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The X-E2 is very similar in appearance to its predecessor, with a few relatively small changes. The top and front plates are made from magnesium alloy, and the top dials machined from metal; the back plate and buttons are made from plastic. The buttons are relatively large for a small camera, and positive in action. The back of the camera is dominated by the larger, higher resolution screen - it's worth noting that unlike on some competing cameras, this is fixed rather than tilting, and isn't a touchscreen.
The control philosophy is based around traditional analogue dials - the shutter speed and exposure compensation dials are on the top plate, and the aperture controlled by a ring on the lens. The back of the X-E2 is positively festooned with buttons, offering lots of direct access, including the Q button that calls up a control screen from which you can change many of the camera's settings.
The X-series has always been unashamedly focused on stills photography, with movies essentially an extra, and this hasn't changed with the X-E2. There's no direct record button, something you'll find on all of its close competitors, and video recording is accessed as a drive mode (at which point, you can no longer shoot stills). Movie mode retains many of the same limitations as the X-Pro1 and X-E1, including the inability to control the shutter speed or ISO, but gains some useful enhancements - for example it's now possible to choose a Film Simulation mode, and change exposure compensation while recording.
The X-E2's top plate looks almost exactly the same as the X-E1's, with shutter speed and exposure compensation dials, a power switch around the threaded shutter release button, and customizable 'Fn' button which controls ISO by default. Here you can also see the cover for the pop-up flash, and small holes for the built-in stereo microphones for movie recording, which sit in front of the hot shoe for an external flash unit.
There's a few changes here too. The exposure compensation dial extends the available range to +/-3 stops (from +/-2), and the Fn button activates the camera's built-in Wi-Fi in playback mode. The shutter speed dial has had a makeover too; it adds a '180x' position for use with external flash units, and the A position is more separated from the shutter speeds themselves, meaning you're less likely to set it to Auto (and therefore change the exposure mode) by accident.
|The X-E2 is quite small for a fully-featured camera with a built-in electronic viewfinder, but its handgrip and prominent thumb 'hook' provides a pretty secure hold even one-handed. The aperture ring on the lens encourages two-handed operation anyway, even when using a prime.|
The X-E2's electronic finder is key to its operation, and uses the same 2.36M dot OLED panel as the X-E1. The optics are lower magnification than those used by most of Fujifilm's competitors, though, which results in a smaller viewfinder image compared to cameras like the Sony Alpha NEX-6, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7, or Olympus OM-D E-M1 (although it's larger than the older OM-D E-M5). But the viewfinder optics are excellent, giving an impressively clear view into the corners of the frame, and a relatively long eye point of 23mm should make the finder comfortable for spectacle wearers.
|The X-E2's EVF uses a 2.36M dot OLED panel. On the right of the eyepiece is a proximity sensor that allows the camera to switch automatically between the EVF and LCD, but the X-E1's 'View Mode' button has disappeared, meaning it's no longer possible to switch modes quickly - instead you have to dive into the menus. On the left is a diopter adjustment wheel.|
One significant improvement Fujifilm claims compared to the X-E1 relates to the refresh rate in low light. Where the X-E1's finder dropped to 20 fps at 2EV, the X-E2 can now maintain 50 fps, which gives a noticeably more fluid and natural-looking live view feed. The consequent trade-off, though, is a visibly noisy viewfinder image in low light, especially when shooting with a zoom lens (as opposed to a fast prime).
The X-E2 uses the same matched accessories as the X-E1. There are two handgrips, the HG-XE1 that bolts into the tripod socket (blocking access to the battery and card in the process), and the updated MHG-XE that has a cutout to give access to the baseplate compartment, and adds an Arca Swiss-compatible quick release platform. There's also the BLC-XE1 leather half-case, which has a hinged flap giving access to the memory card/battery compartment.
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Special mention must also be given to the X-E2's ability to use no fewer than three different types of remote release. The shutter button is threaded for an old-fashioned cable release, and the micro USB socket can accept Fujifilm's RR-90-W wired remote release - introduced with the X-M1. The 2.5mm microphone socket will also take Pentax- and Canon- compatible electronic releases with an appropriate connector, including third-party devices such as intervalometers and radio releases.
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Fujifilm has released its promised firmware update for its X-E2 mid-range mirrorless camera. The firmware update adds a host of feature and operational improvements, bringing it into line with the X-E2S. The improvements include the AF upgrades from the recent X-T models, as well as a revised user interface and multiple AutoISO settings. Read more
Update: Firmware updates are now available - click through for a download link. Fujifilm has unveiled two macro extension tubes for its X-series interchangeable lens cameras, as well as a launch date for the previously-promised Fujifilm X-T1 firmware. More firmware updates are also announced for the X-E2, X-E1, X-Pro1 and X-30, as well as the introduction of tethering software for PC. Read more
Fujifilm has announced firmware updates for a number of X-series and FinePix cameras. Full details of the firmware updates were announced on the company’s blog, and the new firmware versions are now available for download from the global Fujifilm site. Included in this round of updates are the X-T1, X-Pro 1, X-E1, X-E2, X-M1, X-A1, XQ1, FinePix S1, FinePix XP70 and FinePix XP200. Read more
We've been shooting with the Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 R - the fast 85mm equivalent prime lens for Fujifilm's X mount mirrorless cameras. Its F1.2 aperture means it gives similarly shallow depth-of-field to an 85mm F1.8 lens on a full frame body, making it an useful portrait or low light lens. We also spent time using the X-E2 with an advance version of firmware v2.0 while putting this gallery together. See gallery and read about our experience with the update
Fujifilm has released a firmware update for its X-E2 mirrorless camera, bringing its viewfinder performance up to the standard set by the X-T1. Firmware 2.0 also adds a choice over the color of focus peaking and the ability to apply Face Detection and EVF/LCD Setting to one of the customizable buttons. A 'Suppressed Flash' option has also been added. The viewfinder now operates with a lag of just 0.005 seconds and maintains its faster refresh rate in low light. The firmware is available for download from the company's website.
When the Fujifilm X-T2 arrived, it was more than just a modest upgrade to the already impressive X-T1. While the new X-T3 hasn't changed the overall design of the camera, this model is way more than an upgrade; rather, it's a quantum leap.
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