Fujifilm X-E1 Summary
Fuji X-E1 Assessment
The Fuji X-E1 follows the X-Pro1 with the same 16 MP CMOS sensor that delivers class-leading image quality thanks to its unique X-Trans sensor which does not use an anti-alias filter.
The X-E1 is an excellent successor to the X-Pro1. While it does not address all issues, it improves upon the X-Pro1 considerably with a better EVF in a smaller body, faster performance and even a considerably lower price tag. The last one is particularly surprising and welcome considering these major improvements!
The design of the Fuji X-E1 is undoubtedly retro. This gives a good number of direct controls but a several idiosyncracies that could easily be avoided. Still, the X-E1 is mostly efficient to use and stays responsive except for autofocus speeds which go from sluggish in good light to very slow in dim light, making it not suitable for action photography.
The biggest limitation of the X-E1 is having only a handful of native lenses to choose from. At this time, this includes a single zoom, the brighter-than-most Fujifilm Fujinon XF18-55mm F/2.8-4R LM OIS
Fujifilm Fujinon XF18-55mm F/2.8-4R LM OIS.
|Class-leading image quality||Very slow autofocus in low-light|
|Extremely low image noise up to ISO 6400||Sluggish autofocus in good light|
|Excellent sharpness||Slow shot-to-shot speed|
|Great color accuracy||Not Exposure-Priority|
|Above average metering system||Fractional shutter-speeds get reset|
|Good white-balance||Only one Fn buttonOnly one of ISO, Self-Timer, DOF-Preview or WB is accessible at a time.|
|Superb EVF||No AE-L in MF mode|
|Plenty of direct controls||Soft aperture detentsWith all current XF-mount lenses|
|Instant video response||Short battery-life|
|Excellent build quality|
|Excellent + Excellent +|
Fujifilm X-E1 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|16 Megapixels Mirrorless||ISO 100-25600|
|Fujifilm X Mount|
|0.50" Built-in EVF 2.4 Megapixels (0.62X)||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|Automatic Eye-Start sensor||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|1 Axis Digital Level||Spot-Metering|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Hot-Shoe|
|6 FPS Drive, 20 Images||Stereo audio input|
|1920x1080 @ 24 FPS Video Recording||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|2.8" LCD 460K Pixels||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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