Review: Fujifilm X-Pro2 – Is It Still Relevant?

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Blog

The new Fujifilm X-Pro3 will be released on November 29, and there’s a lot of buzz around it, but what about the X-Pro2? Is it still relevant? Is it a camera that you should consider? Is it a good option even though it has the old sensor and processor? I hope to answer those questions in this review.

The X-Pro2 was released way back in March of 2016. It replaced the X-Pro1, which was the very first X-Trans sensor camera by Fujifilm. The X-Pro2 was the first camera to have the 24-megapixel X-Trans III sensor. The X-H1, X-T2, X-T20, X-E3 and X100F would later share this same sensor and processor. The 26-megapixel X-Trans IV sensor, which is the same sensor found in the upcoming X-Pro3, was introduced with the X-T3 in September of 2018. The X-Trans III sensor inside the X-Pro2 is almost four-years-old, and perhaps a year out-of-date, but is it still good?

The main advantage of the fourth generation sensor over the third generation is heat. The new sensor runs cooler, which means it can be pushed further. It’s quicker, and the processor can be asked to do more. There’s very little image-quality difference between the two sensors. Pictures captured with the X-Pro3 won’t look much different than those captured with the X-Pro2. But the older camera won’t be as quick, especially regarding auto-focus, and it has fewer features. The X-Pro3 is loaded with new tools, which may or may not be useful to you. Even though the X-Pro2 isn’t as quick or feature-rich, it’s still sufficiently quick and feature-rich for most photographers.

The X-Pro line isn’t about quickness anyway. It’s about having a solid quality camera that’s a joy to use. It feels good to have in your hand and to hold to your eye. It’s something to take to the city and wait for just the right light and moment. It’s a photographer’s tool. And what a great tool it is!

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Fujifilm blog Fujinon 23mm f/2 Lens

Something that I appreciate about the X-Pro2 is that it’s weather-sealed. Pair it with a weather-sealed lens, and you can use it in situations that you wouldn’t dare take another camera. For me that was the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado, where the winds were whipping the sand, which pelted my skin. The X-Pro2 handled it like a champ, and I was able to “get the shot” that I was after.

Another thing that I really appreciate about the camera is the viewfinder. The X-Pro2 has a unique hybrid viewfinder that can be used electronically or optically. It’s a part of the experience of the camera. The X-Pro line isn’t about test charts or stat sheets, it’s about the user experience. Fujifilm calls it “pursuing pure photography” with “a body design that maximizes practicality.” While the X-Pro2 offers identical image quality and similar features to the X-T2 (and, really, the X-T20), what sets it apart is the experience of it, and the great viewfinder is a big part of that.

Even though the X-Trans III sensor is almost four-years-old now, it doesn’t come across as “old” in practical use. It offers more than enough resolution, dynamic range and high-ISO capabilities for most people and situations. The X-Pro2 is plenty quick and feature-rich to warrant consideration. It wasn’t designed to be your typical “throw-away” digital camera, which you own for perhaps two years, and then unload on eBay at a bargain basement price when the latest model is released. The X-Pro2 was intended as a camera that you keep for years. It’s a camera that you’ll still want to have around when it’s ten years old, and if it still has some clicks left in the shutter, perhaps longer.

The X-Pro2 is a beautiful camera! I think the only camera that’s better-looking in the Fujifilm lineup is the X100F, and only by a little. Fujifilm got the design right, and it’s cameras like this that have given Fujifilm a great reputation. Strangers will ask you about the camera around your neck, and fellow photographers will comment to you about the beautiful design. There’s a certain pride in owning one.

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I don’t want to dive deeply into the technical aspects of this camera. I’m not going to share stat sheets or show massive crops comparing the image quality to other cameras. You can readily find that information on the web. What I want to offer is my opinion of the X-Pro2. Is it a good camera to buy?

If you are in the market for a camera and are considering the X-Pro2, but you are unsure because it’s not the latest-and-greatest, I want to help you. You will love it! But with the caveat that the X-Pro series isn’t for everyone. If you are the type of person who has to have the newest, fastest and greatest, this might not be the best camera for you. If you find yourself constantly searching the internet for side-by-side crops to compare the tiny differences between cameras, this one might not be for you. If you are the person who buys a new camera every year, you might want to consider something else. If you’re the kind of person who likes to capture pictures at your own pace and in your own way, and you appreciate the way Fujifilm cameras render images, then the X-Pro2 might very well be a good choice. If you are after an experience that’s different from your typical digital camera, something with an analogue soul perhaps, the X-Pro2 is something you should strongly consider. It’s a great camera, even in 2019, and I’m sure still in 2026, and while it’s not for everyone, I do believe that most people would appreciate it.

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Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs from my Fujifilm X-Pro2:

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Twisted Tree – Keystone, SD – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Jacob’s Ladder – Taos, NM – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Passerby – Great Sand Dunes NP, CO – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Storm Over San Luis Valley – Alamosa, CO – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Old Truck & Mt. Lindsey – Fort Garland, CO – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Clouds Around Timpanogos – Heber City, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Bells & Crosses – Taos, NM – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Needle’s Eye Night – Custer SP, SD – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Night Sky Over Needles Highway – Hill City, SD – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Securely In Father’s Arms – Mount Rushmore NM, SD – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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From Dust To Dust – Great Sand Dunes NP, CO – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Drummond Ranch – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Red Leaves In The Forest – Wasatch Mountain SP, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Green & Blue Mountain – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Wasatch Spring – South Weber, UT – X-Pro2

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16 comments

  1. Photo A Day · 27 Days Ago

    Should I look for a used x-pro 2 to add to the x100f? Maybe with a longer lens for people shots?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 27 Days Ago

      If you can afford it, absolutely! I’m a big fan of the 35mm f/2 and the 90mm f/2, can’t go wrong with either. There are many other quality Fujinon lenses to choose from. Of course, cost is always a prohibiting factor, at least it is often for me.

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      • Photo A Day · 27 Days Ago

        I hope we see a bunch flood the market when the pro 3 comes out.

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      • Ritchie Roesch · 27 Days Ago

        That very well might be the case.

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      • Photo A Day · 27 Days Ago

        I don’t want to go too nuts with the cameras. X100f and two film cameras. Even this many is a lot.

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      • Ritchie Roesch · 27 Days Ago

        The X100F is such a great camera, there isn’t a “need” for another camera, except if you want a wider angle or more telephoto lens, or weather sealing. But the X100F can handle most things, no problem.

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      • Photo A Day · 27 Days Ago

        I know. It might be the perfect camera.

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  2. Khürt Williams · 26 Days Ago

    I think if nine of the features of the Fujifilm X-Pro 3 offer a significant improvement to your personal photography then the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 is as relevant as it was the day before the Fujifilm X-Pro 3 was released.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 26 Days Ago

      That’s very true! I think within the photography community, there’s a big desire to have the very latest model. A lot of people keep their gear for a very short time. I’ve been guilty of this myself. The X-Pro2 is a very fine camera that will still be very fine for many years to come. Same could be said for much of the Fujifilm lineup. Thank you for the input!

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  3. walker · 25 Days Ago

    I adore the Passerby pic, great shot!
    I still resist to the these beauties… frankly speaking it would not add anything more to my photograph.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 24 Days Ago

      Thanks! That was one of the pictures on display at the Fujifilm photo expo in New York last month. The X-Pro2 won’t capture pictures any different than the X-T20, but the experience capturing those pictures will be a little different. It won’t make anyone a better photographer for owning one.

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  5. hpchavaz · 7 Days Ago

    I would have to have an X-Pro3 in my hands to make my opinion more certain.

    For the street photographer or any other photographer whose needs are similar, the X-Pro2 is perfectly suited and the X-Pro3 probably just as well.

    But why do these photographers love the X-Pro series cameras so much? It seems to me that the optical viewfinder is a major reason, if not the main reason, for this attraction.

    However, with regard to this viewfinder, there is a point that leaves me a little doubtful about the X-Pro3. This is the removal of the two magnification levels.

    The 18mm that fill the entire field of the X-Pro2 optical viewfinder at the lowest magnification level, can they still be used with the X-Pro3 optical viewfinder?

    Doesn’t the field covered by the 50mm become too small in the X-Pro3’s viewfinder?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 7 Days Ago

      The removal of the magnification levels was a bit curious to me. I’m wondering if it’s a big deal to those who now own the new camera. I can see it being anything from a major problem to a complete nonissue, and it might depend on the photographer. It’s an excellent question that you raise. Thanks for commenting!

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  6. cdlinz · 6 Days Ago

    Great bunch of images. Your color processing renders a very kodak portra like result.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 6 Days Ago

      Thank you! A couple of the pictures are my Kodachrome II recipe, a few of them are my Velvia recipe, and a couple are my Dramatic Classic Chrome recipe.

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