The Fuji X-E1 uses their "X mount" to attach its XF lenses. Right behind the lens is the APS-C sized image sensor. Without the mirror taking up space, the camera is much more compact while still giving you the quality and capabilities of a dSLR. The camera does not have its own Image Stabilizer, so it relies on you to purchase a lens with stabilization built in. This keeps the prices a little higher on these lenses.
Fuji's 16-Megapixel X-Trans CMOS image sensor has been carried over from the X-Pro 1
, giving you their highest quality sensor. This sensor features a random pixel arrangement that stops moiré without affecting the resolution of the image. This new arrangement also helps with image noise, increasing the quality of your low-light and higher ISO images.
On and around the lens you will find a couple different controls. On this particular lens, the XF 18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS, you have controls for the aperture and image stabilization. The current aperture setting is for automatic, allowing the camera to operate in shutter priority or program mode, depending on the shutter setting. Changing this switch allows you to control the aperture by turning the first ring on the lens. At the bottom on the camera is a switch that controls the focus mode, with options for Manual, Continuous, and Single.
Featuring a very small pop-up flash unit, the X-E1 is ready for most situations. Unfortunately, with a GN 7 this flash is pretty weak, but can come in handy in some cases when you have no other choice or just need a little additional fill light. The camera also features a hot shoe so you can add an external flash unit for more versatility.
Here is the X-E1's amazing OLED EVF, sporting 2.36-Million dots of resolution, 100% coverage and a 1:5000 contrast ratio. What this means is that what you see in the viewfinder is exactly what the camera will capture. You will also be able to make out most of the fine details, focus points and get a great feel for the colors that will be captured. The diopter correction and eye sensor keep everything comfortable, letting you see the entire frame inside the EVF and automatically turning off the LCD when you put the camera up to your face. The biggest advantage to such a nice EVF is that you will see the adjustments to your images as they happen, even before you capture an image.
If you prefer the point-n-shoot style using the LCD screen, you will be happy with the 2.8-inch, 460,000 dot LCD screen. Here you will see all of the same information and camera setting effects as you do with the EVF, but at a lower resolution. Here you will also have to compete with the available light and reflections while shooting.
On the back-left side of the camera, you will find the flash pop-up button next to the EVF at the top. Under the EVF you will find the playback, DRIVE, AE and AF buttons. The DRIVE button is programmable when in shooting mode and can be set to one of the many shooting settings that does not already have its own shortcut button. The AE and AF buttons allow you to change the Exposure and Focus Points while shooting. In playback mode these buttons cover the zoom in and out as well as the delete button at the bottom.
On the right side of the camera you will find the View mode button along the top of the LCD, which allows you to switch between the LCD and EVF; or you can let the camera do it automatically with the EVF eye sensor. To the right is a command dial, AE-L/AF-L and the quick-menu buttons. The command dial offers quick menu navigation and changes certain exposure values (depending on the mode you are in). Pressing it inward allows you to zoom in on focus points in playback mode. In the middle is the 4-way controller with shortcuts for the camera menu and macro shooting mode. At the bottom is the DISP/BACK button. In shooting mode it changes the amount of information on the LCD/EVF. It also allows you to go back in the menu system without making a change.
Hidden under a door on the left side of the camera you will find the Input/Output ports. On top is a microphone/remote release port. This allows you to fire the camera remotely or connect an external microphone for increased audio quality during video recording (both of which are optional accessories). Next you will find the HDMI output for viewing your images and movies on a HDTV. At the bottom is the USB mini connector, letting you connect to a computer to upload images or a printer for direct printing.