With 60 improvements and refinements over the X-E1, is the Fujifilm X-E2 everything an enthusiast looks for from a retro-style system camera? Find out by reading the Fujifilm X-E2 review

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Hands-on review

Fujifilm X-E2 at a glance:

  • 16-million-pixel X-trans APS-C-sized CMOS sensor
  • On-sensor phase detection
  • Split-image focusing
  • More than 60 improvements
  • RRP £799.99 (body only)

Fujifilm X-E2 – Introduction

Among the flurry of new cameras that have been announced recently, Fujifilm’s X-E2 has been sitting somewhat quietly in the background. However, as a successor to the highly regarded X-E1, it is just as important as the other new camera arrivals.

You have to look closely at the X-E2 to notice any of the 60 improvements Fujifilm has made to the camera over the X-E1, as the cameras look virtually identical. However, there are some significant changes, some of which may even tempt those with an X-E1 to make the upgrade.

Fujifilm X-E2 – New sensor

Of the 60 new features, the most notable is the use of the 16-million-pixel, X-Trans CMOS II sensor, which is the same sensor as that used in Fuji’s X100S advanced compact. The sensor has the same X-Trans 6×6 colour filter array as that used in the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and X-E1, but more importantly the second-generation sensor has phase detection. So confident is Fujifilm with the on-sensor phase-detection system that it claims the X-E2 has the world’s fastest phase-detection autofocus.

Fujifilm X-E2 – Autofocus

I had a quick play with the X-E2 and spent much of my time focusing on near and far subjects to see just how quickly the AF could switch between the two. My initial thoughts are that it is certainly quick, but when various manufacturers claim to have the world’s fastest AF there is usually a proviso, so while my first impression is that the X-E2 is certainly snappy, I will wait to see how it performs in more challenging conditions.

Fujifilm X-E2 – Other new features

In addition to the sensor, the other major new feature on the X-E2 is the inclusion of Wi-Fi, which now seems obligatory when releasing a new camera. Those who like to manually focus will be pleased to hear that the split-image focusing of the X100S has made its way onto the X-E2, and the exposure compensation has increased from ±2EV to ±3EV. There is also a second function button on the rear of the camera.

Fujifilm X-E2 – Summary

If the quality of the images produced by the Fujifilm X-E2 matches the X-E1, it could be justifiably rated as one of the best enthusiast compact system cameras yet. The X-E2 is out in mid to late November, with a body-only price of £799.99.

Look for a test of the X-E2 in the coming months.

Details

Video:Full HD (1920x1080) 60p/30p
External mic:Built-in 2.5mm input
Built-in Flash:Yes
White Balance:Auto, fine shade, fluorescent light (daylight), fluorescent light (warm white), fluorescent light (cool white), incandescent light, underwater, custom, colour temperature selection
Shutter Type:Focal-plane shutter
Memory Card:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Viewfinder Type:Electronic 2.36-million-dot OLED colour viewfinder
Output Size:4896x3264 pixels
LCD:3in, 1.04-million-dot LCD
AF Points:49
White Balance Bracket:No
Max Flash Sync:1/180sec
Sensor:16.3-million-pixel, APS-C-sized X-Trans CMOS II sensor
Focal Length Mag:1.5x
Exposure Modes:PASM
Weight:350g (with battery and memory card)
File Format:Raw (RAF) JPEG, raw + JPEG
Power:Rechargeable Li-Ion NP-W126 battery
Shutter Speeds:30-1/4000sec, plus bulb
Drive Mode:Single, continuous (3 or 7fps), self-timer
Colour Space:sRGB, Adobe RGB
Compression:Large, medium and small
Exposure Comp:±3EV in 1/3EV steps
RRP:£799.99 (body only)
Lens Mount:Fujifilm X mount
ISO:200-6400, extendable to ISO 100-25,600
Focusing Modes:Single and continuous AF, MF
DoF Preview:Yes
Dimensions:129 x 74.9 x 37.2mm
Metering System:256-zone TTL metering system
Connectivity / Interface:HDMI mini, USB 2.0, 2.5mm microphone connector, Wi-Fi
Tested as:Enthusiast CSC
  1. 1. Fujifilm X-E2 at a glance:
  2. 2. Fujifilm X-E2 review - Build and handling
  3. 3. Fujifilm X-E2 review - Metering and dynamic range
  4. 4. Fujifilm X-E2 review - Autofocus
  5. 5. Fujifilm X-E2 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  6. 6. Fujifilm X-E2 review - White balance and colour
  7. 7. Fujifilm X-E2 review- Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video
  8. 8. Fujifilm X-E2 review - Our verdict
  9. 9. Hands-on review
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  • entoman

    Very impressed with build quality and general handling. Fixed screen is a disappointment, let’s hope they bring out an X-E3 with an articulated screen. The view through the EVF is incredible good, large, bright, very clear readouts, and no “tearing” effect. Tried the 60mm macro and it locked onto focus very accurately, even in poor light, but the lens doesn’t feature internal focussing, so it takes literally about 3 seconds to rack out to closest focus, so absolutely hopeless for its intended purpose i.e. insect photography. Panasonic GX7 with 45mm macro was much better in this respect, but didn’t feel as well made, and had a lousy EVF with “tearing” effect.