Fuji X-E2 Review

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This is an in-depth review of the Fujifilm X-E2, a second generation mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera from Fuji that was released on October 18, 2013 before the 2013 Photo Plus Expo event in New York. After the success of the X-E1, which I ended up picking as my mirrorless camera of choice, as explained in my detailed review, Fuji decided to update the camera with more features to make it even more compelling. Considering that the X-E1 was only a little over a year old and the high-end X-Pro1 had not been updated since it was initially released back in March of 2012, the X-E2 was a good indication of Fuji’s future plans to keep the mid-range product line updated every 12 to 18 months, while the high-end line will probably be updated every 24+ months. In this Fuji X-E2 review (based on initial firmware 1.00), I will provide detailed information about the camera along with some image samples and compare it to the X-E1 and the Olympus OM-D E-M1.

Fuji X-E2

When compared to the X-E1, the X-E2 received some new features and key upgrades to qualify for a new model number – from a robust hybrid autofocus system used on the Fuji X100S and a fast second generation imaging processor, to Wi-Fi capabilities and a larger high-resolution LCD screen. While the shape and size of the camera have remained the same, Fuji made some ergonomic tweaks to the X-E2, allowing for easier use and better customization options.

Fuji X-E2 Sample (8)

X-E2 + XF23mmF1.4 R @ 23mm, ISO 200, 1/4000, f/4.0

1) Fujifilm X-E2 Specifications

Main Features and Specifications:

  1. Sensor: 16.3 MP (1.5x crop factor), 4.8µ pixel size, same as on X-E1
  2. Sensor Size: 23.6 x 15.6mm
  3. Resolution: 4896 x 3264
  4. Native ISO Sensitivity: 200-6,400
  5. Boost Low ISO Sensitivity: 100
  6. Boost High ISO Sensitivity: 12,800-25,600
  7. Sensor Cleaning System: Yes
  8. Lens mount: FUJIFILM X mount
  9. Weather Sealing/Protection: No
  10. Body Build: Magnesium Alloy, Top and Front covers
  11. Shutter: Up to 1/4000 and 30 sec exposure
  12. Shutter Control: Focal Plane Shutter
  13. Storage: 1x SD slot (SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible)
  14. Viewfinder Type: 2,360,000-dot OLED color viewfinder
  15. Speed: 6 FPS
  16. Exposure Meter: TTL 256-zones metering
  17. Built-in Flash: Yes
  18. Autofocus: Yes
  19. Manual Focus: Yes
  20. LCD Screen: 3.0 inch, 1,040,000 dots, TFT color LCD monitor
  21. Movie Modes: Full 1080p HD @ 60p, 30p
  22. Movie Recording Limit: 14 minutes in 1080p, 27 minutes in 720p
  23. Movie Output: MOV (H.264)
  24. GPS: No
  25. WiFi: Yes
  26. Battery Type: NP-W126
  27. Battery Life: 350 shots
  28. USB Standard: 2.0
  29. Weight: 300g (excluding battery and accessories)
  30. Price: $999 MSRP body only at launch
Fuji X-E2 Sample (33)

X-E2 + XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS @ 55mm, ISO 200, 1/120, f/5.6

Fuji X-E2 Sample (17)

X-E2 + XF23mmF1.4 R @ 23mm, ISO 200, 1/105, f/1.4

A detailed list of camera specifications is available at Fujifilm.com.

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