The Fujifilm X-E2S is essentially a Fujifilm X-E2 with firmware updates and some very minor tweaks. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad camera, or that people shouldn’t consider it. Over the course of doing a thorough review (one that focused on its use and its appeal to different users, given how well-known the camera’s performance is), I came away with some observations – some of which you’d miss if you were just skimming the review, or reading through the key specifications. So in case you missed it, let’s take a quick look back at some of our findings with the Fujifilm X-E2S…..
The Fujifilm X-E2S is a compact system camera that offers a few improvements when compared to its predecessor, the X-E2. These include new Zone and Wide/Tracking auto-focusing options, an Auto Mode button which activates the fully automatic Advanced SR Auto mode, an improved handgrip, the addition of an electronic shutter, and a more intuitive graphical user interface. At the heart of the X-E2S is a 16.3 megapixel APS-C sized X-Trans CMOS II sensor, which has a colour filter array that mimics film grain and no optical low-pass filter for higher resolution images, and a Lens Modulation Optimiser which automatically corrects diffraction blur. The X-E2S also has a 2.36-million-dot electronic viewfinder, 3-inch LCD screen with 1.04 million dots, EXR Processor II, hybrid auto-focus system with fast AF speeds of 0.06 second, 7fps burst shooting, a built-in flash, wi-fi connectivity ……
Years ago, Fujifilm released the X-E2. This year, they announced and released the X-E2s–which is essentially just a couple of changes and updates that have been incorporated into previous cameras. It hosts a 16MP APS-C sensor, autofocus performance boosts from its predecessor, and the new menu style that Fujifilm embraces. But in many ways, this is a camera that should have come out a while ago……
If you came time to time to visit this blog you may have already notice my passion to photography which in fact is the essence of the message behind those illucubrations of mine. We see thinks, subjects, moods that we want to freeze in time and in mind and represent them after.Yes photography is a visual interpretation of our personal realities. Everybody can add to this fantastic mosaic of flashes of life. And between you and your subject there is the „tool“. For the painter it is the canvas, the colours and the brush. In photography it is the camera i.e. the device which we use to register our pictures. It can be simple like the original stenope or very complex like our actual digital cameras. For many a creative tool should be inspiring, should be the extension of our mind and soul that will allow us to express our originality of reframing, recompose and reorganize our representation of the living……
Amid all the deserved hype around the launch of the Fujifilm X-Pro2 it was easy to miss the upgrade to the Fuji X-E2, in the form of the X-E2S. In truth this is really an evolution rather than a revolution but, true to form, Fuji have integrated some very welcome features into this incarnation. Before I run through these it might be worth explaining Fujifilm’s strategy around their, interchangeable lens, CSC (compact system camera) line up. Fujifilm’s launch into the CSC market came with the introduction of the X-Pro1 4 years ago. This model was styled around the retro rangefinder type cameras. It was an instant success due to the beautiful design and stunning image quality. The X-E1 and X-E2 followed in the same vein but in a smaller form factor. Whilst there are benefits of using a rangefinder for certain types of shooting, especially street, there are many photographers who prefer the typical DSLR style body with a central viewfinder. Enter the Fujifilm X-T1 and subsequently X-T10…….
The Fujifilm X-E2s is a slight update to the X-E2, which in turn was an update to the X-E1. The X-E2s features a new AF system, along with a number of other refinements. Here we’ll have a look at the X-E2s and see how it compares to the previous version and other cameras in the Fujifilm X series. The Fujifilm X series of cameras has always relied on traditional manual controls for aperture and shutter, with neatly designed metal dials, and the X-E2s is no different, with a shutter speed dial on top and an exposure compensation dial next to this. The cameras have always had an „A“ / Auto position on these dials, but for some users, the cameras may have felt too complicated, as Fujifilm has introduced a new „Full Automatic“ mode, with a dedicated „Auto“ button available. This overrides any manual settings and makes the X-E2s a point and shoot camera, so that anyone who can press a shutter release button should be able to take photos easily. It even overrides the focus switch at the front of the camera, which will be useful for those that end up leaving the camera in manual focus and wondering why the camera won’t autofocus anymore……..
Following the success of the then-flagship X-Pro1, Fuji introduced the X-E1 and X-E2 models as similar, but more affordable, alternatives for the enthusiast user. Now, along with the arrival of the X-Pro2 and X-70 compact, the company has also refreshed its X-E line with the X-E2S. The X-E2S sits roughly in the middle of Fuji’s X-series line-up, more advanced than the budget X-A2 and, to some extent, the similarly specified X-T10, but less so than the X-Pro2 and X-T1. As such, it’s likely to appeal to those upgrading from junior models or seeking a backup for a more advanced camera. Its chief rivals from other manufacturers include the Olympus OM-D E-M10 II and the Panasonic Lumix GX8. As the ‚S‘ suffix suggests, the camera is not as significant a step forward from the X-E2 as the X-E2 was from the X-E1, but a number of changes have nevertheless been made. These include a revised autofocus (AF) system, with 77 points (up from 49) and new Zone and Wide/Tracking modes, while focusing speeds are said to have been improved, now as fast as 0.06sec (a 0.02sec improvement over the X-E2)……….
By upgrading your Fujifilm X-E2 with firmware 4, you are giving up the camera that you knew: Your X-E2 will turn into an X-T10—only with a rangefinder design. However, on the inside, both the X-E2v4 and the new X-E2S offer (almost) the same features, the same menu options and the same graphical user interface as the X-T10. Okay, so your X-E2 is now a rangefinder-style version of the X-T10. Great! But what exactly are the differences between an X-E2 running firmware 4 and the new X-E2S? There seems to be some confusion, so let’s straighten it out. On the outside, the differences are minimal. The X-E2S offers an “improved” hand grip, but to be honest, I can’t feel much of a difference. However, pressing the four selector buttons on the back of the X-E2S does feel better, so this may be another small improvement over the classic X-E2……..
Ok so first off here’s a link to the firmware this post will be about: X-E2 FIRMWARE 4.0. So I’m going to go into a bit of a Fuji firmware review and do a bit of testing and share my thoughts on what Fuji has given us, hope you enjoy and feel free to comment and share below.
If you are having trouble with the new firmware make sure there aren’t any old versions in your downloads folder and that the name and file size matches that on Fuji’s website.
Here’s what I wanted:
- Autofocus brought inline with X-T1 speeds, especially continuous focus
- Electronic shutter option, I won’t be using this a lot but it would be a great built in feature to have…..
The resolution, in broad terms, represents a unit of measure of the hypothetical information that a photographic instrument is capable of acquiring. Indeed, hypothetical and in broad terms because it says nothing regarding the quality, the modality and the options of the acquired information. As I love to say, again and again, there are certain photographic requirements that even 1000MP would probably not suffice. But generally speaking, and for the vast majority of photographic genres, 10MP are enough to obtain a very high image quality level. This is why, when evaluating a photographic instrument, one must take into consideration all aspects and not just the resolution. The Fujifilm X-E2s inherits the main characteristics of the X-E2 and implements all the technology that has been developed in the last years. In the name X-E2s the “s” stands for “second”, that is, second edition. Therefore this is not a completely revolutionized model but rather has a whole series of improvements and implementations that make this modern “telemeter” an even higher performing camera…….