I'm always excited to try out some cliched puddle reflection shots, and doing this in portrait was a real pain, unless you wanted to get wet! Thank you Fuji for adding this!!

One change I'm not so keen on is the shutter speed dial. Previously it would lock into place on the automatic setting, meaning I could have it set to 1/60th for example, and without looking at the camera, rotate the dial until it locks, knowing then it would be back to A. Not anymore. On the X-T2 the dial just spins, and only locks when you press the centre button in (you unlock it by depressing the centre button again). I'm sure I'll get used to this, but I miss the 'lock to automatic' option. 

There are some great software changes too. The menus have been rearranged a little, not that they were a problem at all for me on the X-T1. Again, small changes that make everyday shooting even more hassle free. There are now three auto ISO control options, so I can have one set up for my standard 'everyday' shooting. One for shooting in poor light (or handheld at night), and one for.....well I haven't figured that out yet, but it's nice to have a spare! Changing between them takes a second or so, when allocated to a shortcut button. 

The metering dial mode is still awkward to use, and now there's an additional mode (good news), I find it harder to switch from the spot metering mode, as the latch you use to rotate the dial is closer to the camera body itself. Again, I'm sure I'll get used to this as I use it more and more. 

Finally, one feature I really missed when I moved from the X100T to the X-T1 was in camera charging. Mirror-less cameras in general aren't renowned for their amazing battery life, although I can comfortably get through a day with one battery in most situations. But the ability to connect a mobile phone charger to the camera during lunch, or any down time was incredibly useful. I'm glad Fuji brought this feature back to the X-T2. 

If you're an X-T1 user, the decision to upgrade to the X-T2 can be tricky.....but so far I've had no regrets!