Fujifilm X-E1 Review

Review posted 04/08/2013

Quick Take

  • 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
  • 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
Bottom Line
A true rangefinder model for the true enthusiast, the Fuji X-E1 provides the control and quality that someone with good photographic knowledge will love. Its lofty price tag and lack of auto shooting modes will limit its target audience. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
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. But, the X-E1 features some upgrades too, in terms of AF (autofocus) speed thanks to a linear focus motor in the body as well as the kit and optional lenses (more on that in a minute), and a new 2.3-million dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder (EVF).

Speaking of lenses, the X-E1 works with all Fuji's X-mount series lenses. The included kit lens is the new XF 18-55mm (27-84mm equivalent) f/2.8-4.0, which will also be sold separately for other X-series owners. Another lens, the XF 14mm f/2.8 prime lens, also debuted alongside the X-E1 and, and like the XF18-55mm, will feature an upgraded linear focus motor.

Fujifilm X-E1 Features:
  • 16.3-Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor
  • EXR Prcoessor Pro
  • 27-84mm equivalent f2.8-4 kit lens
  • Organic OLED viewfinder (2.36 million dots)
  • 2.8-inch LCD display
  • Full 1080p HD Video Recording
  • Built-in pop-up flash
  • ISO 100-25600
  • Q Menu Shortcut button
  • In-camera RAW converter
  • Film simulations Modes
    • Velvia
    • ASTIA
    • PROVIA
    • Monochrome
    • Sepia
    • PRO Neg Std
    • PRO Neg Hi
  • Multiple Exposure Mode
  • Panoramic Shooting Mode
  • Auto Bracketing Functions
  • Fits all X-Mount lenses
  • Approx 350 shots per battery charge

The Fujifilm X-E1 is available in either a two-tone black and silver, or solid black. Both color choices ship as a kit with the XF 18mm-55mm (27-84mm equivalent) f/2.8-4.0 for an MSRP of $1,399.95. The Fujifilm XF14mm f/2.8 lens will also be available, separately, for $899.95, while XF18mm-55mm f/2.8-4.0 lenses will cost $699.95 outside of a kit. See our lowest price button above for the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • X-E1 body
  • FUJINON LENS XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
  • Li-ion battery NP-W126
  • Battery charger BC-W126
  • Shoulder strap
  • USB cable
  • Body cap
  • Metal strap clip
  • Protective cover
  • Clip attaching tool
  • CD-ROM (Viewer software, RAW File Converter etc.*3)
  • Owner's manual

Additional Product Views
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