Fujifilm X-E2 review: Compact camera for enthusiasts
2 June 2014
Conclusion: The X-E2 is a camera that will please the avid photographer, with its throwback-yet-modern design and stellar image quality. Gavin is a Macworld U.K. contributor who has written about digital photography since 1997 and was editor of a slew of photographic titles including Which Digital Camera. There is little about the subject Gavin doesn't know.
Fujifilm X-E2 Review: A near-perfect camera that chooses function over frills
24 April 2014
Summary: Fujifilm X-E2 is an impressive camera and we have very little to complain about. It offers excellent image quality, great build, wonderful handling thanks to the ergonomics and placement of dials and buttons, fast AF performance and so on. The wireless image transfer is another plus point and its implementation is quite user-friendly.
Conclusion: If you’ve been a fan of Fujifilm’s rangefinder-style mirrorless offerings, but you’ve held off for whatever reason, your time has come. There’s no one glaring reason we can point to that might kill the experience for still photography enthusiasts. That said, we also think that Olympus is starting to deliver a lot of bang for your buck within the even more lively Micro Four Thirds system.
Fujifilm X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens review
10 March 2014
Excerpt: I love a good bowl of cereal. It gives me the opportunity to put my favorite beverage, milk, into it. I also love my digital photography. I’ve been shooting with a Canon 5D Mark III full-frame camera for the last year and a half and I have to tell you, it’s a beauty. Takes shots that are out of this world. It goes everywhere with me. And therein lies the problem.
Pros: Easy access to full manual controls, Excellent IQ in Auto modes, Kit lens is top-quality with excellent glass and solid build, 1.5X APS-C X-Trans sensor provides razor-sharp images, EVF viewfinder gives you access to horizon level and histogram as well as 100% coverage of image, Wide variety of film simulation modes will spark your creativity
Cons: Expensive...but the Canon 70D, which has a slightly smaller sensor, is also in this price range, Best XF-mount lenses not available yet (but coming soon), Tripod mount hole off-center and QR plates will block access to the battery/memory card door, Dials easy to knock out of place while taking the camera in and out of a camera bag
Summary: The Fujifilm X-E2 is the first second-generation camera from the company. It doesn't come with more pixels on the sensor, but what it does do is pack phase detection in there. The AF has significantly improved and the button layout has slightly changed, which we're not too fond of anyway. The video is still lacking (significantly), but the imaging performance is just stellar.
Pros: Very fast and accurate AF, Images up to ISO 6400 are very clean, Surprisingly wide dynamic range
Cons: Quick menu button a little cumbersome to reach, No manual control in video
Summary: The X-E2 is a highly capable enthusiast-focused camera capable of producing excellent images. Direct control dials and plenty of customization make for an engaging shooting experience, and its output is impressive. Wi-Fi and in-camera Raw conversion make it easy to share images. It's only really the lacklustre video that disappoints.
Pros: Classic camera appearance and layout makes you want to take pictures, Excellent JPEGs with good color, little need to use raw most of the time, Reliable metering and AWB systems, Impressive image quality at all ISO settings - good resolution and low noise, DR modes make it easy to use camera's impressive dynamic range, Wi-Fi is handy and reasonably well-implemented, In-camera Raw conversion lets you make the best of the camera's JPEG engine, Built-in flash with genera...
Cons: Disappointing movie quality, JPEGs appear to over-process skin tones at high ISO, Interaction of ISO and DR modes potentially confusing, Q-menu prioritizes obscure settings at the expense of arguably more useful ones, Face Detection mode poorly integrated and not very successful, No wireless flash control option, Flash exposure compensation setting awkward to access (requires trip into menus), Built-in level isn't always as accurate as we'd like, Camera disables Raw s...
Summary: It delivers great images and is still fun to shoot with, but the Fujifilm X-E2 isn't a no-brainer upgrade over the X-E1 and other cameras outfeature it.
Cons: It's still not terribly fast, especially for action, and the feature set remains relatively average. Plus you really don't want to use it for shooting video unless you're very careful about frame rates.
Excerpt: Fujifilm has been pushing all the right buttons lately for its mirrorless range of cameras. Building upon the success of the X-E1, the Japanese imaging company has upped the ante once again by improving on its latest offering – the X-E2. It comes with the new X-Tran CMOS II sensor first seen in the updated Fujifilm X100s. This sensor has built-in phase detection to help get the camera lock into focus faster. The actual result is pretty stunning.