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Fujifilm X-E2 Digital Camera Review
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Digital Camera Review by: Michelle Grimer  
 
The Fujifilm X-E2 slots nicely into the polished end of mid range interchangeable lens cameras. It features the new X-Trans CMOS II sensor with a 16.3 megapixel capture that produces amazingly sharp images with great clarity. It is surprisingly light for a powerful, classically designed camera that oozes retro appeal and comes with built in Wi-Fi to transfer your images. This Fujifilm X-E2 offers capture in both Jpeg and RAW formats providing the user expanded control over their imagery. In an ever growing X-series line, the X-E2 puts forth a number of compelling reasons for potential suiters to consider this model.
 

Appearance and Functionality

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The Fujifilm X-E2 looks to be inspired every bit from a 1950s / 60s era and the Fujica 35 SE model type camera. Fast-forward 50 years and whilst the styling has mostly remained, it's the internals that have been given a major 'digital' overhaul.
 
The camera's lens system, speed and performance sits well with its rivals and responded to each demanded placed apon it with ease. The rear command dial and menu functions were easy to navigate with all the standard controls and exposure compensation options positioned well, in user-friendly positions. With a world's fastest display lag-time of 0.005 sec shooting was a breeze. Only when really pushed by shooting in continous mode did the unit slow a touch at 8 frames in RAW capture as the buffer kicked in.
 
Colour reproduction was maintained when faced with harsh light and made easy with the added exposure ring on the lens allowing for the adjustment of exposures on the fly. The in-built flash was not as simple as a pop up flash should be and needs to be activated through the display menu. Once activated the pop-up flash provides good additional illumination to both darker scenes and fill-light scenarios. And as standard the X-E2 comes equipped with a hot shoe allowing the camera to be used in a studio or just to add an external flash, which is available as a seperate purchase.
 
Panorama Mode at minimum is fun. However, Fujifilm have pushed passed just fun allowing you to record expansive views in a seamless, sweeping manner. The inclusion of the shutter sound allows you to pan in an uninterrupted manner that actually helps with the process of sweeping in one confident pass. You can control your exposures and get amazing images of large buildings or landscapes without having to stich together aa series of images afterwards on the computer, thanks to the in-camera software doing the hard yards for you. 

Image Quality / Lens Quality

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The strength of this camera comes to the fore with the 13 lens X-series lens system available combined with the X-E2 world's fastest auto focus speed of 0.08 sec, and three options of focussing.
 
When pushed in extreme lighting conditions virtually no chromatic aberration was picked up with primary colours and skin tones remained true. Blacks were clean and whether shooting in Auto or Manual modes the camera time and again delivered great, clean images.
 
Like so many manufacturers, Fujifilm too seems to also be feverishly working on quality imagery at high ISOs, offering a range from 200 - 25,600 ISO. And the results of the R&D Fujifilm base were apprarent for all to see. During testing, the range between 200 - 6,400 yielded fantastic low grain results. At the 200 ISO end of the spectrum the images were silky smooth and almost grainless. 12,800 ISO is where the grain really starts to show but still produced very usuable images allowing more flexibilty with photography in low light scenes.
 

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LCD / View Finder

 
fujifilm20140812af.jpgThe large 3-inch LCD screen and excellent View Finder gives the user two great options. Through the high-definition electronic viewfinder the photographer is treated to a crisp 2,360k resolution. All the exposure information available on the LCD is also displayed in the EV too, so there's no need to take your eyes off your subject whilst adjusting the camera. A nice touch, you can also adapt the viewfinder to your own eye strength, which is a bonus for those who wear glasses, which eliminates having to remove them. The 1,040K-dot LCD screen previews your subject very well too showing captured images with sharp, rich colors.

Video

  
The Fujifilm X-E2 has Full HD 1080p video recording capability and supports multiple frame rates up to 60fps, with a high bit-rate of 36mbps. Test results produced sharp recordings of moving subjects with the 'AF tracking' responding extremely well whether the X-E2 was following a moving object, panning or zooming. If there was one minor extra that Fujifilm could have included, it would be separate video trigger button to switch modes instantly. As this is not an option, the photographer is required to simply turn the Mode dial on the top of the camera to activate video mode, which eliminates the option of quick access to start videoing at a moments notice. But consdiering the results are punchy and sharp it's hardly worth mentioning.
 
 
 

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Conclusion

 
The X-E2 looks and handles beautifully. The large, vibrant LCD screen, easy to navigate user-friendly controls and the excellent set of thirteen X-series lenses makes a compelling argument for the X-E2 to be considered in the under $2000 category. Its lightweight body, world's fastest focussing, excellent image quality and FullHD video capture provide enough punch that should both inspire enthusiasts, and open the door for a peep from the pro-market to see what all the fuss is about.
 

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Ratings

 
 
Appearance rating 4.5 stars
Functionality rating 4 stars
Image quality
4.5 stars
Video quality
4
Lens quality
4 stars
LCD screen 3.5 stars
Value for money 4 star
Street Price - Lens Kit $1,899 (AUD) (With XF18-55mm)
SPACER.GIF  
Effective Pixels 16.3 megapixels
Sensor Type
23.6mm x 15.6mm (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS II with primary color filter
Image Sizes 9 Sizes / 3 Aspect
Lens Interchangeable
Lens Mount
Fujifilmfilm X-mount
Resolution Settings - Stills 1920 x 1080 30p, Continuous recording: approx. 14 min.
1280 x 720 30p, Continuous recording: approx. 27 min.
Resolution Settings - Video 1920 x 1080 30p, Continuous recording: up to approx. 14 min.
1280 x 720 30p, Continuous recording: up to approx. 27 min.
Face Detection Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Auto Focus Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Shutter Speeds Focal Plane Shutter.
Advanced SR AUTO mode: 1/4 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
All other modes: 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
Bulb: max. 60 min.
Synchronized shutter speed for flash: 1/180 sec. or slower
Shutter Priority Yes
ISO AUTO / Equivalent to ISO200 - 6400 (Standard Output Sensitivity)
Extended output sensitivity: equivalent to ISO100 / 12800 / 25600
LCD Monitor 3.0-inch, Aspect ratio 3:2, Approx. 920K-dot Tilt type TFT color LCD monitor (Approx. 100% coverage)
Viewfinder -
Flash Manual pop-up flash (Super Intelligent Flash)
Guide number: Approx. 7 (ISO200·m), approx 5 (ISO100 · m)
Hot Shoe Yes
White Balance Auto / Custom / Preset (Fine / Shade / Fluorescent light (Daylight) / Fluorescent light (Warm White) / Fluorescent light (Cool White) / Incandescent light)
Self Timer 10 sec. / 2 sec. Delay
Stills Format/s
JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3)*2, RAW (RAF format), RAW+JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
Video Format/s Movie File Format: MOV
Movie Video Compression: H.264
Audio: Linear PCM Stereo
Video Recording Time/s -
Storage Type - External SD memory card / SDHC memory card / SDXC (UHS-I) memory card
Storage Type - Internal
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Connectivity Digital interface: USB 2.0 High-Speed
HDMI output: HDMI mini connector (Type C)
Others: Remote release terminal for RR-90 (sold separately)
Power Source Battery Charger BC-W126
Battery Options NP-W126 Li-ion battery
Battery Life Approx. 350 frames (When XF35mm F1.4 R is set)
Dimensions 129mm (W) x 74.9mm (H) x 37.2mm (D)
Weight Approx. 350g (including battery and memory card)
Approx. 300g (excl. accessories, battery, memory card)
















 


 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

 

About Fujifilm

 

FUJIFILM brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, photofinishing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was ranked number 15 for U.S. patents granted in 2006. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship.

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