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.
Fujifilm is one of the foremost photographic and imaging companies and is one of the pioneers of the compact camera. Fujifilm is generally given credit for launching the first real digital camera, the DS-1P, in 1988. Super CCD technology is simply one of the large number of features that Fujifilm digital cameras now come with. First debuting in the hugely popular Fujifilm FinePix F30, these sensors offer fantastic low-light and dynamic range performance, outperforming other cameras in most instances.
Fujifilm digital cameras are known for their natural image color, wide dynamic range, low noise and high sensitivity. One of the more popular models, the Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR, boasts a Super CCD sensor and offers a host of enthusiast-oriented features. Fujifilm obviously has targeted the high-end camera market with a camera featuring manual modes, image stabilization, RAW capture, WiFi connectivity, a 20x optical zoom and a large half-inch 16 megapixel sensor. Image quality is among the finest in the compact zoom class, although the camera does have a steep learning curve.
Fujifilm has also recently joined the retro camera craze, manufacturing more expensive models like the X100, XPro-1, X-E1 and cheaper XF1 that appear analog but still boast modern features you would expect. For the enthusiast that wants to not simply take great pictures, but look great while doing so, these cameras are perfect.
If you need a waterproof camera at an affordable price, Fujifilm's XP series is the best place to look. For a high-end waterproof camera that also boasts wireless, the XP170 is available. You can also find a great deal on the cheaper model, the XP50, as well. With a 5x optical zoom and waterproofing to 16 feet, this camera will go just about anywhere you do. While more high-end cameras from different brands outperform it in image quality, it will get whatever job done you need from it for less money.
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