Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup 2013
16MP X-Trans CMOS Sensor | 2.36M-dot OLED EVF | Built-in Wi-Fi
What we like:
- Excellent photo quality
- Design and handling
- High-res electronic viewfinder
What we don't:
- Autofocus behind best-in-class
- EVF can let in incident light
- Pricey kit lens
The Fujifilm X-E2 uses a 16MP APS-C-size CMOS sensor with the company's X-Trans color filter, which has impressed us with its excellent image quality. It's a step up from the X-M1 (which has no viewfinder), but sits below the pro-level X-Pro1. It uses X-mount lenses, and the 18-55mm F2.8-4.0 is probably the best kit lens out there (though it's not cheap).
"The Fujifilm X-E2 uses a 16 Megapixel CMOS sensor with an X-Trans color filter, which has impressed us with its excellent image quality"
The camera's color rendition is among our favorites and JPEG image quality is generally very good. The X-Trans design struggles a little bit with fine green detail, so it's not perfect for landscape work, but it's only a problem if you look obsessively. Raw support for X-Trans is a little patchy (though expanding all the time), so it's worth checking your favored converter will work.
The X-E2 is a solid camera, with manual shutter speed and exposure compensation dials, and a high-resolution electronic viewfinder. It also includes focus-peaking and 'split-image' manual focusing aids, which makes it easier to use non-native lenses. It also includes one of the easier-to-setup Wi-Fi features.
Overall, the Fujifilm X-E2 is a camera designed for photographers who put still image quality and handling ahead of movies and the often-gimmicky features found on some other mirrorless cameras. The design of the camera is top-notch, performance is good and, with the right lens, image quality will truly impress.