Fujifilm X

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After the success of the X-E1, which I ended up picking as my mirrorless camera of choice, Fuji decided to lớn update the camera with more features to lớn make it even more compelling. Considering that the X-E1 was only a little over a year old và 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 khổng lồ keep the mid-range hàng hóa 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, I will provide detailed information about the camera along with some image samples & compare it lớn the X-E1 and the Olympus OM-D E-M1.

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

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X-E2 + XF23mmF1.4 R
Sensor: 16.3 MP (1.5x crop factor), 4.8µ pixel size, same as on X-E1 Sensor Size: 23.6 x 15.6mm Resolution: 4896 x 3264 Native ISO Sensitivity: 200-6,400 Boost Low ISO Sensitivity: 100 Boost High ISO Sensitivity: 12,800-25,600 Sensor Cleaning System: Yes Lens mount: FUJIFILM X mount Weather Sealing/Protection: No body Build: Magnesium Alloy, Top và Front covers Shutter: Up lớn 1/4000 & 30 sec exposure Shutter Control: Focal Plane Shutter Storage: 1x SD slot (SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible) Viewfinder Type: 2,360,000-dot OLED color viewfinder Speed: 6 FPS Exposure Meter: TTL 256-zones metering Built-in Flash: Yes Autofocus: Yes Manual Focus: Yes LCD Screen: 3.0 inch, 1,040,000 dots, TFT color LCD monitor Movie Modes: Full 1080p HD
60p, 30p Movie Recording Limit: 14 minutes in 1080p, 27 minutes in 720p Movie Output: MOV (H.264) GPS: No WiFi: Yes Battery Type: NP-W126 Battery Life: 350 shots USB Standard: 2.0 Weight: 300g (excluding battery and accessories) Price: $999 MSRP body toàn thân only
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X-E2 + XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS
55mm, ISO 200, 1/120, f/5.6
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X-E2 + XF23mmF1.4 R
23mm, ISO 200, 1/105, f/1.4

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

Camera Construction, Handling and Controls

The X-E2 retains the same solid build as the X-E1, with the top & front magnesium-alloy covers. It is pretty tough for a mirrorless camera, similar khổng lồ the Sony NEX-5 series cameras (which also feature front & top magnesium-alloy plates). What I love about the Fuji cameras, is the fact that the magnesium alloy shell is pretty thin, making them feel very light for their size. In fact, the X-E2 is not a small mirrorless camera when you compare it khổng lồ the Sony NEX-6 / NEX-7 series and yet it is not heavier in comparison. That’s one of the things that I actually lượt thích about the Fuji X-E1 and X-E2 – they just feel right in my hands. Also, I vị prefer the more compact X-E1/X-E2 to the X-Pro1, since they are physically smaller & easier khổng lồ handle.

When compared lớn a full-size DSLR, the Fuji X-E2 is not only much smaller, but it is also much lighter in comparison, as demonstrated in my Fuji X-E1 review. So it would certainly make it a great camera for hiking và traveling light. I would still recommend replacing the thin strap that comes with the Fuji cameras lớn something better & thicker though. The Fuji straps are very uncomfortable và they vày irritate bare skin quite a bit. Despite the fact that one side of the strap is a little smoother than the other, it is the thin form size of the strap và lack of any sort of padding that causes these issues. Personally, I am a huge fan hâm mộ of neoprene straps from OP/TECH. The classic version of the strap would probably be ideal, although if you feel that it is too thick or too big for the X-E2, they have all kinds of smaller sizes too. Just make sure to lớn pick up a strap that is thin enough khổng lồ go through the “ears” on the sides of the camera.

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X-E2 + XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS
55mm, ISO 2000, 1/100, f/4.0

Just lượt thích the X-E1, the X-E2 is not a weather-proof camera. That’s unfortunate, given the fact that some cameras like new OM-D E-M1 (which could literally be put underwater and then frozen & it will still continue lớn function afterward) have excellent weather sealing features. Clearly, Fuji did not target people that would shoot in poor weather conditions with their cameras. The build unique is there, but not the weather sealing. Personally, I would prefer some weather sealing for my type of shooting, since I vày shoot in extreme conditions quite a bit.


However, it is not an absolute requirement for me, since I know that most cameras bởi vì fine with good care. Would I dip the X-E2 into a body toàn thân of water? No, but I would not hesitate lớn shoot it in light rain or snow. In fact, as you can see from some of the sample images, I have used the X-E2 when the temperatures were way below freezing (10 °F) and the camera worked without any problems during the shoot and afterward. So it depends on what you are trying to lớn do. I would certainly take good care of the camera when facing extreme humidity levels và would take precautionary steps not lớn cause too much condensation when shooting in the cold. In my case, I let the camera cool down before taking it out and gradually warmed it up later to lớn avoid condensation build-up.

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The X-E2 comes with a compact built-in flash. It is operated manually by pressing the small flash button on the back of the camera. Compared lớn DSLR built-in flashes, this one is tiny và not very powerful. Do not expect it khổng lồ light up a room for you, as the flash is only meant to lớn be used occasionally. It works great as fill flash, although you should be careful when using it with large lenses with attached hoods. At wide angles, you might see a huge shadow that occupies half of the frame. The good news is, you bởi vì not have to rely on this built-in flash if you like working with flash – the standard hot shoe on the đứng đầu of the camera will work with any speedlight or flash trigger system like PocketWizard. I have used the Fuji X series cameras with my Nikon speedlights & while TTL does not work, manual flash works great. See the Flash section of the Fuji X-E1 đánh giá for some more information và sample images.

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X-E2 + XF23mmF1.4 R
23mm, ISO 200, 1/2400, f/5.6

The front of the X-E1 & X-E2 are exactly the same – the differences are on the top & the back of the cameras. The X-E2 gained an additional stop of exposure compensation on the dial going from +3 to -3, which is nice (the X-E1 was limited khổng lồ +2 khổng lồ -2). The shutter speed dial has been slightly modified to move the spacing between “A” (aperture priority) và the shutter speeds, and a new 1/180 x-sync (maximum flash sync) has been added khổng lồ the dial. This is great for photographers like me that rely on using speedlights và external flashes with the Fuji X system. Now I don’t need lớn use 1/125 or 1/250 và adjust my way khổng lồ 1/180 using the back buttons, which saves time!

The back of the X-E2 went through a number of ergonomic changes, as can be seen below (Left: Fuji X-E1, Right: Fuji X-E2):

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First, the “VIEW MODE” button has been moved lớn the camera thực đơn (now called “EVF/LCD SETTING”) and replaced with the Quick menu (Q). Certainly, a welcome change, since I rarely ever touched the VIEW MODE button on my X-E1. The mặc định behavior for the view mode is “Eye Sensor”, which by mặc định shows everything on the LCD và switches to lớn the EVF when the sensor is activated. The Quick menu is a nice way to lớn quickly make changes to lớn the camera settings lượt thích ISO và White Balance, however, I really wish Fuji allowed customizing this screen.


Personally, I don’t care for things lượt thích Dynamic Range, Noise Reduction and Image Size, but I would love to keep such settings as ISO, Autofocus Mode và Flash on the top of the menu for faster access. In addition, the whole Q thực đơn is implemented poorly in my opinion. A person that does not understand how lớn operate Fuji cameras would have no idea that they have to move the rear dial khổng lồ make changes. Naturally, one would scroll lớn each menu item & press “OK” in the middle lớn select/change option, which in the current implementation leaves the Quick menu screen. A much better approach would have been khổng lồ allow one khổng lồ press the OK button, which selects the thực đơn item, then allow pressing the left và right buttons lớn change settings.

The AE-L và AF-L buttons have been separated into two separate buttons for independent control. Now you can hold the AF-L button to lớn lock focus while taking pictures, while the AE-L button will allow you lớn lock the exposure separately. And if you want to go back & be able khổng lồ lock both, you can still vì chưng it, but you will have to change the “AF-LOCK MODE” menu setting first.

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X-E2 + XF23mmF1.4 R
23mm, ISO 200, 1/140, f/4.0

The bottom navigation button now has an “AF” label, because the “AF” button lớn the left of the LCD has been replaced by a Fn2 (Function 2) button. Now, this part is where I get ticked off by Fuji’s implementation of the Focus Area selection. On any camera with good ergonomics, the mặc định behavior of the navigation buttons in shooting mode is to select a focus point. For some strange reason, Fuji decided khổng lồ dedicate the đứng đầu button for “Macro” (which almost never gets used), deactivate the side buttons completely & use the bottom button for selecting the focus point. What Fuji should have done instead, is eliminate the Macro button (put it in camera menu) and allow the four navigation buttons lớn move focus points. This would save a lot of time & frustration for many photographers including myself since there is no need khổng lồ press a button just khổng lồ move the focus point! I have been waiting for this change for a while and I cannot wait when Fuji finally addresses it.

On a positive note, the X-E2 got a lot of customization options compared lớn the X-E1. First, the Fn2 button that I mentioned above can be programmed lớn perform many different thực đơn functions. In addition, both the AF and the AE buttons can also be customized, making it a total of 4 configurable buttons (the X-E1 only had two programmable buttons).

Unfortunately, my biggest handling complaint on the X-E1 has not been fixed on the X-E2 – the tripod mount is still located right next to the battery chamber. So removing a memory card is still painful when using a tripod plate. It would be great if Fuji could move the card slot to the side of the camera, or move the tripod socket away from the battery compartment.

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X-E2 + XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS
55mm, ISO 200, 1/30, f/3.5

Overall, I love the way Fuji implemented controls on the X-E2. The large dial on the top is for setting the shutter tốc độ of the camera, with an option to lớn switch to tự động mode (red “A”). While the dial shows shutter speed increments in full stops, vì not worry – you can still go in smaller 1/3 stop steps simply by pressing the Left và Right buttons on the back of the camera. So you could just mix 1/250 & move the shutter tốc độ down to 1/200, or phối the dial lớn 1/125 and move it up to lớn 1/200. If you have used a DSLR before and never touched a rangefinder, you might find yourself looking for a way to switch the camera mode from Auto/Program lớn Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority or Manual. Unlike a modern DSLR, there is no camera mode switch.

To change the camera lớn Shutter Priority, you simply rotate the large đứng đầu dial to lớn the desired shutter speed, while moving the lens aperture ring to lớn the red “A” (Auto). To lớn change the camera to Aperture Priority, you leave the đứng top shutter dial at “A”, while rotating the aperture ring khổng lồ an aperture of your choice. To change the camera to lớn Manual Mode, you pick whatever aperture you want on the lens & pick whatever shutter tốc độ you want on the camera. Lastly, Program mode can be phối by setting both the top dial on the camera and the dial on the lens to “A”. Super simple và very intuitive in my opinion.


Operating the camera và navigating the menu system is a breeze. Although RAW shooting at boosted ISO levels (100, 12,800 và 25,600) is still not there, Fuji fixed the tự động hóa ISO feature to allow setting the minimum shutter speed. It also moved the cap to ISO 6400, which is nice. What I would like to see going forward, is an automated way khổng lồ control the minimum shutter speed, depending on the focal length of the lens. Nikon has implemented this feature on all of its current DSLRs và it works great! This way, I vì chưng not have to lớn change the minimum shutter tốc độ every time I change a lens or change focal length on a zoom lens.

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X-E2 + XF23mmF1.4 R
23mm, ISO 200, 1/450, f/5.6

A huge annoyance that Fuji has fixed on the X-E2 is the ability khổng lồ delete images when zoomed in during playback. This one drove me nuts on the X-E1, so I am very glad that Fuji has finally taken care of it.

Lens Modulation Optimizer

An interesting feature that has been added to the X-E2 is the Lens Modulation Optimizer (LMO). In short, LMO applies software tweaks to images lớn reduce the effect of diffraction & other optical aberrations, resulting in sharper images. I did a quick chạy thử at f/8 và at f/16 in JPEG format using the Fuji 23mm f/1.4 lens và the differences are pretty clear at 100% view, as demonstrated here. However, this feature is not something that I personally care about, because it only applies lớn JPEG images. Since I shoot RAW, the Lens Modulation Optimizer setting does not matter, similar khổng lồ Dynamic Range, Noise Reduction và other image-enhancing features found on the camera.

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X-E2 + XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS
200mm, ISO 200, 1/3500, f/4.8

LCD Screen

A notable tăng cấp over the X-E1 is the new gorgeous 3″ lcd monitor with 1.2 million dots, the same one found on the X-Pro1. While the screen size and resolution are not very important lớn me, it is still something nice khổng lồ have when looking at images. When navigating the thực đơn system, the fonts appear smoother on the X-E2 when compared khổng lồ the X-E1, thanks khổng lồ a lot more pixels. To be honest, I find the smaller and lower-resolution screen on the X-E1 lớn be sufficient for my needs, so this one is only a “nice lớn have” for me.

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X-E2 + XF23mmF1.4 R
23mm, ISO 200, 1/2500, f/1.4

EVF Diopter

Just lượt thích the X-E1, the X-E2 also comes with a very important feature for those of us that vày not have perfect vision – there is a diopter adjustment lớn the left of the viewfinder. The X-Pro1 comes with a removable cover that you can remove và replace, but that costs extra and is not convenient if multiple people use the camera. From that standpoint, I really like the X-E1 / X-E2, because you can adjust the diopter lớn your needs & change it to a different setting if you are wearing glasses or hand the camera to lớn someone else.

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X-E2 + XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS
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