After leaving the shop I took some photos to test the camera. This is not an in depth review, I will write about my real life experience with this model in the coming days. If you want to know something then just ask me below in the comments or via twitter.
Same same, but different
I don't need to write about the build quality or the integrated lens because there is no real difference to the predecessors of this model, but the placement of the buttons has changed. In case of the Q-button it was a little misplacement for my taste. It is placed at an area where I rest usually rest the thumb of my right hand. You can lock this button by holding down the menu button for a few seconds so this is not a real problem but a little hollow grip to put your thumb into would have been a better choice for my taste.
|Behind the window - CC (ISO 320, f5.6, 1/250)|
The sensor has changed and the camera is now in the same ballpark as the XT2 and the XPRO2. Fuji has managed to maintain that organic look of the resulting photos even with a higher pixel count and less noise and smearing at higher ISO values. The processor is faster and the auto-focus is way better but not as fast as you might expect when you are coming from a X100S. It is more accurate and has this fantastic joystick attached for a fast point selection, but it is not the auto-focus system that is up with the competition. I can live with that. Maybe there are some tweaks via future firmware to speed it a bit up.
|that organic look - (ISO 1000, f2, 1/250)|
Also worth to mention is the ability to set shutter values above 1/125sec in conjunction with auto-ISO. I don't know if it was an issue with the processor etc. of the older models but now you can go up to 1/500sec and that allows you to capture faster moving objects when you use this mode. You can also set different auto-ISO profiles on a function key to choose between three of them.
|That soft f2-look - ASTIA (ISO 1250, f2)|
Fuji did one more important change: they managed to update the battery compartment to hold the same battery as the bigger brothers now. That brings some more juice (for the new processor etc.) and it also reduces clutter for many Fuji shooters out there. You only need one type of battery in your pocket now. A great decision and for me even more important as the second card slot many people have anticipated.
The fist day with my new tool feels good and it serves my needs well.
I will write some more about my experiences with this camera the next days. Stay tuned!