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Fuji X-E2 review

The build we love, but with faster responses and better image quality

Our Verdict

The X-E2 isn't designed to appeal to novice photographers, but many enthusiasts will love it. The key features are within easy reach, there's an excellent viewfinder and the images are also superb – especially the raw files.

For

  • EVF built-in
  • 920,000-dot LCD
  • Faster responses
  • Improved AF system

Against

  • Fixed screen
  • No touchscreen
  • Advanced Filters are 'JPEG only'

Our normal procedure when testing new cameras is to process the raw files using the supplied software and convert them into TIFFs before analysing them using DXO's Analytics software. All dynamic range optimisation and noise reduction systems are set to their minimum values.

Like several manufacturers, Fujifilm supplies Silkypix software for raw conversion, but many users are likely to use an alternative package, such as Adobe Camera Raw, which is integral to Photoshop Elements and Photoshop CC, and uses the same raw processing engine as Lightroom.

As the latest release candidates for Adobe Camera Raw include the Fuji X-E2, we have also processed the raw files from this camera and its competitors using the Adobe software before running them through DXO Analytics. As you will see, it makes a significant difference to how the X-E2 measures up and shows the benefit, especially to Fuji users, of using this software.

For consistency, we will show both sets of raw file results here - those processed via the supplied software and those by Adobe Camera Raw.

JPEG Signal to noise ratio

Fuji X-E2 review

The X-E2's signal to noise ratio is very similar to the X-E1's, indicating that noise levels are pretty similar across the sensitivity range. Apart from at ISO 100, where the results are very similar, the X-E2's JPEGs beat those of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 for signal to noise ratio. However, the Panasonic GX7 has the best results from ISO 200 to ISO 800.

Raw signal to noise ratio after conversion to TIFF: Supplied software

Fuji X-E2 review

At the lower sensitivity settings, the X-E2's raw files (after conversion to TIFF) are very similar to the Olympus OM-D E-M1's, but both are beaten for signal to noise ratio by the Panasonic GX7 and Fuji X-E1, indicating that the files are slightly noisier than those from the competition.

Raw signal to noise ratio after conversion to TIFF: Adobe Camera Raw

Fuji X-E2 review

Using Adobe Camera Raw to make a straight conversion of the X-E2's raw files without any manipulation results in files that have a much higher signal to noise ratio, indicating that there's less noise and more detail visible. Its results are much better than those for images from the competing cameras processed in the same way.

JPEG Dynamic Range

Fuji X-E2 review

The relatively low dynamic range scores of the X-E2 reflect our findings in the real world, where highlights can be lost a little early, but images have a pleasing level of contrast.

Raw dynamic range after conversion to TIFF: Supplied software

Fuji X-E2 review

Processing the X-E2's raw files with the Silkypix software doesn't get the best from them, and they have a relatively low dynamic range.

Raw dynamic range after conversion to TIFF: Adobe Camera Raw

Fuji X-E2 review

Using Adobe Camera Raw to make a straight conversion of the X-E2's raw files without any manipulation produces images with a wider tonal range than the competing cameras.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution16.3 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyX
Image StabilizationNo
ColourBlack
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameFujifilm
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Live View, Orientation Sensor, External Flash Shoe, Face Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, H.264
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)300 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, REACH
Maximum Image Resolution4896 x 3264
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeX-Trans CMOS II
Total Camera Resolution16.7 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNP-W126
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I)
Height74.9 mm
Width129 mm
Depth37.2 mm
Autofocus Points49
Product SeriesX
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsPCM
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Suppressed Flash, Commander, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerFuji Photo Film Co. Ltd
Product ModelX-E2
Product NameX-E2 Mirrorless Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberP10NC11720A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.fujifilm.co.uk
Marketing Information
  • X-Trans™ CMOS II & EXR Processor II harness the full potential of each XF lens to capture breathtaking quality in every image.
  • World's fastest auto focus speed of 0.08 sec. achieved by Fujifilm's unique phase detection AF system.
  • Classic design enables instinctive manual operation.
World's fastest AF speed of 0.08 sec. achieved by the integration of phase detection pixels into the advanced sensor.

High-speed response from the on-sensor phase detection AF system and accurate focusing in dark scenes that only contrast AF can deliver - the FUJIFILM X-E2 has both and Intelligent Hybrid AF automatic switches to the optimal focusing system for the scene and conditions. A newly developed algorithm improves AF accuracy when shooting low-contrast subjects and dark scenes. The evolved AF system of the FUJIFILM X-E2 brings your subject into sharp focus so quickly that priceless moments will never escape your lens.
Battery Life350 Shot
Package Contents
  • X-E2 Mirrorless Camera
  • Li-ion Battery NP-W126
  • Battery Charger BC-W126
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • Metal Strap Clip
  • Protective Cover
  • Clip Attaching Tool
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Owner's Manual
Display Resolution1040000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone