The Fujifilm X-E2S is an update to the company's premium rangefinder-style mirrorless camera, the gold award-winning X-E2, which was introduced way back in 2013.

Probably the most significant feature is an improved Hybrid AF system (similar to that of the X-T10), which adds 77-point zone and wide/tracking modes to go along with the 49 points that were already available on the X-E2. Object tracking during autofocus is an area where Fujifilm digital cameras have traditionally lagged, so it's encouraging to see efforts made to modernize the system: 'wide/tracking' was specifically introduced to track subjects around the frame in continuous AF. Fujifilm is also claiming improvements in single-point focus acquisition, with 'best-case' focus speeds of 0.06 sec on the X-E2S, compared with 0.08 sec on the X-E2.

Another 'big deal' is the addition of an electronic shutter. This allows for shutter speeds as high as 1/32000 sec as well as totally silent shooting, though rolling shutter is the main tradeoff when using a fully electronic shutter.

Three other features of note include a new top ISO of 51200, a refined grip, and a new user interface for the menu system.

What hasn't changed is the 16.3MP X-Trans CMOS Sensor II, large and high-res electronic viewfinder, 3" LCD display, and Wi-Fi support. The X-E2S can still capture 1080/60p video and offers the latest set of Film Simulation Modes, including Classic Chrome. 

Fujifilm X-E2 owners can take heart โ€“ a firmware update will be offered in early February bringing AF system updates, performance improvements and the new graphical interface introduced in the X-E2S.

Something that caught our eye was the difference in price between the X-E2S and its predecessor. Back in 2013 the X-E2 launched at a price of $999 body only, where the X-E2S will be priced at just $699 (and $999 when paired with the 18-55mm F2.8-4 lens). The X-E2S doesn't have the most cutting-edge technology, but at that price it seems like a pretty good deal.

Is the X-E2S a sensible upgrade to its predecessor? We'd love to hear what you think in the comments below.

FUJIFILM ANNOUNCES NEW ADDITIONS TO THE X-SERIES LINE OF CAMERAS AND LENSES

X-Pro2, X-E2S, X70 and XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR join the X-Series; all-weather FinePix XP90 gets the shot from sand to slopes

Valhalla, N.Y., January 14, 2016 โ€“ FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a leader in digital imaging, today announced new additions to the award-winning X-Series line of premium fixed and mirrorless cameras, and ultra-high quality lenses, including: the FUJIFILM X-Pro2, FUJIFILM X-E2S, FUJIFILM X70 and FUJINON XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR.  Fujifilm also introduced the new rugged and waterproof FinePix XP90, perfect for capturing amazing images everywhere, from underwater to mountain tops.

FUJIFILM X-E2S

The new FUJIFILM X-E2S, a premium rangefinder-style mirrorless camera, has a durable and compact body and features a Real-Time Viewfinder with a large magnification of 0.62X and an electronic viewfinder with the worldโ€™s short display lag time of just 0.005 seconds. The X-E2S also gives users an enhanced autofocus system, an improved grip, an electronic shutter, and a new, easy-to-use graphical user interface design allowing faster access to essential settings.

New firmware for the original FUJIFILM X-E2
Fujifilm will release a new firmware update for the original FUJIFILM X-E2 that will give it the same software improvements as the new FUJIFILM X-E2S. The firmware will include the updated autofocus system, improved performance and the new graphical user interface, along with several functional enhancements. For a complete list of new features, visit new firmware update. The new firmware will be available in early February 2016.

FUJIFILM X-E2S key features:

  • 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor
    • Fast AF of up to 0.06 seconds
    • Start-up time of 0.5 seconds
    • Shutter time lag of 0.05 seconds
    • Shooting interval of 0.5 seconds
  • Scratch-resistant, high-definition 3โ€ LCD display with 1,040K dots
  • New  AF system offers the 49-point Single Point mode for fast, precise focusing, and a  new Zone and Wide/Tracking modes with a 77-point area to capture moving subjects
  • Maximum ISO performance up to 51200 sensitivity
  • Completely silent electronic shutter capable of exposures up to 1/32,000 second
  • Latest CLASSIC CHROME Film Simulation mode that delivers muted tones and deep colors
  • Interval timer for shooting time-lapse sequences of one second to 24 hours, up to 999 frames
  • Two command dials and seven customizable function buttons
  • Auto Mode Switch for instantly changing to an advanced auto mode with optimized settings
  • Super Intelligent pop-up flash
  • Free FUJIFILM Camera Remote application and Wireless Communication function allows users to remotely shoot images from smartphones and tablets via WiFi
  • Photos can be sent to the INSTAX Share Printer using the free INSTAX Share App (iOS and Android) SHARE Smartphone Printer
  • Full HD video 1080p at 60fps; bit rate of 36Mbps for clear capture of delicate movements; frame rates of 60 fps, 50fps, 30fps, 25fps and 24fps, supporting worldwide motion picture formats
  • Advanced creative filters
  • Optional accessories:
    • Hand Grip

The FUJIFILM X-E2S (body only) will be available in February 2016 for USD $699.95 and CAD $899.99. The FUJIFILM X-E2S kit (with FUJINON LENS XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS) will be available for USD $999.95 and CAD $1,249.99.

FinePix X-E2S specifications

Price
MSRP$699/£549.00 (body only), $999/£749.00 (w/18-55 F2.8-4 lens)
Body type
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution4896 x 3264
Other resolutions3:2 (3456 x 2304, 2496 x 1664), 16:9 (4896 x 2760, 2304 x 2304), 1:1 (3264 x 3264, 2304 x 2304, 1664 x 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 arrayX-Trans
Image
ISOAuto, 200-6400 (expandable to 100-51200)
Boosted ISO (minimum)100
Boosted ISO (maximum)51200
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif 2.3),
  • RAW (RAF format)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points77
Lens mountFujifilm X
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/32000 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, Commander
Flash X sync speed1/180 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
  • Interval
Continuous drive7.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Average
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
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)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n
Remote controlYes (Wired or via smartphone)
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 recordingYes
GPSNone