Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Firmware update 2.00 for Fuji X-E2 improves EVF to X-T1 speed

I always liked the Fuji X-E2 camera.  Its compact size made it a perfect camera in itself or as a second body option for my X-T1. The only drawback was that the enhanced features of the X-T1, particularly the EVF finder speed, had me spoiled to a point where it was difficult to go back to the slower speed finder of the X-E2 during fast action shooting. With the current firmware 2.00 update Fuji fixed all that by bringing the X-E2 EVF finder in line with the world's fastest display lag-time of 0.005 seconds on the X-T1.

Download the latest X-E2 firmware update 2.00 from the Fujifilm web site here.

A perfect travel pair -- the X-E2 with short zoom and X-T1 with long zoom. Throw in a super-wide and you're good to go. 

Here is Fuji's list of the X-E2 new and enhanced features added with firmware 2.00:

Enhanced EVF:

Enhanced EVF including the world’s fastest display lag-time of 0.005 seconds

The firmware will shorten the display lag for X-E2’s Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) to less than 1/10 compared to that of the current firmware to the world’s fastest 0.005 seconds for ultimate performance which has been invented as Real Time Viewfinder, featured in X-T1. Also it enhances the frame rate of the viewfinder and the highest frame rate is maintained even in low light conditions or night-time photography, providing smooth live view images through the lens.

Focus Peak:

Selectable colors for outlines for Focus Peak Highlight

Focus Peak Highlight is a focus-aiding function that highlights the outlines of areas that have high subject contrast. The firmware allows users to select Blue or Red in addition to the current White to highlight the areas of strong contrast. The strength of the color display can be also adjusted between High and Low according to the type of your subject or your personal preference.

Added functions:

Added functions that can be assigned to the Fn (Function) button

Users can now assign the “FACE DETECTION” and “EVF/LCD SETTING” selection functions to four Fn (Function) buttons on the top and back in shooting mode. When set to “EVF/LCD SETTING”, the button is used to switch between four modes, i.e. “EYE SENSOR MODE” (automatically switching the EVF and LCD displays when the user's eye comes close to the viewfinder), “EVF ONLY”, “LCD ONLY” and “EVF ONLY + EYE SENSOR”.

Added Suppressed Flash:

Added “Suppressed Flash” option when selecting flash mode

Once the firmware is updated, a “Suppressed Flash mode (where the flash does not fire even when the subject is poorly lit)” can be selected from the flash menu.

Edit image file names:

New functionality allowing you to edit image file names

An image file name (DSCF***) is automatically allocated to each picture when shooting, this can now be changed to your file name of choice. It can be changed to a 4-letter file name when selecting “sRGB” and a 3-letter file name when selecting “Adobe RGB” for the color space.

Improvement of RAW file conversion function:

When developing RAF images in-camera using the built-in RAW file converter, the firmware upgrade improves the flow by taking you back to the original RAF image once the conversion has been done, whereas before it left you with the converted JPG file on screen and the user had to go back to the next RAF file manually.


The phenomenon is fixed that in FILM SIMULATION Bracketing, third picture is recorded as “ASTIA” although the third picture is set as “PRO Neg. Hi”.

The reduced cost and compact size of the X-E2 make it a perfect second body option to complement an X-T1 kit. Whether you use it as a second body or stand-alone camera, the new firmware improvement for the X-E2 just made that camera one huge notch better, and Fuji proves once again that it listens to and supports its client base even after the sale is made. 

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