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.
Fujifilm's X-E1 delivers great photos for manual-focused photographers
22 January 2013
Summary: It's not a general-purpose recommendable camera thanks to subpar video and slightly sluggish performance, but for photo-quality-first photographers who want the analog-ish shooting experience, the Fujifilm X-E1 rules in its price range.
Pros: The Fujifilm X-E1 delivers excellent photo quality in an attractively designed body with a streamlined shooting layout.
Cons: While not bad, performance lags in its class, and the video quality disappoints.
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. Whether you should get this camera depends on your budget.
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: The Fujifilm X-E1 is a fine camera, and a pleasure to use. Fujifilm's recent improvements to focusing, both manual and automatic, make a real difference to performance, the built-in EVF is excellent, and the enthusiast-friendly ergonomics are addictive. The only serious issue is the camera's video mode, which is sub-par, compared to the competition.
Pros: Unique camera design makes you want to take pictures, Excellent JPEGs, little need to shoot raw most of the time, Reliable metering and AWB systems, good color (with choice of 'film modes'), Dials for exposure controls allow for easy check of settings by glancing at the top deck, particularly with prime lenses, Impressive image quality at all ISO settings - good resolution and low noise, Built-in flash is handy for fill lighting in a pinch, Film-simulations offer quic...
Cons: Built-in level isn't always as accurate as we'd like, Relatively slow AF makes photographing children more difficult, Framerates in continuous shooting mode aren't completely consistent, Camera disables RAW shooting without warning in some bracketing modes, Relatively low-resolution rear LCD compared to some peers, Panorama mode can result in visible banding in plain tones, Auto ISO often chooses too slow a shutter speed (specifically problematic with the longer prime...
Summary: Currently, the X-E1 costs £450 less than the street price of the X-Pro1, and is available with the superb 18-55mm lens (priced separately at £600) for the same price as the body-only X-Pro1. Considering the similarities between the two, the X-E1 is a good-value option.
Key differences are the LCD screen and viewfinder. The EVF of the X-E1 is better than that of the X-Pro1 with improved contrast, but again it freezes during autofocus.
Conclusion: We really like this camera - it looks great, it's intuitive to use and image quality is very good. The X-E1 is aimed at enthusiasts and professional photographers looking for an even more compact and lightweight alternative to the X-Pro 1. At a shade under Â£1200 for the X-E1 and XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS it's over Â£500 cheaper than the X-Pro 1 with the same lens.