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Fujifilm X-E1 Summary

16 Megapixels16 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

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
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PROS CONS
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 + Excellent +

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Mirrorless digital camera

Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm

APS-C Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

16 Megapixels MirrorlessISO 100-25600
Fujifilm X Mount
1.5X FLM
Shutter 1/4000-30s
0.50" Built-in EVF 2.4 Megapixels (0.62X)Full manual controls, including Manual Focus
Automatic Eye-Start sensorCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
1 Axis Digital LevelSpot-Metering
Built-in Dust ReductionHot-Shoe
6 FPS Drive, 20 ImagesStereo audio input
1920x1080 @ 24 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
2.8" LCD 460K PixelsSecure Digital Extended Capacity
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