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FujifilmX-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black, Body Only)
 
4.5

(based on 54 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (35)
  • Compact (33)
  • Great resolution (31)
  • Good in low light (29)
  • Large clear LCD (28)

Cons

  • Short battery life (18)
  • Lag / shutter delay (6)
  • Complicated controls (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (30)
  • Family photos (24)
  • Low light (24)
  • Weddings (21)
  • Macro photography (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (20), Semi-pro photographer (15), Pro photographer (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (43)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fantastic sensor...but no Leica

It is always a love / hate relationship shooting my Fujis. I have to fight them at every turn. The sensor on the Fuji X is superb. It is a 5 star+...Read complete review

It is always a love / hate relationship shooting my Fujis. I have to fight them at every turn. The sensor on the Fuji X is superb. It is a 5 star+ sensor. It is very close to the Leica M240 sensor in IQ. I own 6 Fujis and 4 Leicas and I use both systems extensively. With color rendition the Fuji X may be a little superior to Leica. But that is where the benefits end for the Fuji other than the light weight and price. The BIG benefit the Leica offers over the Fuji is simplicity and full manual controls.OK, Fuji has a big jump on price over Leica. I use Fuji as disposable cameras. I can't afford to do that with my Leicas. And some people prefer the tank like weight of the Leica over the empty shell feeling of the Fuji. Sometimes I am very happy for the light weight Fuji and other days I appreciate the solid feeling Leica. So both extremes have their benefits.The problem with the Fuji is the screwy designs that make it hell to shoot in fast or tough lighting situations. The 'focus by wire' is one of the worst inventions a camera company ever came up with. Fuji's AF performance is very poor. They have improved this somewhat. But in tough lighting situations it still fails to lock over numerous tries and the shot is gone. You landscape and snapshots shooters wont mind these problems. But serious street and doc photogs will not enjoy dealing with these issues. The only way I am able to bring home the photos is to shoot my Fuji like a Leica…with minimal settings and manually. But when I do that the Fuji flash wont fire. I've lost a few shots that way. When the camera is in 'stealth mode' the flash wont work. Another genius design by Fuji. The trend for Fuji is to dumb down their lenses removing aperture settings and focus scales. Just terrible. The Fuji lenses generally speaking have excellent to outstanding IQ. The problem with their lenses is the lack of manual control, focus by wire that is next to useless and the controls are so loose I need to use gaffers tape to keep them on target. I was discussing the lack of distance scale on Fuji's lenses with a Fuji fan boy. He mentioned that one could zone focus the new school Fuji lenses with no distance markings by using the viewing screen or EVF to see the electronic focus scale. Many times you cannot raise the camera to your eye to see the distance scale. You will be noticed or there is no time to fudge around. I could tell by his remarks he was no street shooter. Anyone that suggested this technique over a traditional focus scale on the lens knows very little about street / fast shooting.Let me contrast how zone focus can be done on the well thought out Leica. If you have ever handled Leica or Zeiss lenses you will notice they have a protrusion to grip when focusing. The finger grip can be used to zone focus the lens without even looking at the camera. If you know where a '3 o'clock' setting equals in feet, you can set the lens focus as low key as one could hope for. Contrast this to the fan boy that ahs to put the camera up to his face to set focus.This stealthy focusing benefit can only be appreciated by hard core street and documentary photographers. Everyone else that can take their time shooting wont need this option. But it is an important focusing tool to have available if one needs it. If we look at the rangefinder focusing method it is not that fast of a focus system. A DSLR manual focus is better. The Fuji AF, on a good day, is much faster than the rangefinder for focusing. The benefit of the rangefinder focusing system is; it is a more positive focus method when we compare it to the Fuji AF that is refusing to set focus. No one is claiming that a rangefinder will out focus the Fuji X when it comes to speed. The benefit of the rangefinder focus system is that of zone focusing ease and no shutter lag. The aperture is already set, focus is set and you can fire at will with no lag. With the Fuji X, one must work around these lag areas. You cannot relax when shooting a Fuji, you have to battle the AF as well as the lag. The only way I get the shots I do with the Fuji is to shoot the Fuji like a Leica and not like a Fuji. There are very few things lacking in the digital arsenal available to photographers nowadays. The top of the list in 'needs' is an affordable digital alternative to the Leica. (Another vacuum in the needs would be an affordable 6mp FF digital back for the Hasselblad. Lets say in the $[$]range.) Leicas used to be a very reliable workhorse for pros worldwide. But Leica has become a greedy, bloated shell of what it used to be. ($200 battery, $50 shoulder strap, $30 plastic body cap...) A reliable, affordable Japanese Leica knockoff would be most welcome.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Fuji X-E2

This is a mild upgrade to X-E1, it has the same excellent image quality but it is not mature enough to replace a DSLR for a wroking pro. The cons are image quality,...Read complete review

This is a mild upgrade to X-E1, it has the same excellent image quality but it is not mature enough to replace a DSLR for a wroking pro. The cons are image quality, low noise in both RAW and JPEG, sharp, high quality lenses and manual controls.
It dissapoints when it comes to AF peroformance, AF tracking is basically a joke and not even close to low end DSLR. Servo is untsable with some lenses such as 35mm f/1.4 and keeps hunting.
shutter lag makes taking shots in a hurry very difficult and shot to shot lag prohibits immidiate repeats. overal it has no use for even slow moving subjects or dynamic scenes.

The finder is choppy at times, when it is first turned on or when camera wakes up, it is really annoying. sometimes the refresh rate is nice and smooth but not always.

WiFi function is a joke, it's clunky and useless.

This is not a primary camera if your photography extends beyond stationry subjects.

needs at least 3 batteries to last a day of shoot

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4.0

Una buena Compra, para recomendar

By Amisrachi

from Bogota, Colombia

Verified Buyer

Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver, Body Only):

Estaba buscando una camara mirrorless, y quede muy satisfecho con le Fuji X-E2. Era la ultima y con un precio muy interesante. Me di el gusto de compra 2 lentes finos. Son un fan de ByH, sobretodo cuando estoy en Nueva York. Hay un ambiente muy agadable y muy buenos consejeros

 
4.0

Excellent Camera With A Firmware Update Issue

By Ricardo

from New York City

Verified Buyer

Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver, Body Only):

Big improvement over the X-E1 but be careful updating the firmware directly from 1.0 to 4.01.

I'm one of those who did that update and the camera lost the ability to download files using the USB port. Seems that this is NOT an isolated event as several forums have posts about this. Had I read them before doing a direct update, I would have done an interim update first. Fuji's website does NOT warn of this issue so be careful.
Other than that, the updated firmware is great. AF, in particular, is much improved and the having additional programmable function buttons really helps.

 
5.0

Love this Camera

By PhotoM

from Jersey City, NJ

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Travel

    Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

    I had the camera about a week so far and have shot in a variety of situations with it. While I considered a Canon DSLR at first, I decided on the Fuji X-E2 because of its smaller size, lenses are smaller than Canon lenses too, which when you add it up makes the camera easier to travel on a casual basis. I especially like the manual adjustments for shutter speed, lens focus on the camera body. Then there is image quality. This camera sees things very much the way my eye sees them and that is a quality I really love in a camera. I find grading the Raw images is easy and the results i am getting remind me more of a Leica kind of look more than anything else I have seen.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera

    By BuddhaDog

    from NEW YORK CITY

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

    Great little camera!!! I also have the X-T1 which I use Fuji lenses with.
    But the X-E2 I use it with my Leica and zeiss lenses! The camera is small and light! If I use the 27mm pan cake lens I can put the camera in my coat pocket.
    By the way, You do need second battery! I have three!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great camera

    By sjacobs

    from Miami, FL

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Battery Life
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Images At High Iso
    • Great Resolution
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Level In Viewfinder
    • Remote With A Smartphone
    • Sharp And Crisp Images
    • Small / Compact
    • Wide Selection Of Lenses

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

      I have had this camera for about 1 1/2 years, and love it. The images are great, and the firmware updates make it even more useful. You can update the firmware yourself by downloading it from the fujifilm website.

      The images are really sharp and crisp because of the X-Trans sensor. The resolution is fantastic and you get great dynamic range depth from the raw images.

      You can remote control the camera via the built-in WIFI and a smartphone. The camera's image appears on the smartphone, and you can control various camera funtions. Great for long time exposures where you absolutely DON'T want to even breathe on the camera.

      You have to be careful about the exposure compensation dial. It is easy to turn if you aren't careful.

      This is my second body. The original one went to Fuji for cleaning.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sharpness pure and simple!

      By Greylegs

      from Ottawa

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Resolution
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Lag / Shutter Delay
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Macro Photography
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

      I never thought I would say this but in some cases it out performs my D7100. That is saying a lot, it is lighter and perfectly suited for street work. Sharpness trough out even at over 200% crop.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Camera Review

      By themmshow

      from New York, NY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Slow focus

        Best Uses

          Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver, Body Only):

          2 words, slow focusing. Can't say it any better than that and I was shooting during the day with natural daylight and the 56mm fuji lens. I can't say enough about fuji lenses but this system's focusing was like pulling teeth with no Novocaine.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Nice Camera

          By M Evans

          from SLC, UT

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Great Resolution
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Complicated Controls
          • No Tilt Screen
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver, Body Only):

          It is a very nice camera but I wish I had spent the extra money and got the X-T1 plus right after I got this camera the X-T10 came out.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Incredible Technology

          By NJTX

          from Dallas, TX

          About Me Pro Photographer

          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
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel

            Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

            This camera should set the standard for digital cameras in the future

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Reminds me of my old Leica

            By David in NJ

            from New Jersey

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Resolution
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel

              Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

              I bought this camera because carrying my Nikon and lenses around got to be literally a pain in the neck. I also wanted to simplify. This X-E2 and the 35mm f/1.4 lens have been perfect. I've been able to enlarge my photos to 16X20, so I'd say the resolution of both the sensor and lens are more than adequate. When I hear the shutter click, it so reminds me of my old Leica IIIf, and the feel is nearly the same as that, but the view through the electronic viewfinder is obviously much better. The high ISO performance is really good. I use auto ISO with a top setting of 6400. I am now able to carry my camera with me nearly everywhere, and it has operated flawlessly. This camera has rejuvenated my photography.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              excellent camera

              By varelagus

              from Montevideo, Uruguay

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Great Resolution

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

                  I already had a Fuji XE1, the autofocus in the XE2 is much faster and the viewfinder bigger, so close to the one in the XT1.
                  Is a great camera for every situation.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  A technical workhorse

                  By Leica Mike

                  from Seaford, NY

                  About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Macro Photography

                    Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

                    If you need a lightweight technical camera, this will do the job. I've teamed it with the 60mm macro lens for scientific and museum collections photography. The small size, light weight, good electronic cable release and outstanding image quality make this much easier to manage than the full frame DSLR I was using for the same work. Low noise makes it hand-holdable at low light levels without flash.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Satisfied all my expectations.

                    By Nick

                    from Az

                    Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver, Body Only):

                    Bought this gem to bring along to everyday outings when my full gear would be too much. The x-e2 is light but packs a big punch when it comes to dynamic range, color and contrast. The focus has been sharp and fast. The learning curve was not very long from having canon slr's for so long. I'm completely happy with my purchase and this camera system is doing exactly what I wanted from it.

                     
                    5.0

                    2nd Fuji

                    By Dsnod

                    from Wichita, KS

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Limited Zoom

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

                    Was looking for something with a little bit smaller format, but still use my other Fuji X lenses with. The X-E2 is doing great and I am looking forward to using it to shoot some outdoor landscapes soon.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Amazing Camera!

                    By Nick

                    from Pasadena

                    Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

                    This camera is amazing! The pictures that come out of it are SHARP. I love the evf and distance scale.

                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Camera - Meets My Expectations

                    By Thadius

                    from High Desert of Arizona

                    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                    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
                    • Landscape
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver, Body Only):

                    I purchased this camera as a small, light weight, high performance still picture camera. I am already an owner/user of the Fuji X-Series camera with both the X-100S and the X-T1 and several of the Fuji lenses for the platform. So I was already familiar with the platform, the lenses, the camera menus and have been so very pleased with them. Staying within the series made sense for me. Having said all that, I find the X-E2 to be every bit of the camera I was expecting. In fact, I have it with me almost all of the time with the 35mm 1.4 on it. For more intentional use I have mounted the 18-55mm, the 56mm 1.2 and the 14mm 2.8. All are great performers and good experiences but I will comment that the 14mm was especially excellent on this body while doing architecture photography. I do not use the Fuji camera for video so no comment on that. If I have to find a fault I will choose the battery performance - it could be better. But I carry multiple charged batteries in my kit so it is never actually an issue.

                    Yes, I am a fan of this platform.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    First Mirrorless Camera

                    By PawelSkor

                    from Stutgart, Germany

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Street Photography
                    • Travel

                    Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver, Body Only):

                    I use this camera as my main everyday carry and travel camera. Paired with a fast prime lens like the Fujinon 23mm f1.4 it is really versatile and easy to toss in your bag and head out for a day or errands or shooting or both. The size, weight and image quality are fantastic is the easy access to nearly all the settings that are necessary to shoot in full manual and have full control without having to navigate any menus except for ISO. Would love to have a third dedicated dial for ISO but you can get that with the X-T1. The battery life is not great so make sure to have an extra battery or two with you.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Great little camera

                    By Steve C

                    from NJ

                    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Resolution

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

                      I got this to replace an APS-C DSLR camera and I'm very glad I did. The Fuji X-E2 weighs less and outperforms the DSLR I referred to. That is a win/win situation. I"m thinking about buying another one so I can keep one lens on each.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent Purchase

                      By Snap Master

                      from Boston, MA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

                        Bought this after having an xe-1, wanted a second backup body. Small improvements, but they do improve the overall shooting experience.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        A Marvel

                        By circusboy

                        from Topanga, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black, Body Only):

                          My very first 'real' camera was a Fuji ST-801 slr that I got as a kid in the 70s. I loved it until it was stolen.Since then, I've had a whole Nikon 35mm system, Kowa, Bronica and Hasselblad medium format systems (I kept the 'blads), followed by my first foray into digital with a Sony DSC-R1.The technological improvements from the Sony (2006?) are simply mind-blowing. I really enjoy all of the options, from full manual to full automatic, the advanced filters, panorama, etc., all of which I find easily accessible through sensible menus and well-placed dials and customizeable buttons. It can do what you want it to do.I'm very happy with the size, weight and ergonomics, though I've tried it with some of the bigger lenses, which made if front-heavy. I'm sticking with primes. I recommend the Lensmate thumb rest to really make it a joy to hold.Image quality is simply spectacular--and that's relying on out-of-camera JPEGs.It's not without its quirks. The shutter is louder than I'd like; shooting panoramas is like firing a machine gun. You can't use the flash when in 'silent mode,' which is just weird. And you'd better have a second charged battery handy as soon as the indicator shows anything but full charge; the time between 3/4 charge and dead is VERY short.The only thing I really wish it had was a tilting LCD.I spent about three months researching which camera system to buy into. This is the one for me. The variety and quality of lenses is terrific.

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