Fujifilm X-E2

Having successfully launched the Fujifilm X-E1 last year, Fujifilm is now re-launching the next generation of cameras. Fujifilm X-E2 was launched by Fujifilm on October 18, 2013 as the next generation of X-E1. X-E2 comes with many improvements from its predecessors such as the built-in WiFi with a dedicated button on the top of the camera, increasing the ability to record Full HD 1080p at 60fps. Not only that, this camera uses a sensor 16.3 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II which utilizes a color filter array that has a more random pattern of the Bayer array and remove the optical low-pass filter to produce sharp images and high resolution. LCD screen has also been improved with the 3.0-inch size and 1040k-dot resolution, and the ability to shoot continuously up to 7fps.

Front & rear view Fujifilm X-E2

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Our Review

Features & Design

Fujifilm X-E2 has a design that is identical to the previous model which looks elegant and comfortable to use. In the back of the camera, the LCD screen has been upgraded with 3-inch size and 1040k-dot resolution. Control buttons on the back also changing and placed sufficiently precise so easy to use. At the top of the camera there are four different settings button from the back of the camera for quick access to camera settings and modes that are often used by photographers.

Fujifilm-X-E2-top-view

You can transfer images and videos quickly and easily using the WiFi button on the top of the camera. In addition, X-E2 also uses OLED viewfinder 2.360k-dot resolution and features a built-in flash and is equipped with a hot-shoe to attach an external flash. Other features of this camera include Film Simulation modes and advanced filters, multiple exposure mode, motion panorama mode. Advanced features that help you to express and enhance the photography skills you have as well as make sure you get an amazing picture.

Fujifilm-X-E2-rear-view

Performance & Image Quality

With equipped with APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor II, Fujifilm claims that Fujifilm X-E2 is capable of producing quality images that can compete with a full-frame sensor. From the test results APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor on the Fujifilm X100s II’s sensor is proven to produce outstanding image quality. By eliminating the optical low-pass filter, you get the picture quality will be sharper and clearer. This camera lets you capture images from a range of ISO200-6400 that can be increased from ISO100-25600.

sample of Fujifilm X-E2: 1/220 sec, f/5.6, 14.0mm, ISO200 (Credit: Fujifilm)

sample of Fujifilm X-E2: 1/220 sec, f/5.6, 14.0mm, ISO200 (Credit: Fujifilm)

The ability to focus manually improved by using two methods, namely focus and Digital Split Image Focus Peaking Highlights for fast and precise focusing with controls optimized for efficiency. While the EXR Processor II ensures that the camera has a high performance ranging from startup time, shutter lag, up to 7fps continuous shooting speed.

You can record Full HD 1080p video at 60 frames per second or 30 frames per second which is supported by the internal microphone and allows you to use an external microphone. Selam video recording, you can also use a full-time continuous focus and the film simulation mode for better video results.

Should I buy the camera?

Fujifilm X-E2 will be available in the market in mid-November 2013 with a price range of $1000 for body only. With various fixes and better features than the previous model this camera is capable of producing quality images that rival full-frame camera. The main improvements in this camera is a 16.3 megapixel, APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor and EXR Processor II II, 3.0-inch LCD screen with 1,040 k-dot resolution, Full HD 1080p video recording at 60fps, the removal of the optical low-pass filter , as well as WiFi connectivity.

There are two main contenders for the Fujifilm X-E2 GX7 Panasonic and Sony Alpha NEX-6 is worth your consideration considering the image quality and features offered by both cameras also cuku competing plus a cheaper price than the X-E2.

Rating: ★★★★½

Specifications

Image Sensor

Lens Mount Fujifilm X Mount

Camera Format APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)

Pixels Actual: 16.7 Megapixel, Effective: 16.3 Megapixel

Max Resolution 4896 x 3264 @ 3:2

Other Resolutions
+ 3456 x 2304 @ 3:2
+ 2496 x 1664 @ 3:2
+ 4896 x 2760 @ 16:9
+ 3456 x 1944 @ 16:9
+ 2496 x 1408 @ 16:9
+ 3264 x 3264 @ 1:1
+ 2304 x 2304 @ 1:1
+ 1664 x 1664 @ 1:1
+ 2160 x 9600
+ 2160 x 6400
+ 9600 x 1440
+ 6400 x 1440

Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.6 x 15.6 mm

File Formats
+ Still Images: JPEG, RAW
+ Movies: H.264, MOV
+ Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo)

Memory Card Type SD, SDHC, SDXC

Recording

Video Recording Yes

Resolution
+ 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps
+ 1280 x 720: 60 fps, 30 fps

Aspect Ratio 16:9

Video Clip Length Up to 27 Min

Audio Recording
+ Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo,
+ Optional External Mic: With Video,

Focus System

Focus Type Auto & Manual

Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)

Autofocus Points Contrast Detection: 49

Viewfinder / LCD Display

Viewfinder Type Electronic

Viewfinder Size 0.5″

Viewfinder Pixel Count 2,360,000

Viewfinder Eye Point 23.00 mm

Viewfinder Coverage 100%

Diopter Adjustment – 4 to +2 m

Display Screen 3″ Front Screen LCD (1,040,000)

Screen Coverage 100%

Live View Yes

Exposure System

ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200-6400 (Extended Mode: 100-25600)

Shutter
+ Type: Electronic & Mechanical
+ Speed: 1/4 – 1/4000 sec in Program Mode
+ Type: Electronic & Mechanical
+ Speed: 30 – 1/4000 sec
+ Type: Electronic & Mechanical
+ Speed: 60 – 0 min in Bulb Mode
+ Type: Electronic & Mechanical
+ Speed: 30 – 1/2 sec in Time Mode

Remote Control RR-90 (Optional)

Metering Method Average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering

Exposure Modes
+ Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
+ Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in .3 EV steps)

White Balance Modes Automatic Scene Recognition, Color Temperature, Custom, Fine, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater

Burst Rate
+ Up to 7 fps at 16.3 MP for up to 28 frames
+ Up to 3 fps at 16.3 MP

Flash

Flash Modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Commander, Commander/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Rear Curtain Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Rear Sync, Slow Sync, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction

Built-in Flash Yes

Guide No. 22.97′ (7 m) ISO200

Max Sync Speed 1 / 180 sec

Dedicated Flash System TTL

External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, Wireless

Performance

Start-up Time 0.5 Seconds

Continuous Shooting Up to 7 fps

Self Timer 10 sec, 2 sec

Connectivity 2.5mm Sub-mini, HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0

Wi-Fi Capable Yes

Software Requirements
+ Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
+ Mac: OS X 10.6 or later

Battery

Type: 1x NP-W126 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2VDC, 1260mAh

Operating/Storage Temperature
Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 10 – 80%

Weigth & Measure

Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.1 x 2.9 x 1.5″ / 129.0 x 74.9 x 37.2 mm minimum depth: 1.2″ / 30.9 mm

Weight 12.35 oz / 350 g with battery and memory card

Video Reviews

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Sample Photos

Fujifilm X-E2 Sample Photos

- Fujifilm X-E2 Sample Photos @ Fujifilm

- Fujifilm X-E2 Sample Photos @ Ephotozine

- Fujifilm X-E2 Sample Photos @ Photographyblog

User Manual

Fujifilm X-E2 User Manual (PDF)

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Download Fujifilm X-E2 User Manual (PDF)

Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Fujifilm X-E2.

Panasonic GX7 Reviews

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Overall Rating: ★★★★★

Panasonic GX7 is a compact system camera with a 16.0 Megapixel sensor and has a viewfinder can be tilted. This camera is equipped with recording Full HD 1080/60p Video, Creative Control with 22 Effect and Panorama Creative. This camera also offers image stabilization in the camera lens, accurate focus with the Focus Peaking method, Wi-Fi and Connection One-Touch device with NFC, and touch screen 3.0-inch LCD that can be tilted. GX7 sold at a price range of $898.00 (body only).

Sony Alpha NEX-6 Reviews

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Sony Alpha NEX-6 is a compact camera system which is competitive with both the X-E2. This camera comes with a 16.1MP CMOS sensor, 1080p Full HD video recording, faster focus with Phase-Detection method, WiFi connectivity, viewfinder XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF, as well as the speed of a faster continuous shooting up to 10fps. The camera is sold at a price range of $648.00, – body only.


See also: Compact System Cameras | Digital Camera | Fujifilm





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