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Fujifilm X-E2 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £1149
inc VAT

Sumptuous design, gorgeous photos - a true photographer's camera


23.6×15.6mm 16.0-megapixel sensor, 3.0x zoom (27-82.5mm equivalent), 665g

Fujifilm X-E2 Image Quality – click samples to enlarge

As with its siblings, image quality is a significant step up from any other CSC we’ve seen, bar the full-frame Sony A7. Details are a little sharper, noise levels are lower and Fujifilm’s dynamic range processing excels at rescuing clipped highlights in high-contrast scenes. Factor in the kit zoom lens with its f/2.8-4 aperture that’s roughly twice as bright as other cameras’ f/3.5-5.6 kit lenses, and the X-E2 moves even further ahead of rivals such as the Panasonic GX7 and Sony NEX-6 (although we look forward to putting its successor, the Sony A6000, through its paces).

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It’s hard to fault the sensor or lens in their ability to capture fine detail

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Dense textures are handled extremely well, but Lightroom does even better with the RAW file

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Dynamic range processing has helped to avoid clipped highlights in this shot

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These two photos show the extent of the dynamic range processing, and there’s no discernible detriment to noise levels in darker areas of the frame

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There’s a light grain to skin tones at ISO 1100, but still plenty of texture and detail

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ISO 2500, and still holding up extremely well

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Fine details are getting lost at ISO 6400, but there’s still enough clarity in this shot for critical use

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Even the top ISO 25600 setting is perfectly usable for casual snaps

Video quality sadly isn’t up to the same standard. There’s nothing wrong with colour rendition but a lack of sufficient anti-aliasing gives details a blocky quality. There’s minimal control over exposure and autofocus settings, and we found that the microphone distorted when shooting in moderately loud conditions.

Fujifilm X-E2 Conclusion

Video is the only weak area, though, and it’s unlikely to dissuade many potential customers. The X-E2’s only real problem is the strength of the competition among its own X Mount ranks. £1,149 for the 18-55mm kit is a serious investment, but we’d be tempted to spend around £250 more on the X-T1 with its weather-sealed body, bigger viewfinder, articulated screen, additional controls, side-mounted card slot, more substantial grip, faster performance and Wi-Fi remote shooting. Meanwhile, the superb X-M1 is now available for just £469 with its 16-50mm kit lens. Buy the X-M1 or the older X-E1 (around £729 with the 18-55mm lens) before 31 March and Fujifilm will throw in a free 50-230mm lens. There are cashback offers on various X Mount lenses, too. For the same price as the X-E2 kit, you could pick up the X-M1 with 16-50mm, 50-230mm, 35mm f/1.4 and 60mm f/2.4 macro lenses, and have change for a camera bag and a spare battery. That’s a seriously tempting proposition.

Prices will vary, though, and for many people the X-E2 will hit exactly the right spot with its superb viewfinder and manual exposure controls but without all the bells and whistles – and high price – of the X-T1. It’s more expensive than similarly specified cameras such as the Panasonic GX7 and Sony A6000, but unless video is a priority, we’d say it’s money well spent.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
CCD effective megapixels 16.0 megapixels
CCD size 23.6×15.6mm
Viewfinder electronic, 2.4 megapixels
Viewfinder magnification, coverage 100%
LCD screen size 3.0in
LCD screen resolution 1,040,000 pixels
Articulated screen No
Live view Yes
Optical zoom 3.0x
Zoom 35mm equivalent 27-82.5mm
Image stabilisation optical, in kit lens
Maximum image resolution 4,896×3,264
File formats JPEG, RAW; QuickTime (AVC)


Memory slot SDXC
Mermory supplied none
Battery type Li-ion
Battery Life (tested) 350 shots
Connectivity USB, mini HDMI, wired remote, microphone, Wi-Fi
Body material magnesium alloy
Lens mount Fujifilm X Mount
Focal length multiplier 1.5x
Kit lens model name Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS
Accessories USB cable, neck strap
Weight 665g
Size 75x129x122mm

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £1,149

Camera Controls

Exposure modes program, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual
Shutter speed 30 to 1/4,000 seconds
Aperture range f/2.8-22 (wide), f/4-22 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution) 100 to 25600 (200 to 6400 for raw)
Exposure compensation +/-3 EV
White balance auto, 7 presets with fine tuning, manual, Kelvin
Additional image controls dynamic range, color, sharpness, highlight tone, shadow tone, film simulation, noise reduction, colour space
Manual focus Yes
Closest macro focus 30cm
Auto-focus modes multi, flexible spot, face detect
Metering modes multi, centre-weighted, centre, face detect
Flash auto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, rear curtain, red-eye reduction
Drive modes single, continuous, self-timer, AE bracket, WB bracket, ISO bracket, film simulation bracket, dynamic range bracket, panorama