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

(based on 93 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (66)
  • Great resolution (62)
  • Good in low light (55)
  • Easy to use (53)
  • Large clear LCD (50)

Cons

  • Short battery life (22)
  • Lag / shutter delay (10)
  • Limited zoom (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (72)
  • Low light (50)
  • Family photos (48)
  • Weddings (24)
  • Macro photography (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (36), Semi-pro photographer (20), Pro photographer (18), Casual photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (75), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Exceeded My Expectations

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

wanted to like it, but returned it

I'd read great reviews all over the internet about the X-E2, plus I'm a fan of Fuji, mainly the Instax instant film cameras, and all of their 35mm film. I'm a Canon DSLR...Read complete review

I'd read great reviews all over the internet about the X-E2, plus I'm a fan of Fuji, mainly the Instax instant film cameras, and all of their 35mm film. I'm a Canon DSLR and P&S shooter, but having read that mirrorless was really great, I took a chance with this camera.

First off, I'll agree that it's handsome, it's lightweight, it feels solid and well put together. The camera is small but felt good in my hands. It is easy to learn to use and the menu setup is well designed, so once you learn your way around, you can access the controls you want very easily.

My main reason in returning it is IQ, plain and simple. I mainly shoot a 70D, but I also have a Powershot G12, and a Powershot N, and all three of these cameras make better photos, at least to my eye.

I'd read that the X-E2 produces great images at high ISOs, but that wasn't my experience. It does make great jpegs, so I rarely shot RAW, and it does nail WB pretty good, but the IQ is simply lacking for me. Too much smearing in the details, I just like what I get out of my Canon cameras better.

The kicker for me, after having used the camera for almost a month, is that the camera/lens kit is too expensive. If you look at IQ, you'd think that you had a camera that costs about half of what this one does. If it did cost half as much, I probably would've kept it. In limited situations, outdoors and the subject relatively close by, the camera produces great results, but too many times, many of the images were just subpar to me.

Reviewed by 93 customers

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5.0

Took awhile to learn

By marta

from washington, dc

About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Lag / Shutter Delay
  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Architecture
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Travel

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

Using this mainly for architectural photography.

I was ready to return this camera but luckily hung onto it.

If you take time to understand the sensor and the nuances of this camera, you'll get great results. It took me almost 6 months to love this camera and it's fine lenses. I found that Lightroom and Photoshop weren't a good match for processing RAW files but went to Iridient. Once I did that to process the files, everything was great.

I still have my full frame Nikon with it's heavy lenses, but 90% of the time -- I'm using the Fujifilm.

I would suggest using the Q settings for making stunning .jpegs. The in-camera processing system does a bang up job. I had to learn to rely on the cameras processing more than I would with my Nikon system.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
4.0

Good one to have in your bag.

By Kim

from Los Angeles

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Auto Focus Is Slow
  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Street Photography
  • Travel

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

Great camera for street shooting
You'll look like a tourist

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Great travel camera

By Teresa

from San Francisco Ca

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

Love this camera!!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Used reviews to determine purchase

By Bon

from Nj

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

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

First dale; recommended by photography instructor and read all reviews. Learning to use it. Like the smaller footprint of the mirror less camera. And less weight. Felt it would be good for me as a beginner, for travel. (Size and weight) yet allow me to take better pics and take next step in improving technique and knowledge. Can't give more than that, am quite the novice.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beginner friendly

By cestlasvi

from Maryland

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      I admit, I am not the most experienced poster on this board, but I am slowly trying to learn more about photography. The last camera I bought before this one was between 5-10 years old (a very compact point-and-shoot) and as I was learning more about photography and borrowing friends' cameras, I decided it was time to upgrade. Honestly, it would probably be a bit pricey for someone who only plans to use it as a point-and-shoot, but that's a personal call. In comparison to the X-T1, the price is more reasonable for a budding photographer.

      What I was looking for in a camera is specific to my situation, but here are factors that made this the right camera for me:
      1. Interchangeable lenses: I don't own another camera, and I don't plan to purchase a dSLR in addition to this mirrorless, so it was important that I could have the flexibility of changing lenses when I grew into that stage. A friend with a fixed lens had his dSLR break recently (shutter failure without the intent to replace it) and now wishes he had this feature.
      2. Excellent manual controls with multiple customizable buttons: multiple dials reduces the amount of dreaded menu-searching that I have to do, but customizable buttons allows me to personalize these easy-to-reach settings as well.
      3. Portability: much more discreet and smaller than a dSLR without sacrificing the quality of a sensor. Although the zoom lens makes it somewhat cumbersome compared to, say, the X100T, this problem is easily fixed with buying an additional pancake lens.
      4. Very focused company: Their lenses are excellent and I feel like their product design is very thoughtfully constructed.
      5. Optical viewfinder: something I grew to appreciate from my film-camera days of childhood and learning to work with a dSLR.

      I very much enjoy this camera because it's approachable for learners while giving them excellent features to grow into.

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      • No

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      VERY IMPRESIVE CAMERA KIT and IMAGES!

      By Thephotomaker

      from FL

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Resolution
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No Tilt Lcd Screen
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Architectural
      • Elevated Aerial
      • Travel

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

      I bought this camera to use as an all around travel/fine art and aerial camera to use for my architectural work. I also needed another body to complement my X-Pro 1

      I have 2 Fuji hi-end zoom lenses, but the kit lens is very sharp and quite impressive, as is most Fuji products. At first the body felt like plastic, but when I added a the lens, and started using it I was very impressed.

      But, it needs a tilting LCD screen as I shoot in many low angle situations, and wish it had a PC sync connector, as I use these with my radio control and pro strobes. Also, the Battery life could be longer. I'm glad I have 7 batteries for travel and location work.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Got it. Love it.

      By Guitar Man

      from Stafford, virginia

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Lag / Shutter Delay

      Best Uses

      • Travel

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

      I wanted something smaller and lighter than my Canon DSLRs for when I'm just running around. This camera was more than I hoped it would be. Sharp as a tack and easy to use. Very intuitive. Who would have thought that a camera at this price could do all that this one does.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love

      By J Dutcher

      from New York City

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

      I really love this camera. I take it everywhere and it does everything I expect it too. Switched from a bulky DSLR to this beauty.

       
      4.0

      X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera - Fujifil

      By Angel

      from New York, New York

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Lag / Shutter Delay
      • Limited Zoom
      • Poor Image Stabilization

      Best Uses

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

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

      Overall I really like this camera. I am a street photographer and was looking for something smaller and less evasive. This camera is much lighter than my Canon DSLR and feels great in my hands when shooting. I am still figuring out some of the controls but for most part the functions are farely easy to adapt to from a Canon. My only issue at the moment is trying to download the RAF Raw files from Fujifilm to my computer, but this is obviously more a software update issue; I will have to contact Fuji directly. Overall great camera for price.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      very nice camera but...

      By Lidia

      from Buenos Aires, Argentina

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel

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

        a very nice camera, light, easy to know, perfect for use without flash in dark conditionings, in "manual" option is a pleasure,
        but I had a problem, it turned off many times, only if I remove the batery the camera starts again. I don´t know what is happening, I could give it 5 stars but with this problem I dont know how many stars it would be justice.

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        • No
         
        5.0

        Excellent

        By rollin

        from honolulu hi

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel

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

            ready to shoot amazing pictures right out of the box

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The X-E2 is a better camea than expected

            By Grafbob

            from Leavenworth WA

            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel

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

              I needed a camera that would capture images suitable for web and print. I shoot in dangerous places, small is good, inexpensive is good. The X-E2 produces a 45M uncompressed file about 16" wide at 300 dpi. I shoot in lighting conditions that create noise in the shadows on most cameras, the scanner in the X-E2 has a very low noise level in marginally low light situations.

              The X-E2 is very trim, the 18-55mm Lens is very versatile and produces very crisp images. It is easy to change important settings (aperture/shutter speed) when necessary. I used my old 35mm camera strap, over my head so that the camera fits under my arm for quick access without fear of dropping it on the ground. The auto focus and stabilization switch worked better that I expected, I shot several workers fabricating a large weldment all in focus with good depth of field control. Even a 1.5 year old in perpetual motion.

              Once set up for a shooting environment the ease of use allows me to focus on the subject and the details of the situation - what I was looking for. The camera is almost as light as a pocket camera, but with much, much better results.

              All in all the X-E2 is a very good value for me.

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              • No
               
              5.0

              Not too hard

              By PP

              from NH

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel

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

                Not too hard to understand the function. Easy to use. love it

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Good things come in small packages

                By Slownomaguy

                from Santa Rosa, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Grip
                • Limited Playback Mode
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

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

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

                I'm an old film guy and prior to this I shoot mainly with a Canon A-E1 and B&W film. The experience so far has been great. Initially attracted by the rangefinder cool looks I was also a bit leary because some of the reviews made it sound like it was quirky, difficult to use, and only for advanced shooters. Ok, it does have a few quirks but after a couple days of shooting you figure it out and those quirks turn into charms. As to ease of use, I was shooting confidently in full-manual mode on day 2. We are still getting to know each other but so far I am impressed with the handling, build, "kit lens" quality, and the IQ. Only slight knocks for:
                1) Battery Life. Get a spare (or two) because you'll need them
                2) Grip. I do not have terrible large hands but really needed the added grip for a better hand hold. Bonus on this is it is made from very high quality aluminum and provides an extra layer of protection for the camera bottom.
                3) Playback mode. Your options are EVF-only, LCD-only, and both. Currently there is no way to designate the LCD for playback-only. If you go with EVF only (to save battery life) when you want to view images or go menu-diving you can only do that through the EVF in this mode. (This is something they really need to address ASAP in a firmware update) I did find a workaround was to set up one of the programmable buttons to access this option quicker.
                Those three minor issues aside, this camera is a blast to use and the fact it looks amazing is just a bonus. The "kit lens" is anything but and I'm looking forward to getting some additional lenses and really putting this thing through its paces.

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                • No
                 
                4.0

                Glad I made the shift from SLR

                By Paul

                from Philadelphia

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

                As compared to my older Canon EOS450D: Smaller. Lighter. Great upgrade in quality. Manual dials for Aperture and Shutter. Solid metal finish instead of Canon's plastic. Great kit lens.

                Only critisisms are that it needs a slightly better grip and I found the eyepiece doesn't block external light so well.

                 
                5.0

                Compact compared to my DSLR

                By ronb

                from NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Resolution
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Travel

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

                  Bought this as a more convenient and lighter camera for times my big DSLR is just too much trobule to lug around.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

                  (14 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  wanted to like it, but returned it

                  By glg61

                  from Austin TX

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Poor Image Quality
                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Travel

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

                    I'd read great reviews all over the internet about the X-E2, plus I'm a fan of Fuji, mainly the Instax instant film cameras, and all of their 35mm film. I'm a Canon DSLR and P&S shooter, but having read that mirrorless was really great, I took a chance with this camera.

                    First off, I'll agree that it's handsome, it's lightweight, it feels solid and well put together. The camera is small but felt good in my hands. It is easy to learn to use and the menu setup is well designed, so once you learn your way around, you can access the controls you want very easily.

                    My main reason in returning it is IQ, plain and simple. I mainly shoot a 70D, but I also have a Powershot G12, and a Powershot N, and all three of these cameras make better photos, at least to my eye.

                    I'd read that the X-E2 produces great images at high ISOs, but that wasn't my experience. It does make great jpegs, so I rarely shot RAW, and it does nail WB pretty good, but the IQ is simply lacking for me. Too much smearing in the details, I just like what I get out of my Canon cameras better.

                    The kicker for me, after having used the camera for almost a month, is that the camera/lens kit is too expensive. If you look at IQ, you'd think that you had a camera that costs about half of what this one does. If it did cost half as much, I probably would've kept it. In limited situations, outdoors and the subject relatively close by, the camera produces great results, but too many times, many of the images were just subpar to me.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Love my X-E2!

                    By Craiger

                    from Shanghai

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      This is a great camera, with a nice retro look and feel. Many creative functions to learn, but all basic, traditional ones, easy to access while shooting. The lens is beautifully sharp and true, providing very good resolution, and little distortion throughout the full range of the zoom. Color is natural, not bounced into overly saturated, unrealistic hues. I haven't explored the film simulation modes yet, nor the myriad other functions, but I whole-heartedly recommend this camera to photographers who value quality of image..

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Exceptional Colors

                      By Jerry

                      from Simsbury CT

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Complicated Controls

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife photos

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

                      I'm still earning to use all the options (buttons)available. I'm very happy with the results so far. The images show accurate colors with wide gradation and little or no software adjustment necessary. Shadow detail is excellent.
                      Lightweight and easy to carry.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      excellent camera

                      By cpjRVA

                      from Richmond, VA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Lag / Shutter Delay

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Travel

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

                      this is a wonderful camera. i use a canon 6d and 7d mark ii with a variety of L-series lenses for my professional work. i was tired of lugging around all of my gear for just every day shots, especially of my kids. up until now i'd been using my iPhone camera for every day use. it's a good camera but lacks a lot of control. i looked at a variety of different camera bodies when looking for something mirrorless. i went from way low end to super high end. at first i kept trying to compare the various models to what my DSLR can and can't do. i also wanted something that would support my current L-series lenses. but i had to keep reminding myself that i wasn't looking for something to replace my DSLR or even use along side of. once i got over that mental roadblock in my head, it became a much easier choice! for me, the price, functionality, ease of use and look of the x-e2 are what won me over. it reminds me of my grandpa's old minolta that i learned on over 20 years ago (but not nearly as heavy). this camera goes with me every where now and i've captured some amazing photos that rival what i get with my canons.the jpg's that this captures are amazing too. on several occasions i've just used those instead of the RAW files because they are so good. that too was something i had to mentally get over. because this is an everyday camera for non-professional work, i realized that i just didn't need to spend all of my time editing when the jpg's look so good right out of the camera.there are a few layout things that i'm still getting used to, but nothing that i would quality as bad design. my fat hands/fingers still occasionally hit the "macro" button when shooting, but this is becoming less and less the more i use the camera. the aperture ring on the lens is a little looser than i'd like, but i have yet to run into problems where it inadvertently gets set to another setting as others have described. for me, this is the perfect camera for what i was looking for. that may or may not be the case depending on your personal use. but after several weeks of use, i'd say quality wise, this is very close to what you'd get with a much more expensive setup. i haven't tried any of the other lenses out other than what came with the camera. i've been very pleased with it, but am hopeful to simply things even more by getting the 23mm prime lens so that there are even fewer considerations when shooting.

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