Fujifilm X-E2 review

January 30, 2014

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Fujifilm X-E2

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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

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.

  • 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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