We had a lot of fun doing the research for our today’s topic – Sony a7RII vs Fuji XT2. And if you’ve been searching for a reason to go for one of these cameras over the other, you’ve come to the right place.
Thankfully, the choice is quite an easy to one to make as these are cameras with strengths in different areas. Those who know Sony very well know already know what to expect from the Sony a7RII simply by looking at its name. This camera belongs to Sony’s line of high resolution cameras so it’s not shocking that we are looking at 42 megapixels worth of sensor resolution.
On the other hand, there’s the Fuji XT2 which might not be as popular as the Sony a7RII but is also doing its best. Although with a smaller sensor, this camera holds its own even in a contest against pro cameras. Fuji has done a great job with the image quality in this camera and, of course, you have the famous Fuji colors as well.
These and much more are all the things we will be reviewing and comparing in our today’s article. As usual, we go the comprehensive route. So, we will be covering nearly everything. If that’s too much time than you can afford, then simply go to our comparison overview section and you can have the gist of the article there.
Want to check out how the Fuji XT1 compares with the Sony a7RII? Check out this article.
Comparison Overview — Sony a7RII Vs Fuji XT2
The following sections down to where we recommend what camera is better for what situation comprise the comparison overview. So, you can quickly run through them to make a quick decision. We advise, though, that you stay till the end of the review to make your decision. You are, after all, going to be spending your hard earned money, and you wouldn’t want to have to go through buyers’ regret now, would you?
Where Both Cameras Get It Right — Sony a7RII Vs Fuji XT2
Well, they both come with sharp sensors, as well as a wireless connection for easy transfer of files. There’s an external flash shoe for using an external flash (no built-in flash, sadly), microphone port, AE bracketing, and weather-sealing as well.
Additionally, these cameras also come with articulating screens. They aren’t fully articulated but hey, they would have to do.
Of course, with these cameras, you get RAW support which means you can shoot both in RAW and in JPEG. Their face detection focus feature also makes these cameras great for taking portraits with the perfect exposure.
Lastly, these two cameras support UHS memory cards.
Where The Sony a7RII Does It Better — Sony a7RII Vs Fuji XT2
The Sony a7RII comes with a full frame sensor which is great. It also has a really sharp sensor with a resolution of 42 megapixels which is pretty awesome. Video mode is also quite awesome as well, and its frame rate is really high at 120 frames per second, meaning you get great slow motion videos.
The Sony a7RII comes with a built-in image stabilization which the Fuji XT1 lacks. Its max ISO is also higher, with a faster max shutter speed and a headphone port for monitoring audio with your headphones.
And for increased ease of file transfer, it’s great to know that that this camera comes with NFC connection in addition to built-in WiFi. Plus, you also get smartphone control which makes it convenient to work with your camera.
And yeah, you get more photos in AE bracketing than you get on the Fuji XT1.
Where The Fuji XT2 Does It Better — Sony a7RII Vs Fuji XT2
The Fuji XT1 is a smaller and more convenient camera to carry around thanks to a smaller sensor. It also has a less complicated menu system than the Sony a7RII.
In burst mode, the Fuji XT2 is the clear winner at 14 frames per seconds. So, this is definitely something you can use for action photography and the likes. It also wins the contest in the battery life department as well.
When it comes to their viewfinders, the Fuji XT2 does better than the Sony a7RII too. Plus, you can also use it as an optical viewfinder if you use it in natural view mode.
Lastly, this camera is more affordable than the Sony a7RII which makes it more attractive to beginners.
Where Both Cameras Get It Wrong — Sony a7RII Vs Fuji XT1
None of these cameras comes with a built-in flash which can sometimes come in handy in some low light settings. It also means that in certain cases where you’d rather not get bogged down with excess gear and would rather travel light, you, essentially can’t since there’s no built-in flash you could work with.
The next feature they both get wrong is their screens. They articulate quite alright, but not fully and that can be a bit limiting.
Also, they lack the touch sensitivity feature which makes them feel a little old generation, especially the Sony a7RII with its hefty price tag.
Which Has The Better Price-Value Ratio: Sony a7RII or Fuji XT2?
The Fujifilm XT2 has the better price-value ratio. This camera is more than half the price of the Sony a7RII and still manages to compete in areas of features and functionality. As a matter of fact, it beats the a7RII in areas like continuous shooting, battery life, and flash photography. Really impressive for a rather inexpensive camera.
Well, the Sony a7RII does give great value, too, but it comes at a price. And we will tell you this; ensure that you can afford it because over a thousand bucks is just for the camera base. If you’re buying with the lens, you could be spending up to three thousand bucks. Well, that’s always been the challenge with buying Sony. Their lenses are dang expensive!
So, yeah, beginners might want to stay away from this camera. It is strictly for professional use. No point getting this if photography isn’t paying yet. There are less expensive cameras that can still deliver value till you’re able to afford this.
Comparative Brand Strengths — Sony a7RII Vs Fuji XT2
Sony and Fujifilm are two strong Japanese brands with a good grip on the market. Pretty much like every other camera maker in the industry, these two brands also have their areas of core competence. These are areas they are known for in the photography community.
On the one hand, we see Sony. One of the biggest brands in the industry, Sony is popular for its full frame, mirrorless cameras. These cameras have earned a lot of love and respect from camera lovers world over especially for their competence in low light.
Sony cameras are also known to come with high resolution sensors. Plus, they also shoot excellent videos as well, an area where Fujifilm does not do as well.
But we all know and love Fujifilm for its beautiful colors. Plus, the brand seems to be a stickler for the classic retro style that loads of customers are absolutely in love with. Fuji cameras are known to be highly functional with a menu system that’s easy to navigate in comparison to cameras from other brands.
When it comes to market share though, Sony is the bigger brand both in Europe and in North America.
Comparison Table of Major Specs And Features — Sony a7RII Vs Fuji XT2
|Announcement Date||10th June, 2015||7th July, 2016|
|Sensor Size||Full Frame BSI-CMOS Sensor||APS-C CMOS X-TRANS III|
|Sensor Resolution||42 Megapixels||24 Megapixels|
|ISO||100 – 25600||200 – 12800|
|Mount||Sony E Mount||Fujifilm X Mount|
|Image Stabilization||Sensor-shift Image Stabilization||None|
|Electronic Viewfinder Resolution||2359k dots||2360k dots|
|Continuous Shooting||5 Frames Per Second||14 Frames Per Second|
|LCD Screen Resolution||1.229k dots||1.040k dots|
|Sensor Pixel Area||20.33µm2||15.34µm2|
|Time Lapse Recording||With Optional App||Yes|
|Battery Life||290 shots||340 shots|
|Dynamic Range||13.9||D-Range 100% – 400%|
|AE Bracketing Range||±5 EV||±2 EV|
|Dimensions||127 x 96 x 60 millimeters||133 x 92 x 49 millimeters|
|Weight||625 grams||507 grams|
Which Situation Is Each Camera Better For? — Sony a7RII Vs Fuji XT1
| With 42 megapixels, there’s more than enough megapixels to do a lot of stuff with your images. From aggressive cropping to printing in large sizes, the Sony a7RII makes a great choice. |
Compared to DSLRs, you might say that this camera is lightweight. However, on its own, it’s not exactly light. You’d need to factor that in even though, generally, it’s quite convenient to travel with this camera. So, if you need a travel camera, we could also recommend this camera to you.
If you’re a photographer that constantly shoots in low light, say weddings, concerts, galas and the likes, this camera is a fantastic choice. It’s a full frame camera with a large sensor pixel area and great low light ISO.
If you’re more into video, then the camera of choice in this case would also be the Sony a7RII. This camera trumps the Fuji XT2 completely with better video capabilities. In fact, you get 4K video with the Sony a7RII which you also get with the Fuji XT2. However, the Fuji XT2 still lacks a bit in that department and we really would have loved to see an improv from the Fuji XT1.
This isn’t a camera we’d recommend for action photographers though. The camera comes with a mediocre burst mode at just 5 frames. So, it’s not exactly great for taking photographs of wildlife, sports, or other intense activities.
And then there’s the rolling shutter effect which also makes the camera not advised for shooting intense movements.
That said, this camera has fantastic autofocus. In fact, it is the camera we’d recommend to the pro photographer who can afford to get it. Also, if you need a camera strictly for video, then just go for the Sony a7RII.
| The Sony a7RII is a pretty expensive camera costing over a thousand bucks. The Fuji X2, on the other hand, is not as expensive and, in fact, costs about half the cost of the Sony a7RII (with certain lenses). |
So, if photography hasn’t begun to pay yet and you need a fantastic camera to tide you over till your first big break, the Fuji XT2 will serve you well. Also, the retro style that we know and love about Fujifilm cameras is not missing on the Fujifilm XT2. Are you an old school photographer at heart? Then you might find yourself leaning more towards the Fuji XT1 over the Sony a7RII.
Generally, the Fuji XT2 seems like a more affordable version of the Sony a7RII. It has pretty impressive features for the price that could actually blow your mind, especially if you’re a professional photographer.
Someone just starting out though would absolutely love working work with this. Or, if as a professional photographer, you need a backup camera for your DSLR and you don’t intend to spend thousands of dollars on a pro level mirrorless camera, then the Fuji XT2 might be worth considering.
When it comes to video, this camera isn’t as great. It’s almost frustrating, in fact. So, if that’s why you need a camera, you can either get the Sony a7RII, or if too expensive, get something else.
Also, the Fuji XT2 is not a camera for low light. So, ensure you draw the line with this camera and limit it to settings where the lighting is good. Thankfully, its dynamic range is great so you can get this for shooting outdoors in the sun.
So, altogether, we like the camera. It’s a great buy for the photographer who can’t reach for the Sony a7RII just yet.
This section ends our comparison overview section. The following sections contain the thorough and comprehensive review of the Sony a7RII Vs Fuji XT2. If you’re interested in checking that out, then come with us!
Common Features — Sony a7RII Vs Fuji XT2
The following are things common to the Sony a7RII and the Fujifilm XT2:
i. Average ISO maximum
ii. Dynamic range
iii. Articulating screen
iv. RAW support
v. Electronic viewfinder
vi. High maximum shutter speed
vii. 4K video
viii. Auto exposure bracketing
ix. Built-in Wi-Fi
x. Weather sealing
Let us now discuss each of them in detail…
Average ISO Maximum
ISO is one of the most important features you must consider when comparing or checking out cameras. It tells you how sensitive your camera is to light and we know the rest. But just how good are these cameras in low light? That’s the question we’re set to answer in this subsection.
Now, comparing the ISO ranges of these two cameras, the Sony a7RII has the higher max ISO. And that’s quite expected considering that this is a pretty high end camera with a full frame sensor. The Fujifilm XT2, on the other hand, only has a max ISO of 12800. So, it’s actually just one stop lower than that of the Sony a7RII.
And so, naturally, considering all the factors, the Sony a7RII is the better performer in low light. It’s not just about the ISO range. Remember that the higher your ISO values, the higher the chances of your image suffering noise.
Factors that give the Sony a7RII the edge over the Fuji XT2 in low light include its sensor which is a full frame, and therefore, larger than that of the Fuji XT2. Its sensor pixel area is also larger which lets in more light than that of the Fuji XT2.
So, in practice, the Sony a7RII is a low light champion. In fact, most Sony cameras are great in low light even though their capabilities increase as you go up the ladder. They also have a special line of cameras for low light which are the alpha S cameras.
The Fuji XT2, on the other hand, performs pretty poorly in low light. If the lighting is not great and you attempt to shoot, even at low ISO levels, the image might still experience some level of grain. So, only go for this camera if you’re not really into low light photography.
When it comes to dynamic range, Sony and Fujifilm measure that in different ways on their cameras. The Sony a7RII has their dynamic range designated in a method we’re more used to. It measures at 13.9 stops which is a pretty great value for any camera. There’s no doubt that the Sony a7RII will do just great out in the sun – another attribute it has its full frame sensor to thank for.
The Fuji XT2, on the other hand, has a different way it measures its dynamic range. In this case, Fuji uses its own patented dynamic range enhancement technology called the “D-Range.” This technology is great for preserving highlights by giving them the right exposure and boosting the shadows and mid-tones.
This D-Range comes in three levels: 100% (DR100), 200% (DR200), and 400% (DR400). There’s also an auto D-Range mode which selects either the DR100 or DR200.
Now, here’s the thing about the D-Range of the Fuji XT2. The different DR levels are not available at all ISOs. For instance, you can only use the DR200 at an ISO of 400 or above. The DR400 too can only be accessed at an ISO of 800 or above.
The great news, though, is that the D-Range does a pretty good job taking great pictures in a sunlit environment. However, there’s a small price to pay for such great photos. These pictures, when you look at them closely, usually have a challenge with noise. But it’s not such a big deal though because the Fuji XT2 has a pretty decent ISO performance.
3 Inch Articulating Screen
The screens of the Sony a7RII and Fuji XT2 are like every other screen you see on the average modern camera. They are 3 inches in size and thankfully, they articulate. The sad thing though is that none of these cameras has a fully articulated screen.
Well, for the Fuji XT2, it might be a bit understandable considering that the camera is an old school camera. It’s also quite inexpensive as well. So, not finding an articulated screen on the camera is quite understandable.
The lack of a fully articulated screen on the Sony a7RII which costs more than a thousand dollars for just the base, is almost unforgivable. This is a pro camera, after all, and certain bare minimums are only expected. Anyway, that’s lacking and it’s just sad.
Another thing we would really have loved to see was touch sensitivity. Again, forgivable on the Fuji XT2 but on the Sony a7RII, it’s almost unforgivable again.
And then again, Sony cameras are known to be a bit difficult to navigate, and the Sony a7RII doesn’t seem to be any different. This means that in either case, you’d have to fuss around with buttons when shooting even in fast-paced scenarios. We don’t want to imagine how annoying that could be.
For the Fuji XT2, the use of buttons might not be as troubling as with the Sony a7RII. When you check the top panel of the camera, you have your convenient triangle of the three most important features – shutter speed, ISO, and aperture. You don’t have these so conveniently arranged on the Sony a7RII.
Finally though, these screens are quite sharp even though that of the Sony a7RII is understandably sharper. Generally, you’d enjoy viewing on either screen.
Still on the Sony a7RII vs Fuji XT2 comparison, we are now in the fourth common feature shared by these two cameras, and that’s RAW support. This means that with either camera, you’d be able to take both RAW and JPEG photos.
You already know why shooting RAW is a big advantage for you. Since there’s no optimization process carried out on a RAW image by the camera, RAW images come out unprocessed and uncompressed. This way, you get to edit your image as you like it and to your tastes. Your options are really only limited to how creative you can get with the RAW images.
Another good thing about RAW is that you get to correct a number of things in post. From exposure to white balance and all of that, these are easily corrected once you have the right software.
The only challenge is that it takes up a lot of space but then again, you probably already know all of that.
Now, here’s something interesting about the Fuji XT2 that just makes it better than the Sony a7RII in RAW. It is the ability to process RAW images in the camera! So, there’s this feature called the film simulation which could help remove most of the work you’d have had to go through in post.
So, you can achieve level of color or saturation without necessarily doing so much in post.
Another good thing about the film simulation when shooting in RAW is that you get to take the simulation on a spin before applying it. So, you shoot your image, then try out the simulation to see if you like it. All the while, your image remains in RAW. If you like it, you us it, no qualms. And even if you try it and you don’t like it, that’s alright too. You can always tweak that.
This was a feature we absolutely adored and we couldn’t stop gushing about it.
It’s totally amazing how the electronic viewfinder changes photography for the photographer. Previously, with the optical viewfinder, you couldn’t see what your image looked like until you took the picture. This then results into taking several shots in order to get the perfect one. It’s also one of the reasons the DSLR requires a pretty steep learning curve.
Thankfully, there are now electronic viewfinders and most mirrorless cameras come with them. In fact, there are some modern DSLRs that come with electronic viewfinders. So, even though there are purists who are all “OVF or nothing,” the EVF fad is fast catching up.
The EVFs on these cameras are great and come with a pretty sharp resolution as well. Of course, prepare for the usual downsides such as the difficulty to view with an EVF in the sun. Plus, those things drain your battery.
But here’s something interesting we found on the Fuji XT12 that you might not find on its menu system. The camera has a natural view mode. To get to it, simply turn off the “picture preview” mode and your EVF transforms into an optical viewfinder with the natural view. So, if you’re a stickler for an optical viewfinder, then the Fuji XT2 might just be your perfect compromise.
High Max Shutter Speeds
On these cameras, you get access to super fast max shutter speeds. There’s the Sony a7RII which comes with a max shutter speed of 1/8000 second and then there’s the Fujifilm XT2 which comes with a max shutter speed of 1/8000 second as well.
Either way, with these cameras, you’re getting a wide range of shutter speeds. Yes, these cameras also slow down to a shutter speed of about 30 seconds. Of course, this gives you a wide range of options when it comes to using your camera for achieving wonderful effects.
With the faster shutter speed, you’d be able to take stills of moving objects from free flowing water, to flying birds. Photos come out clean and the object looks like it’s frozen in real time.
And as for slower shutter speeds, they are great for when you need to let in more light into the sensor for a brighter photo in certain dark conditions. Also, they can be used to achieve an illusion of speed on race cars and similar automobiles.
So, that’s definitely a huge advantage. Plus, it’s also great to know that both cameras have a silent shutter mode which is great for shooting at really fast shutter speeds (higher than 1/4000 second).
Well, the only thing common to these cameras in video mode is that they both have a video mode. Their video resolutions and abilities are actually different. While the Fujifilm XT2 can only shoot at a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, the Sony a7RII can shoot both in full HD and in 4K.
The table below compares the Sony a7RII vs Fuji XT2 in terms of their video capabilities.
| So, what do we have here? Well, this is the camera to go for of the two if you need something for video. Sony is known for making some of the best video cameras on the block so it’s not a surprise that the Sony a7RII does great in the video department. |
So, first off, the camera comes with a mic input which helps you record clean, great quality audio. It also comes with a headphone port which you can use to monitor your audio for projects that demand that level of detail.
Autofocusing is excellent on the Sony a7RII as with most Sony cameras. With face tracking, eye focusing, and contrast, the Sony a7RII is able to always precisely pin the location of a moving subject on the go. For stationary objects, though, you’d have to be careful about focus hunting. We explain that properly when we discuss the focus points of the Sony a7RII. So, you could take our advice and turn off autofocus once your camera has achieved initial focus.
The Sony a7RII shoots 4K using the XAVC-S codec from Sony. In this format, you are able to record at a high bitrate of 100 megabits per second whether in full frame or in a 35 millimeter crop.
Furthermore, it will also impress you to know that this camera records at 60 frames per second in 1080 p and an impressive 120 frames per second in 720p.
And lastly, another reason we are mind-blown by the Sony a7RII is that you can achieve dual recording with this camera. That is, the camera can both record a high quality XAVC and a low quality mp4 720 pixels. This way, if you need to get a fast upload, you can go for the lower quality mp4 format instead. Brilliant, isn’t it?
| We won’t dwell much on the Fuji XT1’s video mode for one major reason – it sucks. Take our advice and get something else if you absolutely have to do video. |
The Fuji XT2 records in 4K as well but it doesn’t quite compare with the Sony a7RII even at that, to be completely honest.
It does record at a high frame rate of 120 frames per second (at 720 p, in 4K, it does 30 frames per second) though. So, yes we will give it that. That’s definitely a huge improvement from the Fuji XT1. And yes, this might be a good point to add that Fuji did a good job taking the Fuji XT1 from where it was to the XT2 that we have now. But the video mode still needs work. So, here’s the bad part…
One challenge is that the autofocus isn’t great in comparison to the Sony a7RII which is like a rock star in this department. Like, it’s great and all of that but it isn’t super fast as on the Sony a7RII.
Low light is another area where the Fuji XT2 underperforms. You’d need to always ensure that the lighting is perfect else the camera won’t deliver.
Yeah, so at this point, we’ve got to give it to the Fuji XT2 again. Just like the Sony a7RII, its counterpart in this review, it records at an impressive bitrate of 100 megabits per second. Of course, another huge improvement from the Fuji XT1. That one recorded at a shameful 38 megabits per second. Sucks a lot.
But then again, the camera has no dedicated button for movie mode which could be a little annoying. You now have to select video using the shooting dial and you can use the shutter button t either start or stop the recording. The idea is for users to be able to start or stop shooting video without a noticeable shift in the camera.
We think it’s going to be a matter of tastes. Depending on the user, you’re either going to love that or hate it.
So, long story short, this camera is just okay for video. Some say it gives the Sony a7 series some competition, we feel that’s a stretch.
If you’re not stuck up on video quality and you want amazing stills, then the Fuji XT2 will definitely fill that space for you.
Auto Exposure Bracketing
Auto exposure bracketing is one feature any photographer would want to have on their camera. It just makes your work a lot easier especially in settings where the light intensity keeps varying. This feature increases your chances of taking a perfectly exposed shot the way you like your image to look.
The Sony a7RII wins here though as it has an AE bracketing range of ±5 EV while the Fuji XT2 only gives three pictures. Of course, that could understandably be limiting and some photographers agreed to that.
it’s great since you’re able to transfer your files without cables. This, in turn, means less hassle and less clutter, and of course less baggage when traveling. A cable feels like nothing until you forget to take it along and you’re stranded.
So, it’s a good thing you get wireless connection on both cameras.
The last common feature we will be looking at in the common feature section of our Sony a7RII vs Fuji XT2 comparison is their weather-sealed bodies. And this is important because it means that you can easily use any of these cameras outdoors.
Weather-sealing ensures that your camera is protected from the effects of the elements or continued use. With a layer of rubber lining the vulnerable points of your camera, your camera is ready for the outdoors. So, it won’t be affected by the dust or moisture.
Please note though that weather-sealing isn’t the same as water-proofing. So, be careful not to dip your camera in water because it’s weather-sealed.
Unique Features — Sony a7RII Vs Fuji XT2
Which has a full frame sensor: Sony a7RII or Fuji XT2?
As with most Sony cameras, the Sony a7RII comes with a full frame sensor. A full frame sensor is a big plus as it affords you so many advantages that other sensor sizes don’t. This is the reason professionals mostly go for full frame sensors.
But then again, full frame sensors are the most expensive to manufacture. This is why they typically cost more than cameras with smaller sensors. Also, because they are larger, they impact on the size and weight of their cameras. So, full frame cameras are usually bulkier than their counterparts with smaller sensors.
But then again, there’s always the advantage of having better dynamic range, better low light performance, and better image quality altogether. Full frame sensors give your photos a shallow depth of field which adds a nice touch to your portraits.
So, generally, full frame sensors produce better image quality than smaller sensors and that’s something you get as well with the Sony a7RII.
Which has the higher sensor resolution: Sony a7RII or Fuji XT2?
Sony alpha R cameras are known for their high resolution sensors and the Sony a7RII is no different. It has a staggering maximum sensor resolution of 42 megapixels which is super impressive (the Fuji XT2 has a maximum sensor resolution of 24 megapixels). So, you can be sure, for one, that your images will be clear and well detailed.
Particularly, photographers who are big on aggressive cropping, this is one camera you’d want to have by your side. And for those with clients that constantly request large sized prints of their portraits, here’s a camera that can handle any size and we mean that. There’s literally no printable size that the Sony a7RII cannot achieve with its 42 megapixel sensor.
Which has more focus points: Sony a7RII or Fuji XT2?
The autofocus system on the Sony a7RII is so impressive. It comes with 399 focus points (vs the XT2’s 325). Sony really took autofocusing to a whole new level by also including two cool features: face tracking and eye focusing. So it’s not surprising that in low light where cameras typically struggle with fast focusing, the Sony a7RII still does pretty well.
Like we were saying about face tracking and eye focusing. The Sony a7RII does a fantastic focusing job for moving subjects. In the case of moving subjects, using contrast and face tracking, the Sony a7RII is able to pin their exact location for a perfect shot every time.
However, much as the autofocus system of the Sony a7RII is awesome, there are still a few things to note about it.
For one, the Sony a7RII has a challenge with focus hunting especially when shooting stationary objects in autofocus mode whether stills or video. By the way, by focus hunting, we mean that the camera, even after getting the correct focus, still continues “searching for the accurate point of focus.” In other words, the camera does not trust its guts. This can slow things down a bit.
Now, to avoid that, it’s always best to turn of autofocus mode once the initial focus has been achieved when shooting video of a stationary object. If it’s stills you’re shooting, then turn off continuous shooting after achieving the initial focus.
Lastly, it’s also crazy how this fast autofocus system also works when using non-Sony glass. However, this is strictly for stills. In video mode, the autofocus system is so slow on non-Sony glass, it’s practically useless and not worth trying at all.
Which comes with image stabilization: Sony a7RII or Fuji XT2?
Built-in sensor-shift image stabilization is usually the image stabilization system choice for Sony. So, it’s not surprising to find it on the Sony a7RII. We love the sensor-shift image stabilization system especially because it’s a cost-effective method. Since the image stabilization is built-in you can use just about any kind of glass on your camera and you’ll be fine. Even though it does not give real time stabilization like the optical image stabilization system, it’s less expensive and involves less gear. So what’s not to like? Besides, Sony delivers it so beautifully.
The sensor-shift image stabilization on the Sony a7RII is a 5-axis image stabilization system and that’s super impressive. You get your images stabilized on every plane possible: up, down, left, right, and rotational.
Which allows for a one touch wireless connection: Sony a7RII or Fuji XT2?
With Near Field Communication, the Sony a7RII allows you create a one touch wireless connection with compatible devices. It affords you the benefit of contactless transfer of files to enabled devices for instant upload and sharing with friends and family.
Which comes with an APS-C sensor: Sony a7RII or Fuji XT2?
A size smaller than the sensor of the Sony a7RII, the Fujifilm XT2 comes with an APS-C sensor size. It’s a great size although lacking a bit on the advantages that the full frame affords its users. Its depth of field, for instance, is not as shallow. But then again, it makes for a more compact, lighter weight, and less expensive camera. And it’s not just about the price paid upfront, it’s also running costs. Crop sensors cost less to work with than full frame cameras which is why many beginner cameras have a crop sensor.
Furthermore, at 24 megapixels, the Fuji XT2 is quite amazing when it comes to sensor resolution. There’s definitely a lot you can achieve with a sensor resolution of 24 megapixels from downscaling to aggressive cropping to large sized printing.
But, of course, even though this camera is amazing, it still lacks the level of detail that the Sony a7RII comes with. However, we must admit that the difference is hardly noticeable.
And yes, this camera will definitely work for aggressive croppers and photographers that like to print large. With the Fuji XT2, you can achieve a maximum print size of roughly 11 by 14 inches perfectly. However, it will also do a pretty decent job at a print size of 30 by 40 inches.
Unique Pros — Sony a7RII Vs Fuji XT2
Pros Unique To The Sony a7RII
- This camera comes with a full frame sensor.
- It also comes with a high resolution sensor of 42 megapixels, great for aggressive cropping, downscaling, and printing in really large sizes.
- Comes with sensor-shift image stabilization which the Fuji XT2 lacks.
- Has a higher max ISO.
- LCD screen resolution is somewhat sharper.
- Faster max shutter speed.
- Comes with a microphone and headphone port.
- You get the Near Field Communication feature.
- Smartphone remote control is available on the Sony a7RII.
- AE bracketing range gives you more photos.
Pros Unique To The Fuji XT2
- This is a smaller camera and is, therefore, easier to carry around.
- The camera is also easier to navigate.
- Better in burst mode than the Sony a7RII.
- Time lapse recording comes with the camera not on an optional app like with Sony a7RII.
- The viewfinder on the Fuji XT2 is completely amazing! It’s super clear and you also get the option of using it in “natural view” mode where it operates like an optical viewfinder.
- It’s the more affordable camera.
- Film simulation feature is totally amazing. Allows you process your RAW photo in-camera, saving you a lot of work in post.
- Comes with two storage slots.
- Features a flash sync port.
Unique Cons — Sony a7RII Vs Fuji XT2
Cons Unique To The Sony a7RII
- The more expensive camera.
- Also heavier and less compact in comparison to the Fuji XT2.
- Battery life is not as long-lasting as that of the Fuji XT2.
- Focus hunting when shooting video in autofocus mode or when shooting stills in continuous shooting mode.
- Only one card slot.
- Lacks a flash sync port.
Cons Unique To The Fuji XT2
- Lacks an image stabilization system.
- No headphone port.
- Video mode isn’t excellent.
- No dedicated “movie” button.
- No NFC feature.
- Also lacks smartphone remote control.
- AE bracketing range only gives you three photos.
- Battery door is right next to the tripod mount which makes it inconvenient to change out batteries while charging. You’d have to unmount the camera first before you can change the batteries.
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Common Pros — Sony a7RII Vs Fuji XT2
|Has a fantastic sensor resolution.||Not quite as good as that of the Sony a7RII but also quite good.|
|Records at bitrate of 100 megabits per second.||Also shoots at 100 megabits per second.|
|This camera comes with wireless connection for the swift and convenient transfer of files.||Also comes with wireless connection.|
|Comes with a screen that articulates although not fully.||Same applies to the Fuji XT2.|
|External flash shoe present for working with an external flash.||Also features an external flash shoe.|
|Electronic viewfinder is wonderful.||Electronic viewfinder here is even more terrific.|
|Comes with RAW support.||Also features RAW support.|
|Microphone port for working with external microphone to give clean, excellent audio.||Also comes with a microphone port.|
|Face detection focus helps the camera zero in on a human face to give it the right exposure for a perfect shot.||Face detection focus also preset here.|
|Camera is weather-sealed for durability.||Also weather-sealed.|
|Comes with AE bracketing.||Also comes with AE bracketing range.|
|Supports UHS-I memory cards.||Supports UHS-II memory cards|
Common Cons — Sony a7RII Vs Fuji XT2
|Does not come with a built-in flash.||Also does not come with a built-in flash.|
|LCD screen does not articulate fully.||Also does not articulate fully.|
|Screen also lacks touch sensitivity.||Also lacks touch sensitivity.|
General Feeling Among Users — Sony a7RII Vs Fuji XT2
| At first blush, the price of the Sony a7RII seemed to scare a few customers off. However, for the brave who decided to check the camera out anyway, it was just amazing news. |
Customers were happy with their purchase as the camera kept churning out high quality images. And the way customers kept sharing their photos, you could tell they were happy campers. In fact, a particular user, in their words, said the Sony a7RII has “the best sensor in the world.”
Video mode was also praised on this camera. Excellent video quality and customers were happy to share as well.
Now, to the few problems many encountered. Sony’s menu system was a bit too cluttered for many people’s tastes. It took quite a bit of time for them to learn to navigate the menu system. So, you might want to keep that in mind.
Of course, as is a mantra with Sony cameras, battery life was another pain point. It seemed like many saw that coming too.
But in summary, it was easy to see that many loved their camera. For a small percentage of users, the camera was overpriced but for the vast majority, this camera was a steal.
| Many commendations came for the Fuji XT2 first for its really convenient weight and size. We could see that users were happy with the convenience that the camera afforded them. The cool retro look was also praised as well. |
As for the menu system, customers seemed to have a nice time navigating the Fuji XT2 than when compared to the Sony a7RII. So, in all, the camera wasn’t just great for travel, it was also easy to use.
The battery life of this camera wasn’t its best feature for most customers and neither was the autofocus. In both cases, customers gave the camera a “meh.” They weren’t awesome but they weren’t terrible either.
For image quality, it was easy to see that customers loved the stills they were getting from their Fuji XT2. Fuji delivered on the great colors as usual and customers couldn’t be more impressed.
However, the video mode of the Fuji XT1 really did leave a sour taste in the mouths of most users for a number of reasons.
Even though autofocusing wasn’t too bad (or too great either), the camera didn’t seem to meet up with many customers’ tastes especially in low light settings. And then the lack of a “movie mode” button as well pretty much sucked for some.
In the end though, we’d say most gave the Fuji XT2 a good score overall.
Conclusion — Sony a7RII Vs Fuji XT2
So, what would we choose, gun to our heads? That one is quite easy, it would be the Sony a7RII. The Sony a7RII is a pro camera with an amazing full frame sensor. You can just tell that you’d be enjoying some serious high quality images and videos here.
Also, we simply couldn’t get over the autofocus feature of the Sony a7RII. Sony took things to a whole new level beyond anything you’ve seen before with face tracking and eye focusing. We were totally blown away by those features.
Of course, the amazing 4K video quality was another thing we were excited to see as well.
So, is the Sony a7RII expensive? Well, yeah. This is a camera that costs more than three thousand bucks for the base and lens. So, yeah, it is, but we definitely would pick it over the Fuji XT2.
Well, except we were on a budget in which case we would go for the Fuji XT2. The Sony a7RII is easily the better camera overall when compared to the Fujifilm XT2. But if you’re on a budget, or you need an inexpensive camera as backup, then the Fuji XT2 will definitely serve.
The camera is a great one despite its few setbacks which are expected considering the price for which you’re getting it.
Sony a7RII Vs Fuji XT2 – FAQs
What is the difference between Sony a7II and a7RII?
|Sony a7II||Sony a7RII|
|Maximum sensor resolution||24 mega pixels||42 mega pixels|
|ISO range||100 – 25600 (expandable to 50-51200)||100 – 25600 (expandable to 50-102400)|
|Video mode||Full HD||4K|
|Eye tracking focus||No||Yes|
|Screen resolution||1.230k dots||1.229k dots|
|Battery capacity||350 shots per full charge||290 shots per full charge|
Is the Fujifilm XT2 a professional camera?
The Fujifilm XT2 is not exactly a professional camera, but it is used by some professionals. This camera is an advanced mirrorless camera, which means it was designed for enthusiasts, that is those photographers who aren’t exactly pros yet, but are surely not amateurs either.
Anyway, the Fujifilm XT2’s 14 frames per second burst mode speed, weather sealed body, and PC sync port for off camera flashes are some features that will draw professionals to the camera. The lack of image stabilization and bad battery life, however, might just pull them right away.
Is the Fujifilm XT3 better than the XT2?
The Fujifilm XT3 is a better camera than the XT2, and this should not be surprising as it is the more modern camera and is obviously an improvement on the XT2. It almost feels like whatever the XT2 can do, the XT3 can do even better.
Compared to the XT2, the XT3 has a longer lasting battery, faster continuous shooting, wider auto exposure bracketing range, higher viewfinder resolution, better 4K video quality, more focus points. It even comes with a touch screen, Bluetooth, and a headphone jack that the XT2 does not come with.
Does the Fujifilm XT2 have Bluetooth?
The Fujifilm XT2 does not come with Bluetooth, however, you can still transfer files from this camera with a wireless connection, thanks to the built-in Wi-Fi it comes with.
Anyway, if you insist on having Bluetooth in your camera, then you can easily upgrade to a more modern camera in the Fujifilm X-T series — the Fujifilm XT3. This camera comes with built-in Bluetooth and a few other features that you don’t get with the XT2.
Is the Fujifilm XT2 a full frame camera?
The Fujifilm XT2 is not a full frame camera, it is designed with an APS-C CMOS X-TRANS III sensor which has a maximum resolution of 24 mega pixels. Now, although APS-C sensors are known to be smaller than full frame ones, there are some advantages: they are more affordable, more compact, and are generally better for capturing images when the object or person is far away from the camera.
For this reason, you might fancy an APS-C camera — like the Fuji XT2 — for wildlife photography, for example.
Is the Fujifim XT2 good for video?
The Fujifilm XT2 is a great camera to shoot videos with. It shoots 4K at 120 frames per second and that is really impressive for a camera that was not designed for professionals.
The XT2 also comes with an external microphone jack, so, as you are getting great quality visuals, you can also get the best audio. Not to forget the articulating screen which will make recording more flexible and more fun. And speaking of fun, you know you can always use your smartphone to record videos. Awesome, isn’t it?