Photography News Issue 28 absolutephoto.com
The X-Pro2 may be the star of the show, but the other new models have plenty to get excited about, especially if you like to travel light See the light
Sporting a body style very similar to that of the X-Pro2, the X-E2S has some key performance enhancements to make it a great compact system camera for those who want quality without the weight. Arguably the biggest change over the X-E2 it replaces is the Real-Time Viewfinder originally seen in the X-T1. The finder has a magnification of 0.62x and a world’s shortest display lag time of just 0.005sec so it’s both large and fast. 2.36 million dots are used in the electronic viewfinder for a high-quality image and it features aPreviewPic. Effect option to reflect the shooting settings. Just as on the X-T1, the viewfinder display also changes according to the camera’s orientation, switching when it is held vertically or horizontally. Once you’ve composed your images through the viewfinder, autofocusing is fast and accurate thanks to the addition of Zone and Wide/Tracking options to the existing single shot mode. Zipping into focus in as little as 0.06sec, the system uses up to 77 focusing points to ensure the image is sharp. Image capture is also made easy with the new Auto Mode Switch that quickly sets the camera to the Advanced SR Auto mode for simple point-and-shoot photography, plus X-E2S: faster and easier to use
there are seven custom function buttons enabling you to set up fast access to regularly used functions. The speedy performance is completed by the APS-C sized X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II that combine to deliver a shutter time lag of 0.05sec and a shooting interval of 0.5secs while images can be captured at up to a very spritely seven frames-per-second.
Top Small and light, an X-E2S-based outfit is perfect for travel photography. Left Big improvements have been made to the viewfinder, which has 2.36m dots.
Above Wi-Fi connectivity makes it possible to connect the X-E2S to the SP-1 printer.
X70: the first X-series camerawith a touchscreen
Fans of the X100 series are sure to be intrigued by the new X70, which features the same APS-C sized sensor, but this time coupled to a 28mmwide-angle lens (35mm equivalent). Although the lens is fixed, some extra framing versatility is on tap by virtue of the digital teleconverter, which crops in on the sensor to offer the addition of 35mm and 50mm settings, again as 35mm equivalents. The back of the camera is the real eyebrow raiser, though. There’s no viewfinder (although you can buy an optical one as an optional extra) but in its place is a three-inch touchscreen LCD that rotates up to 180° for easy selfie shots. The touchscreen capability offers gesture- based controls when reviewing images, including swipe to scroll through shots and double tap to enlarge images. But
you can also use the touchscreen to select a focus point within the frame and then take an image. Bearing all the hallmarks of the X100 series, the X70 is stylishly designed and beautifully made with aluminium dials on the top-plate and a selection of matching accessories. But beauty is more than just skin deep with a full suite of X-series functions on tap including Film Simulation modes, Advanced digital filter effects, the option to shoot silently thanks to the electronic shutter and full Wi-Fi functionality too. Weighing just 340g, it’s small and light enough for any photographer to find room in their gadget bag for one!
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Above As well as being touchscreen, the rear LCD can also be flipped through 180°. Left Dials and switchgear on the X70 will be familiar to existing X-series users.
Above The components of the fixed wide-angle lens have all been precisely engineered to deliver optimum results across the frame and aperture range.
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