Fujifilm X-E2s Review

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.

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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.

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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

Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution4896 x 3264
Other resolutions3:2 (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 h1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorEXR Processor II
Color spacesRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter arrayX-Trans
Image
ISOAuto, 200-6400 (expandable to 100-51200)
Boosted ISO (minimum)100
Boosted ISO (maximum)51200
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
File formatJPEG (Exif 2.3), RAW (RAF format)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View.
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points77
Lens mountFujifilm X
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen/viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live ViewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/32000 sec
Exposure modesProgram AEShutter priorityAperture priorityManual exposure
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash Range7.00 m (@ ISO 200)
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear-curtain, Commander
Flash X sync speed1/180 sec
Drive modesSingleContinuousSelf-timer interval
Continuous drive7.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, custom)
Metering modesMultiAverageSpot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n
Remote controlYes (Wired or via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NP-W126 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)350
Weight (inc. batteries)350 g (0.77 lb / 12.35 oz)
Dimensions129 x 75 x 37 mm (5.08 x 2.95 x 1.46″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSNone

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

Good For
  • Great noise control
  • Very excellent EVF
  • Very high standards for picture quality.
need improvements
  • Some rivals offer 4K video
  • The time it takes between shots might be reduced.
  • The LCD screen must be tiltable and adjustable.

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