Thursday, 30 March 2017

New Fuji XT2 Firmware version 2.00

The New Fuji XT2 Firmware Version 2.00 has arrived today.

Rumours suggested this was due 3 days ago on the 27th, but it was definitely worth the wait.

Once again Fuji has provided some great improvements. This company not only listens to its users suggestions, but it puts them into action and provides Firmware Updates free of charge.

Included with the update are the 24 new and updated features which I'll include at the end of the blog ( see read more).

Otherwise for more detailed information the PDF manual is available here:-

I downloaded and installed the updatethe earlier and already love the following:-

The Voice memo feature allows the recording of a 30 second memoir for each saved image. Simple push and hold the front command dial and away you go. Let go once the recording is added and its saved as a WAV file with the same file name as the original image.
Having imported the image to Lightroom there is no direct way of accessing the file Yet but it is easily found along side the image. Im a Mac user and clicking on the file plays it back via iTunes.
I wasn't very keen on this so have downloaded the "Simplemp3playerlite" a free app which allows easy playback of mp3 files. 

The full version is available for £2.99:-

The other exciting feature related to AE Bracketing which is especially useful for HDR photography. In the last Firmware 3 photos could be taken at the push of a button. Now it up to 9, with the ability to under and over expose in varying degree from 1/3 stop up to +/-3EV with each shot, more than enough to produce HDR images in the most demanding of conditions.

Full list of Features included with the update:-

  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 22.Voice Memo function
    The update enable you to record 30-second "Voice Memo" clips in the Playback mode.
    [How to set]
    * 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]

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