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News – Firmware updates coming soon for the FUJIFILM X-E1, X100S and X-E2 cameras

Fujifilm X100S

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) will be releasing firmware upgrades for its premium X-E1, X100S and X-E2 models to enhance operability and functionality.

Fujifilm X-E1 Silver + Black

28.11.2013 Fuji Press Release.

This latest firmware upgrade is being released in response to customer demand and will offer users the chance to update their models to incorporate functionality available on the most recent X series cameras launched in October 2013.

Fujifilm is striving to keep the level of technology offered on these products as up to date as possible so that purchasers of the X series models will have greater longevity of use.

Fujifilm X-E2 Solid BlackRelease date of the new firmware

19th December 2013 (Thu.) GMT 05:00

Firmware versions

FUJIFILM X-E1 : Ver. 2.10
FUJIFILM X100S : Ver. 1.10
FUJIFILM X-E2 : Ver. 1.10

Firmware download

The firmware updates will be available from the following link:
http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/#firmware

Main contents of the firmware update

1. New functionality allowing you to edit image filenames

Currently an image filename “DSCF***” is automatically allocated to each picture when shooting. This can now be changed to your filename of choice. It can be changed to a 4-letter filename when using “sRGB” colour space, and a 3-letter filename when selecting “Adobe RGB” colour space. This added functionality is useful when organising the images after shooting, and sorting the images into groups.

Select type of file to rename Edit the file name
Select type of file to rename Edit the file name

2. Improvement of RAW file conversion function

When developing RAF images in-camera using the built-in RAW file converter, the firmware upgrade improves the flow by taking you back to the original RAF image once the conversion has been done, whereas before it left you with the converted JPG file on screen and the user had to go back to the next RAF file manually.

3. See the exposure setting in live-view and histogram

Applies to X-E1 and X100S only. Function already exists in X-E2.

The images and histogram will reflect current exposure levels (with the shutter speed and aperture set during manual exposure also displayed on the image). In scenarios where the live view and the final shot will appear differently, eg: when using flash, this setting can be turned off.

4. Change of numbering for images shot using continuous shooting

Applies to X-E1 and X100S only. Function already exists in X-E2.

When shooting using continuous shooting, only the first image is currently displayed in full screen and subsequent frames are displayed in small on the bottom right, and the file number was set as “S+7-digit number”. With the new firmware, all frames in continuous shooting are displayed as full screen shots in playback. The file number has also been altered to follow numerically as per standard single shots, thereby allowing uniform management of images after shooting.

5. Aperture and shutter speed can be changed once AE lock is selected

Applies to X-E1 and X100S only. Function already exists in X-E2.

The aperture or shutter speed can be changed while maintaining exposure (EV value) with the AE lock button. The photographer has the ability to tweak settings down to the very last moment before shooting.

6. The default and maximum sensitivity and minimum shutter speed can be set when ISO AUTO is selected

Applies to X-E1 only. Function already exists in X100S and X-E2.

When selecting “AUTO” in the ISO setting, users can also set standard ISO, Maximum ISO and a low-speed shutter limit. The Low-speed shutter limit has been extended to 1/500 seconds.

7. Improve the cover range and accuracy of the bright frame in the OVF

Applies to X100S only. Not applicable on X-E1 and X-E2 as these models do not have optical view finders.

Bright frameBy maintaining the position of the bright frame with parallax compensation during AF lock, the shooting area can be checked even when letting go of the shutter release.

Overview of all changes by model

Update X-E1
X-E1
X100S
X100S
X-E2
X-E2
1. Ability to edit the file name of shots taken in-camera Yes Yes Yes
2. Improvements made to the in-camera RAW file converter process Yes Yes Yes
3. More precise display of the exposure setting in live-view and histogram Yes Yes Done
4. Improved playback view and file numbering for continuous shooting Yes Yes Done
5. Ability to change aperture and shutter speed in AE lock Yes Yes Done
6. Setting of the max and default ISO and minimum shutter speed in ISO AUTO Yes Done Done
7.Maintain live view of framed area with the parallax compensation during AF lock n/a* Yes n/a*
* These models do not have an optical view finder
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