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Fujifilm has announced the launch of the X-E2 interchangeable lens camera, which is an upgrade to the X-E1 released in 2012.
The X-E2 features a 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor, and Fujifilm claim it currently has the world's fastest AF speed. The sensor incorporates an original colour filter array, which eliminates the need for an optical low pass filter which can lessen the resolution.
Read our Fujifilm X-E2 Hands-On Preview
X-E2 Key Features:
- 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor
- Original colour filter array to control moiré and false color
- EXR Processor II
- FUJIFILM X Lens mount
- Lens Modulation Optimiser for improved image quality
- Extra high resolution 2.36 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder
- ±3 Exposure Compensation dial
- 3-inch (1.04 million dot) premium clear LCD (High contrast, High Brightness and Wide viewing angle)
- Built-in pop-up Flash (hotshoe attachment also available for external flash)
- ISO 200 – 6400, extended ISO 100, 12800, 25600, Auto (max range of ISO400-6400 when using ISO Auto)
- AF speed 0.08sec*2
- Q (quick) button to easily access shooting menu settings
- In-camera RAW converter
- Film simulation modes (Velvia, ASTIA, PROVIA, Monochrome, Sepia, Pro Neg.Std & Pro Neg.Hi)
- Artistic features inc. Multiple exposure, Panoramic shooting, and 8 Art filter effects
- Selection of Bracketing functions (AE / ISO / Dynamic Range & Film Simulation)
- Full HD Movie
- Microphone/shutter release input (Φ 2.5mm)
- Approx. 350 shots per battery charge
- Available in solid Black or two-tone Black and silver
From Fujifilm: Building on the global success of the highly acclaimed FUJIFILM X-E1 – awarded 2013’s Best Expert CSC by the Technical Image Press Association – the X-E2 takes image quality to a dynamic new level that is comparable with full-frame cameras. It delivers even more beautiful colour reproduction, higher definition image capture, and the World’s fastest AF speed of 0.08 seconds.
This is achieved by more than doubling the processing speed of the EXR Processor II. It is able to harness the information taken from over 100,000 phase detection pixels incorporated in the X-Trans CMOS II. The hybrid AF also combines phase detection AF and contrast AF to ensure accuracy when shooting low-contrast subjects and dark scenes.
Quality is further improved by the Lens Modulation Optimiser (LMO). Its high-precision processing of the various lens parameters as well as data from the screen centre to the edges, corrects diffraction blur when shooting with a stopped down aperture and compensates for the slight blurring in the lens periphery. The result is edge-to-edge image quality with incredible sharpness. LMO is compatible with every XF lens.
Thanks to the X-E2’s ultra-fast response you won’t miss a photo opportunity. In addition to achieving a world’s fastest AF, the X-E2 has a rapid startup time (0.5 seconds), virtually no shutter lag (0.05 seconds), and high-speed continuous shooting of 7.0 fps (up to 28 frames).
Fast and accurate focusing
Better image qualityThe X-Trans CMOS II sensor controls moiré and false colour generation by using an original colour filter array with a highly randomised pixel arrangement. This removes the need for an Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF) that degrades resolution. This is the same sensor as used in the highly acclaimed and award-winning FUJIFILM X100S.
Image quality is further increased by the inclusion of the first Lens Modulation Optimiser for interchangeable lens cameras. The EXR Processor II image engine corrects even slight blur at the edges of the lens, as well as diffraction blur caused when narrowing the aperture. This advanced technology has been made possible by the integrated development of lens, sensor and processor and is based on the optical performance and characteristics of individual lenses. The camera is able to maximise the resolving and individual imaging power of each lens.
Manual focus has been made easier by the inclusion of Digital Split Image technology. This helps the user achieve pin-sharp focusing by simply adjusting focus to line up the four stripes displayed in the central part of the live view and match the left and right split images. Focus Peak Highlight, the highlighting of the outline in high contrast areas of the subject during focusing, further assists the user achieve critically sharp shots.
Manual focus made easier
Improved movie performanceThe X-E2 shoots Full HD video (1920x1080) up to 60fps and the AF tracking performance in movie mode has been improved with good focusing speed, accuracy and smoothness. Quick tracking of the subject is possible in a variety of situations, such as when panning and zooming, or when the subject moves closer to or further from, the camera. Film simulation settings and exposure compensation (±2) can be used during movie recording, and a high bitrate (36Mbps) has been set.
Wirelessly transfer your imagesYou can easily transfer images wirelessly from the X-E2 to your smartphone or tablet after installing the free FUJIFILM Camera Application app. There are no troublesome ID and password settings; just press the Wi-Fi button on top of the camera and then add the images directly to your blog or share them with friends on your social networking site. You can also use the X-E2's built-in Wi-Fi to save your photos to your PC.
Creative modesChoose your own image style with the Film Simulation Mode setting and recreate FUJIFILM's unique film heritage. By selecting from one of 10 variations you can shoot your images how you want them. Velvia gives vivid colours, ASTIA is suitable for portraits, PROVIA is a natural all-rounder, while the softer Pro Neg.Std, and sharper Pro Neg.Hi, are perfect for indoor portraiture. Sepia film simulation is also possible while creative black & white photography can be enjoyed using three different filter effects. Film simulation bracketing is also handy for generating three film styles from one shot.
Multiple Exposure imaging is achieved by combining two shots in one frame. After taking the first image, you can display it in either the EVF or LCD monitor as reference for taking the second image. This ability helps users produce highly creative results. In addition, there are eight Advanced Filter options for extra creativity, including Toy Camera, Miniature, Dynamic Tone, Pop Color, Soft Focus, High Key, Low Key, and Partial Color.
Extra functionsThrough the in-camera RAW development function, a RAW image can be converted to JPEG without a computer, while 14bit RAW capture enables RAW conversion with richer tonality. The built-in Super Intelligent Flash gives the right amount of light for the scene, while overexposure when using a flash for macro photography is also controlled, helping the user capture nature-looking images.
Handy accessoriesPerfectly fitting the X-E2’s compact and lightweight body, the BLC-XE-1 is an authentic quality leather case. It comes with a separate cloth wrap for extra protection when storing the camera away. To further enhance the handling experience and performance you can add the HG-XE1 hand grip and one of three styles of dedicated external flash.
For more information, take a look at the Fujifilm website.
Fujifilm X-E2 Specifications
|CCD pixels||16.3Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size (width)||23.6mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||15.6mm|
|Shutter speeds shortest||No Data|
|Shutter speeds longest||No Data|
|ISO sensitivity||200 - 6400|
|Viewfinder Resolution||2.36 million dots|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|CIPA Rating||No Data|
|Box Contents||No Data|