Conclusion: With the same "spectacular" image quality and "dazzling" rangefinder style as the Fujifilm X-Pro1 (Est. $1,000) , but in a smaller, less pricey package, the Fujifilm X-E1 impresses experts and owners. However, with sluggish autofocus and flawed video quality, it's not for everyone.
Pros: Splendid image quality, Compact body with great retro style, Packed with professional-grade features
Cons: Slower autofocus than rivals, Unimpressive video, Partially plastic body isn't weather-sealed
Summary: I immediately appreciated the Fujifilm X-E1 , since in practice the “cousin” with interchangeable lenses. But it is undeniable that this new system is a really good party: good and excellent optical sensors. It is therefore, the ideal camera for those looking for a second body slightly to match the heavy and bulky SLR kit, but it is also a perfect camera to start and to continue without any special waiver.
Excerpt: The Fuji X-E1 is a retro-inspired camera that borrows its good looks from rangefinder designs such as those from Leica. And not only does the X-E1 look good, it also has the imaging power to deliver some stunningly good images, a vast assortment of manual controls that inspires photographers to switch away from automatic shooting, […]
Summary: 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.
Pros: Plenty of dials for fast control when shooting, Incredibly quality throughout the entire standard ISO range, 10 available X-mount lenses and an adapter for M-mount lenses, Excellent Low-Light performance, Large, bright and vivid LCD screen, OLED viewfinder is a pleasure, showing all of your shooting information and instant changes without shooting, External Microphone Input, HDMI output, Good Battery Life, Seamless Motion Panorama, Plenty of Useful Accessories
Cons: Shooting performance lacks a little when compared to the performance of the rest of the camera, No Auto or Scene shooting modes, No dedicated video recording button, Lofty Price Tag, Choppy video playback with low quality audio
Summary: The X-E1 is one hell of a camera, leaving a few quirks aside. It is a mirrorless that can actually function as a substitute to the bulky DSLR for many users. If you're in the market for a DSLR, or want a camera system that will give you great images, then you might want to look at getting the X-E1.
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Conclusion: The Fuji X-E1 may be the baby brother to Fuji's flagship X-Pro1, but in many ways is its equal. Most importantly, the two cameras share the same impressive 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor, which produces image quality superior to most APS-C-sensor-based digital SLRs, but in arguably more attractive camera body designs. The X-E1 is also significantly less expensive than its older sibling, while boasting many of the same features.
Pros: Significantly less expensive than Fuji's flagship CSC, but with many of the same features, Really excellent image quality overall, JPEGs are very clean, with very conservative sharpening. (Who needs RAWs?), Lots of resolution and detail from 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor thanks to absence of low-pass filter, Very low incidence of moiré despite having no low-pass filter, Excellent low-light/high ISO shooting capability; crisp photos up to ISO 6,400, Very good dynami...
Cons: Significantly less expensive than Fuji's flagship CSC, but with many of the same features, Really excellent image quality overall, JPEGs are very clean, with very conservative sharpening. (Who needs RAWs?), Lots of resolution and detail from 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor thanks to absence of low-pass filter, Very low incidence of moiré despite having no low-pass filter, Excellent low-light/high ISO shooting capability; crisp photos up to ISO 6,400, Very good dynami...
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.
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.