Fujifilm has updated their X series camera by introducing the new Fuji X-E2. This modest upgrade brings the camera inline with other Fuji X cameras as well as the competition. The new price for the Fuji X-E2 is $999 and is up for preorder now:
The new Fuji X-E2 has the same 16MP but upgrades the sensor to the X-Trans CMOS II just like the Fuji X100s (See our review). It also adds WIFI and brings movie shooting up to 1080P at 60fps. Unfortunately, it still looks like there is no manual mode in video (I will confirm when I get the camera) which was one of the things I did not like about the previous model and you are left with exposure compensation as the only means of exposure control. The Fuji X-E2 will now shoot at up to 7fps (from 3fps) thanks to the new processor and also upgrades the screen size to 3" at a higher resolution.
The Fuji X series is an amazing line of cameras. They have great build quality and perfect images even at High ISO. This image was taken on the Fuji X100s which has the identical sensor to the X-E2 and was taken at ISO 6400 RAW with almost no visible grain.
The APS-C sensor in these Fuji cameras truly perform more like a full frame sensor when it comes to low light performance. The problem for me with the Fuji X-E2 comes down to lens selection. While mirrorless cameras from Sony & Canon benefit from a vast array of available lenses, Fuji only has several and many are priced high. Also, most people do not currently own these lenses making it an expensive proposition to upgrade. One of the huge benefits to the Fuji X-E2 over DSLRs is the small size which is unfortunately almost negated by the large 18-55mm 2.8-4 OIS Kit lens and opting for a much smaller pancake lens such as the Fuji 27mm f2.8 carries a high $450 price tag.
If you are OK using the kit lens alone for the Fuji, already own Fuji lenses, or don't mind the high cost of acquiring new lenses, the Fuji X-E2 will be hard to beat. While we don't have one in our hands just yet, judging by the performance of the Fuji X100s which carries the same 16MP sensor, the Fujifilm E-X2 will be an amazing camera.
Take a look at our Fuji X100S review: