On October 18 2013, Fuji announced the 16.3 Megapixels X-E2
, following the Fuji X-M1
and Fuji X-A1
that was recently announced back in June. The X-E2 is, however, positioned above these two cameras, just underneath the flagship Fuji X-Pro1
that was announced 1.5 years ago. Fujifilm have made a number of significant improvements on the inside of the X-E2. It uses the same 16.3 Megapixels X-Trans II CMOS sensor which features in the Fuji X100s compact camera. This sensor boasts over 100,000 pixels which are employed for phase-detect AF, and this is joined by a contrast-detect AF system to create a Hybrid AF system. This helps it to achieve better accuracy in low light and against low-contrast subjects. With the XF 14mm f/2.8 R lens in place and its High Performance mode enabled, Fujifilm even goes so far as to claim that the X-E2 has the world's fastest autofocus speeds when compared with other cameras with Four Thirds sensors or larger.
The EXR Processor II have doubled processing speeds over the EXR Processor found in the X-E1, supporting a 7fps burst rate sustained in the JPEG format for up to 28 images. It also includes Fujifilm's Lens Modulation Optimiser, designed to minimise the effects of diffraction and other optical issues. It's also equipped with a 3-inch LCD screen at 1.04million dots. The 2.36million OLED electronic viewfinder has also been upgraded with its 50fps refresh rate. The X-E2 also supports full HD video at 60fps and Wi-Fi for instant image sharing. Other features include a built-in flash, as well as a hotshoe beside it for external flash units. Fujifilm's Film Simulation modes, which include Astia, Provia and Velvia, also feature, as do eight filter effects for instant creative treatments. The FUJIFILM X-E2 (body only) is available for $999.95 in both black, and a two-tone black and silver. The FUJIFILM X-E2 and XF18mm-55mm (27-84mm) F2.8-4 lens (kit) is available for $1,399.95. Here's the summary of hands-on preview by MingThein:
"I had the opportunity to use the 18-55/2.8-4 and 60/2.4 lenses with the camera; both are optically very good, with the 60mm being excellent. The 18-55 has slightly soft corners that require stopping down a little to achieve optimal performance. It's not much larger than competing APS-C kit lenses, but a stop faster at both ends, significantly better optically, and equipped with stabilization (of low to moderate effectiveness; I saw some evidence of double images/ "VR bounce" at shutter speeds in the 1/60-1/100s region). On both lenses, I found the aperture rings to be too loose and accidentally moved; ideally they need a lock button to push before rotating, or stiffer detents. The same goes for the switches: the travel isn't that much, and the detents aren't that stiff, which makes them easy to accidentally knock out of position. That said, of all of the new mirrorless systems, Fuji has the most sensible and interesting lens lineup; it has to, since other than Zeiss, there aren't as many options as M4/3 (which arguably is full of a lot of consumer zooms anyway). It's also the only one with physical aperture rings, and that deserves applause. You'll have noticed my continual references to (and use of) the E-M5 and E-M1 throughout this review; Fuji have admitted that they viewed these cameras as their main competitors, and it is of course the system I'm most familiar with - and which would be my natural choice under the situations for which I'd use the X-E2. Aside from the NEX-6 and 5R, they're also the only mirrorless cameras with PDAF on sensor, too. I'd say the OM-Ds have the advantage when it comes to lens selection; however, the Fuji sensor in the X100s is definitely a notch above the M4/3 cameras. There's not that much to choose between them in size or price, either; though arguably the Olympus 12-40/2.8 is about the same size as the 18-55/2.8-4 and is of significantly higher spec; the X-E2 itself lacks weather sealing.
Bearing in mind that the camera I used was not final, I'm hoping that Fuji will do something to the firmware to address two issues: general lagginess in operation, and JPEG output. (Despite this, it was still slightly faster than the X-E1.) I'll of course reserve judgement until I get to handle a final camera. However, my biggest concern still remains around workflow: until we have decent Adobe support for the X-Trans array, Fuji are going to be crippled in the image quality department - unless you shoot JPEG, which rather defeats the point of buying a new camera or system on the basis of image quality anyway. All in all though, the X-E2 is a solid upgrade from the X-E1 and lower spec X-mount cameras and quite possibly the best X-mount camera yet; one hopes that Fuji will fix the shutter button, and continue their track record of useful firmware updates to address some of the operational speed issues."
X-E2 Sample Photos on Flickr
X-E2 Camera Reviews Roundup
|Amateur Photographer - Feb 24 2014|
"With the same 16.3-million-pixel resolution as the X-E1, the X-E2's sensor resolves an identical level of detail. Our resolution chart reveals that 30 lines per millimetre are visible at ISO 200. This was sustained up to ISO 800, beyond which the detail dropped off slightly, but I was still impressed by the camera's ability to resolve 24lpmm at ISO 6400. It..." More »
|Trusted Reviews - Feb 24 2014|
"Design isn't the only area where Fujifilm's X series has impressed in the past, as the range has also gained a reputation for delivering impressive image quality. The X-E1 excelled in this area in particular, and if anything the X-E2 builds on this success. The substantial X-Trans sensor has always delivered good performance at higher ISO settings, and the..." More »
|Pocket-lint - Jan 14 2014|
"Just like its predecessor, the X-E2's image quality is its most attractive prospect. The X-E1 was good, the X-E2 is just as good. Arguably it's even better - although the jump between sensors (the same as from the Fujifilm X100 to the X100S model, if you happen to be a big Fujifilm fan) is a subtle push forward that's tricky to see by eye. The X-E2 has the..." More »
|Phoblographer - Dec 23 2013|
"The X-E2 houses the X-Trans CMOS II sensor which is Fujifilm's proprietary APS-C sensor, and it's capable of rendering images with great detail and bright colors. When paired with the 35mm f1.4 - and even the kit lens - the X-E2 delivers with each image you take. If you find that you may have flubbed when making the image, there's a good chance you can reco..." More »
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