Fujifilm debuts new X70 fixed-lens camera, refreshed X-E2S and updated waterproof XP90
posted Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 11:30 PM EST
Alongside the annoucements of the new Fuji X-Pro 2 rangefinder-style camera and the XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens, Fujifilm has also debuted the X-E2S, X70, and XP90 cameras.
The Fuji X-E2S is a new premium rangefinder-style interchangeable lens mirrorless that serves as an update to the earlier X-E2, as the name suggests and features a durable, compact camera body and Real-Time electronic viewfinder. The 0.62x magnification viewfinder has a display lag time of only 0.005 seconds. Other features for the camera body itself include a 3" scratch-resistant LCD display with 1,040K dots, a new silent electronic shutter that is capable of exposures as fast as 1/32,000s (eight times faster than the shutter found on the X-E2), two command dials and seven customizable function buttons, and a Super Intelligent pop-up flash. You can also purchase an optional hand grip accessory.
Like the X-E2, the X-E2S uses a 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor, which uses Fujifilm's proprietary color filter array, which is designed to be more resistant to color moiré than traditional Bayer filters without needing to use an anti-aliasing filter, resulting in sharper images. Unlike its predecessor, however, the X-E2S uses a new autofocus system, which offers new Zone and Wide/Tracking modes with a 77-point area in addition to the pre-existing 49-point Single Point mode. The extended ISO range has also been increased from 25,600 to 51,200. Regarding video features, the X-E2S can record 1080p video at up to 60 frames-per-second with a 36Mbps bit rate. The Fuji X-E2S comes in black and silver colors and will be available in February for $699.95 as a body-only configuration or for $999.95 with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS kit lens.
(Note: For those who are using the original X-E2, a firmware update for the X-E2 will be available in February and provide users with the updated autofocus system, improved performance, new graphic user interface, and several functional enhancements. A full list of new features will be available here.)
The X100-series has been a staple of the X-series lineup and, until now, the only fixed-lens APS-C-based model. The Fuji X70 is a newly-designed premium fixed lens digital camera based around a 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and a Fujinon 18.5mm f/2.8 lens (28mm equivalent focal length in 35mm format) -- noticeably wider than the 35mm-eq. X100-series models. The lens has a 9-blade aperture and uses Fujinon's HT-EBC coating in addition to incorporating 2 high-performance aspherical elements. Through the use of a digital teleconverter, 35mm and 50mm focal lengths are also available. Combining simple manual operation and its X-Trans sensor, the X70 is a versatile compact camera.
The first X-series Fujifilm camera to incorporate a tilting touchscreen display, the premium body X70 also features milled aluminum dial controls and a new Auto Mode Switch lever, which allows users to quickly select its fully automatic Advanced SR Auto shooting mode. The X70 has eight function buttons, one of which is customizable. The new touchscreen display can be used both during shooting and playback and allows users to select focus area, touch-to-shoot, and streamline the playback process. Speaking of focus area, the X70 also includes Fujifilm's new autofocus system, which offers 49-point Single Point autofocus and 77-point Wide/Tracking area autofocus. The X70 also offers 1080p video at up to 60 fps. The Fuji X70 will be available in black and silver color options in February for $699.95.
Fujifilm has also updated its FinePix line with the new rugged XP90 camera. The Fuji XP90 is one tough cookie, waterproof up to a 50 foot depth, shockproof from 5.8 feet, freeze proof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and dustproof. Inside this durable camera body is a 16.4-megapixel 1/2.3" CMOS sensor and a 28-140mm equivalent optical zoom lens (5x optical zoom). The XP90 also includes Wi-Fi connectivity and can record 1080/60p video.
On the back of the camera is a 3" rear display with an anti-reflection coating. You can use this display to watch your slow-motion videos recorded at 480 fps or view your images captured using either one of eleven Advanced Creative Filters or the XP90's High Dynamic Range capture mode. The XP90 can also take 360 degree Motion Panoramas. The Fuji XP90 will be available in February for a suggested retail price of $229.95 USD in yellow, blue, graphite with green accents, and graphite with orange accents color options.
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