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 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?

  1. 1. Fujifilm X-E1 at a glance:
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Bracketing
  4. 4. Build and handling
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Dynamic range
  8. 8. White balance and colour
  9. 9. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  10. 10. Viewfinder, LCD and video
  11. 11. The competition
  12. 12. Our verdict
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