What do the professionals think of the new FUJIFILM X-T2 Firmware Version 4.0?

On 8th May, 2018 we released new firmware updates for the FUJIFILM X-T2 which added new features to the system for both stills photographers and keen videographers. We asked X-Photographers Kevin Mullins and Jeff Carter to tell you more about firmware version 4.0 and explain how they’ve been using the new features. Continue reading What do the professionals think of the new FUJIFILM X-T2 Firmware Version 4.0?

Announcement: New X-Pro2 Firmware Update – Version 2.00

Fujifilm Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) is pleased to announce that a free firmware update (Ver. 2.00) for the FUJIFILM X-Pro2 is now available to download. With the added performance provided by this firmware update, the FUJIFILM X-Pro2 rangefinder-style mirrorless digital camera will stand alongside the new FUJIFILM X-T2 D-SLR-style mirrorless digital camera as one of the “double flagship” X Series cameras.

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Key X-Pro2 firmware version 2.00 features:

1. The new autofocus algorithm* that is implemented on the FUJIFILM X-T2 will also be implemented on the FUJIFILM X-Pro2. As a result, more accurate autofocus is now possible, and the AF tracking in AF-C mode will be improved. The number of focus point will be increased from 77 to 91 points (13×7) and from 273 to 325 points (25×13) to improve framing.
* Excludes the new AF-C Custom Settings functions.

2. Compatibility with the new hot-shoe mount flash EF-X500 will enable wireless multi-flash lighting with TTL control up to three groups and high-speed flash sync.

3. AUTO POWER OFF will now have 15 sec, 30 sec, and 1 min. options. AUTO POWER SAVE function, which was previously only available in ECONOMY mode, is now available as an option in HIGH PERFORMANCE and STANDARD modes to allow users to minimize battery power consumption.

4. AF point position interlocked with parallax will be displayed to provide a more accurate and easier-to-use Optical Viewfinder even when Corrected AF frame function is set to OFF.

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More improvements

In our constant endeavor to improve user’s enjoyment of Fujifilm products, the firmware version 2.00 update will provide a total of twenty improvements to the X-Pro2. For a list of all improvements, please visit the link here.

What you’ve all been waiting for – X-T1 firmware version 4.00 is now available!

X-T1 Part IV – Rise of the tracking autofocus

Well it finally arrived. The firmware update we’ve all been looking forward to for the Fujifilm X-T1 digital camera.

So what does it actually change?

Glad you asked! Here’s a video by Billy from The Fuji Guys where he demonstrates all of the new improvements found in the update.

The new Firmware Update features an advanced autofocus system for incredible performance when shooting moving subjects and exciting action scenes. Users will also experience improved auto focus accuracy for still images and video, Eye Detection, enhanced shutter speed dial operation (1/3 stop increments!), Exposure Compensation control in Manual mode (using Auto-ISO), and finer framing grid lines for enhanced visibility and image composition.

But what does this mean in REAL terms?

Another great question. Thanks for keeping up. Well I’ve been using it myself for a while and really like it. I could chew your ear off about what I think about it but I’m not an actual working professional photographer, so I’m not going to see it in the same way as you might. Coupled with the fact that I work for Fujifilm, you’d expect me to simply tell you that it’s great.

So instead, here’s a selection of working professional photographers that have tried the Firmware in their own shooting environments and posted their respective findings.

Damien Lovegrove

damien2bDamien is a professional portrait photographer from the UK. He left his role as a cameraman and lighting director at the BBC back in 1998 after 14 successful years to create the renowned Lovegrove Weddings partnership with his wife Julie. Together they shot over 400 top weddings for discerning clients worldwide. In 2008 Damien turned his hand to shooting beauty and portraiture and has since amassed a dedicated following for his distinctive art. Damien now divides his time between teaching the next generation of photographers and photographing personal projects.

After a day shooting with with one X-T1 running 3.11, and one running 4.00, here are his findings and an extensive review of the new X-T1 firmware V4 including tips on some real gems of features that have not made the headlines.

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© Damien Lovegrove

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When I was asked for my opinions on version 4 of the X-T1 firmware I was a little scared and excited in equal measure. Excited because the opportunity to shoot in a more dynamic style is quite appealing. Scary because relearning shooting procedures is never easy. quote-icon2-e1433520259777I’ve never been one to shy away from innovation and I’m certainly not a luddite when it comes to tech so I jumped at the chance. Here are my findings.

Click here to read Damien’s review

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Jeff Carter

JCarter_Portrait-200x300British motorsport photographer Jeff Carter has been using Fujifilm cameras for his work for over 20 years, going right back to the wonderfully lightweight and versatile GA645 medium format film cameras, but it was the X100 that he bought in 2012 that changed the way he worked. Here was a small, discreet camera that allowed him to take the images he needed for his work in and around the paddock.

He took an X-T1 with FW4 to the recent Le Mans 24 Hours event and here is his account.

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Firmware 4.0 has transformed the X-T1. I recently tested the new autofocus at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world’s greatest endurance race and the biggest challenge for man and machine. quote-icon2-e1433520259777This proved to be the perfect test ground for the X-T1’s new AF system and it wasn’t found wanting.

Click here to read Jeff’s review

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Eivind Røhne

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Eivind is a professional photographer from Norway. He’s been a commercial and editorial photographer since the mid ninetees. He loves people so mostly shoots fashion, lifestyle, commercial and editorial portraits, people at work etc. and he also love lines, shapes and man-made structures, so he likes to shoot industrial subjects, architecture and interiors for commercial and editorial use.

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This time around the Fujifilm firmware buzz really hit the roof, with claims of an all new autofocus system that would practically give existing X-T1 owners a brand new camera. Bold claims indeed. quote-icon2-e1433520259777Claims not only made by those saying they had gotten hold of rogue and secret beta versions of the firmware, but also claims made by Fujifilm themselves in their marketing teasers.

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© Eivind Røhne

Click here to read Eivind’s review

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If you already own an X-T1, I’m sure by the time you get to this point your camera will already have version 4 installed and ready to go. Hopefully you will find it as good as these guys did.

If you don’t already own an X-T1, hopefully these photographer’s reviews will be that final push to persuade you to take the plunge and try it for yourself. Hoping to welcome you to the Fuji family soon!

The kaizen continues! Multiple Fujifilm cameras get new firmware updates

Firmware updates to improve the Fujifilm X-T1, X-Pro1, X-E1, X-E2, X-M1, X-A1, XQ1, FinePix S1, FinePix XP70 and FinePix XP200 are now available to download from the Fujifilm Global website

X-T1

Version number : 1.10 (current 1.00)

Details of changes:

  • Addition of compatibility with “XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6R OIS WR”
  • Improvement of “Exposure compensation/exposure indicator” in EVF
    Values are added to the scales of the indicator for better visibility
  • Improvement of Movie-record button operability
  • The phenomenon is fixed that images are not recorded with the set interval when “INTERVAL” in “INTERVAL TIMER SHOOTING” is set to 5 sec or less. In this case, the setting of “IMAGE DISP.” in “SCREEN SET-UP” will change to “OFF” automatically.

Further details and instructions on how to update the firmware in your X-T1 camera

X-Pro1

Version number : 3.30 (current 3.20)

Details of changes:

  • Addition of compatibility with “XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6R OIS WR”
  • Change of aperture display for zoom lenses
    Display of aperture value when zooming with the shutter button pressed halfway will become same as the display when zooming without the shutter button pressed.

Further details and instructions on how to update the firmware in your X-Pro1 camera

X-E1

Version number : 2.30 (current 2.20)

Details of changes:

  • Addition of compatibility with “XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6R OIS WR”
  • Change of aperture display for zoom lenses
    Display of aperture value when zooming with the shutter button pressed halfway will become same as the display when zooming without the shutter button pressed.

Further details and instructions on how to update the firmware in your X-E1 camera

X-E2

Version number : 2.10 (current 2.00)

Details of changes:

  • Addition of compatibility with “XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6R OIS WR”
  • Change of aperture display for zoom lenses
    Display of aperture value when zooming with the shutter button pressed halfway will become same as the display when zooming without the shutter button pressed.

Further details and instructions on how to update the firmware in your X-E2 camera

X-M1

Version number : 1.20 (current 1.10)

Details of changes:

  • Addition of compatibility with “instax SHARE SP-1”
    Images can be directly transferred to the “SP-1” from a camera and then printed.
  • Addition of compatibility with “XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6R OIS WR”
  • Change of aperture display for zoom lenses
    Display of aperture value when zooming with the shutter button pressed halfway will become same as the display when zooming without the shutter button pressed.
  • Sound quality of while shooting movie is improved.

Further details and instructions on how to update the firmware in your X-M1 camera

X-A1

Version number : 1.20 (current 1.10)

Details of changes:

  • Addition of compatibility with “instax SHARE SP-1”
    Images can be directly transferred to the “SP-1” from a camera and then printed.
  • Addition of compatibility with “XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6R OIS WR”
  • Change of aperture display for zoom lenses
    Display of aperture value when zooming with the shutter button pressed halfway will become same as the display when zooming without the shutter button pressed.
  • Sound quality of while shooting movie is improved.

Further details and instructions on how to update the firmware in your X-A1 camera

XQ1

Version number : 1.20 (current 1.10)

Details of changes:

  • Addition of compatibility with “instax SHARE SP-1”
    Images can be directly transferred to the “SP-1” from a camera and then printed.
  • Fixes an issue where, in rare cases, a camera could stop working during image transfer when starting “PC AutoSave” function by pressing the Wi-Fi button.

Further details and instructions on how to update the firmware in your XQ1 camera

FinePix S1

Version number : 1.01 (current 1.00)

Details of changes:

  • Fixes an issue where, in rare cases, the camera would freeze while zooming during playback.
  • Fixes an issue where “BEST FRAME CAPTURE” of “Continuous Shooting” doesn’t work with the remote release RR-90.
  • Fixes an issue where images are not recorded properly when the shutter speed is 10 sec. or longer in RAW shooting.

Further details and instructions on how to update the firmware in your FinePix S1 camera

FinePix XP70

Version number : 1.02 (current 1.01)

Details of changes:

  • Revision of the description on LCD when continuous shots are erased in “ALL FRAMES”.
  • Fixes an issue where the a camera sometimes doesn’t work when connected to a PC via a USB cable for a long time.
  • Fixes an issue where, in rare cases, “COMMUNICATION ERROR” could appear when saving images in PC AutoSave.

Further details and instructions on how to update the firmware in your FinePix XP70 camera

FinePix XP200

Version number : 1.02 (current 1.01)

Details of changes:

  • Fixes an issue where, in rare cases, a camera couldn’t work when selecting images in “SEND SELECTED MULTIPLE IMAGES” menu while communicating with a Smartphone.

Further details and instructions on how to update the firmware in your FinePix XP200 camera