Fujifilm X-E2S improves upon predecessor's AF system and ergonomics, adds electronic shutter
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 – 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 – 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.
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 world’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 3” 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
|MSRP||$699/£549.00 (body only), $999/£749.00 (w/18-55 F2.8-4 lens)|
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||4896 x 3264|
|Other resolutions||3:2 (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:h||1:1, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||17 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm)|
|Processor||EXR Processor II|
|Color space||sRGB, AdobeRGB|
|Color filter array||X-Trans|
|ISO||Auto, 200-6400 (expandable to 100-51200)|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||100|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||51200|
|White balance presets||7|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Normal|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Number of focus points||77|
|Lens mount||Fujifilm X|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/32000 sec|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||7.00 m (@ ISO 200)|
|External flash||Yes (via hot-shoe)|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear-curtain, Commander|
|Flash X sync speed||1/180 sec|
|Continuous drive||7.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±3 (at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Remote control||Yes (Wired or via smartphone)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion NP-W126 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||350|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||350 g (0.77 lb / 12.35 oz)|
|Dimensions||129 x 75 x 37 mm (5.08 x 2.95 x 1.46″)|
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