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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...

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?

  • External mic: Yes
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 24fps, MOV (H.264) with stereo sound
  • Dioptre Adjustment: Yes -4m to +2m
  • White Balance: Auto, 7 presets, custom, manual, WB shift
  • Built-in Flash: Yes, GN 7m @ ISO 200
  • Shutter Type: Focal-plane shutter
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Viewfinder Type: OLED Electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 2.359-million-dot resolution
  • Output Size: 4896 x 3264 pixels
  • LCD: 2.8in, 460,000-dot TFT
  • Field of View: 100% through EVF
  • White Balance Bracket: N/A
  • AF Points: 49-point system (contrast-detection-based), all points individually selectable
  • Sensor: 16.3-million-effective-pixel, X-Trans, APS-C CMOS
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual
  • Weight: 350g (including battery and memory card)
  • Power: Rechargeable NP-W126 Li-Ion
  • Drive Mode: 3-6fps continuous burst, bracketing for autoexposure, ISO, film simulation, dynamic range, panorama
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec, plus bulb (max 60mins)
  • File Format: JPEG, RAF (raw), MOV
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Dimensions: 129 x 74.9 x 38.3mm
  • DoF Preview: Yes (via EVF)
  • Metering System: 256-zone TTL, multi, spot, average
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0, HDMI, 2.5mm stereo mini
  • Exposure Comp: ±2EV
  • RRP: £749 body only, £1,149 with 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens
  • Lens Mount: Fujifilm X mount
  • Focusing Modes: Single, continuous, manual
  • ISO: 200-6400 (100-25,600 expanded)
  • Tested as: Advanced CSC

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