The rumour mill has started churning, with the latest gossip indicating a new X-Tx body sometime in June. So without further ado, here is my wish list for the Fujifilm X-T2 (lets call it that), if you are listening Fuji 😉
The Highly Acclaimed X-T1
1. Longer battery life
Lets face it, this is probably the biggest gripe for all mirrorless cameras, and Fuji cameras are no exception. There are of course clear and plain reasons as to why the batteries in the X-T1 get consumed so quickly, including the EVF and the smaller form factor of the camera overall.
Although I am sure there will be incremental improvements in the power consumption of the camera itself, I am not expecting any breathtaking changes to battery life but it is still on my wish list.
2. Joystick for focus point selection
Ahh the joystick. Whilst others covet the X-Pro 2 for its retro styling, optical view finder and funky iso dial, I just want that joystick. If there is one thing that I miss from my DSLR it is the ability to dance that little focus point all over the focus screen using a joystick directly under my right thumb. If a camera with the retro styling of X-Pro2 has it, I would definitely expect that an “SLR like” X-T2 will most definitely have it.
3. Integrate the Q button into a joystick long press
I would love to see the Q button replaced with a function button. I think that the joystick long press, if implemented correctly, can easily substitute in for the Q button and this would free up some button real estate for other functions.
4. Saved settings function
I’d love to see the equivalent of a C1 C2 C3 type selector on one of the rotary dials that saved some pre-determined settings – that is, exactly what is done in the Q menu, but assigned via a dial. I’d even be willing to sacrifice the funky filters and the panorama option on the dials. No really Fuji. Take them away or hide them deep deep in the menus. Bury them with all the touch screens I really hope we never get on an X-Tx body.
5. Make the front and rear dials stick out more
This is one of my own personal gripes – I struggle with the dial recess on the front and the back of this camera. Many excuses have been made for the button feel of the X-T1 and reports are that the X-Pro2 has got the button feel right. So if that is the case we should be able to move to a more tactile and less recessed front and rear dial on the camera.
6. Better accessory door and rubber that doesn’t fall off the camera’
Oh man!! This is the worst part of the X-T1 by far. In my opinion this has really let the camera down and I feel it every time I pick it up – that bulging door and peeling rubber. I have had the the rubber replaced by Fuji Australia under warranty (great service, done in a couple of hours) but it is peeling again. If countless DSLR models can get their body coverings to stick, I am sure Fuji can get this right – in fact I have used my X100T for nearly as long as the X-T1 and it suffers no such issues, so we know Fuji can do it. As for the accessory door, well I am sure that this was just a design and materials stuff up, and that this will be remedied in the next model.
7. Slightly stiffer diopter
I continuously find that the diopter is changed over time when the camera is shifted in and out of bags etc. Would be nice if it was a little stiffer or lockable. Better still, I dont see why this cannot be made a software setting rather than linking to a dial, as it is a fly by wire connection and something that we should be able to set and forget.
8. Don’t change the ISO dial
Leave it alone Fuji. Step away from the 70’s camera catalogues. It’s not perfect as it is, but I am used to it and I don’t want to have to build muscle memory again for another trendy retro switch / dial. I don’t want the retro X-Pro2 dial, I really dont. Leave it as is please.
9. The shooting modes lever under the ISO dial needs to be stiffer
How many times have you changed from single to continuous shot or back again and the taken an image and pop – some poxy filtyer is added to your jpeg, or you end up bracketing three frames? Leave the selector underneath the dial, but just make it stiffer.
Come on it’s 2016 give us decent bracketing range. I cannot see why there is any reason not to expand this.
11. Bonus wish: ISO 100
Seriously Fuji, what gives with this? Give me an extra stop of latitude in my ISO settings, even if it is just relative.
What about you? Whats on the list?