Operation and Controls

The X-Pro2's user interface has been substantially overhauled compared to previous X-Series cameras. While there's a lot that would be immediately familiar to an existing Fujifilm shooter, there's a lot that's been significantly improved.


Rather than just being split into two numbered sections, the menus on the X-Pro2 are now separated into six logical groups, making it easier to predict where an option will be.

The biggest area of improvement is the camera's menus, which have been significantly redesigned to accommodate the increased range of options. Rather than splitting the menus into two subsections, the new menus break it down into more finely grained subcategories.

In practice this works very well and you'll rarely have to think too long about where a particular setting will logically be located (whereas, on the older cameras, it required you to remember where things were).

To improve this even further, the X-Pro2 gains a customizable 'My Menu' tab, which can be populated and arranged by the user to include their most-used menu options.

There's also now a user-definable 'My Menu' tab into which you can position all the options you need quick access to.

Autofocus controls

You can manually select any of the camera's 273 AF points or restrict yourself to the 77 if you prefer speed of selection over precision of positioning.

The PDAF region now makes up a large square in the middle of the image and, crucially, extends beyond the central 1/3rd of the frame, meaning that you get a PDAF-capable AF point for rule-of-third compositions.

The X-Pro2's joystick makes it much easier to manually select the AF point you want to use. However, even with this additional control point, there's a tension between wanting the precision that lots of points brings and how long it takes you to move the AF point all the way across the screen. To help with this, there's the option to choose from all 273 points or to revert to an X-T1-style 77-point arrangement.

Even in the 77 point mode, the array still covers the same region of the scene and still has equal spacing between its AF points (it just skips every alternate point in each direction).

Button customization

Six buttons, dotted around the camera, can be customized. And there's no need to use the four-way controller for setting the focus point now due to a dedicated joystick, so there are fewer difficult compromises to be made.

The X-Pro 2 lets you customize six of its external buttons but, thanks to the addition of the AF joystick, you don't have to choose whether to sacrifice four of them for AF point positioning. This means you can customize all six without having to make any compromises.

Functions that can be assigned to Fn buttons 1-6
• Preview Depth of Field
• ISO Auto Setting
• Self-timer
• Image Size
• Image Quality
• Dynamic Range
• Film Simulation
• Grain Effect
• White Balance
• Photometry (metering mode)
• AF Mode
• Focus Area
• Flash Mode
• Flash Compensation
• Select Custom Setting
• Movie (REC)
• Face/Eye Detection Setting
• Raw
• Aperture Setting
• Wireless Communication
• Shutter Type
• Preview Exposure/WB in manual mode
• Preview Picture Effect
• Bright Frame Sumulator
• Bright Frame Brightness
• None

Playback controls

The final thing worth drawing attention to is the behavior of the camera's two command dials in playback mode. It's easy to press the rear dial to jump in to a 100% view of the selected AF point, then spin the front dial to shuffle between images, with the position and magnification maintained. It's a little thing but it's hugely useful when checking you have a perfectly in-focus shot.