Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review – Real-World Video Samples & First Impressions

Let’s imagine that I am a small, but quality, camera manufacturer. What could I do to increase my sales? My business logic would drive me to look for a niche where my products shine, allowing them to sell more than they would elsewhere. When looking at the current DSLR/Mirrorless market, we can safely assume that my logic is completely twisted and worth nothing.

If I was right, companies like Fuji, Pentax, Olympus, and Sigma would have spotted the trend of shooting video with photo cameras in time to ask their engineers to produce a product for that market—putting them in the spotlight for aspiring movie makers. Because none of these companies have an upper-level video market to protect, is that too much to ask?



That’s why I was excited to get hands-on with the new Fujifilm X-Pro2 Mirrorless Digital Camera. Previous Fuji cameras didn’t show much hope for video quality, but with the X-Pro2, I was extremely curious and wanted to try out a camera from a manufacturer whose products I have not used before. After all, we’re blazing through 2016 and with the market declining (but no less competitive), I was interested in finding out if my business logic was still “wrong.”

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First of all, I must take my hat off to Fujifilm for not pretending that they have created an “amazing broadcast quality camera” as so many marketing teams have done before. On the contrary, the video features of the X-Pro2 are well hidden in the official publication. Within the camera’s menu, the video page is the shortest I think I have ever seen—choose a MOVIE MODE (1080 up to 60p), MIC level adjustment (more on that later), MIC/REMOTE RELEASE, and… well, that’s it! All other features (focusing mode, white balance, saturation, etc.) must be found from within the still image menu.

Make no mistake; the X-Pro2 is a photo camera that can (in a “by the way” fashion) shoot HD video.

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Fujifilm X-Pro2’s very modest movie settings menu


The X-Pro2 is built like a little tank. While it is robust and weather-sealed, it feels decent in your hand—in fact, it reminded me of holding a “mini” Leica SL. Of course, it took me a while to get familiar with its structure and button layout. I’m still not entirely sure how photographers operate this camera, but for video shooting, it was a bit uncomfortable. I would say that you should take my opinion on the camera’s ergonomics with a pinch of salt—it could be that spending more time with the camera would make the layout feel comfortable, perhaps even natural. If you are coming from a PAL country, on the mechanical shutter wheel you won’t find the number “50”. This can be achieved electronically by turning (a different) front wheel

  • A dedicated REC button. I’ll save you the time. Don’t look for one—it doesn’t exist. Press “Fn” and the camera will start recording video.
  • Looking for a shortcut button to change ISO values? Look elsewhere. Go back to the shutter wheel, lift it, and change the ISO value as required
  • Articulated screen? Next
  • Standard or long tripod plates? Try your luck. With the
    supplied Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/2.8 lens, there is no way to use either of those



I’ll start with charging the battery. How many times you put a battery in the charger to charge and the light goes green immediately? That was a bit confusing. Apparently, in Fuli’s philosophy, green light is “charging” and no light is “battery charged.” Way to take a global standard and flip it on its head!

As this is my first encounter with a Fuji camera, I did stumble a bit at the beginning with the X-Pro2’s buttons and menu structure (God forbid, I even looked at the camera manual once or twice). However, after getting used to it, my two major concerns when working it are as follows:

  • Twice after removing the battery from the camera for recharging, my settings were reset, and I had to start from scratch
  • After pressing the REC button, not much can be changed. Not the audio recording levels, ISO setting or even how to monitor the video (via the LCD or EVF). Whatever you’ve been using last when pressing record, that’s what you are stuck with for the rest of your shooting sequence

There are other limitations that should be taken into account. You get the 16×9 video aspect ratio only AFTER pressing the REC button. Autofocus is truly good, but not in the continuous mode. On the positive side, EVF is nice and easy to work with (although it’s going to be next to impossible to change the rubber eyepiece to a better, more comfortable one) and the light meter is easy to work with—and effective.
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Video Quality

There is something very pleasant in the aesthetics of the pictures this camera can produce. It is sharp and detailed. On the other hand, Moire and aliasing are very present in the finer details of some shots. Also, noise will kick in very fast when using ISO 1000 and above.

As requested by many, Moire and aliasing sample footage.

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Pros (in no particular order)

  • Weather sealed, mirrorless APS-C sensor, exchangeable lens camera
  • Nice color rendering and fuji’s famous “film simulation” is built-in-camera (available options: Provia/Velvia/Astia/Classic Chrome/Pro Neg. Hi/Pro Neg. Std/Acros/Monochrome/Sepia)
  • Clever viewfinder system. You can change between Optical or Electronic in a flip of a button. In my opinion, the Optical is suited more for taking photos while the Electronic is better for video as it is a very high-quality one!
  • An assortment of focus aid tools to ensure that you are in focus while filming (peaking, digital split image à la film camera style)
  • World camera and up to 1080/60p
  • Camera light meter is accurate and helps in exposing correctly
  • Manual audio recording is possible, but no displayed visual meter layout after pressing the REC button
  • Mic/remote jack (but with 2.5 jack instead of the standard 3.5)
  • Rolling shutter is well controlled
  • At the back of the camera, a responsive joystick is located for quick and accurate focusing positioning
  • Battery life is good (if you remember that the green light means “charging,” not “battery full”!)

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Cons (in no particular order)

  • 14:32 min per clip recording limitation
  • LCD screen is secure; there’s no flip or tilt
  • No Log picture profile
  • I would not recommend shooting video above ISO 1000. It gets noisy and mashy
  • Continuous auto focus when shooting video is possible but not reliable
  • No zebra for helping in judging exposure
  • Limited 36Mbps data rate
  • No external recording via HDMI (the HDMI connector is for playback only)
  • No headphone jack
  • You CAN’T change many in camera settings or values AFTER pressing the REC button
  • It is not possible to change audio levels after staring recording
  • Dual SD card slots for photo but only slot number 1 is dedicated to video
  • Automatically switching between the LCD or EVF when looking through them is possible only before recording. Once you press the REC button, you are stuck with your last viewing device
  • Very evident moire and aliasing

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Regarding the lens used in this video, the Fujfilm XF 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR. It’s Fujinon’s flagship “XF standard zoom lens” with a focal length equivalent to 24mm – 84mm and a constant F2.8 aperture throughout the range. Here is a quick list of the Pros and Cons I found while combining it with the X-Pro2:


  • Excellent sharpness throughout the zoom range.
  • Constant f/2.8 aperture.
  • Weather-sealed design.
  • Speedy focus motor.


  • No optical stabilization.
  • Heavy!

Note: The combination of the Fujifilm X-Pro2 and the Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/2.8 lens is nice, as long as you work from a tripod. The minute you take the camera in your hands, be prepared to witness annoying micro-shakes. Neither the lens or camera body has a build in stabilizer to compensate those.


My Conclusion: 

The Fujifilm X-Pro2 is a nice addition to Fuji’s camera line and if they are looking to capture the attention of film makers, that camera is definitely a (small) step in the right direction. If they want to compete well in this sector, against more established companies, it shouldn’t look as if the video function was “accidentally implemented” as it does in the X-Pro2.

I hope that functionality, image quality, sound, and resolution can seriously be considered by Fuji as legit when it comes to shooting videos with their future cameras. After all, they have the potential to deliver the best next thing. It’s only a matter of taking the decision to develop it!

Will you be considering buying the Fujifilm X-Pro2 for shooting videos? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below

About the above video: Shot in 1080/25 mostly in up to ISO 800 (basement shoots were taken in ISO 1000). “Picture profile”- “Pro Neg. Std”. Edited in Adobe Premiere CC latest edition. No color correction was done, but there was a minor change in exposure in 2 shots. The audio was recorded in camera and was later treated with audacity to help with some of the excessive background noise at the restaurant. (Sorry about the knife “loud knocks” at the background. Chef assistant was busy making lunch)….

Music supplied by Art-List Title: Sunny Days by Binary Love

Thank you to Andreas, Julian, and the entire Otto Bauer restaurant staff for their help and contribution for that short video.

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Phil Hainline March 23, 2016

Great work Johnnie.

I’ll go out on a limb and say, most pleasing Rec.709 out of the box for a hybrid camera (and that’s from a C100mkii owner).

Enjoyed your editing choices, dwelling on the owner, and quick cuts to the supporting details. However, it is very hard to access some of the Fuji’s shortcomings without longer, slower moments when the problems are evident. Tricky trade-off. Yes, show what the camera can do in expert hands. However we are left a little in the dark about the shortcomings (that you enumerated in text) but can’t see as you mostly worked around them. Sigh. Still great work.

How sensitive to moire? Noise at 1600? I liked the crushed blacks in this piece, but what if we need to pull them up? In post? With exposure compensation? what happens to the image?

Love Fuji’s color science. Would love to see a short clip w/ ‘Acros’ emulation.

Curious what mic you used?

Looking for a B-camera & low profile in public spaces. Since Canon won’t ship a usable DSLR, short of 1Dx, was planning to rent a Fuji. Appreciate your review and will wait w/ fingers crossed for the XT-2.

Johnnie Behiri March 24, 2016

Hi Phil.

Thanks for your feedback!. I might add a quick separate clip of the camera shortcomings. I just wanted the fine people at the restaurant to be able to use the video if they like to without seeing too much moire..:)

More is very evident! Noise at ISO 1600 is horrendous. Regarding “crushed blacks”. I shot on the most available “flat mode”…Did not try pulling them up. Will try during Friday and post a note in the comment section.

Mic used: Sanken COS-11D Mini Lav Mic (added to the equipment list)

Thank you again for commenting!


Phil Hainline March 25, 2016


Probably life is sweeping you along to the next project, but hoping you can find a moment for the separate clip on the areas that have to be avoided with the X-Pro2. Obviously with care, (your Otto Bauer piece) great work can be done.

I’m just trying to get a handle whether it is easy to avoid? or can the moire sneak in when you least expect it? I may just have to rent one for a week.

Again, my motivation for an X-Pro2 is 2nd interview camera, still shooting, and low profile in public spaces. (have and like my C100mk2)

At the moment I’m looking at some of my lovely Nikon glass, wondering if it time to sell to cover the distance to a 1DX-m2. (hate to trade non-depreciating glass for rapid depreciation silicon sensors :-(

Thanks again for the insightful review. (You’re still the best storyteller in the DSLR blog space)

– Phil

Also, guessing you have seen this, but in Andrew Reid’s review he claims a bug with the black levels (quote attached below) AND… also in the comments:

—> “In decent light and with a human subject, you’ll be surprised at how close the X Pro2 and C100’s images are.”

—> “Firstly, straight off the card the files have a bit of a scratchy low-fi look to them, with hugely crushed blacks and dynamic range appears limited at first glance. The files really seem to clip the blacks like nothing else when played back on my Mac direct from the card. Turns out it’s some kind of bug. Remapping to 16-255 in Premiere’s Fast Color Corrector tool brings amazing amounts of detail out in the blacks. Then applying Film Convert’s Kodak emulation under the Arri Alexa DCIP3 profile gives you an absolutely stunning image in terms of colour and a film-like grain. It cleans up incredibly well and the Fuji’s colour & white balance is spot on to begin with so it doesn’t need hours of tinkering with LUTs.

Johnnie Behiri March 26, 2016

Hi Phil.

Thanks for you kind warm words. Appreciated!. There are many talented people out there who are doing a great job in covering new cameras and equipment.

Later today I’ll upload a separate clip with evidence of moire and aliasing for you and others to watch. In my opinion, as you can’t always control the scene when shooting documentary work or interviews, it will be tricky working with this camera and get clean results. I wish it was different as it is a lovely camera with A LOT of potential when it comes to footage “look and feel”.

Best will be if you can try and get the camera for a few days and try it for yourself. (then please share your findings with us)…:)

Thank you!


Johnnie Behiri March 26, 2016

Hi Phil.

Moire and aliasing sample footage added to the article.



Phil Hainline March 27, 2016


Many thanks. So close and yet so far. The “digital emulsions” and compactness are the draw. I’m on the road for a week, ending in Charleston, SC, where they have atmosphere and a great flavor of architecture. Will try to rent one. Thanks again. — Phil

Adrian Mahovics Reply
Adrian Mahovics March 23, 2016

Hi Johnnie,

Very much enjoyed the reading! :) I must say, I am pretty surprised about the video quality. My first camera for shooting video was a Fuji bridge camera and I did like it actually. My only concern was at the time, that there was no way for having flat picture profiles and it was very limited regarding to manual settings in video mode.. I recognised lot of my problems from that time in your writing.. but its nice to see that there is some improvement. I seriously believe Fuji could have great camera for Photo and Video in one device. Hope they will listen and get into the game… :) Thank you!

Jerry Mennenga March 24, 2016

Mr. Behiri,

Thank you for the review. It is hard to find anyone who has purposely shot video with amFuji X camera.mi own an EX-1 and XT-1. They are great “film” cameras and use them more than my Canon 5DIII’s. I use a little Shure shotgun on the EX-1 along with a Hoodman LCD kit for the 3″ monitor. You. Right about limitations, but they make nice images. I use Premiere and generally drop the contrast and a little brightness to flatten the look. I also shoot with a CanonC100. For short pieces with running and gunning it is a little difficult to work with. In the manual it states the autofocus doesn’t work in the C setting. I mostly use primes, 23 (35) and 35 (50) and find it not too bad to film with. Phil, you are probably looking at a Sony for your smaller b-camera, of which I have heard and read many nice comments.
I like the Fuji imagining very well and for quick vids with some thought, it does a decent job as long as you shoot with those limitations you talked about in mind.

Jerry Mennenga
Sioux City, Iowa

Steve Prue March 24, 2016

I love love love my X100s and use it for quick little video things when I don’t want to pull out my bigger cameras (5Dm3 and BMPCC). It has a great look out of the camera and easy to use on the fly.

Totally perfect for shooting quick & fun skate videos with models in Venice Beach.

Gene Nemetz Reply
Gene Nemetz March 24, 2016

It’s funny (funny odd, not funny haha) that every camera doesn’t have at least 4K video. 6K is already here. “4K is so old fashioned now”, as Mark Toia put it. And some don’t even have 4K video in EVERY new camera now? There’s even phones with 4K video for gods sake.

Johnnie Behiri March 24, 2016

Adrian, Jerry, Steve,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts!


Anthony browning Reply
Anthony browning March 24, 2016

Wow surprised by some of the quality of the video. If it didn’t have such horrible aliasing and moire I would be on board as it appears to look much better than canon dslrs.I would love to see more footage from this especially outside. Thank you Johnnie for your continuing posts you are greatly appreciated! I really hope you post some Canon 1dxmkii footage soon. It would be great to see the 4k files but also the hd files as well and who knows maybe Canon will wake up and give a c-log update. I mean i should not be more excited about the sony a6300 then the Canon 1dxmkii but i am! Hope your listening Canon

 Erika Floor Reply
Erika Floor March 24, 2016

Love the image, too bad of all those shortcomings, but it might still be an interesting travel compagnon. I’m looking for a small camera for stills to take with me, this might be interesting. Lets see if this will also be applied to the new XT-2 or the new X100 (whenever that arrives).

Nice images straight out of the camera with little or no grading are great, sometimes all the fizzling in post with log/flatprofiles are tiresome :)

Steve MacDonald Reply
Steve MacDonald March 26, 2016

Thanks for the look!

Just so that I understand, are all the film simulations available in the video mode?

Thank you!

Johnnie Behiri March 26, 2016

Hi Steve.

Indeed the film simulations are available in video mode.



Jerry Mennenga March 26, 2016

If you all look at the sight that caters to the Fuji shooters, http://www.scoop.it/t/fujifilm-x-pro1-x-e1-x100s, you will see most are still camera enthusiasts without much taste for video. I believe the creation of the first Fuji cameras was to fill that void for street shooters who could not afford a Leica but wanted something smaller, more discreet than the then current dslr’s. The cameras produce wonderful still images with a smaller cropped sensor and has some very nice fIl m simulations.
I spent much of last fall shooting presidential candidates visiting the northwest part of Iowa as they stumped leading up to Iowa’s caucus. I shot with a Fuji XE-1 and a XT-1 for 99.9% of the time and mostly at higher ISO’s,1600 and higher. http://www.corbisimages.com/photographer/jerry-mennenga

Whether Fuji will want to get into the race with Sony for video production work seems minimal reading the Scoop it site. The photographers are more interested in still imagery. But done with the pitfalls in mind, some nice video can be accomplished. And better by accomplished professionals like Johnni and others like him that shoot video first.

 Aldo Parise Reply
Aldo Parise May 2, 2016

Can you tell us which film simulation you used (or settings) to film this?

Johnnie Behiri May 9, 2016

Hi Aldo.

Sorry for my late response. Film simulation used: – “Pro Neg. Std”.



Malcolm Linton May 3, 2016

Can anyone tell me if there is a way to focus manually while shooting video with the X-pro 2. As far as I can tell, either you have to focus manually before hitting the record button or you leave the camera on continuous autofocus (with optional face detection). I would like to be able to adjust the focus manually using the ring and to see the focus changing in the viewfinder or on the screen, ideally with blue peaking at the point of maximum sharpness. Is this possible?

Steve MacDonald Reply
Steve MacDonald May 3, 2016

I don’t own the camera, yet, but looking at the manual this may help, maybe! There’s a little dial on the front of the camera that has SCM, set that to M.

Malcolm Linton May 3, 2016

Thanks, you’ve made me aware that I made a mistake in my earlier post. When the SCM knob is set on M you can after all see the changes in focus through the viewfinder/on the screen if you move the focus ring around — but there is no blue highlighting at the point of maximum sharpness and no expanded focus check (available for stills by pressing the back control dial). As I mentioned, on “C” the focus is continuous. On “S” there is no manual control via the ring (of course) and pressing AF-L button has no effect either.
For my needs, the M option is the only useful one. It would be greatly enhanced by blue highlighting at the point of maximum sharpness so I very much hope Fuji will add this in a firmware update.

Steve MacDonald Reply
Steve MacDonald May 3, 2016

Pg. 64 in the manual ROTATE the rear command dial when using the M mode, does that punch-in for a focus assist? As for focus peaking, don’t know the answer to that one yet!

Malcolm Linton May 3, 2016

Hi Steve:
No, the rear command dial doesn’t do anything when you’re in movie mode. For me, this isn’t big deal because when focus is super critical, typically with a stationary subject, I can set it with the help of focus assist before hitting the record button. However, very often I want to do some kind of follow focus or rack focus, and for those things focus peaking would be really useful.
Many thanks for your suggestions, M.

Steve MacDonald Reply
Steve MacDonald May 3, 2016

I gotcha now, I guess I didn’t read your post well enough. No, there are very few cameras that allow you to punch-in on the image once you’re in a record mode. This is were a really good EVF comes into play! In my experience focus peaking, once you’re into a record mode, makes critical focusing even harder, because of the nature of the way focus peaking works, but that’s just me.

Malcolm Linton May 3, 2016

Interesting that you find focus peaking makes things harder. I haven’t had the X-Pro 2 long enough to know how much I like it for video. On other cameras I have found focus peaking useful for video because I tend to the screen instead of the viewfinder and reflections make it pretty hard to see what is sharp and what isn’t.

Steve MacDonald Reply
Steve MacDonald May 3, 2016

I think some of that reason is due to age! I don’t use the LCD, I just can’t see critical focus good enough looking through it, and if I do use it, I definitely use a loupe. Focus peaking, for me, isn’t pinpoint, it’s an approximation, and all those lines get in the way of me seeing pinpoint focus, and I set that pinpoint focus by setting the pinpoint mark, then see-saw back and forth from that point till I’m certain of pinpoint!

Malcolm Linton May 4, 2016

Hey, age is a subject I prefer to avoid. But I guess it’s also a matter of style. I usually shoot things that are moving so pinpoint focus mostly isn’t an issue for me. I just don’t want to be way off.

Gareth Bull May 20, 2016

Great review Johnnie! Out of interest, does focus peaking work during recording?