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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Our verdict

Currently, the X-E1 costs £450 less than the street price of the X-Pro1, and is available with the superb 18-55mm lens (priced separately at £600) for the same price as the body-only X-Pro1. Considering the similarities between the two, the X-E1 is a good-value option.

Key differences are the LCD screen and viewfinder. The EVF of the X-E1 is better than that of the X-Pro1 with improved contrast, but again it freezes during autofocus. With no option for an optical viewfinder, the X-E1 relies on its digital displays and the battery lasts for around 350 shots. This won’t cut it for a more demanding audience, so purchasing extra batteries is advisable. Providing a battery pack would perhaps be the best way to solve this issue.

Otherwise, for its intended audience – stills photographers – the X-E1 is a trendy, high-quality and good-value option. In the mirrorless camera market, the X-E1’s image quality is rivalled by the Sony NEX-7 and Fuji X-Pro1 alone. Furthermore, the X-E1, and indeed the X-Pro1, are backed up by a growing number of impressive X-mount lenses, so their appeal is likely to grow.

Fujifilm X-E1 – Key features

Built-in flash
Unlike the X-Pro1, the X-E1 features a pop-up flash, and its catch is released using this button.

The built-in flash has a modest output of GN 7m @ ISO 200, which can be adjusted ±2/3EV and used as a forced flash, in rear-curtain sync or as a commander for external flash units.

Quick menu
As its name suggests, quick changes to the settings can be made through this menu. There are 16 exposure settings to choose from.

Dioptre adjustment
It is the first time that a camera in the Fuji X series has offered dioptre adjustment for the viewfinder, here at -4m to +2m.

The up arrow button of the four-way D-pad enters the macro mode menu. With macro enabled, the minimum focus distance improves.

Multiple exposure
Via the main menu, the multiple exposure mode can be selected. However, its functionality is
rather disappointing, offering a maximum two-exposure frame. There is manual control over the exposure of each frame, though.

In-camera raw conversion
Without needing a computer, changes to a raw file’s exposure, white balance, dynamic range, film simulation, sharpness and numerous other settings can be viewed on-screen and implemented in-camera.

Display settings
A histogram, electronic level, exposure settings, framing guidelines (in grids of nine or
24, or HD framing), and AF and MF distance indicators are just a few of the settings that can be displayed on screen and via the EVF.


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
  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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