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Valhalla, N.Y. – Fujifilm North America introduced Thursday the fifth installment in its X-series interchangeable lens camera series and a premium pocket-sized point-and-shoot with a faster autofocus system.
Fujifilm’s model X-E2 mirrorless compact system camera will ship in November at a $999.95 suggested retail price (body only) in black and silver/black configurations, and in a $1,399.95 kit including an XF18mm-55mm f2.8-4 lens.
The XQ1 pocket-sized point-and-shoot will ship in October at $499.95 suggested retail in both all-black and all-silver versions,
The X-E2 features a 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor, EXR Process II and an 0.08-second autofocus system.
The X-E2 mirrorless compact system camera includes an APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor that was designed to control moiré and false color generation, using an original color filter array with a highly randomized pixel arrangement in place of an resolution degrading Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF).
Also added is what Fuji calls: “the first lens modulation optimizer (LMO) for interchangeable lens cameras.”
The EXR Processor II more than doubles the processing speed.
Fuji said it has developed an advanced integrated system through which the lens, sensor and processor, combine to maximize the optical performance and characteristics of individual lenses.
Camera start-up time is listed at 0.5 seconds, with minimal shutter lag of 0.05 seconds, and a continuous shooting speed of 7.0 fps (up to approximately 28 frames).
An auto switching AF system combines contrast AF with an improved phase detection AF algorithm to improve accurate capture of low-contrast subjects in low light and at high-speed.
Digital Split Image technology is added for manual pin-sharp focusing by simply adjusting focus to line up the four stripes displayed in the central part of the live view.
The X-E2 features a bright and accurate 2.36 million dot OLED viewfinder and a 3-inch LCD 1.04-million-dot LCD screen.
Video is captured at up to FullHD 1080/60fps with AF tracking performance at a 36Mbps high bit rate.
Other features include: Wi-Fi connectivity with a dedicated button, to transfer stills and movies using a dedicated App to smartphones, tablets and computers; Advanced Filter function and Film Simulation modes; ISO range from 200-6,400, and extended ISO settings of 100, 12,800, 25,600; built-in pop-up flash and hot shoe for external flashes.
Meanwhile, the XQ1 point-and-shoot model is billed as a premium pocket-sized model with a 4x f1.8 zoom lens, 12-megapixel 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor with phase detection, and EXR Processor II with an autofocus speed of up to 0.06 seconds.
It also controls moiré and false color generation using an original color filter array and highly randomized pixel arrangement.
The XQ1 also has sensitivity range from 100-12,800 ISO.
The hybrid contrast/phase detection AF speed is listed 0.06 seconds with a shooting interval of 0.3 seconds between shots, and a shutter lag of 0.015 seconds.
It includes a 920,000-dot LCD screen, records video at up to 1080/60fps with AF tracking, and includes a dedicated Wi-Fi button to link with smartphones and PCs via an iOS and Android app.
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