Thus far, its been quite the busy year for Fuji and their retro-inspired X-series line of mirrorless cameras. We’ve seen the release of the well-regarded X100S, X20, X-M1 and a myriad of XF lenses. Now the camera maker is updating their mid-range mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, introducing the X-E2 and simultaneously revamping their entry-level X-series model, announcing the XQ1 compact – the successor to the original XF1.
The new X-E2 sports iterative improvements over its predecessor, including an APS-C sized 16.3MP X-Trans II CMOS sensor paired with Fuji’s second generation EXR Processor, a combination that promises improved image quality and autofocus speeds that top the already snappy X100S. Additionally Fuji implemented built in WiFi capabilities, a 3″ 1,040K-Dot rear LCD, digital split-image focusing and a 7fps continuous shooting rate.
In terms of price, the X-E1 will hit retailers in November at the same price-point the previous model hit store shelves for; $999.95 for the body and $1,399.95 for the XF18-55mm f/2.8-4 kit option.
The XQ1, shown above, is more of a departure from its predecessor in terms of styling. Gone are the XF1’s faux-leather accents and in are Fuji’s more widely used textured plastic. Also the XQ1 is smaller, measuring in at less than 4-inches in width and 1.3-inches thick. As for the internals, Fuji decided to go with the 12MP 2/3″ X-Trans II sensor and the EXR Processor II also found in the X-E1. Moreover, Fuji is claiming the XQ1 has the world’s fastest AF when compared to similar cameras of its class, focusing on subjects in just 0.06 seconds.
Fuji’s new compact also touts a 25-100mm f/1.8-4.9 Lens, 3″ 920K-Dot rear LCD and 12fps continuous shooting. The XQ1 is set to hit retailers in November for $499.95.