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Fujifilm announces X-E2 - second generation mid-level mirrorless

By dpreview staff on Oct 18, 2013 at 04:30 GMT
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Fujifilm has announced the X-E2 - its latest mid-range mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The X-E2 gains many of the upgrades seen in the X100S, including on-sensor-phase-detection that underpins the company's unique digital-split-image focus aid. Beyond this the 16MP X-Trans camera has received a series of hardware adjustments and revisions in response to feedback about the X-E1.

The X-E2 will be available from November 2013 at a recommended selling price of $999.95 body-only or with the XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 LM zoom for $1,399.95.

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Press Release:

FUJIFILM ONCE AGAIN REDEFINES THE PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPERIENCE WITH THE NEW X-E2

New X-E2 digital camera features high-speed hybrid AF with phase detection, lens modulation optimizer and professional movie capture

Valhalla, N.Y., October 18, 2013 – As a leader in advanced digital camera technology and outstanding image resolution, FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the new FUJIFILM X-E2, a premium interchangeable lens camera featuring the latest generation 16.3 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II*1 sensor and the segment’s fastest autofocus of 0.08 seconds*2 for a truly remarkable photographic experience.

As the fifth interchangeable lens camera system introduced within the award-winning FUJIFILM X-Series, the FUJIFILM X-E2 delivers picture quality that rivals full-frame cameras with high definition image capture, Fujifilm’s legendary color reproduction and category-leading speed.

“Outstanding image quality and beautiful design are the hallmarks of the FUJIFILM X-Series experience, and today’s announcement of the new X-E2 shows Fujifilm’s unrelenting commitment to photographic excellence,” said Manny Almeida, senior vice president and general manager, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Imaging and Electronic Imaging Divisions. “With the X-E2, photographers will immediately be amazed by its high-speed hybrid AF with phase detection, pin-sharp image quality, and improved HD movie capture for endless photographic possibilities.”

Award-winning 16.3 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II
The FUJIFILM X-E2 uses the 16.3 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor which expertly controls moiré and false color generation. This is attained by using an original color filter array with a highly randomized pixel arrangement that removes the need for an Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF) that degrades resolution. The image quality in the X-E2 is further refined by the inclusion of the first Lens Modulation Optimizer (LMO) for interchangeable lens cameras.

The EXR Processor II in the new X-E2 more than doubles the processing speed*3 of the previous generation. It is able to harness the information taken from over 100,000 phase detection pixels incorporated in the X-Trans CMOS II to deliver extraordinary imaging capability.

This advanced technology has been made possible by the integrated development of lens, sensor and processor, and is based on the optical performance and characteristics of individual lenses. With each of these components working together, the X-E2 achieves astonishing resolution, extends dynamic range, and reduces noise at high sensitivity.

Fast and accurate focusing
The FUJIFILM X-E2 gives photographers and enthusiasts ultra-fast response times to catch even the quickest memorable moments. The X-E2 has a rapid startup time of 0.5 seconds*4, minimal shutter lag of 0.05 seconds, and high-speed continuous shooting of 7.0 fps (up to approx. 28 frames)*5.

With its auto switching AF, the X-E2 combines contrast AF with an improved phase detection AF algorithm that provides accurate capture of low-contrast subjects in low light as well as high-speed responsiveness.

Manual focus made easier
Manual focus has been made easier by the inclusion of Digital Split Image*6 technology. This helps the user achieve pin-sharp focusing by simply adjusting focus to line up the four stripes displayed in the central part of the live view. Focus Highlight Peaking allows for an outline in
high contrast areas of subjects during focusing, further assisting the photographer in achieving stunningly sharp images.

Classic design and intuitive operation
The FUJIFILM X-E2 continues the tradition of the X-Series with uncompromising craftsmanship and classic design that puts the photographer first. The X-E1 features manually adjustable shutter speed and exposure compensation dials, which has been increased to ±3 EV, for easy controls. The X-E2 also allows users to customize up to four buttons on the top and back of the camera to suit their own shooting style.

The X-E2 features a bright and accurate 2.36 million dot OLED viewfinder with Fujifilm’s original optical design for a distortion-free field of view. A premium clear 3” LCD screen with 1.04 million dot resolution and reinforced glass gives users high viewing angles and a true view of their subject.

Improved movie performance
The FUJIFILM X-E2 shoots full HD video at 1920x1080 with up to 60fps with AF tracking performance for exceptional speed, accuracy and smoothness with a high bitrate of 36Mbps. The X-E2 delivers quick focusing on subjects, even when panning and zooming. With the X-E2, film simulation settings and exposure compensation (±2 EV) can be used during movie recording.

Easy Image Transfer with WiFi® button
The FUJIFILM X-E2 includes a WiFi button that lets users transfer high quality photos and movies*7 to smartphones, tablets and computers for easy sharing on social media sites.

To connect the X-E2 to a smartphone or tablet, users can download the free dedicated “FUJIFILM Camera Application” to their iPhone™ / iPad™ or Android™ smartphone or tablet device to transfer up to 30 pictures at a time from the X-E2. The app also lets users download movies, expanding the range of options available for enjoying pictures taken with the camera.

Once paired, users can press and hold the WiFi button to begin sharing images and movies immediately to their smartphone or tablet.

The X-E2 also has an Advanced Filter function and Film Simulation modes to give users a range of creative filters and film effects to apply and achieve unique and artistic looks.

FUJIFILM X-E2 key features list:

  • 16.3 million Megapixels APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor
  • EXR Processor II
    • Start-up time of 0.5
    • Shutter lag time of 0.05
    • Shooting interval time of 0.7
  • AF speed 0.08 seconds
  • Lens Modulation Optimizer for improved image quality
  • Extra high resolution 2.36 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder
  • ±3 EV Exposure Compensation dial with third stops increments
  • 3” (1.04 million dot) premium clear LCD (High contrast, High Brightness and Wide viewing angle)
  • Built-in Super Intelligent pop-up Flash(hot shoe attachment also available for external flash)
  • ISO200 - 6400, extended ISO 100, 12800, 25600, Auto(maximum ISO setting from ISO 400 – ISO6400 available)
  • Q Menu shortcut button
  • In-camera RAW converter
  • Film simulation modes (Velvia, ASTIA, PROVIA, Monochrome, Sepia, Pro Neg.Std & Pro Neg.Hi)
  • Artistic features: Multiple exposure, Panoramic shooting,Toy Camera, Miniature, Dynamic Tone, Pop Color, Soft Focus, High Key, Low Key, and Partial Color.
  • Selection of Bracketing functions (AE/ISO/Dynamic Range &Film Simulation)
  • Full HD Movie
  • Microphone/shutter release input (φ2.5mm)
  • Super Intelligent Flash
  • Approximately 350 shots per battery charge

FUJIFILM X-E2 accessories list:

  • Dedicated all-leather case BLC-XE1 with separate cloth wrap
  • Compatible with all FUJINON X Mount lenses
  • M Mount Adapter for additional lens compatibility
  • Hand Grip HG-XE1
  • Three dedicated flash models to choose from depending on requirements (EF-X20, EF-20, EF-42)
  • Protector filters (PRF-39, PRF-52, PRF-58 and PRF-62)
  • Remote release RR-90

The FUJIFILM X-E2 (body only) will be available in November 2013 for $999.95 in both black, and a two-tone black and silver.

The FUJIFILM X-E2 and XF18mm-55mm (27-84mm) F2.8-4 lens (kit) will be available in November for $1,399.95.

The FUJIFILM X-E2 uses the same FUJIFILM X-Mount as the X-Pro1, X-E1 X-M1 and X-A1, and all FUJIFILM XF and XC lenses work with all X-Series interchangeable lens cameras.

The current Fujifilm lens family includes the following FUJINON XF and XC lenses:

  • XF 14mm F2.8 R
  • XF 18mm F2.0 R
  • XF 23mm F1.4 R
  • XF 27mm F2.8
  • XF 35mm F1.4 R
  • XF 60mm F2.4 R Macro
  • XF 18-55mm F2.8-4.0 R LM OIS
  • XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS
  • XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS
  • XC 50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS

*1: X-Trans is a trademark or registered trademark of FUJIFILM Corporation
*2: FUJIFILM research as of September 2013. Compared with other digital cameras equipped with 4/3-inch sensor or larger, based on CIPA standards, and using internal measurement methods under high performance mode. Attached with XF14mm F2.8R lens.
*3: Compared with EXR Processor Pro
*4: In high performance mode with XF27mm F2.8 lens
*5: JPEG format: Use a card with SD speed class with class 10 or higher.
*6: Digital Split Image is a trademark or registered trademark of FUJIFILM Corporation
*7: FUJIFILM Camera Application for iOS can save movie files up to 1280 x 720

Fujifilm X-E2 specifications

Price
MSRP$999 / £799 body only, $1399 / £1199 with 18-55mm lens
Body type
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution4896 x 3264
Other resolutions4896 x 2760,3264 x 3264, 3456 x 2304, 3456 x 1944, 2304 × 230, 2496 x 1664, 2496 x 1408 , 1664 × 1664
Image ratio w:h1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorEXR Processor II
Color spacesRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto (200-6400), Manual (200-6400)
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif 2.3),
  • RAW (RAF format)
  • RAW+JPEG
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Lens mountFujifilm X
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT color LCD monitor
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program AE
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual exposure
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range7.00 m (@ ISO 200)
External flashYes (via hot-shoe)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear-curtain
Flash X sync speed1/180 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive7 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Average
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±1 (at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notesImage playback/sharing, geo-tagging
Remote controlYes ( Optional RR-90)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NP-W126 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)350
Weight (inc. batteries)350 g (0.77 lb / 12.35 oz)
Dimensions129 x 75 x 37 mm (5.08 x 2.95 x 1.46)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone
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Comments

Total comments: 32
Tandua
By Tandua (6 months ago)

very nice...but breaking news

http://nikonrumors.com/2013/10/20/breaking-new-nikon-full-frame-hybrid-mirrorless-camera-coming-soon.aspx/

nikon miorrorless full frame camera with pentaprism...

and
sony mirrorless full fram camera too

imho...fuji is not more innovative...like in the past

(i have x100s and x-pro1)

0 upvotes
D Roberts
By D Roberts (6 months ago)

I really wish they would make a flash for this capable of high speed sync. My Canon flashes do this allowing me to use flash all the way up to 1/8000 of a second. I also wish they would put a sync cord terminal in these for studio work.

0 upvotes
UnitedNations
By UnitedNations (6 months ago)

Highest shutter speed is still 4000. A reviewer said if wanting to shoot wide open with the 23mm f1.4 lens one would have to invest in a ND filter.
Didn't the X-E1 already have an in built ND filter???

Comment edited 43 seconds after posting
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GabrielZ
By GabrielZ (6 months ago)

The X100/X100s have built-in ND filters I believe, not the X-E1 because its an inter-changeable lens camera. As for wide-open at f1.4, maybe not using this camera in bright sun-light but at lower light levels where such a large aperture would be useful, not an issue.

Comment edited 59 seconds after posting
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peevee1
By peevee1 (6 months ago)

You can get X-E1 with 18-55 for $200 over the body only, while on X-E2 it costs $400. Strange.
After expected firmware upgrade I suspect the difference will be minimal.

0 upvotes
GabrielZ
By GabrielZ (6 months ago)

This camera looks so much sleeker in all-black than the two-tone silver/black finish.

0 upvotes
DaytonR
By DaytonR (6 months ago)

Oh wow ! 3 days in a row - 3 interesting cameras ! :)
Interesting camera ,and a not too exciting the flash-sync speed .....

1 upvote
Ednaz
By Ednaz (6 months ago)

I'm strangely unmoved. Having recently shot the Panasonic G-6 and GX-7 back to back in studio with the xpro-1, there is nowhere near enough gap in performance these days for there to be a strong argument for APS C superiority. The xpro optical finder is different enough and useful enough to fill a real niche.

1 upvote
marike6
By marike6 (6 months ago)

Perhaps in a studio using strobes the differences are between any large sensor camera is not huge . But in natural light at higher ISOs the Fujifilm X cameras are class leading, and at base ISO they produce some cleanest, most beautiful files out of all crop sensor cameras.

DOF is a bit more shallow than m43 which is nice, JPEG engine is superb, and the shutter sound is like sweet music.

1 upvote
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (6 months ago)

Wow! Fuji just threw the gauntlet down as well.

2 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (6 months ago)

"AF speed 0.08 seconds"

OK DPR, you should start testing AF and tracking already, because the manufacturers' claims are becoming ridiculous. Somebody has to keep them honest.

2 upvotes
CFynn
By CFynn (6 months ago)

It says this figure is as: "of September 2013. Compared with other digital cameras equipped with 4/3-inch sensor or larger, based on CIPA standards, and using internal measurement methods under high performance mode. Attached with XF14mm F2.8R lens."

Whether or not this CIPA test has anything much to with normal shooting conditions is another matter.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 14 minutes after posting
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peevee1
By peevee1 (6 months ago)

"based on CIPA standards" is not equal to "according to CIPA standard #####". And even then... you are right about applicability.
I suspect they list the AF confirmation (from prefocused) speed on high-contrast black-and-white target in bright light. And 14/2.8! Totally irrelevant. Please give me a test with mannequin head moving at 3-4 m/s on a circle filling the frame at 90mm equivalent, tested around 80 mm-e (long end of standard zooms, short end of tele zooms) on a tripod slightly shaking at 10Hz (to simulate handholding but exclude variability of hands and no human tracking - just camera's tracking).

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TFD
By TFD (6 months ago)

While I admire all these new niche camera each with their quirky feature sets and small collection of lens but their price points always leave me cold. Especially when you look at the lens prices - what is the point of an interchange lens camera if there are few lens, no third party lens and they are more expensive than their SLR peers.

$1400 would buy you a Canon 70D a Nikon 7100 or a Sony A77. You would have 10 times more lens options - including 3rd party lens.

1 upvote
mpix345
By mpix345 (6 months ago)

Some people surely need a vast selection of lenses, or longer tele options, but I think for most hobbyists the Fuji lens range hits the sweet spots pretty well. I find the Fuji lenses to be very close iQ-wise to Canon lenses that cost double, give or take.

Fuji doesn't have the low end options that Canon offers, but they are not trying to offer all things to all people.

3 upvotes
jl_smith
By jl_smith (6 months ago)

Fuji's 18-55 is a very high-quality lens, and many people would be quite content with that and the XE-2. No need to have a million lenses if what Fuji offers A) is high quality and B) suits your needs.

That said, -100 for Fuji for not making the rear LCD tilting :(
Guess I'll stick with my XE1.

2 upvotes
CFynn
By CFynn (6 months ago)

For a fairly recently introduced camera system the lens selection is pretty good. The quality of most of the lenses is very good too.

There are some third party lenses - and many more can be used with an adapter.

Comment edited 3 times, last edit 4 minutes after posting
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webrunner5
By webrunner5 (6 months ago)

You hit the nail right on the head.

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Matz03
By Matz03 (6 months ago)

the problem with your statement is that both Nikon and Canon mostly focus on FF lenses, their own offering at aimed at APS-C format is limited and seems largely abandoned.

Fuji releases lenses aimed at this format (aps-c)

3 upvotes
Ednaz
By Ednaz (6 months ago)

Psssstttt... Full frame lenses work fine on aps-c. Enormous range of options for DSLRs. Not counting all the manual focus Nikkors, some of which are still state of the art.

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Daniel from Bavaria
By Daniel from Bavaria (6 months ago)

Very nice. And Fuji is also thinking about the "minor" issues.

i.E.: The exposure compensation dial now goes from -3 to +3 instead of -2 to +2. That's a great thing.

I am still fine with my X-Pro1, only hoping for an FW-update for the minimum shutter-speed in auto-iso (what is also finaly fixed on the X-E2).

Daniel

4 upvotes
smatty
By smatty (6 months ago)

I would give you +1000 on both statements if I could!

Let's hope that the min-shutter speed in Auto ISO gets resolved for the X-Pro 1, soon. We all have requested this to Fuji hundreds of times so far...
Grüße :)

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mugupo
By mugupo (6 months ago)

still 16 megal pixel?

2 upvotes
caver3d
By caver3d (6 months ago)

What's wrong with that? Oh, that's right, you have the non-photographer megapixel obsession.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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M Jesper
By M Jesper (6 months ago)

No, more would be nice to compensate for Adobe not being able to handle x-trans very well. ;)

1 upvote
le_alain
By le_alain (6 months ago)

try PhotoNinja ...

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DaytonR
By DaytonR (6 months ago)

16 megapixels represents a perfect balance between having high resolution and files sizes that are manageable once you have a hoard of photos :)

1 upvote
uniball
By uniball (6 months ago)

Its a question of how much additional time you want to spend on post. LR can get there, you just have to spend a bit more time with it. Or, buy plenty of other apps that provide initial renders that require very little to no additional work.

I voted for the latter.

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Dave Luttmann
By Dave Luttmann (6 months ago)

Looks good!

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (6 months ago)

Yeap, specs and feature set look very, very nice. But since this is such a shallow depth (ie. thin bodied) camera, I must say the dials and buttons seem to be very small and quite crowded on the X-E2.

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Tom_A
By Tom_A (6 months ago)

Francis, it looks like the controls are the same ason the XE-1, which I have, and ergonomically it all works nicely.
One area for improvement did alas not happen: ideally the exposure compensation dial should have a lock button in the middle. I sometimes accidently turn mine.

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uniball
By uniball (6 months ago)

@Francis, yes, but adding a thumb rest takes care of this and offers a lot more secure hold and ease of operation. For me it made a big improvement (xe1 and x100).

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