Fujifilm X-E2 Review

The Fujifilm X-E2 is the company’s first second-generation camera. It does not contain more pixels on the sensor, but it integrates phase detection. The AF has improved significantly and the button layout has changed slightly, which we don’t like too much. The video is still not (clearly) found, but the image performance is simply excellent.

Detailed test of the FUJIFILM X-E2

The Fujifilm X-E1 was an excellent camera and left nothing to be desired. However, the little that we wanted is in the X-E2. It has a redesigned 16 megapixel X-TRANS II CMOS sensor associated with an EXRII chip. We saw the chip for the first time in the X100s, which is another excellent performance.

Build and design

The X-E2 offers the same build quality that we expect from all high-end Fujifilm cameras. It is a mixture of metal and plastic parts, although it is very difficult to distinguish them from each other. There are not many differences between the X-E1 and the X-E2.

The only difference we noticed (and that took a while) was the alignment of a few buttons on the back. The X-E1 has a Q button on the right edge, just below the AFL and AEL buttons. Now it is moved up, right next to the viewfinder of the X-E2. Some will say that this is a good decision because people often press the Q button instead of the AEL. On the other hand, some will say that the Q key is now a little more difficult to reach, which makes accessing the quick menu a little slower.

bodily, the two cameras are almost identical and could not be separated if the model number was not printed on the front. This leads us to conclude that the X-E2 is awesome to use. Why? Well, because we loved the way the X-E1 got into our hands. it was an ergonomic treat, with the handle offering a good balance. The control buttons are generously sized and are not suitable for manipulation. It is a very simple design that has just been improved a little.


Power

The X-E2 retains the number of 16 megapixels, but brings the long-awaited PDAF (Phase Detect Auto Focus) function to the X series.While the AF has received a significant increase in performance, the PDAF has also contributed to this improvement. However, the camera uses its phase detection pixels by giving the user the option of enabling or disabling “pre-AF”, which most other phase detection cameras do not offer. Turning on the Pre-AF really speeds up performance, but turning off the power does not affect the speed or accuracy of the AF module.

We have tested the X-E2 in all kinds of lighting conditions, from good light to hard light, from low light to dark. With the exception of the last lighting condition (or lack thereof), the X-E2’s AF system failed to convince. It is much faster than the X-E1 module, for sure and if you have activated the pre-AF, the work will be even faster. There have been times when we have found that pre-AF causes the focus to explode and prevents us from taking our photo even if the camera and the subject were stationary. The X-E2 really excelled at focusing in low light and didn’t miss a single time when our subject was in a poorly lit area or sitting on a brightly lit bench.

In terms of imaging performance, the X-E2 exceeded our expectations, especially in low light conditions. The camera comes with a Fujinon 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 which was a bit slow for our low light Tests, so we paired it with the Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 Fixed Focal Length. Given the foggy winter weather we had, we didn’t hesitate to raise the ISO to ISO 3200 (because the X-E1 could handle this level well) and we still got noise-free images, even if the camera didn’t have noise reduction. This prompted us to push the ISO even further towards ISO 6400, but the results and the cleanliness of the files have not changed much. There was a little noise, but we are sure that even the purists would say that everything was below acceptable values.

In normal light, the camera tends to take slightly warmer images of the white balance spectrum, ideal for portraits and even landscapes, but this is more a personal taste. The camera is also equipped with Fujifilm’s classic film simulation mode, but for the record: If you take photos in RAW, you will have to use your own Fujifilm RAW Image Manager to apply these image profiles. In low light conditions, images tend to have a slightly more accurate white balance, but this was a trick or a mistake.

The video mode is still as little present on the X-E2 as on all the previous cameras of the X series.For some reason, Fujifilm simply does not think that the feature is valuable enough to invest in it. Although the X-E2 creates 1080p videos for you, there is absolutely no space to adjust the settings once the recording has started. It’s okay if you only occasionally shoot family picnic videos, but for videographers, filmmakers or even people who want to film situations with changing lighting levels (such as concerts), the X-E2 may not be the best choice. However, what he lacks in terms of video skills, he more than makes up for with his photography skills.

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