Fuji Announces the X-E2 and XQ1, Boasts the World’s Fastest Auto Focus


We’re losing count of all the new gear announced in October so far, but one thing’s for sure: if you have G.A.S. you’re in serious trouble. Now joining Nikon’s D5300, Sony’s a7 and a7R, Panasonic’s GM1 and more are two fresh cameras from the Fujifilm camp: the X-E2 and XQ1.

Both cameras borrow improved technology found in the likes of the X100S in order to boast significantly improved power and speed specs over their predecessors.

Fujifilm X-E2

Most of the hardware in the X-E2 has been updated, leaving the X-E1 in the metaphorical dust. Inside you’ll find the newest 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor, an EXR Processor II that Fuji claims is now twice as fast, a higher-resolution 920K-dot 3-inch LCD, and a hybrid AF system that gives the X-E2 “the world’s fastest AF speed of 0.08 seconds” (for a camera with an APS-C sensor or larger).

The new camera also boasts the ability to shoot 1080/60p Full HD video, 7fps continuous, Fuji’s digital split image manual focus technology, improved EV compensation of +/-3EV, a 2.36M-dot OLED EVF and built-in WiFi to boot.

Here’s a quick look at the X-E2 in all its retro-styled glory:







The X-E2 is already available for pre-order as either the body only for $1,000 (black or silver) or in a kit with an 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens for $1,400 (again, black or silver). Pre-orders are expected to ship in November.

Fujifilm XQ1


While the XQ1 won’t turn as many heads as its interchangeable lens brethren, the new fixed-lens followup to the XF1 still packs some serious specs. Hardware wise, the shooter boasts a 12-megapixel 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor that sees the world through a 25-100mm f/1.8-4.9 lens.

But upgrades don’t stop there. The XQ1 also got the same high-res 3-inch LCD and speedy EXR Processor II upgrade that the X-E2 boasts, clocking in another world’s fastest AF speed (for a camera with its sensor size or larger) of 0.06 seconds, start-up time of 0.5 seconds, shooting interval of 0.3 seconds and a shutter lag of just 0.015 seconds. Oh, and this one has built-in WiFi too.

Here are a few photos to feast your eyes on:







The XQ1 will arrive at the same time as the X-E2. It’s set to ship in early November and is already available for pre-order in either black or silver for $500.

For more info on either camera as well as more press images of the shooters in action, head over to Fuji Global’s website and check out the press releases for the X-E2 and XQ1 for yourself.

  • Kodachrome64

    The real time exposure preview in manual mode is going to be a big game changer for me. This concept has been around for awhile in other cameras, I don’t know why it took them so long to implement this. 3 stops of exposure comp is great too.

  • Herb Derbert

    The XE-2 has a shutter speed dial! It’s a real camera!

  • Alessandro Aimonetto

    oh god…now i have to sell my x100s

  • Adam Cross

    the XE-2 is gorgeous, if only it were full frame

  • Woody ONeal

    then of course it would be a bigger camera to boot.

  • Kodachrome64

    Just pretend that 35mm film never existed, then you won’t have an arbitrary dimension stuck in your head for the rest of your life to compare everything to. That’s my secret.

  • Ronald

    I just love this company! Go fuji!

  • Adam Cross

    i’ll just pretend that the extra noise at higher ISOs with high MP cropped sensors doesn’t exist then? Even if 35mm film never existed, I would still be wishing for a larger sensor.

  • Leonardo Abreu

    Photogasm… :(

  • bmassao

    Actually, the noise performance of the Fuji X’s are better than any Canon/Nikon APS-C DSLR til date.

  • Parowde852

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    if only it were full frame

  • MikeT

    And cost $2200

  • Kodachrome64

    Just pretend that the 5D Mark II is still king, and since the X-E2 is about on par with that, it would be amazing. That’s my secret.

  • R O

    At some point, Fuji will make an APS-C censor on par with the Mark III. And yes, full frame will likely take another step in image quality by then. But at some point, it’s pointless. Once you’re getting fast PD focus and clean images at ISO 6400 in a compact system, it’s kind of like, what more do I need? Not a bad time to start investing in a Fuji system, which is probably about one generation way from this. Give m43 two generations. The new Sony FF is nice, but those expensive, slow lenses kind of negate the advantages of FF.

  • R O

    Yeah, good to keep in mind that we are talking a $1,000 camera here. The price to performance ratio is strong with this one.

  • R O

    Nice. Now, Fuji, please focus on pumping out the 23 f/1.4, 56 f/1.2 and 10-24 f/4. Those three lenses are the ones I want and would make a complete system on their own, but only exist on paper at this point. Then I can buy your X-E2.

  • Laura

    Damn, I can’t wait to get this!!

  • Olivier Venturini

    no full frame! I was waiting for an alternative to Sony A7r from Fuji. Huge disappointment. and for those below who don’t seem to catch the full frame obsession, I guess it is because they have not caught the short depth-of-field bug yet. It will come…