Last Updated on January 13, 2019
Fujifilm X-E2S Introduction Video
Fujifilm X-E2S Overview
The Fujifilm X-E2S camera is a budget-friendly alternative to Fuji’s flagship X-Pro 1, and a more advanced version of its predecessor in the X-E line series, the X-E2. Because it sits in the middle of the X series line-up, it is highly recommended for photographers looking for junior models, or a backup for a more advanced camera, a beginner trying their hand in photography, and an experienced individual on a tight budget.
It is almost similar to X-E2, but with the newest firmware installed. It also retails at a much lower price, while giving you a camera that seamlessly combines enthusiast-level and entry-level device. With a discounted rate compared with its predecessor, and tweaked features, you will get more value for your money, when you buy the Fujifilm X-E2S camera.
But don’t expect too much. The S in the name, means slight update and slight tweaks. Nonetheless, the number of refinements in this model makes it better than the old one.
Design & features
First, the similarities.
The Fujifilm X-E2S camera uses the same 16.3 MP X-Trans CMOS II sensor that was used in X-E2. The same is true with the X-series mount and the EXR Processor engine. The viewfinder remains the same with 2.36 million dots, and the rear 3-inch LCD screen with 1.04 million dots.
Then, the differences.
This device features an advanced rangefinder design and mirrorless interchangeable-lens. This will allow you to capture your subject in perfect detail, without losing the mood and atmosphere of a backdrop or scenery, thanks to the ‘Auto’ button that has been added on the back of the camera. When pressed, it activates the Scene Recognition mode, which has a similar effect when the auto lever found on top of the X-T10 is used.
The Fujifilm X-E2S camera also has a motion detection sensor, to a certain extent. When Auto ISO is used to capture stills, the device will attempt to automatically adjust its shutter speed when motion is detected in the scene. Yes, it’s a bit advanced, given its position in the Fujifilm’s X-series and price point.
The camera also comes with a new Zone and Wide/Tracking auto-focusing (AF) system that was added to the Single Point mode. This makes it easier to capture moving subjects and get high quality output, due to its fast and precise focusing.
It also helps that the shutter speed can go as high as 1/32,000sec, and is capable of ignoring the minimum speed when the camera detects a moving subject. This helps reduce motion blur quite impressively. The improved shutter speed also means an almost noise-free shutter operation.
The X-E2S camera also has a tweaked intuitive graphical user interface, improved hand grip, and an electronic shutter. The mechanical shutter still exists, only that it is joined by the electronic version. It also has an extended maximum ISO setting of 51,200, although it is only applicable to JPEG format.
While all buttons are customizable, the four-way controller at the rear of the camera now defaults to the AF point selection. If you want to maximize the camera’s performance, simply set it to the High Performance Power management setting, which will give the speed a good kick from behind.
When it comes to output, the combination of the X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II engine help ensure you won’t be disappointed with the images you capture. As a tried-and-tested imaging technology from Fuji, expect it to deliver high quality and very pleasing images.
Pros and cons
- Comes with built-in optical image stabilization
- Maximum apertures of F/2.8 at 18mm and F/4 at 55mm
- Attractive retro design
- Solid image quality
- Improved hand grip to support taking pictures of moving subjects
- Made with a better built Fuji kit lens
- Shot-to-shot times need Improvement
- Blackout sometimes happens between frames, causing a delay on the next shot
- Sometimes fail to power up when switched on immediately after being switched off
- Doesn’t have sensor-based image stabilization
Overall, the Fujifilm X-E2S camera is an excellent choice if you want an engaging photography experience minus the expensive cost. It is the ideal device for beginners, and one that an established photographer can use to test out Fujifilm’s capabilities.
But with Fuji set to release a firmware update for the X-E2, which is designed to improve electronic shutter and the focusing system, whatever slight differences it has with the X-E2S will be blurred even further. Perhaps the only difference that will remain is the fact that the X-E2 came out first, and is now considered an aging camera.
|Model Name||FUJIFILM X-E2S|
|Number of effective pixels||16.3 million pixels|
|Image sensor||23.6mm x 15.6mm (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS II with primary color filter
Total number of pixels: 16.7 million pixels
|Storage media||SD memory card / SDHC memory card / SDXC (UHS-I) memory card*1|
|Number of recorded pixels||L: (3:2) 4896 x 3264 / (16:9) 4896 x 2760 / (1:1) 3264 x 3264
M: (3:2) 3456 x 2304 / (16:9) 3456 x 1944 / (1:1) 2304 x 2304
S: (3:2) 2496 x 1664 / (16:9) 2496 x 1408 / (1:1) 1664 x 1664<Motion Panorama>
L: Vertical: 2160 x 9600 / Horizontal: 9600 x 1440
M: Vertical: 2160 x 6400 / Horizontal: 6400 x 1440
|Lens mount||FUJIFILM X mount|
|Sensitivity||AUTO1/AUTO2/AUTO3 (Control available up to ISO 6400)
Equivalent to ISO 200 – 6400 (Standard Output Sensitivity)
Extended output sensitivity : Equivalent ISO 100, 12800, 25600 and 51200
|Exposure control||TTL 256-zone metering, Multi / Spot / Average|
|Exposure mode||Programmed AE / Shutter Speed priority AE / Aperture priority AE / Manual exposure|
|Exposure compensation||-3.0EV – +3.0EV, 1/3EV step
(movie recording : -2.0EV – +2.0EV)
|Image Stabilizer||Supported with OIS type lenses|
|Shutter type||Focal Plane Shutter|
|Shutter speed||(Electronic Shutter mode) 1sec. to 1/32000sec. *3
(P mode) 4sec. to 1/4000sec.,
(All other modes) 30sec. to 1/4000sec.,
Time 30sec. to 1/4000sec.,
Synchronized shutter speed for flash : 1/180sec. or slower
|Continuous shooting||Approx. 7.0 fps (JPEG : max. approx. 18 frames)
Approx. 3.0 fps (JPEG : up to the capacity of the card)
|Auto bracketing||AE Bracketing (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV)
Film Simulation Bracketing (Any 3 types of film simulation selectable)
Dynamic Range Bracketing (100% · 200% · 400%)
ISO sensitivity Bracketing (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV)
White Balance Bracketing (±1, ±2, ±3)
|White balance||Automatic scene recognition
Custom / Color temperature selection (K)
Preset : Fine / Shade / Fluorescent light (Daylight) / Fluorescent light (Warm White) / Fluorescent light (Cool White) / Incandescent light / Underwater
|Self-timer||10 sec. / 2 sec. Delay|
|Interval timer shooting||Yes (Setting : Interval, Number of shots, Startinng time)|
|Flash||Manual pop-up flash (Super Intelligent Flash)
Guide number : approx. 5 (ISO100 · m) / approx. 7 (ISO200 · m)
|Flash modes||Activated when external flash is connected
|Hot shoe||Yes (Dedicated TTL Flash compatible)|
|Viewfinder||0.5-in., approx. 2.360K-dot OLED color viewfinder
Coverage of viewing area vs. capturing area : approx. 100%
Eye point : approx. 23mm (from the rear end of the camera’s eyepiece)
Diopter adjustment : -4m-1 to +2m-1
Magnification : 0.62x with 50mm lens (35mm format equivalent) at infinity and diopter set to – 1.0m-1
Diagonal angle of view : approx. 30° (Horizontal angle of view : approx. 25°)
Built-in eye sensor
|LCD monitor||3.0-inch, aspect ratio 3:2, approx. 1,040K-dot, color LCD monitor (approx. 100% coverage)|
|Movie recording||Full HD 1920 x 1080 60p / 50p / 30p / 25p / 24p, Continuous recording : up to approx. 14 min.
HD 1280 x 720 60p / 50p / 30p / 25p / 24p, Continuous recording : up to approx. 27 min.
|Photography functions||Advanced SR AUTO, Eye detection AF, Face Detection, Interval timer shooting, Auto Red-eye Removal, Select custom setting, Motion panorama, Color space, Setting (Color, Sharpness, D-range, Gradation), Film Simulation, Advanced Filter, Framing guideline, Frame No. memory, Histogram display, Preview depth of focus, Lens Modulatioon Optimizer, Pre-AF, Focus check, Focus Peak Highlight, Digital Split Image™ *4, Electronic level, Multiple exposure, Release priority / Focus priority selection, Fn button setting (RAW, Movie, etc.), ISO AUTO control, Instant AF setting (AF-S/AF-C), Interlock spot AE & Focus area, Selector button setting, AE-L/AF-L button setting, Edit/Save quick menu, Shutter Type|
|Film Simulation mode||11 type (PROVIA/STANDARD, Velvia/VIVID, ASTIA/SOFT, CLASSIC CHROME, PRO Neg Hi, PRO Neg. Std, MONOCHROME, MONOCHROME+Ye FILTER, MONOCHROME+R FILTER, MONOCHROME+G FILTER, SEPIA)|
|Dynamic range setting||AUTO, 100%, 200%, 400%|
|Advanced filter||Toy camera / Miniature / Pop color / High-key / Low-key / Dynamic tone / Soft focus / Partial color (Red / Orange / Yellow / Green / Blue / Purple)|
|Playback functions||RAW conversion, Image rotate, Auto image rotate, Face Detection, Red-eye reduction, Photobook assist, Erase selected frames, Image search, Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail), Slide show, Mark for upload, Protect, Crop, Resize, Panorama, Favorites|
|Wireless function||Geotagging, Wireless communication (Image transfer), View & Obtain Images, Remote camera shooting, PC Autosave, instax printer print|
|Other functions||PictBridge, Exif Print, 35 Languages, Date/Time, Time difference, Sound & Flash, High Performance, Preview exp. in Manual mode, EVF Brightness, LCD Brightness, Preview Pic. Effect, DISP. Custom Setting|
|Power supply||NP-W126 Li-ion battery (included)|
|Dimensions||129mm (W) x 74.9mm (H) x 37.2mm (D) / 5.08in. (W) x 2.95in. (H) x 1.47in. (D)
(Minimum Depth : 30.9mm / 1.22 in.)
|Weight||Approx. 350g / 12.3 oz. (including battery and memory card)
Approx. 300g / 10.6 oz. (excluding accessories, battery and memory card)
|Operating Temperature||0°C – 40°C (+32°F – +104°F)|
|Operating Humidity||10 – 80% (no condensation)|
|Battery life for still images*5||Approx. 350 frames (When XF35mmF1.4 R is set, LCD monitor on)|
|Battery life for movies*5||Consecutive movie recording : approx. 110 min. (Face detection is set to OFF)
|Starting up period||Approx. 0.5 sec., when High Performance mode set to ON
Approx. 1.0 sec., when High Performance mode set to OFF
|Accessories included||Li-ion battery NP-W126
Battery charger BC-W126
Metal strap clip
Clip attaching tool
- *1Please see the Fujifilm website (https://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/compatibility/card/x/) to check memory card compatibility.
- *2Exif 2.3 is a digital camera file format that contains a variety of shooting information for optimal printing.
- *3The Electronic Shutter may not be suitable for fast-moving objects. Flash can not be used.
- *4Digital Split Image is a trademark or a registered trademark of FUJIFILM Corporation.
- *5Approximate number of frames / period that can be taken with a fully-charged battery based on CIPA standard.
Memory Card Capacity and Image Quality / Size
All figures are approximate; file size varies with the scene recorded, producing wide variations in the number of files that can be stored.
|Modes||Still image (L)|
|Number of recorded pixels||4896 x 3264 (3:2)|
|Quality||JPEG FINE||JPEG NORMAL|
|SDHC memory card||8 GB||1210||1910|
|Modes||Still image (M)|
|Number of recorded pixels||3456 x 2304 (3:2)|
|Quality||JPEG FINE||JPEG NORMAL|
|SDHC memory card||8 GB||1910||3740|
|Modes||Still image (S)|
|Number of recorded pixels||2496 x 1664 (3:2)|
|Quality||JPEG FINE||JPEG NORMAL|
|SDHC memory card||8 GB||3570||6840|
|SDHC memory card||8 GB||230|
|Quality||FULL HD (1920 x 1080) 60p||HD (1280 x 720) 60p|
|SDHC memory card||8 GB||26 min.||51 min.|
|16 GB||54 min.||105 min.|
- *For recording movies, use a card with SD Speed Class with or higher.
- *Individual movies cannot exceed approx. 14 min. on Full HD mode, and approx. 27 min. on HD mode in length.
Unboxing the Fujifilm X-E2S
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