Test: Fujifilm X-E2-Finfixad Enthusiast

Small improvements are many, but on the whole is Fujifilm X-E2 the same camera as the predecessor X-E1 in many ways.

Faster autofocus is the big thing that Fujifilm drums for in X-E2. And of course, it is also necessary – the predecessor X-E1 received the same criticism levelled against both the X 100 and X-pro1 with a focus that is not kept up to scratch .In addition to this, there are few big things that distinguishes X-E2 against X-E1, but many small ones.

To look see Fujifilm X-E2 almost exactly the same as its predecessor. Also the Interior is the same, with the same sensor on 16 megapixels. The biggest difference on the inside is better and faster autofocus, and a faster processor for image generation. On the outside we find a bigger and better display.

New hybrid AF

Just as in the Fujifilm X100s is now a hybrid auto focus working with both contrast and phase detecting auto focus to find the right focus. And yes it goes the better. The speed is notably better than X-E1, and will now go to work with in a different way. But even if it is noticeably faster, it is still not as fast as that of competitors ‘ models in the same segment. Light penetrates to affect AF speed very much, and there is a big difference to focus indoors in dim light compared to outdoors in daylight. A clear improvement.

But really well in autofocus is that it feels quite safe. In several tests I made in both Dim and hard light has almost always found the right, and almost never had to hunt around to where it is believed that the focus should be. In this way, is experienced enough also the auto focus is faster, because it is close to never need to focus on after the auto focus made its. Really good by Fujifilm.

Another fine fix is that you now can run continuous autofocus, af-c, selectable focus point and not only at the Center. A small thing can think, but really useful in many cases, and that already exists among many competitors.

Fujifilm X-E2 can now also take pictures in series with working auto focus and liveview, in up to 3 frames per second, which is an improvement from X-E1 and probably is related to the new processor.

On the outside, we feel completely again X-E2 from its predecessor X-E1.Buttons and controls are in the same place, and the design is almost identical, the only difference in the buttons are actually to view fashion has disappeared and been replaced by q-button function. This in turn means that ae-l-function now has its own button, and do not need to share this with af-l button. Convenient for those who frequently use the locked values for just that. q button is really good and allows you to see all the settings, or quickly change these. The new location is also better.

The camera feels well built, buttons, qualitative and the entire camera body feels generally well done. Also the grip is good, despite the somewhat box-like construction, and something that makes it good is the utbuktnaden of the thumb, and front grip for fingers.

In addition, the X-E2 now able to four selectable function buttons that allow you to set up your camera as you want it. The only Fujifilm is steadfast on is to have a button to start recording video. As it stands now, you have to go into the menus via the drive button to change this to movie mode.

However, adjusted snurreglaget for exposure compensation, to be able to be set up in the third step, which has been welcomed by many.

But the biggest difference when it comes to the design have to do with the screen. In X-E1, we were satisfied with 2.8 inches in size and a resolution of 460 000 pixels. It has now enlarged and improved to 3-inch and 1.04 million pixels, which makes a big difference to the image, and how to experience the pictures you take in your camera.

Also use the camera feels faster and with more fluency than in its predecessor. There are few things that are problematic, and most of it floating on the conventional photography. In general it feels like Fujifilm have managed to refine the deficiencies that existed in X-E1 good, in order to create a well functioning X-E2. But really, it is just like this that the forerunner would have been from the beginning.

Shooting with the digital viewfinder on 2.36 million pixels also works very good. As with previous X-E1, the picture is crisp and good. On the positive side, it feels fast to update itself when you shift from light to dark environment and vice versa, which means that you always see the surroundings well in the viewfinder. But perhaps the best is that you can now activate a setting to see how the image is exposed when in manual mode, and thus predict how the picture will be exposed.

Another positive thing is that Fujifilm is listening to the criticism they get from the using camera. I have previously expressed himself suggested ideas to Fujifilm for some features that would be included in future models, including the ability to more detailed configuring auto-iso setting to get more control over how it is working. Mainly, I explained that people often want to be able to run with auto-iso and set a maximum shutter speed may be used. This shows that Fujifilm will take the proposals seriously and will take the critique and the proposals put forward, as functionality now exists.

Image quality

At Fujifilm X-E2, we find also feature called» lens modulation optimizer «from X100s and X 20, which means that the image is improved in-camera regarding chromatic aberrations and other lens corrections. This feature works for the lens of the x bajonettyp and when shooting in jpeg.

Fujifilm X-E2 delivers pure image quality just like X-E1. When coming up in the high sensitivity kicks brusrediceringen into, which also removes some detail in the image. Overall, performing camera pictures of very good quality with good sharpness, good contrast and nice colors in smooth transitions.

Conclusion

It bodes well that the Fujifilm now managed to solve its massive problems with sluggish auto focus. X-E2 performs well in terms of what its predecessor had difficulties with, both in terms of the auto focus and other small items. Actually, X-E2 is seen as a buggfixad X-E1: a (just like X100s against X 100), and performs now what we had expected to find already in its predecessor.

The camera is neither clumsy nor smooth, but has its own characteristic Fujifilm-appearance with a retro feel. For its size, and performs well, and functionally, the tidbits that electronic viewfinder, good screen, interchangeable lenses and a lot of possibilities for settings.

 

X-E2 is mainly aimed at enthusiasts who want really good image quality with Fujifilm’s design-related sense, in a decent välförpackat format.