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 – Performance
A 0.02sec improvement in focus acquisition speed might sound insignificant, yet a side-by-side comparison between the X-E2 and X-E2S revealed the difference is noticeable. After extensive testing I found the X-E2S is not only more responsive, but also more accurate at acquiring focus – something that became increasingly obvious when focusing between a near and far subject at the far end of the kit zoom. Increases in focus speed are always well received and the Zone and Wide/Tracking modes increase the chance of capturing a pin-sharp shot when tracking a moving subject across the frame. It’s also encouraging to see the focus speed and performance is now on a par with other current X-Series models in the range.
The good news for existing X-E2 users is that these autofocus improvements aren’t exclusive to those who buy an X-E2S. Fujifilm has built a strong reputation for looking after its customers with new firmware updates and it’s reassuring to know there’s the option of downloading new firmware to bring the X-E2 up to the same level of performance as the X-E2S. The new firmware for the X-E2 doesn’t just enhance the AF speed, it adds almost all the benefits the X-E2S brings to the table, even the electronic function. I say almost, the only new feature not available to existing X-E2 users as part of a firmware 4.00 update is the new Advanced SR Auto mode and its dedicated button.
The overall performance of the X-E2S is very good. The tried and tested combination of sensor and processor deliver natural and pleasing results straight out of the camera, helped by an equally capable metering system. In bright conditions I occasionally dialled in -0.3EV or -0.7EV to retain highlight detail and my only objection with the metering is that a histogram can’t be overlaid on screen or via the viewfinder when composing an image. Using the camera out of its high performance mode reveals it’s a bit sluggish coming back to life after it automatically switches off. To ensure you never miss a shot after the camera power down you’ll want to double check you’re shooting in high performance mode.