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

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Fujifilm X-E1 review


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White balance and colour

It is clear from even a first look at JPEG files from the Fuji X-E1 that the colour rendition using AWB is very good indeed. In a landscape taken on a bright day, blues in the sky are punchy and greens realistic. In overcast conditions, too, the tone is warm, while in many other systems AWB can give cool results.

As I have already mentioned, there are ten colour modes in the film simulation menu, covering a wide range of shooting styles. I usually shoot in the standard colour mode, which here is called the Provia setting, but I find the vivid setting (Velvia) produces great results that are not oversaturated like many of the vivid settings in camera systems, unless the conditions are really bright already. With such a good choice of colour modes, I found myself switching between them a lot, especially the black & white options, where there are three filters designed for different situations. The red filter darkens a bright sky for great impact, while the green filter enhances the midtone detail, which is great for portraits. The film-simulation bracketing is great because the three colour modes can be recorded simultaneously.

  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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