Fuji X-E2 Review

During our incredible time in Australia, Jay and I had the opportunity to shoot with Fuji’s mirrorless X-E2 digital camera. Here’s what we think about the camera itself – as well as some of our favorite X-E2 features.

Physicality.  This mirrorless camera, while being small and lightweight, is also sturdy and well built. With its retro look, the X-E2 is certainly an attractive little camera. It’s easy to use with intuitive controls.

Functionality. The (Q)uick menu or Q button offers a lot of great options and allows you to more easily access frequently used features.

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Q Button options are quick and easily accessible.

The electronic view finder was better than expected. It can be a little too bright at times, but because of this camera’s great LCD, you won’t need the electronic view finder too often. The great LCD is also very accurate, and bright enough to use under most conditions.

Jay and I were also impressed with the Fuji X-E2’s excellent high ISO image quality, and with its well-controlled noise. Kudos to the camera’s engineering team!

Sometimes I work with photographers who prefer to shoot in JPG format because they don’t want to process every photo they shoot. This camera is perfect for these folks because of its LMO (Lens Modulation Optimizer). The X-E2’s in-camera processing takes into account the characteristics of whatever lens you choose to shoot with. Very cool.

Fuji also included film simulation modes for shooting video. I love the fact that this includes exposure compensation during recording. You can also choose between 30 and 60 frames per second.

The camera’s CMOS II sensor with color filter array helps to suppress color moiré (or false color) without an anti-aliasing filter.

Wi-Fi Connectivity. This feature is fantastic. We can shoot and send the photos to our mobile devices via Wi-Fi, which allows us to share photos easily. This is a great feature that makes the camera very cool for social media and bloggers.

Price. The Fuji X-E2 camera is packed with options, at a very good price. It costs around $1399 and includes an 18-55mm F2.8-4 kit lens.

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The Fuji X-E2 is packed with options.

My Favorite Features. The following are three of my favorite features of the Fuji X-E2:

  • Distance scale for manual focus – This feature is awesome for wide-angle photography when you need to work with hyperfocal distance, focus in low contrast situations, or focus in the dark.
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The manual focus distance scale is great for hyperfocal distance, low contrast situations, or focusing in the dark.

  • Digital split image focusing – This feature helps you manually focus  with greater precision. I love this feature – especially for detail shots.
  • Focus peaking – Many of our photography students struggle to get good, consistent focus. Focus peaking highlights areas in the frame that are currently in focus. By simply looking at these highlighted areas on the LCD, you can tell at a glance if the right area is in sharp focus. Great feature.

A couple of minor issues. A couple of things arose that were minor issues overall. For example, if you are using a tripod mount, the mount blocks the camera’s battery access. This can be problematic if, for example, you want to change the battery quickly as the sun is setting. You would have to unscrew the tripod mount or the quick-release plate in order to access the battery compartment.

Also, the weather sealing on this camera could be improved. This is an important aspect for us and other nature photographers. Fuji has already addressed both of these issues with their new X-T1.

The Fuji X-E2 at work. We thoroughly enjoyed shooting with the Fuji X-E2 mirrorless digital camera. It’s a great little camera, easy to use, and is packed with great options. Below are some photographs Jay shot with the X-E2 while we were in Australia.

Anna Bay, NSW, Australia

Birubi Beach after dark.

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One Mile Beach at Sunrise.

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Fisherman’s Bay at Mid-Day.

2 replies
  1. Tomas Haran
    Tomas Haran says:

    Nice review. I’ve been using the x-e2 now for almost two months and have really come to enjoy it. The array of lenses Fuji has come out with are superb and Fuji has come up with a camera line-up that you can’t duplicate. One thing I’d like to add that I like for finding focus is the “focus assist”. It acts as a quick zoom in so you can check to see if the photo is in focus, by pressing the small thumb jog wheel. One press you zoom in and another press you zoom back out.
    Its refreshing to see mirrorrless systems really advancing.

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