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Fujifilm X-E2 Hands-On Preview

We go hands-on with the new Fujifilm X-E2, the successor to the Fujifilm X-E1, it has a number of improvements and refinements.

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Fujifilm XE2 Hands On (5) (Custom)

The Fujifilm X-E2 is this years update to the Fujifilm X-E1, and features a 16.3 megapixel Fujifilm X-Trans CMOS II sensor, and a number of improvements, including quicker performance, and a larger 3inch screen. The Fujifilm X-E2 will be available for £799 body only or £1199 with 18-55mm f/2.8-f/4 OIS kit lens, from the middle of November.

Fujifilm X-E2 Features

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Fujifilm say there are over 60 improvements in the new X-E2 over the original X-E1, but many of these are quite subtle, and to the untrained eye, both cameras look very similar.

The camera features Lens Modulation Optimiser (LMO) technology for improved image quality, and the technology was first introduced in the Fujifilm X20 and Fujifilm X100s, and is designed to give sharper images by reducing the effects of diffraction and aberration when using smaller apertures. Fujifilm explain this in detail on their website.

Another feature of the X-E2 is built in Wi-Fi, letting you wirelessly transfer images to smart phones and tablet PCs via the Fujifilm Camera app available for iOS and Android devices. It can be used to add GPS information to photos, or for PC Autosave connectivity to PCs, for easy image backup.

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, 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
  • 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, at 60fps, with AF tracking
  • Microphone/shutter release input (Φ 2.5mm)
  • Approx. 350 shots per battery charge
  • Available in solid Black or two-tone Black and silver

Fujifilm X-E2 Handling

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The top shutter speed dial now features a 1/180th of a second flash sync speed setting, which was missing from the previous camera. The menu system has the photo and setup options neatly separated over a number of screens, with each section colour coded. There is an additional control panel accessible using the Q button on the back in combination with the 4-way controller and scroll wheel, and the Q button is now easier to reach with your thumb in its new location. This makes it easy and quick to set options.

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The 3inch screen has a high resolution, with 1040k dots, and the screen features toughened glass, as well as a gapless design so that it is easier to see outdoors, as well as providing much better viewing angles compared to the previous camera. It's also less reflective, and has better blacks than the X-E1, as you can see in the image below.

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Fujifilm X-E2 on the left, Fujifilm X-E1 on the right.

Continuous shooting speed has been improved with the camera now able to shoot at 7fps, for up to 28 frames. Focus peaking is included to aid manual focus, as well as digital split image technology, which was first seen on the Fujifilm X100s. Focus check can be used after taking a photo to quickly check whether the focus is correct.

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The exposure compensation dial has been moved further in towards the camera body to help make it less likely that you'll accidentally change the exposure compensation without realising it, as we did when we first reviewed the Fujifilm X-E1. 

Both the new screen, and the high resolution electronic viewfinder look very good when you are using the camera, and the built in eye-detection sensor means the camera will automatically switch to the electronic viewfinder when it held up to your eye. We will be putting the camera through our full review when production versions of the camera are available, and it will be interesting to see how the new camera performs, both in terms of improved image quality but also in terms of speed.

Fujifilm X-E2 Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Fujifilm X-E2 Specifications

Image Sensor
Pixels16.3Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4896
Pixels (H)3264
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)23.6mm
Sensor Size (height)15.6mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution1040k
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing modes
    Exposure Control
    Shutter speeds shortestNo Data
    Shutter speeds longestNo Data
    Bulb modeNo Data
    Exp modes
    • Program
    • Aperture-Priority
    • Shutter-Priority
    • Manual
    • Scene modes
    • Program Variable
      ISO sensitivity200 - 6400
      White balance
      • Auto
      • Manual
      • Outdoors/Daylight
      • Incandescent
      • Fluorescent
      • Shade
      • Underwater
      Exposure Comp+/-3
      Viewfinder Resolution2.36 million dots
      Shooting Options
      Continuous shooting7fps
      Movie modeYes
      Video Resolution
      • 1920x1080 FullHD
      Video FPS60fps
      Stereo SoundYes
      Optical Zoom with VideoYes
      Other Features
      Image StabilisationNo
      USBUSB 2
      Card Type
      • SD
      • SDHC
      • SDXC
      File Type
      • RAW
      • JPG
      • RAW + JPG
      Power Source
      Battery TypeLi-Ion
      Battery Life (CIPA rating)350shots
      Box Contents
      Box ContentsNo Data

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      Photographs taken using the Fujifilm X-E2

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