Fujifilm X-E1 review
Price as reviewed
- (body only)
- AWB Colour
- Dynamic Range
- LCD viewfinder
- Very good
- Tested as
- Advanced CSC
- Overall Score
Fujifilm X-E1 at a glance:
- 16.3-million-pixel, APS-C-sized, X-Trans CMOS sensor
- EXR Processor Pro engine
- ISO 200-6400 (extended to ISO 100-25,600)
- Fujifilm X mount
- 2.36-million-dot OLED EVF
- 2.8in, 460,000-dot LCD screen
- Street priced £729 body only, or £1,149 with 18-55mm lens
Fujifilm X-E1 review - Introduction
It came as no surprise that on the back of the success Fujifilm had with its fashionable rangefinder-style FinePix X100, the company should announce what is effectively an interchangeable-lens version in the form of the X-Pro1. What is perhaps surprising is just how good the newer model is. It was clear from the camera's build, handling, image quality and high asking price that it was a top-end model. The next logical step, therefore, was to bring out a more affordable version, hence the Fujifilm X-E1.
This X-E1 uses the same Fujifilm X lens mount, processor and imaging sensor as the X-Pro1, but packs them into a smaller and less costly body. What is perhaps even more exciting is that not only can we expect the same high image quality as before, but the X-E1 brings a number of improvements to the handling via a firmware upgrade (which is also available for X-Pro1 users).
New XF lenses are being launched to expand the system. Along with current 18mm, 35mm and 60mm optics, I have used the new 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens throughout this test, which is the first zoom in the range. The company's XF lens road map for the next year promises further additions - of a 14mm f/2.8 R this year, and 56mm f/1.4, 27mm f/2.8 pancake, 23mm f/1.4, 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 OIS and a 10-24mm f/4 OIS in 2013.
We know that the X-Pro1 is an excellent camera and we can expect similar things from the Fujifilm X-E1, but I am keen to highlight the differences between the two. With the new X-E1 at a lower price point, could it usurp the higher-end, and more expensive, X-Pro1?