The X-T2's interface is very much like that of the X-Pro2. This not only means a prettier, better labeled layout but also the gain of a 'My Menu' tab into which you can place and arrange your most-accessed menu settings - something all cameras should have (Dear Sony...).

The menu now has a tabbed structure that makes it easier to navigate. One of these is the customizable My Menu tab.

Startup certainly seems faster, meaning there's no longer the moment of self-doubt as to whether you've let the battery wear down, just before the rear screen lights up. Except immediately after you turn the camera off: if you turn it back on instantly, you get a blank screen for a long while.

The camera's Q Menu is customizable, allowing you to select your most-often changed settings and cluster them together to make it fast to check and change them.

Button customization

With the joystick on the camera's rear now taking the role of selecting AF point, the four way controller is left as four customizable function buttons (though the firmware on the camera we have still lets you change that to AF point control if you absolutely have to recreate that X-T1 experience). In addition there are Fn buttons on the top and front plates, and the functions assignable to the AE-L and AF-L buttons can be changed.

Eight of the X-T2's buttons are customizable. Each can hold the following settings:
  • Image Size
  • Image Quality
  • Raw
  • Film Simulation
  • Grain Effect
  • Dynamic Range
  • White Balance
  • Select Custom Setting
  • Focus Area
  • AF Mode
  • AF-C Custom Settings
  • Face/Eye Detection
  • Drive Setting
  • Self-time
  • Shutter Type
  • ISO Auto Setting
  • Wireless Communication
  • Flash Fn Setting
  • TTL - Lock
  • Modeling Flash
  • Mic Level Adjst
  • Preview DoF
  • Preview Exp./WB in Manual Mode
  • P/view Pic Effect
  • AE Lock Only
  • AF Lock Only
  • AE/AF Lock
  • AF-On
  • Aperture Setting
  • Performance Boost
  • Playback
  • None

AF customization

One of the biggest changes to the X-T2 is the addition of three parameters for specifying the type of motion the camera should expect, for optimization of object tracking. To simplify the setup of the camera, there are five preset combinations of these parameters, designed to represent specific use-cases.

Five use-cases are offered to help match the AF behavior to the movement of your subject. If none of these work, then there's also a customizable setting.

If none of these use-cases work, the camera provides an explanation of the three configuration parameters, to help you tailor them to the specific subject you're shooting.

Boost mode

The camera's Boost mode is the default setting for the down arrow on the four-way controller. It speeds up the camera's autofocus (which Fujifilm measures as decreasing focus time from 0.08 sec to 0.06) and increases the refresh rate of the electronic viewfinder from 60fps to 100fps. This change of viewfinder mode also reduces false color in the display.

With the battery grip attached, the Boost mode gains further benefits: shortened interval between shots, a reduction in shutter lag, shortened viewfinder blackout and, most significantly, an increase in maximum shooting rate from 8fps to 11fps.

Standard Mode Boost Mode
Camera body only
Autofocus minimum time 0.08 sec 0.06 sec
EVF Frame rate 60 fps 100 fps
Reduced false color in EVF No Yes
With 'Power Booster Grip' attached
Shooting interval 370 ms 190 ms
Release time-lag 50 ms 45 ms
Blackout time 130 ms 114 ms
Max Burst Rate 8 fps 11 fps

Auto ISO

Like the X-Pro2, the X-T2 offers three Auto ISO settings, each of which allows you to define a minimum and maximum ISO setting, along with a shutter speed threshold at which the camera should increase ISO. There are no options to link this threshold to the current focal length so this system works better for prime lenses than for zooms, if you're trying to avoid hand shake. For avoiding subject motion blur though, it's perfectly adequate - just set the minimum shutter speed beyond which the camera should opt to increase ISO as opposed to lengthening exposure duration.

Unfortunately, this minimum shutter speed setting cannot be directly accessed via a custom button, meaning it's cumbersome to change on-the-fly to quickly adapt to changing scenarios.

Auto ISO can be used in manual mode for both movies and stills, and can be used in conjunction with exposure compensation, so that you can select your shutter speed, aperture and target brightness, then let the camera maintain them using ISO.