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New Fuji XE-2 A Vast Improvement over Popular XE-1

By Anthony Thurston on October 18th 2013


Fans of the Fuji XE-1 will be delighted to hear that Fuji has just announced a new successor to the wildly popular ILC, the XE-2. The announcement comes in what has turned out to be a really busy week for gear announcements, with Nikon and Sony also announcing new camera bodies.

Inside of the new XE-2 you can find what is essentially all new hardware from what was inside of the XE-1. It all starts with a 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor, a new 920K-dot 3-inch LCD, a new EXR Processor II, and a brand new Hybrid AF system that claims to be the fastest in the world (for an APS-C Camera or Larger). Overall some pretty impressive specs, and a definite improvement over the current XE-1 model.

Fuji XE-2 Specs

  • 16.3 million Megapixels APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor
  • EXR Processor II
  • AF speed 0.08 seconds
  • Lens Modulation Optimizer for improved image quality
  • Extra high resolution 2.36 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder
  • ±3 EV Exposure Compensation dial with third stops increments
  • 3” (1.04 million dot) premium clear LCD (High contrast, High Brightness and Wide viewing angle)
  • Built-in Super Intelligent pop-up Flash(hot shoe attachment also available for external flash)
  • ISO200 – 6400, extended ISO 100, 12800, 25600, Auto(maximum ISO setting from ISO
  • Film simulation modes (Velvia, ASTIA, PROVIA, Monochrome, Sepia, Pro Neg.Std & Pro Neg.Hi)
  • Artistic features: Multiple exposure, Panoramic shooting,Toy Camera, Miniature,
  • Selection of Bracketing functions (AE/ISO/Dynamic Range &Film Simulation)
  • Full HD Movie
  • Microphone/shutter release input (φ2.5mm)
  • Super Intelligent Flash

Fuji XE-2 Images

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The new Fuji XE-2 is now available for pre-order and should be shipping in November. You can pick up a new Body Only for just $1000 or you can get a kit for just $1,400, pretty good value there.

What are your thoughts on the new XE-2? Is it a worthy upgrade over the XE-1? Let us know your thoughts in a comment below.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Will

    The Overall camera works faster.

    Menu’s seem less clunky , AF is lightning quick additional function buttons and feels like a smarter more useful camera all round.

    The additional option for Pre Af is a huge advantage also if you use it correctly it could make or break getting that special moment.

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    • Thomas

      I’ll wait for the review that gives real numbers to the focusing. Good light my xe1 does fine, low light, not so much.

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  2. Mike

    “Vast Improvement” Really?! Same sensor, mediocre video, similar frame rate. Overstated. All they really did was fix the ills of the X-E1.

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    • TOM

      Mike, sounds to me like your opinion on the importance of your opinion is vastly overstated.

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  3. Kyle

    16.3 “million megapixels” is a lot!

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  4. HadleyHad

    I still don’t get the point of these. Why would anyone spend money on this when you can get a FF dSLR for a little bit more…smh

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    • Anthony T.

      Because DSLRs are bigger and heavier, and FF isn’t everything. Just like not everyone spends money on a huge work truck, some people prefer smaller vehicles.

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    • Jacob delaRosa

      +1 to what Anthony said. I use a D700 for my professional work, but when I want to shoot for fun, it takes a lot of thought and effort considering what I want to bring along. For instance, if I’m shooting Macro, I’ll take my 100mm Macro lens with the body and grip along with a flash and diffuser. It’s a good 15 lbs of gear and by the time I finish shooting (I typically spend 5-6 hours in the woods) my body really feels it. Or other times when I’m out and about with the family and I’m “that guy” who carries the camera store on his back. Stuff like this can really lighten the load so to speak, and in decent light, the smaller sensor is really trivial. FX is worth it, but APS-C isn’t half bad for what it is.

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    • Sébastien D’Amour

      I purchased a Fuji XE-1 for day to day pictures and for travel. Photography being my sole income source, I don’t want to travel with my FF and my fixed focal lengths lenses. I can now carry my Fuji with the stock zoom 18-55 f2.8-4 and a small 35mm f1.4 and cover pretty much 95% of images I like to do while traveling. I save a big load of weight and attention.

      Also, if you have never shot with a Fuji X camera you don’t realize the quality of the raw files.

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