Features & Controls (cont.)

On top of the camera you can see the hot shoe on the far left side, with the stereo microphones in front. In the middle is the shutter speed dial, allowing you to change it without using the camera menu. To the right of that is the shutter release button coupled by the power switch, the Fn button and the exposure compensation button. Like the DRIVE button, the Fn button can also be set to handle one of many camera functions.

Recording of your images and movies is done by a SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card (not included). With the camera's large images and Full 1080p HD video capture, we recommend using the fastest cards you can get your hands on for the best performance. You will need a minimum of a Class 4 card to record HD video. The camera is shown here with a SanDisk Extreme Pro Class 10 UHS-1 SDHC memory card, that will put the camera's performance to the test.

Powering the X-E1 is a 7.2V, 1260mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. Fuji claims that the camera is able to capture up to 350 images on a single charge of this battery. Also included with the camera is the portable quick charger, which can completely recharge the battery in a little less than 2 hours. This also makes it easier to keep a spare battery charged and on hand at all times.

For Fuji's X-mount camera's there are now 10 lenses available (March 2013), covering a wide variety of shooting styles and demands. You will not have much trouble finding a specialized lens for just about any occasion you will come across.

For use with the hot shoe and in place of the pop-up flash unit, Fuji offers 3 external flash units, the EF-20, EF-X20 and the EF-42. All of these offer different profiles and amounts of power, so you can choose what best suits you and your needs.

For better control of the camera, especially when shooting with one hand, Fuji has designed an external grip that is easier to hold on to. It screws into the tripod mount at the bottom of the camera, so there is nothing in the way when it is on or holes showing when it is off.

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