Fujifilm corp earlier today introduced two new models to its X-rage of cameras: welcome the X-E2 and X-Q1.
The X-E2 is a direct upgrade to the X-E1 that brings the company’s 16.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II to a mid-tier interchangeable lens design, giving welcome boosts to both the image quality and autofocusing speed. Software upgrades like split image display and 60 fps 1080p video come along with the new hardware, and there’s both WiFi photo transfers as well as a much sharper one-megapixel, three-inch preview LCD. The X-E2 will start retailing in November for our US friends at around $1,000 (R10 000) in body-only form, or $1,400 R14 000) when paired with an 18-55mm f/2.8-4 zoom lens.
Photographers looking for a more pocketable shooter will want to look at the XQ1. The 12-megapixel compact cam is a spiritual successor to the XF1 that ditches the faux leather look in favor of a plainer, smaller body. It still has a non-removable 25-100mm f/1.8-4.9 lens, but it gets the X-E2’s image processing upgrades and WiFi. An improved three-inch, 920,000-pixel LCD is present as well. Both the X-E2 and XQ1 are still to be confirmed locally.
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