Fuji released the X-E1 and X-E2 models as similar but more inexpensive choices for the enthusiast user following the success of the then-flagship X-Pro1 model. These models are identical to one another. In addition to the X-Pro2 and the X-70 minor release, the business has also revitalized its X-E series by introducing the X-E2S.
The Fujifilm X-E2S is positioned at the center of the company’s X-series lineup. It is a more sophisticated model than the more affordable X-A2 and, to some extent, the X-T10, which has comparable specifications. However, it is not as advanced as the X-Pro2 or the X-T1.
As a result, it is likely to appeal to individuals looking to upgrade from junior models or looking for a backup for a more advanced camera. The Olympus OM-D E-M10 II and the Panasonic Lumix GX8 are two examples of its most significant competition from other manufacturers.
The addition of the suffix ‘S’ signals that the camera does not represent as large of an improvement over the X-E2 as the X-E2 did over the X-E1; however, despite this, several adjustments have been made to the device. These include a redesigned autofocus (AF) system with 77 points (up from 49) and new Zone and Wide/Tracking modes, while focusing rates are stated to have been increased, now being as fast as 0.06 seconds. Other features include a larger image sensor with a resolution of 20.2 megapixels (a 0.02sec improvement over the X-E2).
Fujifilm X-E2s Build Quality
The X-E2S maintains the generally likable style of its predecessors by including a robust metal top plate machined with dials, a textured wrap around its body, and oversized buttons designated on the back plate.
Although the camera does not feel quite sturdy in the hands of its older brother, the X-Pro2, this is to be anticipated for a camera with a lower price point, and it is impossible to conceive that it would suffer any significant damage as a result of its lower cost.
Because the X-E2S includes an Auto Macro capability, there is no requirement for a specific button to enable closer-than-usual autofocusing. This is because Auto Macro is already included. This indicates that users are more likely to customize the top button of the direction pad, as well as the bottom button (which is labeled AF on the X-E2)
The four direction controls, by default, grant access to the Film Simulation mode, AF mode, AF point, and flash mode. This configuration represents a logical grouping. One other thing that has been modified in comparison to the X-E2 is the button located at the bottom left-hand corner. Whereas it used to be a function button, it is now used to access the full Auto mode.
Fujifilm X-E2s Performance
When the power management mode is changed to High Performance, there is a discernible increase in the speed at which the camera powers on compared to when it is set to the average power mode.
The camera also responds well to differences in the scene as the lens is zoomed or the camera is moved around the stage, fluidly adjusting the View. However, I noticed that when the camera was switched back on soon after being switched off (as you would sometimes do when shooting spontaneously), the camera would sometimes fail to power up. This occurred when the camera was turned back on immediately after being switched off.
Additionally, there is room for improvement in terms of shot-to-shot timings. This is because the brief darkness between frames results in a little delay before the following photo can be taken.
Fujifilm X-E2s Image Quality
The Fujifilm X-E2S is capable of producing photographs of exceptional quality. It captured noise-free JPEG photos at ISO 100 up to 6400, with only a little noise at ISO 12800 and more noticeable noise along with a small desaturation of color at the fastest ISO 25600 setting, which is an astounding performance for a camera with an APS-C sensor. The RAW files were also very high quality, providing useable photographs over the whole ISO range (200-6400).
When the sharpness setting was set to default, the pictures were soft right out of the Fujifilm X-E2S. Therefore, for the best results, you should do further sharpening in an application such as Adobe Photoshop; alternatively, you may modify the setting directly in the camera.
The night image turned out quite well. The camera’s maximum shutter speed of 30 seconds was sufficient for most after-dark shots, and the Bulb mode enabled considerably longer exposures if necessary.
Fujifilm X-E2s Specs
|4896 x 3264
|3:2 (3456 x 2304, 2496 x 1664), 16:9 (4896 x 2760, 2304 x 2304), 1:1 (3264 x 3264, 2304 x 2304, 1664 x 1664)
|Image ratio w h
|1:1, 3:2, 16:9
|Sensor photo detectors
|APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm)
|EXR Processor II
|Color filter array
|Auto, 200-6400 (expandable to 100-51200)
|Boosted ISO (minimum)
|Boosted ISO (maximum)
|White balance presets
|Custom white balance
|JPEG quality levels
|JPEG (Exif 2.3), RAW (RAF format)
|Optics & Focus
|Contrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View.
|Autofocus assist lamp
|Number of focus points
|Focal length multiplier
|Minimum shutter speed
|Maximum shutter speed
|Program AEShutter priorityAperture priorityManual exposure
|7.00 m (@ ISO 200)
|Yes (via hot shoe)
|Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear-curtain, Commander
|Flash X sync speed
|Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom)
|±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
|±3 (at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
|1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p)
|USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
|Yes (Wired or via smartphone)
|Lithium-Ion NP-W126 rechargeable battery & charger
|Battery Life (CIPA)
|Weight (inc. batteries)
|350 g (0.77 lb / 12.35 oz)
|129 x 75 x 37 mm (5.08 x 2.95 x 1.46″)
Fujifilm X-E2s Verdict
When you take into account the fact that the v.4.00 firmware update makes it possible for the X-E2 to more or less match the X-E2S in many respects, you begin to wonder why Fujifilm decided to release the X-E2S at all (and if it would be more beneficial to purchase the less expensive X-E2 and upgrade its firmware instead). However, despite this, an individual looking for a capable and attractive camera should find a lot to appreciate about this one when evaluated in isolation.
Even though there have only been a few adjustments made to the X-E2, its current suggested retail price (RSP) level is acceptable, and it will almost certainly start to decline over the next few weeks.
It finds a decent mix between the entry-level models’ simplicity of use and approachability, on the one hand, and its more advanced siblings’ features, on the other, to justify its branding as a mid-range product.
Fujifilm X-E2s Pros & Cons
- Great noise control
- Very excellent EVF
- Very high standards for picture quality.
- Some rivals offer 4K video
- The time it takes between shots might be reduced.
- The LCD screen must be tiltable and adjustable.