Can the Fujifilm X-T2 mirrorless camera replace your DSLR?

Fujifilm has announced the all new X-T2 interchangeable lens camera which will begin selling in September this year

Fujifilm has announced the all new X-T2 interchangeable lens camera which will begin selling in September this year. The camera is a successor to the X-T1 which, back in 2014, was one of the most desirable cameras in the world thanks to its impressive autofocus system, a large electronic viewfinder and a SLR-like design comprising a variety of external controls in a weather-sealed body.

The new mirrorless looks very similar to the original, although there is a slight increase in size. Of course, being an upgrade, you get new features which include a 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor which was seen on the X-Pro 2. It can shoot 4K video at 24fps, 25fps, or 30fps with a restriction of 10 minutes of recording time. However if you buy the external battery-grip, you can extend the time to 30 minutes. Native ISO can now go up to 12,800 and the shutter speeds can go till 1/8000 or even 1/32000 if one uses the electronic shutter.

It's a fast-focusing beast offering 325 individual AF points with 49 of them covering the center phase detect. It also accommodates two SD cards, a 3.5mm mic input, Wi-Fi and USB 3.0 connectivity. You get the usual dials and buttons but the experience is enhanced further with the addition of a focus selection joystick at the back. The 3-inch LCD at the back can tilt up and down just like on the X-T1, but now it can also tilt out to the right. The burst motor can shoot 8fps, which is great for fast action shots. If you have the additional battery grip, you can increase the burst rate to 11fps by hitting the ‘Boost mode’.

Speaking of which, the battery grip is a must have accessory for the camera. It can hold up to two additional batteries and can even charge them with the included adapter. This means that you get a total of three batteries, which is ample of juice for long all-day shoots. The grip also comes with a headphone jack to monitor audio when shooting video.

Priced at $1,600 (around Rs 1,05,600) body-only it isn't cheap but Fujifilm claims that you get a close-to-DSLR experience. There is also $1,900 (around Rs 1,25,000) kit option that includes an 18-55mm lens.

This launch brings us back to the big question that haunts photographers: Can mirrorless cameras replace DSLRs? I personally own a Nikon D7100 with a couple of lenses and a battery pack and it gives me excellent results provided I use a quality lens. The only time I regret having a large, chunky camera is when I am shooting long events that go for 2-3 hours straight. It gets painful, especially if you're shooting video. I recently used a Sony a6300 to do a quick shoot and some videos and I have to admit, I didn't lose steam as I usually do and I was quite satisfied with the results of the camera. Of course this does not apply for any other kind of situation, but my point is that mirrorless cameras are not very far away from DSLRs and maybe in a couple of years, they would go neck to neck with them.

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