So, what about those Fuji X-E2 AF improvements?

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After reading all the excited posts on the X-E2 I had to see for myself. When had one available I ordered immediately. The quality of the images taken with the Fuji X Series is too good not to try.

I unpacked in the evening when I got back from a business trip, in an extremely well lit room. To be honest, there was absolutely no difference to the X-E1 I had used on the trip. Granted, the viewfinder has much improved, but that’s about it as far as first impressions go. I didn’t even bother actually pressing the shutter, I just tried the AF speed.

On the next day I pointed the lens into the garden of my house, and WHOA! – there’s your improvement right there. In broad daylight the Fuji X-E2 is just as good as any of the Micro Four Thirds cameras I know, including the OM-D (at least to my subjective impression, no scientific measurements taken).

Is that good? I guess it is. On the other hand, it’s probably not good enough for me to spend my money on, so it’s going back. When I’m shooting in good light AF was not really much of an issue before. Unfortunately in the scenario where I’d need the improvement, i.e. shooting living people in not-so-perfect light, the X-E2 is letting me down and does not benefit from the PDAF on the sensor. And yes, I only tested on the center focus point.

Still, the X-E2 will deliver image quality as good as it gets in todays world, and your needs may just benefit from the improvements. If you liked the X-E1 you’re going to love the X-E2.


  1. Having just switched from an X-E1 to a 2 myself, precisely because of the 1’s focussing problems in low light, I have found the 2 a lot better and I am using the cameras under quite demanding professional conditions. Did you upgrade the lens firmware? May be worth doing before you send the 2 back! Best wishes.

  2. After the firmware upgrade I tried the AF with almost no light and was surprised in full auto to have the camera repeatedly focus with no hesitation and get a viewable picture…

  3. The X-E2 came with the 18-55mm and current firmware. I had my X-E1 with the 27mm available, too, so I could compare the two directly.

    As I said, the X-E2 AF was great in daylight, but the PDAF went away quickly indoors, even with the new firmware. The difference was easy enough to identify.

    Others seem to perceive things differently, to me there was no improvement on less than perfect lighting conditions where I would have wanted it to be. Not sure if Fuji has ways to increase the PDAF sensitivity indoors through software, but right now I’ll pass.

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