Excerpt: In late 2012, Fujifilm announced the X-E1 - which is essentially a 30% smaller version on their flagship X-Pro1 , with a few upgrades. Meaning, the camera boasts the same 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor, an EXR Processor Pro, full HD 1080p video recording, an ISO range of 100-25600, a Q Menu shortcut button, and lots of great features like in-camera RAW conversion, various Film Simulation Modes, Multiple Exposure Mode, and Panoramic Shooting Mode.
Summary: The Fujifilm X-E1 is the second of the company's mirrorless compact system cameras to use the X-mount and the 16 Megapixel X-Trans CMOS sensor debuted in the groundbreaking X-Pro 1. It's smaller and less expensive than the X-Pro 1 but lacks one of its key selling points - the hybid optical / electronic viewfinder.
Pros: Excellent image quality., Superb high ISO noise performance., Big, bright, high resolution EVF., Built-in flash., External mic/remote socket., 6fps continuous shooting.
Cons: EVF prone to extraneous light., No direct movie record button., Limited movie modes., AF perfomance still so-so., No gadgets like built-in Wifi or GPS.
Summary: The X-series cameras also allow you to adjust dynamic range, saturation, sharpness and gradation. A sweep panorama function works well, letting you sweep the camera across the scene to create a panoramic shot. You can use the X-series' compatible lenses (just five, so far) or buy a $200 adapter to use M-mount lenses from Leica, Carl Zeiss and more.
Pros: Splendid image quality, Compact body with great retro style, Intuitive physical controls, Packed with professional-grade features
Cons: Slower autofocus than rivals, Unimpressive video, Partially plastic body isn't weather-sealed
Conclusion: With the X-E1, Fuji has brought the next evolution of the X series of interchangeable lens cameras. As the system is set to grow in the coming year, we can see this camera appealing to a large group of people.
Conclusion: The one thing the X-E1 will do for you that most other cameras can’t – even the top-of-the-line DSLRs – is make you look cool. Strap one of these around your neck, and we guarantee you’ll get people’s notice. The perception it gives is that you’re a serious photographer. But it isn’t just all looks. The X-E1, despite the issues, is a strong camera that’s highly capable of taking great photos.
Pros: Great styling, Large CMOS sensor, Great image quality, even in low light, Easy to use
Cons: Autofocusing could be faster, Video capture is a weak feature, No connectivity options or other features, Build quality could feel more solid
Summary: When Fujifilm released the X-E1 it’s clear that the company has one thing in mind, and that is to polish some of the rough edges that critics pointed out on the X-Pro1. Well, they didn’t have to do much as the X-Pro1 is already regarded by many as one of the sleekest MILC in the market.
Excerpt: Fujifilm is currently the biggest champion of retro design in the camera space, and the newly announced Fujifilm X-E1 indicates there’s no end in sight. In many ways, this new edition is just a smaller version of the so-called poor man’s Leica, a.k.a X Pro-1 . Many of its features are the same: a 16.3 MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor, ISO range of 200 to 6,400, manual controls, a battery good for up to 350 shots, and 1080p at 24p video capture.