Just over two years ago, Fujifilm launched its X-E2, a high-performance, an excellent mirrorless electronic viewfinder and proposal on price not exorbitant, nor too compact, of 1000 euros for the only machine. Today the company launches the new X-E2S: a machine that represents an upgrade very mild compared to the previous model, for which remodeling some minor detail, mainly related to firmware.
The real news is the price: the X-E2S costa, in fact, 719 euros for the body only version or 1019 euros for the kit that includes 18-55 mm f/2.8 zoom lens enjoyed-4.0. This full-bodied discount will be enough to make it palatable to a machine whose primary design dates back to the end of 2013?
The Fujifilm integrates X-Trans X-E2S sensor in APS-C from 16 effective megapixels, a EXR II image processor and a shutter that can guarantee up to 7fps of gust. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4,000 s, or 1/32,000 s if using the electronic shutter, a feature absent in the previous model.
The rear screen is an LCD Panel from 3 inch diagonal and 1,040 k dots, while the viewfinder is a 2,360 k OLED points, equivalent to 0.62 x magnification factor. There is a Wi-Fi antenna for free with Smartphones or tablets.
The hardware is essentially identical to that of the old X-E2: the only news really noteworthy are the autofocus system updated (now with 77 points of focus and better continuous AF tracking) and the presence of a new fully automatic mode, to better meet the needs of the less experienced photographers.
Interestingly, both of these characteristics derive from firmware and so could be added also to the old model, with a simple software update: practice that Fujifilm has repeatedly, and deservedly, put in place in recent years.
The Fujifilm X 100% design-E2S resumes, tried and tested, as the previous model and is therefore a well built and equipped with a control system at the same time deep and accessible, offering a high level of usability.
The machine body is made of good quality materials (though not from feeling completely premium) and is solid enough. The Union nuts and many keys are all easily accessible and offer one click much pressure balance. The layout of the controls is the now-classic for Fujifilm, based on the presence of physical dials to control the shutter key values (time, Aperture and compensation), but also electronic automation, filters, advanced mode (landscape, multiple exposure, etc.).
In terms of size, the Fujifilm X-E2S is not compact, but not too generous for a car with APS-c. The measures amount to 129mm x 74 mm x 37 mm for weight 350 g with battery connected. To bring this camera with it you need a small purse, but we hardly regrets having her neck during a vacation or a long walk.
The performance of Fujifilm X-E2S-art are not under any point of view, but there are still enough, and in some cases very good, even for a car of 2016. First, the LCD and EVF OLEDS are very pleasant to watch, offer an update, a fluid rendition faithful and good detail (although the brightness may be higher).
In terms of speed of operations, the new autofocus (with very broad coverage of the frame) is very fast and reliable in single mode, but still does not convince completely in the continuous tracking of moving subjects: keep them lined up is possible, but not all of the shots of the burst will be in focus as desired.
Speaking of gust, the X-E2S offers good value for 7fps and allows to freeze the moments with good satisfaction, but doesn’t reach blistering performance of the best recent mirrorless. In terms of usability, it is a pity to note the absence of an articulated screen, useful for shooting from awkward positions or unusual (and for the framing of the inevitable selfie), and a touch function.
Purely photographic quality expressed by Fujifilm X-E2S is very good, despite its sensor is no longer young. The X-Trans from 16 Megapixels still shots capture very defined and engraved, equipped with a remarkable performance in low light, allowing you to use high ISO without too much concern as 3200 or 6400.
The color profile, as always for Fujifilm models, is excellent: the colours are alive and net, but at the same time natural and pleasant. The dynamic range and contrast are slightly hard, typical characteristic of sensor X-Trans, but not enough to abbruttire images (which can, however, be processed manually shooting in RAW).
Obviously, 16 Megapixels are no longer a resolution can cause a stir (many modern APS-C sensors come to 24), but overall I’m still more than enough for all uses or almost: only those who need to crop very driven, or printing at huge size, will miss a few more pixels.
Chapter video, however, is disappointing as usual: Fujifilm’s X-Trans sensor captures movies filled with artifacts (especially aliasing and moire) and the use of the standard 1080 p 60 is not enough to bring them to the level of what is offered by the best competition.
The Fujifilm X-E2S is an upgrade only slight a camera out over 2 years ago and, therefore, cannot properly be called a tool cutting edge. However, the collection of his photographic quality makes it nonetheless a very interesting product for all photographers looking for a mirrorless compact, great usability and can offer even more than good in terms of image quality.
The official price of 719 euros for the only machine, is heavily revised downwards compared with the launch of the previous model and is therefore quite accomplished even by the standards of 2016.
It goes without saying that those who already own a X-E2 has no reason to upgrade, but for everyone else the Fujifilm X-E2S remains one of the most interesting cameras in its class, thanks to rich high quality line-up of lenses produced by Fujifilm in recent years.