01 Feb Just How Good is the High ISO Performance on the New Fujifilm Cameras?

Source: Fujifilm Insider

One of the biggest advancements in the latest generation of the X Series cameras like the X-T2 and X-Pro2 is how well they perform at higher ISO settings. I’m not talking that middle range of 800 and 1600, I mean up the nosebleed section- you know, at the far end of the dial where you’d normally be afraid to venture unless you’re shooting in dark.

Due largely to the increased computing power of the upgraded X Processor Pro image processing chip, which is 4x faster than the chip in the X-T1, high ISO performance on the newest Fuji cameras is simply amazing.

The highest native speed on the these cameras is ISO 12800, and having shot my X-T2 at this setting quite a bit, I’ve been blown away by how much detail the images hold. Sure, they’re pretty grainy, but that’s the thing- they’re not noisy, they’re grainy. You know… like real photographs used to be. (You can see examples in my full X-T2 High ISO Review here.)

Whatever secret ingredients the Fuji engineers slipped under the ISO dial, they’ve figured out how to turn the effects of heat-caused distortion (that’s really what high ISO noise is) into appealing film grain that actually looks nice. It’s not offensive, and in fact, it’s gives your photos a very stylized look without taking over.

My favorite high ISO setting on the Fujifilm X-T2 is ISO 3200. It’s simply magic, especially when shooting in the new ACROS mode. Here’s an example below.

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