Fujifilm X-E1 review

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It’s smaller and more affordable than the company’s flagship X-Pro 1, but the Fujifilm X-E1 still looks the part and uses the same 16.3-million-pixel sensor. Read the Fujifilm X-E1 review...

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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?