PPE 2013: Hands-on with Fujifilm's newest cameras
Oct 24, 2013 at 20:31:22 GMT
PPE 2013: Hands on with Fujifilm's newest cameras
We're at the Photo Plus Expo in New York, and one of the busiest stands belongs to Fujifilm, which is showing off its new XQ1 and X-E2 cameras, as well as this year's other key products, the X20 and X100S. We're running around the show having meetings and trying out all of the latest gear, but earlier today we stopped by the Fujifilm stand to say hi and get our hands on the new gear.
This is the new X-E2, which features the same 16MP X-trans sensor as the X100S, and also inherits its innovative hybrid phase-detection autofocus. Manual focus gets an overhaul as well, thanks to digital split-image, 'rangefinder-type', and peaking focus aids.
The back of X-E2 is slightly rearranged compared to the X-E1, with some of the the buttons serving different functions. It's dominated by the 3" 3:2 1.04M dot screen - a big improvement over the X-E1's 2.8" 4:3 420k dot LCD.
Fujifilm's new XQ1 is a beautiful little thing, evolving the 'small, pretty camera, nice lens' concept of the XF1, but refining the ergonomics and adding the same 12MP X-trans sensor found in the X20, complete with phase-detection hybrid autofocus.
On the back, the XQ1 sports a large, high-resolution, 920k dot, 3" LCD, and fills the remaining space with buttons to give direct access to commonly used functions. It retains one of our favorite features of the XF1, the 'E-Fn' button that accesses a further of range of functions.
By default, the control dial around the lens is designed to perform the most logical function in whatever mode you're in - aperture in aperture priority mode, shutter speed in shutter priority mode, etc.
Announced earlier this year, the Fujifilm X20 is a gentle refresh of the earlier X10, using the same ergonomics as the older camera, including the 'zoom-to-turn-on' lens on/off switch and optical finder (although this has been improved - see the next slide for details), but adding refinements like a 12MP X-trans sensor with phase-detection autofocus.
Apart from the new sensor, the second big change in the X20 compared to the X10 is an updated 'Advanced Optical Viewfinder' that includes a detailed information overlay, showing key exposure data and focus confirmation. This isn't the same as the hybrid viewfinder found in the company's X100/X100S and X-Pro1 models - there's no electronic viewfinder - but it's never been done before on a compact camera.
Star of the Fujifilm stand was the 16MP X100S, and this is about as close as we could get without wrestling someone to the ground. The X100S has developed something of a cult following, no doubt helped by its long-standing 'out of stock' status in many retailers. We loved the X100S when we reviewed it, and praised its improved hybrid viewfinder, phase-detection autofocus and refined operation compared to the original 'X': the X100.
Speaking of the X100, Fujifilm gave that camera a serious boost recently, with a firmware update that brings it much closer to the performance of the X100S in terms of speed and manual focus.