The X-E2S, a premium rangefinder-style mirrorless camera from Fujifilm, has a durable and compact body and features a Real-Time Viewfinder with magnification of 0.62X plus an electronic viewfinder with what the company says is the world’s short display lag time, 0.005 seconds. The X-E2S also gives users an enhanced autofocus system, an improved grip, an electronic shutter, and a new, easy-to-use graphical user interface design allowing faster access to essential settings.
[If you are the owner of an X-E2, you will no doubt be interested to know a firmware update, planned for early February, will give it the same software improvements as the new X-E2S. The firmware will include the updated autofocus system, improved performance and the new graphical user interface, along with several functional enhancements.]
Here are the camera’s key features: It sports a 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor; fast AF of up to 0.06 seconds, start-up time of 0.5 seconds, shutter time lag of 0.05 seconds, shooting interval of 0.5 seconds. There’s a scratch-resistant, high-definition 3-inch LCD display.
The new AF system offers the 49-point Single Point mode for fast, precise focusing, and a new Zone and Wide/Tracking modes with a 77-point area to capture moving subjects.
Maximum ISO performance is 51200.
The “completely silent” electronic shutter is capable of exposures up to 1/32,000 second.
The camera offers the latest Classic Chrome Film Simulation mode that delivers muted tones and deep colours.
Interval timer allows shooting time-lapse sequences of one second to 24 hours, up to 999 frames.
There are two command dials and seven customizable function buttons.
An Auto Mode Switch instantly changes to an advanced auto mode with optimized settings.
The X-E2S has a “super intelligent” pop-up flash.
The free Camera Remote application and Wireless Communication function allows users to remotely shoot images from smartphones and tablets via WiFi. Photos can be sent to the Instax Share Printer using a free app (iOS and Android).
Video is Full HD video 1080p at 60fps; bit rate of 36Mbps; frame rates of 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps and 24 fps.
The camera also includes advanced creative filters, and there’s an optional hand grip.
The Fujifilm X-E2S (body only) will be available in February for $899.99. The X-E2S kit (with Fujinon XF 18-55 mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens) will be available for $1,249.99.