Firmware Update Day

Important Day for all FUJIFILM Shooters using the X-T2, X-Pro2 (and the EF-X500 flash).

The first part of the recently announced major Firmware Update is available for download here :

Firmware 2.00 (FUJI X-T2)        // Updated Owner’s Manual V2.00 //

Firmware 3.00 (FUJI X-Pro2)    // Updated Owner’s Manual V3.00 //

Firmware 1.02 (FUJI EF-X500)   // Check here to see if your flashgun needs this update !  //

As this is a adding a large amount of new and updated functions to both cameras, I am listing them here – hi-lighting some functionalities I consider especially interesting :

NEW FEATURES for the FUJIFILM X-T2 (using the firmware V.2.00)

  • 1. Shooting RAW in Bracketing and Advanced Filters. The update enables you to use the RAW format when shooting not only in AE Bracketing but also in other Bracketing modes (ISO, Dynamic Range, White Balance, Film Simulations) and also in Advanced Filter modes.
  • 2. Extended ISO 125 and 160 selectable. The update adds ISO125 and ISO160 to extended ISO levels available.
  • 3. Programmable long exposure of up to 15 minutes. Long exposure in the T mode currently goes only up to 30 seconds. The update will allow users to extend it up to 15 minutes.
  • 4. ON/OFF for 1/3-step shutter speed adjustment. The update allows you to turn off the Command Dial’s function to adjust shutter speed by 1/3 steps in order to prevent unintended adjustments.
  • 5. Full-range ISO adjustments with the Command Dial. With the update, set the ISO “A” position to “Command” to adjust ISO sensitivity across the full range, including extended ISOs, with the Front Command Dial.
  • 6. “AUTO” setting added for the minimum shutter speed in the ISO Auto setting. The update adds an AUTO option for the minimum shutter speed in the ISO Auto setting, that allows the camera to automatically define the minimum shutter speed according to the focal length of the lens attached.
  • 7. Faster “Face Detection AF”. The update enables the use of Phase Detection AF for faster performance in Face Detection AF.
  • 8. Improved in-focus indication in the AF-C mode. The update reduces focus hunting in the AF-C mode, making it easier to track a subject.
  • 9. Addition of a smaller Focus Point size in Single Point AF. The update adds a smaller Focus Point size in Single Point AF, bringing the total number of available sizes to six. The new smallest size facilitates pin-point focusing. (* This function used with tether shooting will become available with “Tether Shooting Plug-in PRO for Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® Ver.1.5.0”.)
  • 10. Addition of “Portrait / Landscape AF Mode Switching”. The update allows you to specify separate AF mode and AF point settings for portrait orientation and landscape orientation.(* This function used with tether shooting will become available with “Tether Shooting Plug-in PRO for Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® Ver.1.5.0”. If you are using Ver.1.4.0 or before, set STORE AF MODE BY ORIENTATION to OFF in AF/MF SETTING.)
  • 11. Change of focus frame position while enlarging it. The update allows you to move the position of focus frame while enlarging it in Single Point in the AF-S mode or in the Manual Focus.
  • 12. Activation of the Eye Sensor in video recording. The update allows you to use the Eye Sensor during video recording to automatically switch between EVF and LCD.
  • 13. Change of ISO sensitivity during video recording. The update allows you to change ISO setting during video recording.
  • 14. Re-autofocusing in video recording. With the update, half-press the Shutter Release button or press the button assigned to “AF-ON” function during video recording to re-do autofocusing.
  • 15. Display live histogram during video recording. The update allows you to display a live histogram during video recording.
  • 16. Optimization of external microphone’s input level. The update optimizes external microphone’s input level (lower limit revised from -12dB to 20dB) to reduce white noise when an external microphone with preamp is connected.
  • 17. Addition of “Eye Sensor + LCD Image Display” in the View Mode. The update gives the “Eye Sensor + LCD Image Display” option in the View Mode that allows you to shoot through the viewfinder and check images on the LCD, just as you would with an SLR.
  • 18. Constant “Dual display mode”. With the update, the small window in the Dual mode stays on even when you half-press the shutter release button.
  • 19. Automatic vertical GUI for LCD. With the update, when you hold the camera in the portrait orientation, the camera will automatically display the GUI on the LCD in the same orientation.
  • 20. Name Custom Settings. The update allows you to assign a specific name to Custom Settings 1 – 7. [How to set] IMAGE QUALITY SETTING>EDIT/SAVE CUSTOM SETTING>CUSTOM1-7>EDIT CUSTOM NAME
  • 21. Copyright information in EXIF data. The update allows you to register the photographer’s name and the copyright holder’s name in advance so that the camera automatically adds the information to EXIF data for each image. [How to set] SET UP>SAVE DATA SET-UP>COPYRIGHT INFO
  • 22. Voice Memo function. The update enable you to record 30-second “Voice Memo” clips in the Playback mode. [How to set] PLAY BACK MENU>VOICE MEMO SETTING>ON (* When recorded images are displayed, press the front command dial for a while to start memo recording. When you remove your finger from the dial, it stops.)
  • 23. Extended AE Bracketing. The update extends AE Bracketing from the current 3 frames +/-2EV to up to 9 frames +/-3EV.
  • 24. Addition of “Shoot Without Card” mode. With the update, you can have the “Shoot Without Card” mode turned OFF so that the camera cannot shoot when there is no SD card inserted. [How to set] SET UP>BUTTON/DIAL SET

All the eight functions in bold were on my personal wish list. All filmmakers will enjoy No. 12 to 16. As usual, one little firmware update and we hold a “new camera” in our hands.

NEW FEATURES for the FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (using the firmware V.3.00)

  • 1. Shooting RAW in Bracketing and Advanced Filters. The update enables you to use the RAW format when shooting not only in AE Bracketing but also in other Bracketing modes (ISO, Dynamic Range, White Balance, Film Simulations) and also in Advanced Filter modes.
  • 2. Extended ISO 125 and 160 selectable. The update adds ISO125 and ISO160 to extended ISO levels available.
  • 3. Programmable long exposure of up to 15 minutes. Long exposure in the T mode currently goes only up to 30 seconds. The update will allow users to extend it up to 15 minutes.
  • 4. “AUTO” setting added for the minimum shutter speed in the ISO Auto setting. The update adds an AUTO option for the minimum shutter speed in the ISO Auto setting, that allows the camera to automatically define the minimum shutter speed according to the focal length of the lens attached.
  • 5. Faster “Face Detection AF”. The update enables the use of Phase Detection AF for faster performance in Face Detection AF.
  • 6. Improved in-focus indication in the AF-C mode. The update reduces focus hunting in the AF-C mode, making it easier to track a subject.
  • 7. Addition of a smaller Focus Point size in Single Point AF. The update adds a smaller Focus Point size in Single Point AF, bringing the total number of available sizes to six. The new smallest size facilitates pin-point focusing.
  • 8. Addition of “AF Point Display”. With the update, you can choose to have AF Points constantly displayed in Zone AF and Wide / Tracking AF, making it easier to track a subject. [How to set] AF/MFSETTING>AF POINT DISPLAY
  • 9. Addition of “AF-C Custom Setting”. The update adds “AF-C Custom Setting” for specifying focus-tracking characteristics. Choose from five presets according to your subject’s type of movements. [How to set] AF-C CUSTOM SETTING
  • 10. Change of focus frame position while enlarging it. The update allows you to move the position of focus frame while enlarging it in Single Point in the AF-S mode or in the Manual Focus.
  • 11. Addition of “Eye Sensor + LCD Image Display” in the View Mode. The update gives the “Eye Sensor + LCD Image Display” option in the View Mode that allows you to shoot through the viewfinder and check images on the LCD, just as you would with an SLR.
  • 12. Shorter EVF display time-lag. The update shortens EVF display time-lag in the AF-C mode so that you will not miss a photo opportunity.
  • 13. Name Custom Settings. The update allows you to assign a specific name to Custom Settings 1 – 7.  [How to set] IMAGE QUALITY SETTING>EDIT/SAVE CUSTOM SETTING>CUSTOM1-7>EDIT CUSTOM NAME
  • 14. Copyright information in EXIF data. The update allows you to register the photographer’s name and the copyright holder’s name in advance so that the camera automatically adds the information to EXIF data for each image. [How to set] SET UP>SAVE DATA SET-UP>COPYRIGHT INFO
  • 15. Voice Memo function. The update enables you to record 30-second “Voice Memo” clips in the Playback mode. [How to set] PLAY BACK MENU>VOICE MEMO SETTING>ON (* When recorded images are displayed, press the front command dial for a while to start memo recording. When you remove your finger from the dial, it stops.)
  • 16. Extended AE Bracketing. The update extends AE Bracketing from the current 3 frames +/-2EV to up to 9 frames +/-3EV.
  • 17. Addition of “Shoot Without Card” mode. With the update, you can have the “Shoot Without Card” mode turned OFF so that the camera cannot shoot when there is no SD card inserted. [How to set] SET UP>BUTTON/DIAL SETTING>SHOOT WITHOUT CARD

And last but not least one of my personal hi lights: With the EF-X500 flash updated and the new firmware for the X-T2 HSS flash photography up to 1/8000 sec. is working !!!! I did only a quick test in the office – there will be a dedicated post about this interesting topic asap.

Stay tuned … 

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