Fujifilm X-E1 Brief Review

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  • 16.3 megapixel "X-Trans" APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 1080/24p HD video capture with stereo sound
  • 2.4 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder
  • 2.8-inch 460,000 dot LCD
  • 6fps continuous burst
  • Manual modes
  • RAW Capture
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2012-11-10
  • Final Grade: 92 A

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Fujifilm X-E1
16.3 megapixel "X-Trans" APS-C CMOS sensor; 1080/24p HD video capture with stereo sound; 2.4 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder; 2.8-inch 460,000 dot LCD; 6fps continuous burst; Manual modes; RAW Capture; Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

Fujifilm has announced an update to their mirrorless line in the X-E1, which sits at a lower price point than the expensive X-Pro1 yet still houses the same 16 megapixel X-Trans sensor that, without an anti-aliasing filter, pulls amazing amounts of detail out of a scene. The X-E1 is a bit smaller than the Pro1 but still bulkier than either Sony's NEX-7 or Olympus' OMD E-M5, giving an overall impression of retro with just a touch of unrefinement. The X-Pro1's remarkable hybrid electronic-optical viewfinder has been replaced with a high-density 2.4 million dot OLED EVF, but more important is the inclusion of a new fast 18-55mm f2.8-4 kit lens. Fujifilm boasts autofocus times of a tenth of a second using the combination, a number that is right in line with other top-tier mirrorless cameras. Fujifilm also announced the addition of a 14mm f2.8 prime lens to the XF mount and a firmware update will be forthcoming for X-Pro1 users who want the new kit lens. The kit will sell in November for $1399, $400 more than the body only price.

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Fujifilm Reviews

Being among the first creators of the compact camera, Fujifilm is one of the world's most significant imaging and photographic companies. Fujifilm launched the DS-1P in 1988, gaining credit for the first real digital camera widely available.

Most of their latest advanced cameras use an X-Trans sensor, which eliminates the need for an optical low pass filter by reducing moire with the arrangement of pixel units instead. Eliminating the optical low pass filter means there's less between the lens and the sensor, which translates into better resolution and detail.

Fujifilm digital cameras are famous for their natural image color, wide dynamic range, low noise and high sensitivity. It's hard to go wrong with a Fujifilm X mirrorless camera. Models like the X-M1 have an affordable price, yet sacrifice the right features in order to reach that price. Models like the X-T1, on the other hand, are packed full of the latest, greatest features on the market.

Fujifilm is about more than mirrorless though, offering several fixed lens cameras that are good options as well. Their super zoom cameras are usually a pretty good bet. They also offer a waterproof XP line, but they're more of a budget camera than a best-in-class option.

Fujifilm has also recently joined the retro camera craze, giving many of their models a retro film look with all the features of digital. Many of their models follow this trend, but there's a few that stick with a more digital look.

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