The first thing you notice about the Fuji X-E2 is just how light it is compared to both the Fuji X100S and the X-T1. It’s incredibly comfortable to hold, although as with most of the X-Series range it is lacking a little in terms of grip. The button layout is easy enough to navigate around, although again it differs to others in the X-Series, which can be an issue if you’re switching between bodies frequently.
In comparison to both the X100s and the X-T1 there are less AF points but they remain well spaced across the field of view. The AF system is one of the things we enjoy most about shooting with Fuji’s; it is really very simple to use. The whole system in fact has a really nice intuitive ‘pick up and play’ feel to it; obviously to a novice those dials may appear kind of overwhelming at first but to anyone who can shoot a camera in manual mode this really is a bit of a dream to use.
Once again, we found the lowlight performance to be very good, as we’ve come to expect from the X-Series cameras. Having spent the day shooting with both this and the Fuji X-T1, we have to be honest, this one kind of stole the show a little bit. We were so impressed by the image quality, the handling and the overall performance, all tucked into this little camera body that it was tough to really find justifications to spend the extra money on the X-T1. There are obviously differences once you delve deeper into the spec of both cameras but ultimately in terms of real-world image quality there is very little to separate the two. Would we recommend this camera? Most definitely. Although, if your budget is tight we have a tip; the X-E2 is without doubt a brilliant camera, as was it’s predecessor the X-E1. If you can find a second hand X-E1 in good condition and can live without the built-in WiFi, we would definitely recommend buying that instead and investing the rest of your budget on better lenses. Whichever way you choose to go, you are sure to get a hell of a lot of camera for your money!
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