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FujifilmX-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 67 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (53)
  • Great resolution (50)
  • Good in low light (45)
  • Easy to use (38)
  • Large clear LCD (38)

Cons

  • Short battery life (16)
  • Lag / shutter delay (6)

Best Uses

  • Travel (54)
  • Low light (40)
  • Family photos (36)
  • Weddings (22)
  • Macro photography (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (27), Semi-pro photographer (17), Pro photographer (14)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (56), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

WOW!

After 3 weeks of use:

I have been following the Fujifilm line of mirroless cameras since they launched the X-Pro1 ~3 years ago or so and been in the market for...Read complete review

After 3 weeks of use:

I have been following the Fujifilm line of mirroless cameras since they launched the X-Pro1 ~3 years ago or so and been in the market for something small and powerful.

As they've continued improving and building upon this line I've been more and more interested in it but nothing has really caught me as exactly what I was looking for mainly because I thought Fuji was going to announce an X-Pro 2 in January. When this didn't happen, I decided to start looking back on the other releases.

I had looked into the X-E1 before but wasn't completely sold on it in terms of speed, image quality, etc. That all changed when they released the X-E2 in November. I had read the reviews, seen the images, heard the critics. I knew this was the camera I wanted. Couple that with the 35mm f/1.4 and you have a amazing piece of gear that can go everywhere with you!

I shoot with a Canon 5D MkIII as well, so I had high expectations for this camera. An hour after I had it out of the box I took it to a concert at the Troubadour in Los Angeles for a fairly challenging test run. Low light, moving subjects, quickly changing light to test the auto-focus. All the things I needed to push this thing to its limits. Saying this camera exceeded my expectations would be a huge understatement! It performed extremely well and the image quality is impeccable. In terms of concert photography, I literally shot better photos then the person I knew who was there covering the show with a press pass and their full size unit. Honestly, at high ISO I believe the image quality was even better than my MkIII. The noise reduction technology on this latest sensor from Fuji is practically second to none. I love it!

I really like the positioning and ergonomics of the dials, settings. I have everything I need to shoot and adjust accordingly within seconds. Even the autofocus area selector is super quick to adjust.

Having the Drive controls to swith to burst is really quick too. And the burst is super snappy (again, great for concert/action photos).

Another great and well thought out placement feature is the AF and AE locks, very convenient and useful.

Also like the "master" full stop shutter dial on top but having the ability to do 1/3 stop adjustments (up to 2/3 up or down) with the shutter dial on the back is very nice.

I haven't had to costomize any of the Fn keys yet as I think the default settings are pretty logical.

The only place it doesn't stand a chance is in the auto-focus speed although it is still snappy. There's not many bodies out there than can hold a candle to the MkIII in that department.

Also worth mentioning is the fact that this camera is small (probably close to 1/3 the size of my MkIII) but it's not TOO SMALL or lightweight. It's still sturdy and weighty so you feel like you/re holding a quality camera and still makes it easy to keep steady.

Last but definitely not least. A feature I didn't think I was even going to use very much but now LOVE is the Wi-Fi to smart device app transfer. The first time I used it I had no idea what i was doing but had it up and working within 2 minutes while I was in the middle of the concert. Download the app on your iPhone and open it, select "wireless communication" from the menu (if you're in preview mode on the camera it defaults to this selection when you hit menu which is very quick and convenient), now push connect on the app and BOOM! You have two options "recieve" and "review". Recieve will allow you to control the transfers from the camera and review will allow you to do a batch selection and transfer controlled from the phone. Shoot a top quality photo at a concert, two seconds later you post said photo to Instagram. No more iPhone quality photos! Keep in mind to use this feature you need to shoot RAW+Jpeg as it won't work with just RAW.

With all the amazing things, there were a few cons that I'm not crazy about but they definitely are a small price to pay for everything else.

CONS:
1. When you choose to only use the EVF for shooting and turn off the LCD (to conserve battery life), EVERYTHING goes to EVF. I would think that when you review your images, it should always show in the LCD but it doesn't. This is weird and something that Fuji should fix. There were no options in the settings to change this.

2. Another "viewer" thing, is it doesn't show you the number of photos on your card when you're reviewing them. Just the actual numbers of the file. As oppose to if i was on my canon it would say somthing like 3/105 (viewing the 3rd photo of 105 total) or whatever. Small potatos but i did notice this.

3. Battery life is a little short but, the batteries are tiny and can easily fit in a memory card carrying case or just throw an extra in your back pocket. They charge really quick too.

That's my review of this amazing camera. It far exceeded anything I thought it would. It hasn't left my side since the day I got it. I also got the kit lens which is nice as well but I pretty much stick with the 35. I couldn't be more pleased with this purchase. I initially thought it would replace a couple uses that I don't like lugging my MkIII around for but to my surprise, this thing will be replacing the MkIII for many things across the board.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

wonderful IQ and fairly quick

most people do not use a rangefinder camera to shoot sports but with Fujifilm saying how fast the autofocus is I tried it out shooting some indoor amateur ice hockey and some rugby...Read complete review

most people do not use a rangefinder camera to shoot sports but with Fujifilm saying how fast the autofocus is I tried it out shooting some indoor amateur ice hockey and some rugby ...I had a bit of a problem shooting the hockey with the 55-200...I had to bump the ISO up to 6400 and while I have used the ISO 5000 in night street shooting with good results...I was not able to achieve that with the hockey images...they came out too grainy. On the other hand I also used the Zeis 32 1.8 to shoot the hockey and got some nice results...I had the lens on 2.8 the whole time and Iwas able to get quite a few keepers...as for the rugby...it was a cloudy day and I shot ISO 1600 shutter speed 1/1600 and the 55-200 did remarkably well...lots of keepers.occasionally it hunted but most of the time it locked focus quickly...the technique I used I learned from a SI photographer...focus...a burst of 3 frames...refocus and repeat...this method works very well for this camera in my experience...and the image quality is spectacular...I have a Nikon d300 and the X-E2 blows the Nikon images out of the water...heck my Olympus E-PM2 does the same to the Nikon d300...the one thing I wish the fuji had is a silent shutter like my Nikon 1 V1 ...I tried a little street photography with the X-E2 and while the shutter is not super loud it is loud enough to draw attention...even in places that have some street noise...technology has come a long way...I would consider a sony a7 but that shutter is way toooo loud for me and my style...if you do not need a quiet shutter I would suggest for just a little bit more get the a7...one more thing...the 55-200 lens is very big for a mirrorless camera...and heavy...with the Zeiss 32 1.8 it is very light. So overall it is a nice camera...but the issues I have with it will make me look for something else...if only the GX7 had the same image quality

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5.0

Film quality to a DSLR

By Anna

from Anna, Toronto Ontario

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Resolution
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Travel

Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Silver):

I have a professional DSLR but find it hard to travel with all my gear on vacation so I was looking for that perfect travel camera that still gives me the option to use my lenses if I felt like it and to be small enough so that I can hang it on my shoulder all day long.
One of the best and most fun option that found about it is the option to have a double exposure and see the result right away.
Another option is the film simulation look option that I thought was very close to the actual film.

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5.0

Great Camera!!

By FilmFirst

from Nashville, TN

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Battery Life
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Resolution
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Travel

    Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Silver):

    I took it out to Ireland to do a study of the people there. The images are clean and extremely sharp. The one thing that I had a problem with was when holding the camera sometimes I would hit the marco button. It was more my fault than the camera's. Overall, Great great camera! very glad I bought it.

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    4.0

    Great street photography camera

    By Matt K

    from New York, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

    Bought this camera to replace my DSLR because I got tired of lugging it around all the time. What a great decision! This thing is small, light and has fantastic image quality.

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    5.0

    A street photographer's must-have.

    By CS

    from NYC

    Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

    Brilliant Fujicolor combined with brilliant lenses. Quick, compact. It will quickly be your best friend and every day go-to choice for solid photographs. Easy to use, easy to carry, I love this camera. And B&H Camera makes the experience even better.

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    4.0

    great feel!

    By MatthewWF

    from New Yorrk, NY

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great Resolution
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

      I spent maybe an hour in B&H talking to a few different specialists(and photographer customers) before deciding on this camera. I love the camera- it feels great in your hands and, as someone who used to love shooting film, has a view finder which gives me that nostalgic feeling. The camera is light enough to carry around and has a lot less bulk than the standard DSLRs that everyone seems to have these days. There are way more features than most people will ever use but at least the screens appeared easier to navigate than the X100s. I had gone back and forth between the XE-2 and X100S for about 2 days, but finally decided that I really needed the option to zoom in when i take photos. Note: i am not a professional photographer. I did take a few classes in college and always had an interest in photo as an art. I mainly shoot when I travel and I tend to love photographing architecture, color, and faces. One Con so far after a month: I am having trouble shooting at a high enough speed to capture things from moving vehicles. I may just need to learn the camera better.

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      5.0

      EXCELLENT Camera!

      By The Documentorian

      from Orlando, FL

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Silver):

        The only problem I have with this rig is getting my head around the fact that it produces better quality pictures than my Nikon D7000 or D7100. I know that's somewhat of an opinion. But the fact remains that the images are sharper around the edges (when zoomed in on the screen), colors are more naturally vibrant even when set to standard setting let alone velvia options. All that being said, the camera operates differential then any Nikon or Canon I've owned in my 56 years of life. But to me, it's just a learning curve - just like when I switched from Canon to Nikon about 15 years ago. Additional note - I oddly enough find myself using the LCD screen (rear of camera) more than I ever would've guessed. I was so used to an eye piece in SLR's and DSLR's that I 'd planned on utilizing the eye piece on this cam. But for slightly less imperative shooting, this LCD comes in handy and is pretty darn true to life or at least true to what you'd see in the eye piece. If you're even thinking about trying this camera out, DO IT! I did it with the back burner thinking that B & H has such a great return policy if I ever needed, I could send it back. But not only am I keeping this, I'm ordering up a second one with additional lenses and a few other accessories as well. I think I now concur that mirrorless cameras just MIGHT be the way of the future. I dunno - we'll see :).

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        4.0

        FujiFilm X-E2 Mirrorless System Camera

        By Harley4

        from Houston, TX

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel

        Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

        Bought this camera for it's sensor size and compact, lightweight design. Having been an owner of a couple of Fuji Pro S series cameras, as well as other Fuji Professional imaging equipment, I have always found their products to be very well designed and constructed with some of the best materials. This camera is no different. Materials, workmanship and electronics are top-notch, the EVF has very little lag as does the shutter release response time. The EVF is also very bright, with plenty of useful information. IS works especially well given the size and weight of the camera and lens. Images are crisp, sharp, and color is nothing short of stunning. Bought an adapter and use my Nikon G series lenses on the camera, and they work very well. Only down sides, the SD card cage is poorly located and a bit of a pain to insert or remove the card and the AF-L/ AE-L buttons get in the way, so the thumb grip helps as well as the soft shutter release. If not for this, I would have given the camera a 5 star rating. B&H came through on delivery and accessories. An exceptional value.

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        5.0

        Exceeded My Expectations

        By Chris

        from Rockville, MD

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Good in Low Light
        • Great colors
        • Outstanding Kit Lens
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Carry-everywhere Camera
          • Travel

          Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

          I held off for quite a while before taking the plunge into the mirrorless market. But I wanted a light, carry-everywhere camera to complement my Nikon D800E—something more capable if less portable than a pocketable point-and-shoot—and it appeared from the reviews that the X E2 was a good fit for my purposes.

          It was the right choice. While the X-E2's low light performance and resolution are obviously no match for the D800E's, it competes well in several other respects. I'm delighted with the X-E2's colors and general image crispness: subjects in most lighting situations look adquately punchy without much enhancement in post-processing. Adobe Lightroom handles the FujiFilm raw files well, although I find I often get a somewhat better initial conversion if I use Iridient Developer for the demosaicing before turning over the rest of the processing to Lightroom. (I've never bothered to install the bundled Fujifilm software.

          Some notes on specific attributes:

          COLOR: As noted above, I'm really pleased with the out-of-the-box colors of the X-E2. I don't know whether to ascribe that to Fuji's unorthodox sensor, some attribute of the firmware, or the quality of the kit lens (the only lens I've used to date)—probably all three. (I've attached a sample image of some flowers—and, yes, the colors really were that saturated in the subject.) I work with raw files and haven't used the in-camera JPEG processing sufficiently to have formed an opinion, although several published reviewers seem delighted with it.

          NOISE: Not bad, although it's certainly noticeable at or above ISO 800 when the image is viewed at 1:1. I've shot at ISO 3200 and been satisfied with the results, but that involves accepting some noise. Lightroom's noise-reduction algorithms, which are remarkably effective on the D800E's raw files, don't seem able to work the same magic on those of the X-E2.

          RESOLUTION: The nominal 16 Mpx resolution is a good match for the APS-C sensor size. There is no anti-aliasing filter, which contributes to the general sense of sharpness in the X-E2's images. I have not experienced any problems with moiré.

          HANDLING: It's a small camera and, while the manual controls seem logically placed, I find myself fussing with them more often than I'd like. Every now and then the camera gets into a funny state for a reason I can't account for but which I attribute to my fat-fingered fumbling. Presumably my technique will improve with practice. The built-in grip is somewhat skimpy, although arguably consistent with the X-E2's diminuitive form-factor. The camera feels almost weightless when suspended from a good third-party shoulder strap.

          LENS: The bundled 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 zoom is fast for a kit lens, and commendably sharp at all apertures. I see little vignetting in my sample at the wide end. The quality of the bokeh is superb, and at 55mm the lens works well for portraits as long as there is there is adequate separation between the subject and the background. Unfortunately, there are no aperture markings on the lens barrel, so if you mostly shoot in aperture priority you need to use the viewfinder or the LCD monitor to change the setting. The image stabilization seems to work well; I haven't seen much motion blur even though I don't have a particularly steady hand.

          AUTOFOCUS: The X-E2's autofocus may not be as fast as that of the current generation of DSLRs, but I've found it to be sufficiently responsive that I haven't missed many shots because it was hunting. Because the kit lens is optically so good, I often shoot wide open, and I've found the combination of phase-detect and contrast-detect focus technology to be quite precise. (In moderately-lit environments, it's apparently not possible to determine which focus mechanism will be engaged.)

          VIEWFINDER AND REAR LCD: The electronic viewfinder is a bit dim when working outdoors. The eyepiece is comfortable for eyeglass-wearers, but I usually find it necessary to remove my sunglasses to get a bright enough image. It's irritating that there is no way to use the rear LCD solely as a playback device: i.e., for it to remain dark when shooting without also disabling it for chimping; this would be a good target for a future firmware patch.

          FIRMWARE: Speaking of firmware, I'm encouraged that Fuji has been reasonably aggressive in updating the firmware in its X-series cameras—not only to fix bugs but to introduce new functionality. Hopefully that will continue.

          The X-E2 provided me with precisely the combination of portability and image quality I was looking for, and has substantially exceeded my expectations in one very important respect: I find I'm carrying it in situations where in the past I wouldn't have bothered even to drop a point-and-shoot into my pocket, much less lug a DSLR around with me.

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          5.0

          Easy, easy, easy

          By Carol

          from Illinois

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Battery Life
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

            I bought the X-E2 as a way back to photography. I haven't used a "real" camera in a long time, so I was nervous. So nervous I read the user's manual twice (!) before using the camera. I didn't need to be nervous after all--using this camera is natural and comfortable. It's user-friendly, and everything is logical. I need versatility because I take outdoor shots but also want the ease of taking shots of my energetic and lightning-quick grandchildren. It has the versatility I need and I can control as much or as little as I wish. It's lightweight but incredibly sturdy. I'm more than satisfied. I'm now lusting after lenses...

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            3.0

            Very disaapoint

            By XYZPixel

            from Melbourne, FL

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Resolution
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Bad quality

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel

            Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

            The camera is good but there is a dent on the rear glass of 18-55 kit lens!!I contacted FujiUSA and they don't care about this (because they ask customers to contact them first, but obviously its just a JOKE), TERRIBLE!!Bad quality control!!

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            5.0

            Fantastic Camera

            By JeffP

            from Miami,Fl

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Battery Life
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Resolution
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

              I was debating to purchase the XE1 or XE2. Biggest differences are WiFi,Better AF,Better EVF and larger/sharper LCD, Better low light performance,Better video,More customizable,Easier and more accurate manual focus, 3 different colors for focus peaking plus more. I think the few hundred dollar difference is easily worth all these improvements. The 18-55mm is an excellent mid range zoom lens. Build quality is top notch. Zoom, focus and aperture rings are all well dampened and accurate. I also shoot Nikon D7100 and the files from the XE2 are just as good in most cases and other times they are better than the D7100. The X Trans sensor is the key to the brilliance of the XE2. White balance and metered exposure are excellent.Almost every picture is perfectly exposed. Sometimes the WB is off depending on the lights but overall I can't complain.You can shoot at ISO 3200 all day if need be.Almost no noise and lots of detail.Built in flash is excellent. Also perfect exposures every time. The flash can also be used to trigger speedlights like Nikon SB900. Best thing about the Fuji system is how easy it is to customize the camera and it begs you to be more creative.If you want a camera to give you that extra X factor this is the camera for you.One final note, The XE2 is incredible for shooting Black & White. Super clean and so many ways to get the style you visualize.

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              5.0

              Absolutely Stunning Images with X-E2

              By SKHDS

              from San Diego, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Macro Photography
                • Travel

                Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Silver):

                Bought this camera kit for my trip to Japan. Learning curve was not too steep even though this is my first mirrorless camera. Have used Nikon dSLR for over 15 years and this X-E2 is the first new camera in 5 years. I can say that the images produced by this camera through the X-Trans CMOS II and EXR processor II are just absolutely crisp, contrasty and sharp. The camera itself is light and the accompanying lens is just the right weight also. Videos shot in HD at 60 fps were also great and images were sharp. The only downside in this camera is focusing on moving objects - it's just not as fast as dSLRs, so I had a few blurred images. If you're shooting landscape or portrait primarily, then this camera can be your best tool to capture those images with just stunning results. I shot totally in the Velvia film mode during my trip and the pictures just turned out great. It's a little pricey for a midlevel mirrorless camera, but I don't regret getting this. Fujifilm lenses are well-made, have a nice feel when you hold them, and made of metal with superb lens coating. The camera itself is a very cool retro-looking camera - just about everyone I met thought I was using an old film camera. I previously ordered the X-M1 for about half the price of the X-E2, but the lack of a viewfinder in X-M1 made me switch to the X-E2. The viewfinder is to me an absolute must if you're shooting in bright sunlight - the image on the LCD screen is just washed out even after setting the contrast to a higher setting. Overall, I'm very impressed with this camera and the 18-55 XF lens that came with it. I'll be getting an ultra wide angle lens in the near future to capture even more stunning landscape images.

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                5.0

                Back to photographic basics.

                By Bachphoto

                from Racine WI

                Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Silver):

                Most fun than I've had since going digital, absolutely brings the photographer back into the photographic experience.

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                5.0

                It Just Keeps Growing On Me!

                By Miataman

                from Minnetonka, MN

                About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Film Simulations
                • Great Resolution
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Quiet And Inconspicuous
                • Quiet Operation
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Poor instruction manual
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Street Photography
                • Travel

                Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                As a long-term user of Canon DSLRs (10D, 30D, 40D 7D, 6D), I was looking for a better solution to two specific needs. The first is a smaller and less intrusive camera for street photography, and second a smaller, lighter camera for travel and walk-around use, those times where photography wasn't the sole goal of the moment. I'm happy to say that Fujifilm's x-E2 really fills this need, and it does so without shortchanging quality. After nearly four weeks of using the x-E2, I'm growing even more confident that my decision to purchase this camera was correct. The 18-55mm Fujinon zoom lens is well built with smooth turning zoom, aperature and manual focusing, very good stabilization, though no doubt I will be adding some aditional Fuji glass. It does take some time to learn Fuji's operating conventions (how the controls operate), and it is fair to say that Fuji could do a better job with their instruction manual and that, I feel, would lower the frustration I experienced while trying to master the camera's operational quirks. It helps to be persistant as the payoff is worth it. Do purchase an extra battery. Absolutely love the Fuji film simulation for Velvia, Provia, and Astia and that I can modify the tone curve for black and white highlights and shadows before making the exposure!

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                5.0

                Just what I wanted

                By RWMJ

                from New Haven, CT

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Resolution
                • Great size
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Travel

                  Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                  I have a Nikon D7100 and D90 and wanted something smaller and lighter and less obtrusive. The XE2 body is very trim and light and though the well reviewed 18-55 mm lens protrudes a bit from the body the system is a great combination of lightweight quality and versatility. I plan to use it for travel and social/street photography.

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                  5.0

                  Better Value Than X-T1

                  By LoCo Bob

                  from Louisville, CO

                  About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Battery Life
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Lag / Shutter Delay

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                  This is in addition to a previous review I think I wrote. I now own 2 X-E2s, having sold my x-Pro 1. Recently, I rented the X-T1 to see what the fuss was about vs. this camera. To be honest, I didn't see it. Yes, the X-T1 has a bigger viewfinder and a tiltable screen. Neither are truly game changers - not for $ more, especially when you consider that the sensor and processing software is exactly the same. Yes, the X-T1 has additional dials on top, bht the X-E2 software does the same job as quickly. Saw no difference in output IQ, which is what really counts. The only feature I now wish this camera had was the ability to remove the card from the side, as in the X-T1. Still, for me, this camera is the better value.

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                  5.0

                  I miss my Contax G-2

                  By Chad

                  from Annapolis

                  About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Travel

                  Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Silver):

                  I bought this camera and a Metabones adapter ring to bring my Contax G-2 lenses into the digital world. Once on the camera it works well. The camera has focus magnification and two different focus assists. I still miss autofocus so I also bought the Fuji 18-55, 55-200,14 and 35.

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                  5.0

                  I'm lovin' it

                  By Hank

                  from Champaign, IL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Travel

                  Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Silver):

                  I switch from a DSLR (Canon 40D) to this mirror less. I've had it about 3 weeks and am loving it. After warming up with some family events I took the camera on a trip to Memphis and New Orleans. I'm loving the image quality, the handling of the camera, and that my back no longer hurts from hauling gear around all day.

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                  5.0

                  Amazing quality light & small

                  By Susra

                  from New york

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Lag / Shutter Delay

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                  I've used this camera for events & personal work. I love the quality at high res. So light it hardly feels like I worked for hours. So far I haven't had a problem I would like a fast zoom at some point.

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                  5.0

                  WOW!

                  By Travis

                  from Los Angeles

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Exceptional Image Quality
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Logical Controls Layout
                  • Much Improved Auto-focus
                  • Small / Compact
                  • Wi-fi

                  Cons

                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Concert Photography
                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                  After 3 weeks of use:

                  I have been following the Fujifilm line of mirroless cameras since they launched the X-Pro1 ~3 years ago or so and been in the market for something small and powerful.

                  As they've continued improving and building upon this line I've been more and more interested in it but nothing has really caught me as exactly what I was looking for mainly because I thought Fuji was going to announce an X-Pro 2 in January. When this didn't happen, I decided to start looking back on the other releases.

                  I had looked into the X-E1 before but wasn't completely sold on it in terms of speed, image quality, etc. That all changed when they released the X-E2 in November. I had read the reviews, seen the images, heard the critics. I knew this was the camera I wanted. Couple that with the 35mm f/1.4 and you have a amazing piece of gear that can go everywhere with you!

                  I shoot with a Canon 5D MkIII as well, so I had high expectations for this camera. An hour after I had it out of the box I took it to a concert at the Troubadour in Los Angeles for a fairly challenging test run. Low light, moving subjects, quickly changing light to test the auto-focus. All the things I needed to push this thing to its limits. Saying this camera exceeded my expectations would be a huge understatement! It performed extremely well and the image quality is impeccable. In terms of concert photography, I literally shot better photos then the person I knew who was there covering the show with a press pass and their full size unit. Honestly, at high ISO I believe the image quality was even better than my MkIII. The noise reduction technology on this latest sensor from Fuji is practically second to none. I love it!

                  I really like the positioning and ergonomics of the dials, settings. I have everything I need to shoot and adjust accordingly within seconds. Even the autofocus area selector is super quick to adjust.

                  Having the Drive controls to swith to burst is really quick too. And the burst is super snappy (again, great for concert/action photos).

                  Another great and well thought out placement feature is the AF and AE locks, very convenient and useful.

                  Also like the "master" full stop shutter dial on top but having the ability to do 1/3 stop adjustments (up to 2/3 up or down) with the shutter dial on the back is very nice.

                  I haven't had to costomize any of the Fn keys yet as I think the default settings are pretty logical.

                  The only place it doesn't stand a chance is in the auto-focus speed although it is still snappy. There's not many bodies out there than can hold a candle to the MkIII in that department.

                  Also worth mentioning is the fact that this camera is small (probably close to 1/3 the size of my MkIII) but it's not TOO SMALL or lightweight. It's still sturdy and weighty so you feel like you/re holding a quality camera and still makes it easy to keep steady.

                  Last but definitely not least. A feature I didn't think I was even going to use very much but now LOVE is the Wi-Fi to smart device app transfer. The first time I used it I had no idea what i was doing but had it up and working within 2 minutes while I was in the middle of the concert. Download the app on your iPhone and open it, select "wireless communication" from the menu (if you're in preview mode on the camera it defaults to this selection when you hit menu which is very quick and convenient), now push connect on the app and BOOM! You have two options "recieve" and "review". Recieve will allow you to control the transfers from the camera and review will allow you to do a batch selection and transfer controlled from the phone. Shoot a top quality photo at a concert, two seconds later you post said photo to Instagram. No more iPhone quality photos! Keep in mind to use this feature you need to shoot RAW+Jpeg as it won't work with just RAW.

                  With all the amazing things, there were a few cons that I'm not crazy about but they definitely are a small price to pay for everything else.

                  CONS:
                  1. When you choose to only use the EVF for shooting and turn off the LCD (to conserve battery life), EVERYTHING goes to EVF. I would think that when you review your images, it should always show in the LCD but it doesn't. This is weird and something that Fuji should fix. There were no options in the settings to change this.

                  2. Another "viewer" thing, is it doesn't show you the number of photos on your card when you're reviewing them. Just the actual numbers of the file. As oppose to if i was on my canon it would say somthing like 3/105 (viewing the 3rd photo of 105 total) or whatever. Small potatos but i did notice this.

                  3. Battery life is a little short but, the batteries are tiny and can easily fit in a memory card carrying case or just throw an extra in your back pocket. They charge really quick too.

                  That's my review of this amazing camera. It far exceeded anything I thought it would. It hasn't left my side since the day I got it. I also got the kit lens which is nice as well but I pretty much stick with the 35. I couldn't be more pleased with this purchase. I initially thought it would replace a couple uses that I don't like lugging my MkIII around for but to my surprise, this thing will be replacing the MkIII for many things across the board.

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