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Fujifilm X-E2 preview
Fujifilm has announced its latest retro-styled CSC in the shape of the Fujifilm X-E2. It builds on the successful Fujifilm X-E1, which we gave a 9/10 back in March, with over 60 improvements and refinements. We attended the product launch and were able to take a closer look at Fujifilm’s latest to assess the improvements first-hand.
Watch our Fujifilm X-E2 hands-on video
One of the first areas of improvement is the X-E2’s sensor. Although the resolution of the sensor remains as it was on the X-E1, the chip itself is different.
The camera employs the same 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor as seen previously in the Fujifilm X100S, and as such sees several improvements over the X-E1 in this area. Not only does the sensor feature an X-Trans pixel array, but it also features over 100,000 phase-detect pixels on the sensor and as a result promises vastly improved AF performance.
Alongside the improved AF performance arrives improved processing speeds thanks to the new EXR Processor II, a feature that promises to half the time taken to process files. This pair of enhancements alone will no doubt impress Fujifilm fans as the X-E1 already boasting some strong performance figures.
In terms of features that remain, the X-E2 inherits a similar OLED electronic viewfinder as found in the X-E1. The EVF retains the same 2.63m-dot resolution, yet features an improved refresh rate of 50fps, up from 20fps.
The rear of the camera is another area of improvement, with the previous 2.8 inch, 460k-dot monitor making was for a much more impressive 1040k-dot, 3-inch display. It’s worth noting, however, that the screen does sit flush to the body and is lacking in touchscreen functionality, a feature often required by the target market.
Completing the range of new features is the addition of Wi-fi connectivity. Although it doesn’t allow for remote control of the camera, unlike some of its other cameras in its class, it does facilitate one-press image transfer to a compatible smartphone.
First ImpressionsOn the whole, you have to be impressed with the X-E2. Although the X-E1 is a fantastic camera, it wasn’t perfect and there was certainly room for improvement in the second-generation model.
The good news is that Fujifilm has listened to the feedback and come up with over 60 improvements, and although not all of those 60 improvements are entirely worthwhile, some of the more major changes promise an even better camera in the X-E2.
Whether or not it will triumph in the competitive advanced CSC market, however, remains to be seen.
The X-E2 is due on sale at the start of November, and will be price at £799 body only, or £1199 as part of a single lens kit.
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