Fujifilm X-E1

Released October, 2012
New: X-E2 (Oct, 2013)
  • 16 MP
  • APS-C 23.6 x 15.6 mm CMOS
  • 2.8" LCD
It's also worth bearing in mind that if you shoot raw, you have free control over all of these processing parameters when using the in-camera raw developer in playback.
by DPReview (Feb, 2013)
8.7 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Fujifilm X-E1

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Fujifilm X-E1
n.d.
NEX 7
n.d.
OM-D E-M5
n.d.
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth, DxOMark Dynamic range and 1 more

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Fujifilm X-E1
6.6
NEX 7
8.1
OM-D E-M5
7.5
Focus lag

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Fujifilm X-E1
8.0
NEX 7
8.9
OM-D E-M5
8.7
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Fujifilm X-E1
9.3
NEX 7
9.3
OM-D E-M5
9.4
Reviews from reviews.cnet.com, trustedreviews.com, photographyblog.com and 2 more

8.7

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Fujifilm X-E1
8.7
NEX 7
9.1
OM-D E-M5
9.0

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Fujifilm X-E1

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Fujifilm X-E1
2,300 LPH
OM-D E-M5
2,600 LPH
NEX 7
2,400 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Fujifilm X-E1
438 ms
NEX 7
223 ms
Alpha NEX-6
257 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Fujifilm X-E1
54 ms
NEX 7
22 ms
Alpha A6000
22 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Fujifilm X-E1
2,400 ms
Fujifilm X-A1
500 ms
OM-D E-M5
1,100 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Fujifilm X-E1
6 fps
Alpha A6000
11 fps
NEX 7
10 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Fujifilm X-E1
350 photos
OM-D E-M5
500 photos
NEX 7
430 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Fujifilm X-E1


7.9
Detail resolution is very high, as we'd expect from the specification, although like all EVFs, diagonal lines at a shallow angle to horizontal/vertical do display some 'stair stepping.

9.0
The Fujifilm X-E1 feels even more like the natural interchangeable lens evolution of the incredibly popular X-100 camera than the X-Pro1 did, offering refined, intuitive handling, fantastic image quality, premium build quality and five high-quality lenses on launch.

9.0
ISO 800 – 100% cropAt ISO 800 noise beginning to encroach ever-so slightly at ISO 800, but it's very subtle.

8.0
The LCD is a mix: small and relatively-low resolution, but sufficiently visible in direct sunlight.

Overall

8.5 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

On top it's got analog shutter-speed and exposure-compensation dials; for shutter priority shooting, you rotate the shutter dial to A. The camera is designed to be used with lenses that have manual aperture rings like the 18-55mm lens that comes in the kit, but a recent firmware update has rendered it compatible with the newer (cheaper) no-aperture-ring lenses; with those, you control aperture via the jog dial on the back.
by c|net (Aug, 2013)
Lens shift type (when OIS type lens is set).
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)
Not only is the build quality very good, but also the relatively fast maximum aperture of f/2.8-4 makes it highly flexible, while the built-in OIS image stabilisation system offers the equivalent of four stops of anti-shake protection.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2013)

Sensor

In fact, in terms of resolution the Fujifilm is very close indeed to the 24MP Sony NEX-7 or the Sigma SD1, which uses a 15MP Foveon X3 sensor to record full color information at every pixel, and therefore (like the X-E1) uses no AA filter.
by DPReview (Feb, 2013)
In fact, in terms of resolution the Fujifilm is very close indeed to the 24MP Sony NEX-7 or the Sigma SD1, which uses a 15MP Foveon X3 sensor to record full colour information at every pixel, and therefore (like the X-E1) uses no AA filter.
by DPReview (Feb, 2013)
It's also worth noting that as we've come to expect from Fujifilm's X-series, the X-E1's built-in raw converter is excellent, offering all of the essential tonal and color adjustments that make shooting raw so useful, and delivering JPEGs that match in-camera JPEGs in terms of quality.
by DPReview (Feb, 2013)

Focus

While the camera gets bonus points for the EVF, tilting flash, and focus peaking, the rest of the feature set is pretty average.
by c|net (Aug, 2013)
There's an AF motor in the body and the new lenses incorporate a linear motor for faster physical operation, and the combination theoretically delivers much better AF performance.
by c|net (Aug, 2013)
Note though that the X-E1 doesn't offer any manual focus aid other than magnified view in the EVF, and most notably there's no 'Focus Peaking' display (that Sony, Pentax and Ricoh users tend to appreciate).
by DPReview (Feb, 2013)

Image quality

One of the things we enjoyed most about using the X-E1 is shooting in low light with reasonable confidence that we'll get a usable shot with good detail.
by DPReview (Feb, 2013)
On top of this, the camera's generally-reliable white balance and appealing color rendition (especially in Soft/Astia mode) means that for many purposes it makes perfect sense to shoot JPEGs with the full intent of using them.
by DPReview (Feb, 2013)
The viewfinder refresh rate also drops markedly as light levels fall, so while motion is rendered perfectly smoothly in daylight, under night-time artificial light it can appear distinctly jerky.
by DPReview (Feb, 2013)

Viewfinder

Rounding things off is the View Mode selector button that enables you to toggle between the viewfinder and rear screen, although you can also program the eye sensor next to the viewfinder to automatically swap to the EVF when you raise the X-E1 to your eye.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2013)
With its unique hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder, solid metal body and analogue dial-led control philosophy, it was clearly targeted at professionals and enthusiasts looking for an updated take on the classic rangefinder concept.
by DPReview (Feb, 2013)
With its unique hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder, solid metal body and analogue dial-led control philosophy, it was clearly targeted towards professionals and keen enthusiasts looking for an updated take on the classic rangefinder concept.
by DPReview (Feb, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 16 MP
Resolution 4896 x 3264
Size APS-C
Area 23.6 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 23.0 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,300 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,300 LPH

focus system

Type Contrast detection
Supports continuous Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 129 x 74.9 x 38.3 mm
Thickness 38.3 mm
Weight 350 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
WiFi None
Automatic panorama Yes
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 24 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm

display

Type LCD
Size 2.8"
Resolution 460 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Electronic
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.37x
Viewfinder size 0.24x
Display type OLED
Display resolution 2,360 k dots

performance

Max continuous shooting 6 fps
Battery life 350 photos
Continuous shooting 6 fps
Focus lag 438 ms
Shutter lag 54 ms
Startup delay 2,400 ms
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