The X-E2S promises to go one better than the X-E2. Michael Topham looks at how if differs to the original and reveals why X-E2 users have reason to be thankful
Fujifilm X-E2S review – Features
Unlike the X-E2, which offered 60 improvements and refinements over the X-E1, the X-E2S is a relatively minor update on what we’ve seen before. It retains many of the core components found inside the X-E2 such as a 16.3-million-pixel X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR processor II. Though these components remain the same, Fujifilm has squeezed a bit more out of them. The ISO ceiling is a stop higher than the X-E2, making it possible to shoot between ISO 100-51,200 by entering the expanded settings. Like the X-E2, raw images are captured between ISO 200-6,400 and it’s JPEG only above and below this native range.
The biggest change centres on an improved autofocus system, which along with a faster 0.06sec focus acquisition speed (down from 0.08 on the X-E2) now benefits from Wide/Tracking modes with a 77-point area array to help track moving subjects. Just like the X-T1 and X-T10 (with firmware 4.0 installed), Zone mode lets you to specify a group of focus points – 5×5, 5×3 or 3×3, that can then be positioned freely round the frame and is suitable for predictable moving subjects. If your point of interest moves more erratically, then the tracking mode allows you to set a specific point for the initial focus acquisition and once the camera has locked focus, track it around the frame. Like the X-E2, the AF system makes use of the speed of phase detection AF, combined with the strong low-light performance of contrast detect AF. The 49-point single point mode is presented in the usual 7×7 formation, with the option to refine the AF target to one of five size settings.
Little has changed with regard to performance speed. The X-E2S maintains its 7fps continuous burst, with the option of reducing this to 3fps for an unlimited number of frames when shooting JPEGs. It has a brisk 0.5sec start-up time when it’s set to high performance mode and the shutter lag time is rated at 0.05sec, much like the X-E2.
The X-E2S incorporates an electronic shutter that increases shutter speed from the maximum 1/4000sec available via the mechanical shutter to 1/32000sec in electronic mode. This also enables users to shoot entirely silently and is perfect when a situation requires you to work discreetly. Other new additions include a built-in interval timer for those with an interest in time-lapse photography, beginners can turn to a new Advanced SR Auto mode and Classic Chrome has been added to the suite of film simulation modes.
There’s little else new to report. The X-E2S inherits the same 0.5in real-time viewfinder from the X-E2, offering a high 2,360k-dot resolution, 0.62x magnification and what Fujifilm claims is the world’s shortest display lag time of 0.005secs. The EVF is positioned at the top left corner and below it you’ll find a fixed 3in, 1040k-dot LCD monitor. Both feeds present a crisp and clear view, but I did find the LCD benefits from increasing the brightness a touch.