Fujifilm X-E2: Everything You Need To Know

Fujifilm X-E2 is here! The newest in Fujifilm’s interchangeable lens cameras has officially been announced!

The new Fujifilm X-E2, inherits the stylish retro looks of its predecessor, but includes many new enhanced features.

So what are some of the differences between the Fujifilm X-E1 and the new X-E2 I hear you ask? I caught up with Warwick Williams, Fujifilm’s Australia’s Digital Camera Specialist to find out:

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Fujifilm X-E2 with Leica M Mount Lenses


Number of effective pixels16.3 million pixels
Image sensor23.6mm x 15.6mm (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS II with primary color filter
Total number of pixels: 16.7 million pixels

Sensor Cleaning system
Ultra Sonic Vibration
Storage mediaSD memory card / SDHC memory card / SDXC (UHS-I) memory card*1
File format
Still image
JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3)*2, RAW (RAF format), RAW+JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
Movie File Format: MOV
Movie Video Compression: H.264
Audio: Linear PCM Stereo
Number of recorded pixelsL: (3:2) 4896 x 3264 / (16:9) 4896 x 2760 / (1:1) 3264 x 3264
M: (3:2) 3456 x 2304 / (16:9) 3456 x 1944 / (1:1) 2304 x 2304
S: (3:2) 2496 x 1664 / (16:9) 2496 x 1408 / (1:1) 1664 x 1664Motion Panorama
L: Vertical: 2160 x 9600 / Horizontal: 9600 x 1440
M: Vertical: 2160 x 6400 / Horizontal: 6400 x 1440
Lens mountFUJIFILM X mount
SensitivityAUTO (Control available up to ISO6400)
Equivalent to ISO 200 – 6400 (Standard Output Sensitivity)
Extended output sensitivity equivalent ISO 100, 12800 and 25600
Exposure controlTTL 256-zone metering, Multi / Spot / Average
Exposure modeProgrammed AE, Shutter Speed priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual exposure
Exposure compensation-3.0EV – +3.0EV, 1/3EV step
(movie recording : -2.0EV – +2.0EV)
Image StabilizerSupported with OIS type lenses
Face DetectionYes
Shutter typeFocal Plane Shutter
Shutter speed(P mode) 1/4 sec. to 1/4000 sec.,
(All other modes) 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
Bulb (max. 60 min.)
Time 1/2 to 30 sec.
Synchronized shutter speed for flash : 1/180 sec. or slower
Continuous shootingApprox. 7.0 fps (JPEG: max. approx. 28 frames, RAW / RAW+JPEG: max. approx. 8 frames)
Approx. 3.0 fps (JPEG:up to the capacity of the card, RAW / RAW+JPEG: max. approx. 8 frames)

  • * Use a card with SD Speed Class with class 10 or higher.
  • * The frame rate varies with shooting condition and the number of images recorded.
Auto bracketingAE Bracketing (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV)
Film Simulation Bracketing (Any 3 types of film simulation selectable)
Dynamic Range Bracketing (100% · 200% · 400%)
ISO sensitivity Bracketing (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV)
Single AF / Continuous AF / MF Distance Indicator
Intelligent Hybrid AF (TTL contrast AF / TTL phase detection AF), AF assist illuminator available
AF frame selection
Area (EVF / LCD: 49 areas with 7 x 7) / Multi

  • * Changeable size of AF frame: among 5 types
White balanceAutomatic scene recognition
Custom / Color temperature selection (K)
Preset : Fine / Shade / Fluorescent light (Daylight) / Fluorescent light (Warm White) / Fluorescent light (Cool White) / Incandescent light / Underwater
Self-timer10 sec. / 2 sec. Delay
FlashManual pop-up flash (Super Intelligent Flash)
Guide number: approx 7 (ISO200 · m)
Flash modes
Red-eye removal OFF
Auto / Forced Flash / Slow Synchro / Suppressed Flash / Rear-curtain Synchro / Commander
Red-eye removal ON
Red-eye Reduction Auto / Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash / Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro / Suppressed Flash / Red-eye Reduction & Rear-curtain Synchro / Commander
  • * Red-eye removal is active when Face Detection is set to ON.
Hot shoeYes (Dedicated TTL Flash compatible)
Viewfinder0.5-in., approx. 2.360K-dot OLED color viewfinder
Coverage of viewing area vs. capturing area : Approx. 100%
Eye point : approx. 23mm
Diopter adjustment : -4m-1 to +2m-1
Built-in eye sensor
LCD monitor3.0-inch, aspect ratio 3:2, Approx. 1,040K-dot, color LCD monitor (Approx. 100% coverage)
Movie recordingFull HD 1920 x 1080 60p / 30p, Continuous recording: up to approx. 14 min.
HD 1280 x 720 60p / 30p, Continuous recording: up to approx. 27 min.

  • * Use a card with SD Speed Class with class 10 or higher
Dynamic range settingAUTO (100-400%), 100%, 200%, 400%
Advanced filterToy camera / Miniature / Pop color / High-key / Low-key / Dynamic tone / Soft focus / Partial color (Red / Orange / Yellow / Green / Blue / Purple)
Other photography functionsAuto Red-eye Removal, Setting (Color, Sharpness, D-range, Gradation), Select custom setting, Motion panorama, Color space, Framing guideline, Frame No. memory, Histogram display, Preview depth of focus, Lens Modulatioon Optimizer, Pre-AF, Focus check, Focus Peak Highlight, Digital Split Image™*3, Electronic level, Multiple exposure, Fn button setting (RAW, Movie, etc)
Playback functionsRAW conversion, Image rotate, Red-eye reduction, Photobook assist, Erase selected frames, image search, Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail), Slide show, Mark for upload, Protect, Crop, Resize, Panorama, Favorites
Wireless transmitter
IEEE 802.11b / g / n (standard wireless protocol)
Access mode
Wireless functionGeotagging, Wireless communication (Image transfer), View & Obtain Images, PC Autosave
Other functionsPictBridge, Exif Print, Language selection, Time difference, High Performance mode, Silent mode
Video output
Digital interface
USB 2.0 High-Speed

  • * connectable with Remote Release RR-90 (sold separately)
HDMI output
HDMI mini connector (Type C)
Microphone / shutter release input: ø2.5mm, stereo mini connector
Power supplyNP-W126 Li-ion battery (included)
Dimensions129mm (W) x 74.9mm (H) x 37.2mm (D) / 5.1 in. (W) x 2.9 in. (H) x 1.5 in. (D)
(Minimum depth: 30.9mm / 1.2 in.)
WeightApprox. 350g / 12.3 oz. (including battery and memory card)
Approx. 300g / 10.6 oz. (excluding accessories, battery and memory card)
Operating Temperature0°C – 40°C
Operating Humidity10 – 80% (no condensation)
Battery life for still images*4
(approximate number of frames that can be taken with a fully-charged battery)
Approx. 350 frames (When XF35mmF1.4 R is set)
Battery life for movies*4
(approximate movie recording period that can be taken with a fully-charged battery)
single consecutive movie: approx. 110 min. (Face detection is set to OFF)
Starting up periodApprox. 0.5 sec., when High Performance mode set to ON
Approx. 0.92 sec., when High Performance mode set to OFF

  • * Fujifilm research
Accessories includedLi-ion battery NP-W126
Battery charger BC-W126
Shoulder strap
Body cap
Metal strap clip
Protective cover
Clip attaching tool
CD-ROM (Viewer software, RAW File Converter etc.*5)
Owner’s manual
  • *1 Please see the Fujifilm website (http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/compatibility/card/x/) to check memory card compatibility.
  • *2 Exif 2.3 is a digital camera file format that contains a variety of shooting information for optimal printing.
  • *3 Digital Split Image is a trade mark or a registered trade mark of FUJIFILM Corporation.
  • *4 Approximate number of frames / period that can be taken with a fully-charged battery based on CIPA standard.
  • *5 OS compatibility
    Viewer software: Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
    RAW File Converter: Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP, Mac OS X 10.6 – OS X 10.8
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The Fujifilm X-E2 Press Release:

16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor™, original colour filter array, EXR Processor II.

FUJIFILM X Mount, Lens Modulation Optimiser and the world’s fastest AF speed ¹

The prestigious NEW FUJIFILM X-E2 is a premium interchangeable lens camera that takes image quality to a dynamic new level, comparable to full-frame cameras.

Building on the success of the highly acclaimed and award-winning FUJIFILM X-E1, the compact and lightweight FUJIFILM X-E2 delivers even more impressive colour reproduction and higher definition image capture.

Available in solid black or two-tone black and silver, the FUJIFILM X-E2 also comes complete with the world’s fastest AF speed of 0.08 seconds¹.

16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor.

The 16.3 million pixels APS-C sized X-Trans CMOS II sensor can capture unfiltered light from the lens for an unprecedented level of image clarity.

The X-Trans CMOS II sensor, which was also used in the highly acclaimed and award-winning FUJIFILM X100S, controls moiré and false colour generation by using an original colour filter array with a highly randomised pixel arrangement.

EXR Processor II

The EXR Processor II can harness information taken from over 100,000 phase detection pixels incorporated in the X-Trans CMOS II sensor. Complete with the first Lens Modulation Optimiser (LMO) for interchangeable lens cameras, the EXR Processor II image engine is able to correct even slight blur at the edge of the lens as well as diffraction blur caused when narrowing the aperture.

This advanced technology has been made possible by the integrated development of lens, sensor and processor, based on the optical performance and characteristics of individual lenses. Thus, the camera is able to maximise the resolving and individual imaging power of each lens.

Ultimately, the sensor and engine combination achieves astonishing resolution, extends dynamic range and reduces noise at high sensitivity, resulting in rich colour reproduction and beautiful gradation of tones.

Lens Modulation Optimiser (LMO)

Compatible with every XF and XC lens, the LMO’s high precision processing of the various lens parameters – as well as data from the screen centre to the edges – corrects diffraction blur when shooting with a stopped down aperture, and compensates for the slight blurring in the lens periphery. The result is edge-to-edge image quality with incredible sharpness.

Fast and accurate focusing

In addition to incorporating the world’s fastest AF speed of 0.08 seconds¹, the FUJIFILM X-E2 also has a rapid start-up of 0.5 seconds², virtually no shutter lag (0.05seconds), and high speed continuous shooting of 7.0 frames per second (up to approximately 28 frames)³.

The hybrid AF combines high speed phase detection AF and contrast AF to ensure accuracy when shooting low contrast subjects and dark scenes.  Focusing continues right up to the moment the shutter is pressed half way during continuous AF.

Superb functionality

The manually adjusted aperture ring on the lens combined with the shutter dial on the top plate allows full shooting control without needing to look away from the viewfinder. Exposure compensation has also been increased to the scope of ±3 EV.

The extra high resolution 2.36 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder enables accurate and comfortable framing and focus checking. The premium clear LCD monitor has been increased to 3.0”, but the body is thinner. It has a high viewing angle and 1.04 million dot reinforced glass. The scratch resistant surface reduces reflections and improves visibility, making it easier to check image quality.

Easier manual focus

Manual focus has been made easier with Digital Split Image™ technology which enables pin-sharp focusing by simply adjusting the focus to line up the four stripes displayed in the central part of the live view and match the left and right split images.

Focus Peaking Highlight, which highlights the outline in high contrast areas during focusing, further assists the user to achieve critically sharp shots.

The FUJIFILM X-E2 shoots full HD video (1920 x 1080) up to 60 frames per second. The AF tracking performance in movie mode has been improved with good focus speed, accuracy and smoothness. Fast focus is possible in a variety of situations such as panning and zooming, or when the subject moves closer or further away from the camera. Film simulation settings and exposure compensation ±2 EV can be used during movie recording. A high bitrate (36 megabits per second) has also been enabled.

Wireless image transfer

Images can be easily transferred wirelessly from the FUJIFILM X-E2 to a smartphone or tablet after installing the free FUJIFILM Camera Application app. Simply press the Wi-Fi button on top of the camera and add images instantly to a blog, or share them with friends on a social networking site. The FUJIFILM X-E2 also has its own built-in Wi-Fi so photos can be saved to a PC.

Film Simulation Modes

The Fujifilm X-E2 offers 10 diverse shooting modes including Velvia for vivid colours, ASTIA for faithful smooth tone reproduction, PROVIA for a natural lifelike look, while the softer Pro Neg. Std and sharper Pro Neg. Hi are ideal for portraiture. Sepia film simulation is also possible, while creative black & white photography can be enjoyed using three different filter effects. Film simulation bracketing is also handy for generating three film styles from one shot.

Multiple exposure imaging can be achieved by combining two shots in one frame. After capturing the first image, it can be displayed in either the EVF or LCD monitor as a reference for taking the second image, to help produce highly creative results.

There are also eight advanced filter options for extra creativity, including Toy Camera, Miniature, Dynamic Tone, Pop Colour, Soft Focus, High Key, Low Key and Partial Colour.

In-camera RAW converter

Using the in-camera RAW development function, a RAW image can be converted to JPEG without a computer, while 14-bit RAW capture enables RAW conversion with richer tonality. The built-in Super Intelligent Flash provides the right amount of light for the scene, and overexposure is controlled when using a flash for macro photography, enabling the capture of natural looking images.

Accessories available for the Fujifilm X-E2 include a leather case, Fujinon XF and XC lenses, M Mount Adapter, Hand Grip, Three dedicated flash models (EF-X20, EF-20, EF-42), Protector filters and Remote release.

FUJIFILM Australia Product Manager – Consumer Products, Melissa Butcher, said while the X-E2 is conveniently portable, stylish and lightweight, it also boasts an impressive selection of advanced functions that can produce exceptional image quality.

The Fujifilm X-E2 camera is available in a kit complete with Fujinon XF18-55mm lens. The kit has a recommended retail price of $1,899 and will be available from November 2013.

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Download: X-E2-Catalogue.pdf

For more information on the Fujifilm X-E2 camera click here.

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