Fujifilm X-E1 review


By default, the AE button on the rear of the camera is used to access ‘Photometry', Fuji's 256-zone metering system, with average, multi and spot metering options. I have no complaints with how the multi and average metering modes work, as both are reliable and predictable. I found that the camera tends to preserve highlight detail, which means in scenes of high contrast the midtones and shadow areas often require brightening, but this is preferable to the unrecoverable loss of highlight detail.

Like most current Fuji cameras, the spot-metering mode can be linked to the active AF point, which is any one of 49 areas that cover the large central portion of the frame. Via the rear dial, the diameter of the spot can be adjusted to a very precise size, which is useful if the intended subject area takes up only a little of the frame. In the average mode, it is easy enough to point the camera at the sky, half-press the shutter for exposure lock (or use the AE-L button) and then recompose the scene for an exposure that preserves highlight detail.