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Fujifilm X-E2 review

January 30, 2014

Overall Rating:

4

Fujifilm X-E2


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Price as Reviewed:

£769.00

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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

Fujifilm X-E2 review – Metering and dynamic range

Metering

The X-E2 inherits the 256-zone metering system from the X-E1, which is itself adopted from the X-Pro1. It’s a metering system that can be relied upon to produce accurate exposures, and unless you’re shooting in exceptionally bright conditions, such as towards the sun, exposure compensation will rarely be needed.

Dynamic range

An alternative to using exposure compensation is to use the X-E2’s expanded dynamic range settings, referred to as DR100, DR200 and DR400. The idea of these is to preserve greater detail in the brightest highlights of JPEG or raw images and the results are impressive, with considerably more highlight detail retained in the DR400 mode. There’s also the option to set the dynamic range mode to auto if you’d prefer the camera to automatically judge which mode it thinks is best for any situation. With the film simulation set to standard, a wide range of tones can be captured. In particularly high-contrast scenes you can dial in -2EV to ensure that maximum detail is recorded in the highlights before successfully returning detail to the darkest shadows without it having a detrimental effect on image quality. Added to this, the noise reduction that’s applied to shadow areas when shooting JPEGs is highly impressive.

  • 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
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