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Fujifilm X-E1 16.3 MP Compact System Digital Camera with 2.8-Inch LCD and 18-55mm Lens (Black)

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  • 16.3 MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor
  • 2.36 Million Dot OLED Viewfinder
  • Fujifilm X-Mount
  • JPEG + RAW
  • Kit includes 18-55MM F2.8 - 4.0 OIS Lens
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Technical Details

Color: Black | Style: Kit with 18-55mm Lens
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • HD Compatible

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Product Details

Color: Black | Style: Kit with 18-55mm Lens
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 7.5 x 5.5 inches ; 1.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
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  • ASIN: B0092MD5ZE
  • Item model number: 16276467
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,796 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 6, 2012

Product Description

Color: Black | Style: Kit with 18-55mm Lens

From the Manufacturer

                        



                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Introducing the X-E1 from Fujifilm                                                                                                                      








                                                                                                                                                                                     


X-Trans CMOS Sensor - Enabling high quality imaging

Equipped with a large APS-C size sensor the resolving and descriptive power of the Fujinon lens can be maximized thereby enabling high resolution over the entire screen. 

Achievement of Superb High Resolution, High Sensitivity & Impressive “Bokeh” Effect

The X-E1's sensor adopts the same high-performance 16M X-Trans CMOS found in the X Series flagship X-Pro1 model. Featuring an originally developed color filter array with ahighly random pixel arrangement, its X-Trans CMOS sensor eliminates the need for an optical low-pass filter, which is used in conventional systems to inhibit moiré at the expense of resolution. The innovative array lets the X-Trans CMOS sensor capture unfiltered light from the lens and produce unprecedented resolution. The unique random arrangement of the color filter array is also highly effective in enhancing noise separation in high-sensitivity photography. Another advantage of the large APS-C sensor is the ability to create a beautiful “bokeh” effect - the aesthetic out-of-focus effect created when shooting with a shallow depth of field.


Standard Range to ISO6400 and Extended Range to ISO25600

Featuring a large APS-C sensor and with the elimination of an optical low-pass filter, Fujifilm's X-Trans CMOS takes advantage of its high-sensitivity performance to deliver a standard range up to ISO6400. No matter when or where the shutter opportunity arises, you can depend on its high-sensitivity image quality to defeat blur caused by camera shake or subject motion. The X-E1's low-light capabilities are guaranteed to capture the moment beautifully.

  • High Resolution

In bright scenes, every detail from the leaves of the trees to a wisp of hair in a portrait is captured with exceptionally high resolution.

  • Wide Dynamic Range

In high contrast scenes, for example when shooting landscapes with a strong contrast between bright and dark areas, this technology reproduces the natural tonality in both highlights and shadow.

FILM SIMULATION - Explore the Nuances of Color.

Just like choosing the perfect film to match your creative direction, the X-E1 can simulate the color and tonal qualities of acclaimed film brands including the true-to-scene natural look of PROVIA, the vibrant tonality and saturated colors of Velvia and the silky soft look and beautiful skin tones of ASTIA. Film Simulation mode makes it simple to capture the expressive color quality of the rich legacy of Fujifilm photo film technology.

 

High-definition and high-luminance 2.36 M-dot “OLED electronic viewfinder”

By combining the best “OLED electronic viewfinder” in its class with FUJIFILM's original optical technology the X-E1 offers a bright, wide field of vision of which its entirety can be seen at a glance.

    “Natural Look” Electronic Viewfinder Debuts                                                                                       

  • The Fusion of FUJIFILM Optical Technology and a new 2.36M-dot Organic EL

Adopting an optical structure of two glass lenses and a double aspherical lens, the viewfinder provides a comfortable and natural view of the entire scene with an horizontal apparent field of view of 25°. FUJIFILM's optical engineers have achieved a distortion-free view with astounding edge-to-edge clarity and maintained an excellent field of vision even if the photographer's eye position shifts.

  • Diopter Adjustment Dial


The X-E1 offers a diopter correction dial that enables users to adjust the strength of the viewfinder in accordance with their eyesight. The dial is located on the side of the viewfinder and can be adjusted from -4m-1 - +2m-1 (dtp).

  • 2.36 M-dot Organic EL Panel

With approx. 2.36M dots of resolution and 100% coverage, the X-E1 display panel provides incredible detail to perfectly frame and focus your shots. The rich color expression of OLED technology and high contrast ratio of 1:5000* reflect exposure, white balance and film simulation settings with high fidelity, letting you confirm changes in real time.

* Depending on the shooting conditions.                                                                                   

                                                                                                   

       

                                                                                              

An analog interface allowing you to check settings at a glance.


  • Settings can be checked even when the camera is off.
  • High precision parts provide just the right amount of torque and resistance when clicking the dials thereby allowing you to get suitable response when photographing.
  • Interface enabling settings to be changed while looking through the viewfinder.
  • With the exposure dial and shutter speed controlled with the right hand and the aperture ring controlled with the left, the X-E1 enables you to change settings instinctively by feel without looking up from the viewfinder.
  • Being able to change settings in an instant means you won't miss that “perfect shot”.
  • High-rank, high quality design.
  • Beautiful Magnesium Die-Cast Top and Front Cover - Stylish Yet Stron
  • “Made in Japan” Premium Quality

 

The built-in flash corresponds to GN7*.

You can make your subject stand out using the flash, such as the daytime synchro when the sun is in front of you or the capture light when photographing people.

By combining the superior highly sensitive performance of the X-E1 with highly sensitive settings you can achieve high resolution with little noise by compensating for the amount of light present.

From assist lamps to full flash the X-E1 will broaden the horizon of your photography.

* ISO200 · m

 

Quick Response

The X-E1 achieves quick response compatible with DSLR cameras thereby enabling you to never miss a shot.                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                           

Other Features of X-E1

Use the “Drive” button to switch to photography modes you use often.

             You can smoothly change to the following settings using the DRIVE button.

  • Recording High-Definition (HD) Movies
  • Bracketing
  • AE Bracketing
  • ISO Bracketing
  • Film Simulations Bracketing
  • Dynamic Range Bracketing
  • Continuous Shooting (Burst Mode)
  • Panoramas

Full HD Movies with Cinema-like Image Quality

Shoot Full HD movies (1920 x 1080) at 24fps, the same frame rate used for cinema films. In addition to using Monochrome or other Film Simulation modes to enhance your artistic expression, you can take full advantage of the combination of X-E1's large sensor and bright XF lenses to capture movies with a large and beautiful defocused “bokeh” background. Connect stereo microphones (commercially sold) to the microphone connector to record audio with enhanced clarity and presence.

Film Simulation modes for Movie shooting

PROVIA - True-to-life natural tonality and color reproduction.

Velvia - Shoot HD Movies in the vibrant colors of Velvia.

MONOCHROME - Capture the action in richly expressive monochrome tones.


Customization Function

Assign Frequently Used Functions to the Fn Button

Assign any one of the following frequently used functions to the Fn (Function) button and enjoy smooth one-touch controls during shooting.

MULTIPLE EXPOSURE / PREVIEW DEPTH OF FIELD / ISO / SELF-TIMER / IMAGE SIZE / IMAGE QUALITY / DYNAMIC RANGE / FILM SIMULATION / WHITE BALANCE / AF MODE / SELECT CUSTOM SETTING / MOVIE / RAW

Save Custom Settings

Create, save and instantly recall up to 7 sets of user-defined settings covering all parameters from ISO sensitivity to white balance.

Focusing

Selectable AF with a 49-point Metering Matrix

Within the screen, the auto focus area is divided into a 49-point matrix. AF accurately and swiftly recognizes the primary subject and brings it into crystal clear focus, and also lets you freely select the position of the AF frame. You can also change the AF frame size and pinpoint the focusing.

0.05-sec Shutter Time Lag

The shutter time lag is only 0.05 sec, so you can capture the precise instant you wish to and enjoy a comfortable shooting experience.

High-speed Auto Focus with Lens-Sensor Contrast Detection

The highly agile linear motor in the XF18-55mm lens combined with the high-speed signal readout of the CMOS sensor and the EXR Processor Pro, achieves a huge leap in AF speed and precision performance. Contrast detection AF in the X-E1 brings your subject into sharp focus in as little as 0.1 sec* so you'll never miss a shot.

* Fujifilm research

Manual Focusing Methods

In the viewfinder, the distance index bar is displayed together with the depth of field scale and aperture value, providing helpful guides for focusing. For pinpoint precision in manual focus mode, just press the Command Dial and confirm sharpness with a zoom view of the focus point. This helpful function also features selectable zoom display ratios. And at a touch of the AE/AF Lock button, you activate the built-in Focus Aid function for automatic focusing of the subject in the focus frame.*

* Available only when using XF lenses.

AF Assist Lamp for Low-Light Scenes

In low-light settings where even the subject is hard to see through the viewfinder, the AF Assist Lamp illuminates the subject and assists Auto Focus.

Multiple Exposure

Add Artistry to Your Photographic Expression

In film cameras, multiple exposure is the photographic technique of superimposing one image on another by double exposing a single frame of film. Through advanced digital processing, X-E1 can simulate this technique, expanding your creative expression. Just select Multiple Exposure mode and take your first shot using either the EVF or LCD monitor. Next, while viewing the first image, you can frame and shoot the second exposure. This ability to precisely position and focus the second shot lets you not only “see” how the finished Multiple Exposure image will look, but also explore other creative photographic possibilities.

4:3 Aspect Ratio

The LCD's 4:3 aspect ratio provides a large screen to view the complete 3:2 image with ample room for display of shooting information outside the image frame.


Q (Quick Menu) Button

Fast Shortcut to Shooting Menu Settings

Skip directly to frequently used shooting menus with the Q (Quick Menu) button. ISO sensitivity setting, White Balance, Film Simulation and other frequently used shooting settings are displayed in a list. Just use the 4-way controller to select the item and the command dial to change settings for speedy operation while shooting.

In-camera RAW Converter

The built-in RAW data converter lets you view results in the field without first transferring the data to a PC. This easy-to-use feature not only takes into account exposure compensation, white balance and other in-camera image quality settings, but also lets you apply Film Simulation modes in the converter mode.

ISO100-25600 Sensitivity Setting Range

Expand the normal sensitivity range from ISO200-6400 to ISO100, 12800 or even ISO25600. In dynamic lighting conditions, you can now set a sensitivity ceiling within the range of ISO400-6400 and keep the camera on ISO Auto.

Exceptionally low noise even at high sensitivity.


From SLEEP to ON in 0.5 sec.

After turning OFF the power, the X-E1 enters a “sleep” mode (for a maximum of 24 minutes). If the power is turned ON during this time, the X-E1 “wakes up” instantly, reducing the normal startup time from 1.0 sec. to approx. 0.5 sec. ready for you to frame and capture the moment.

Exposure Control

Easy-to-use AE/AF Lock Button

Lock both exposure and focus for the subject by touching the special AE/AF Lock button conveniently placed in the upper area of the rear control panel. Using the setup menu, you can also set the button to lock only AE or AF.

Selectable Metering Modes

Swiftly select the best metering for your shot: “MULTI” for accurate response to a variety of lighting conditions, “SPOT” for precise reading of approximately 2% of the viewfinder area in the center of the screen, and “AVERAGE” for an average exposure setting for the entire scene.


FUJIFILM is pleased to announce the launch of two new models to the FUJINON XF Lens range bringing the total number of lenses available to five, offering much broader photographic appeal.

Another unique five lenses will be added in the line-up in early 2013, making the total to 10 lenses.

Product Description

The compact X-E1 is engineered to deliver extraordinary image quality. It starts with FUJIFILM's proprietary 16.3 APS-C X-Trans 2/3-Inch CMOS sensor whose unique pixel array is designed to deliver unsurpassed image resolution and color accuracy. Choose from the newly expanded XF Lens lineup with two new bright, high-definition FUJINON X-Mount lenses including a 14mm F2.8 and an 18-55mm F2.8-F4 lens. The 18-55mm allows photographic flexibility, optimizes low-light shooting and coupled with the EXR Processor Pro, the X-E1 delivers high performance auto - focusing. Everything you need in one compact, beautiful camera system.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I gave the camera as a gift to a budding photographer and he's really enjoying the way it works in low light situations. The images are very crisp and clear. He still uses… Read more ›
I bought the X-E1 with the 35mm f/1.4 lens. The image quality is excellent. Autofocus performance is far from stellar, but definitely OK after the firmware update - make… Read more ›
Being a baby boomer this camera reminds me of some the great cameras I've had over the years. Image quality is outstanding. It came down to the Fuji xe-1 or the omd em5. Read more ›
If you are planning on…Otherwise, if your subjects are calm kids, pets, landscapes, buildings, portraits and such; I wouldn't doubt it, its image quality is amazing!!! Read more ›
Other than that, I'm perfectly thrilled. The images are as sharp as anything else I've ever used. Read more ›
ISO 800 is my basic setting in daily photography. All three images were beautiful. - XE1 was the cleanest, but the Sony NEX had more punch and contrast. Read more ›
The lens is superb, way better than any lens kit around. Read more ›
I have an X100 Fuji and love it, using the EVF when appropriate (and I swear it is better than the one on the X-E1). The 18-55mm lens is OUTSTANDING. Beautifully fitted and… Read more ›
Hands down the other all star feature of this camera. 4- Lens- I was blown away by how nice this lens actually is. before I bought it I didn't expect much. Read more ›
for this price it is very good camera with great lens, it is better than anything up to 1000$ Read more ›
I was a canon user for 5 years. After traveling with a large bag full of lenses, camera bodies, and flashes, I decided to lose the weight and go mirrorless. So glad I did,… Read more ›
- Lightweight - Great kit lens Read more ›
The different modes are easy to get to and understand, panoramas are fluid and simple to take and come together most times flawlessly. If you move or shake the camera too… Read more ›
Automatic mode is incredible. Take a photo of a black dog - routinely impossible for most cameras - and see what happens. Read more ›
JPEGs right out of the camera are great and I've done little if any correction with most of my images (a little color…The film simulation modes are extremely useful. Th… Read more ›
Lastly, the simplicity of the controls is excellent. No other Compact System Camera is this simple. Read more ›
5. DSLR-like features (bracketing, wireless flash control, etc.) 6. Fuji film modes are great (Provia / Astia / Velvia / B&W / Sepia, etc.) 7. Kit glass is incredibly good… Read more ›
The electronic finder is a revelation and the handling is excellent. Like the Q menu a lot and wish Nikon would do something like that in the pro dslrs. The 18-55 lens is… Read more ›
The lens auto focus is quick, not fast. But then again, I grew up with manual focus 35mm rangefinder cameras. Read more ›
I got this…It came with original firmware and once I updated the body and lens many issues like the over-exaggerated problem with slow auto focus is greatly improved. Read more ›
I think it is does a wonderful job. With the update the focus is good, not my 7D but good. I am glad I bought it. Read more ›
The lens I got was the new 18-55, think old school tank build. The focus is fast - not as fast as the OMD but more accurate. No face detection or tracking, but that is not… Read more ›
You will likely not able to focus in time for shooting any kind of moving objects like airshow or sports event, this camera is for street photography, portrait shots and… Read more ›
Focus speed is pretty quick..also owning an X100 I'd say this is a bit quicker to a lot quicker to focus overall. I'd also say YES, it can hunt a bit in lower light. Read more ›
It's light, fun, it even looks nice! The manual controls and dials are great to use. It feels solid. Read more ›
I have no desire for a 24MP camera whatsoever and what this…Fuji's cameras are so much FUN to use, that's why i sold all my Nikon stuff and jumped to Fuji all the way. Read more ›
The A77 is wicked fast, has tons…Overall, the Fuji has been alot of fun to use and the recent firmware updates made a drastic change the AF speed/accuracy for the better. Read more ›
It is not a camera for following little Johnny around the house…It reminds me of the Pentax K1000 I had many years ago - simple to use, no frills, but great photographs. Read more ›
The camera is easy to use, small and relatively light. In use, it feels more like a traditional rangefinder camera rather than an electronic device. Read more ›
for my travel companion I used to use my Contax G's the lens and the quality I got from 35mm were un-matched ... the camera itself was so clean and simple to use , the… Read more ›
I don't even need to open my PS. The tone of color is very satisfying! Read more ›
The size is just right, allowing you to grab images without looking "professional". The colors are really nice on the portrait side of things. The jpegs are really… Read more ›
An amazing little camera. Image quality and the color rendition is outstanding and so much more easy to travel with. It is a little slow to focus and action shots won't… Read more ›
Excellent camera with good colors. It handles well and is relatively small. Read more ›
I really like this using this combo. The pictures are sharp and clear with good color. Read more ›
I've played with photography since I was in Jr High school (the 1970's), I've used Canon, Nikon,…I've always loved Fujifilm, and the amazing colors from the film days. W… Read more ›
I picked the X-E1 as a result of the great reviews, compact size, stylish design and the quality of the photos that it produces in addition to the lens selection that Fuji… Read more ›
But the feel of this camera in your hand, the amazing resolution, the compact size, the accessible controls and great lens options make this a tool for crafting some… Read more ›
It all comes down to this right? What good is all the handling, ergonomics and compact size advantages if you don't end up with images that make you happy. Neither camera… Read more ›
The superior image quality, Fuji color palettes, shooting flexibility, and relatively lightweight and compact size of the Fuji X-E1 with 18-55mm lens serve as the best… Read more ›
6) Well laid out controls that are easy to use 7) Perfect balance of size (not too small or too big) 8) Interchangeable lens Read more ›
I love this camera for its image quality, its mechanical controls, its intuitive menu, its size, feel and look. It's fun to use. Read more ›
First select the down arrow on the…Alternatively, the F1 function button can be assigned to set focus mode and than allow setting the focus point with the 4 way controller. Read more ›
Wonderfully sharp, colorful, dazzling images. Reasonably decent user interface that didn't take too long to learn. HOWEVER, the focus is miserably slow and useless for… Read more ›
It has ONE function button, but you cannot even use the scroll wheel on the back to control it, you still have to use the thumb pad which means you have to pull it from… Read more ›
But I dislike the lens barrel that comes out with noise each time you turn it on. I dislike the menu buttons with labyrinthine structures. I dislike the touch buttons. Read more ›
I dislike the menu buttons with labyrinthine structures. I dislike the touch buttons. Most of all, I don't like the color renditions and tricky white balance. Read more ›
+Camera options/ergonomics, I found the menu options intuitive and ergonomics nice on the X-E1, once you play with the camera for a few days it is really easy to get to the… Read more ›
The Fujifilm does not have an optical viewfinder. The electronic viewfinder is bright but a little slow when recomposing a shot. You can also shoot in live view mode, but I… Read more ›
Edit: The camera was never dropped, it turns out that the viewfinder cover was pushed out of…Also, the viewfinder works perfectly, and I was not asking for it to be fixed. Read more ›
Relying on JPEGs was unthinkable with my Pany GH1 (still…The viewfinder is great, the 18-55 zoom is very good, the quick menu feature makes changing settings fast and easy. Read more ›
While the camera body seemed rather light, taking it out of the box,…The view finder is as nice as the Sony (yes maybe a bit of lag in dark scenes but it doesn't bug me). Read more ›
It is 22 percent lighter than the Pro1, smaller, has exactly the same…Also, the Electronic Viewfinder is much improved over the Pro1 and Fuji added a Pop-Up flash. Now… Read more ›
The dynamic range is amazing and I was awestruck by how clear and sharp some…I love the viewfinder and like how it comes on automatically when I put it up against my face. Read more ›
The ISO has been a pleasant surprise as well. It's good up to around 1600 and usable to around 3200 depending on conditions. Read more ›
This camera fits my hands nicely. I recently updated the firmware to 2.1, and the auto iso is much improved. The lenses I have for it are the XC 16-50, the XF 27mm, and two… Read more ›
Much better than any MFT i tried so far. The high iso is great. Very portable. Read more ›
It is a lot more discreet that my 5D MKIII with an L lens attached. IQ, especially with the 35 mm f1.4 is outstanding up to ISO 3200, and I find it really easy to use. Read more ›
Has several functions that I'm sure Ill enjoy like panorama , o in camera HDR . Bracketing , great iso. Even video. Read more ›
Doesn't even have to be that dark. It's no good having great ISO potential if you can't see through the viewfinder easily. Read more ›
As everyone knows, the IQ out of the Xtrans sensor is incredible. That is, if you can get the camera to perform on automatic, or even shutter priority. Read more ›
The Bayer versus Fuji X-Trans sensor array is academically interesting to me, but I honestly haven't seen or read anything yet that proves the superiority of the X-Trans… Read more ›
Within 30 minutes of owning the X-E1,…A lot of this was also due to the 35mm f1.4 lens, but the simplicity of the camera and it's high quality sensor round out the picture. Read more ›
If you are looking for a compact camera with beautiful jpeg pictures...look no further. I would have a hard time finding a compact camera (crop sensor) with better results. Read more ›
To be…Coming from full frame sensors and L lenses, I am used to sharp pictures, high ISO performance, great OOC image quality, buttery bokeh, bright view finders....etc. Read more ›
I know that the Leica has a full frame sensor, keep in mind that Fuji's X-trans sensor is routinely (and rightfully so) compared to the Canon 5DmkII and the Nikon D700 full… Read more ›
It depends on the film simulation you choose but very accurate. 2. The auto exposure is perfect. In very contrastly scenes too, it somehow is able to reduce highlights blow… Read more ›
Bottom line is that I am…The image quality is superb, the colors out of the camera are great, and exposures are surprisingly good even in difficult lighting situations. T… Read more ›
- The exposure is very good. Spot, average and matrix are available. Read more ›
It's not just that the camera produces great photos with subtle colour, excellent exposure, fast sharp focus, but most of all it's just a pleasure to use. Fuji has put back… Read more ›
You see the entire frame at 100% and have the ability to quickly dial in exposure compensation and see all of the relevant information like shutter speed, aperture, and ISO… Read more ›
The EVF…Unlike other viewfinders that are %100 live view & reflect changes in exposure the XE1 EVF is always brightly at optimum exposure regardless of light meter reading. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

249 of 268 people found the following review helpful By Sky Blue on November 29, 2012
Style Name: Kit with 18-55mm LensColor Name: Silver
I have been a fan of Leica M7 with 50 mm Summilux for a decade. I have used a few digital cameras but nothing could replace my M7. My biggest discontent with digital cameras have been white balance and contrast -- no matter which camera I tried, I could never quite get the same perfect white balance and the natural and yet strong and beautiful contrast of film camera photography, especially those of M7 with Summilux. Digital photos almost always had the washed-out colors and weired color bias. I hesitated to invest in M9 because I did not believe, for right or wrong, it could quite deliver what M7 had delivered. Leica had never been known to be a pioneer in digital photography. I also tried the first digital Leica called Digilux some 9 years ago, which was a joke. Convenience means little if the quality is lacking; I would rather have 10 photos that I like than 100 photos that I do not like. So despite the efforts and costs of processing needed for a film camera, I kept on using my Leica M7.

Enter Fuji X-e1. After taking some photos, I blew them on my 60-inch PDP. Perfect. Perfect at ISO 4000. And what a contrast. Wow. As far as I know, this is as close to a film photo feel as a digital photo could get: white balance is impeccable, skin tones perfect, strong contrast, colors that sing, and no grains at ISO 4000! Hallelujah.

Another thing about this camera: JPG files are excellent. I hate keeping RAW files. They are big files taking up so much space and post processing is such a pain to me. With this camera, you can simply forget about shooting in RAW. JPGs are just as nice. Even after reducing the file size to a mere 40 KB for emailing purposes, your photo retains the color and beauty.

The EVF is awesome.
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269 of 300 people found the following review helpful By Chris R. Field on December 21, 2012
Style Name: Kit with 18-55mm LensColor Name: Black
First off, I LOVE this camera!!!!!!!!!

So why 3 stars? because I cannot recommend it to most people. I HIGHLY recommend this to experienced photographers.

However the look, the feel, the incredible high ISO performance, all top notch. The focus is just sad compared to other cameras. If you want to buy this for sports, weddings, wildlife or chasing kids around(which is a bad decision due to the lack of telephoto lenses) you will be very disappointed. If you take a slow and deliberate approach to your photography you will be greatly rewarded. This is a camera you work with, not a camera you use, and I really like that aspect personally. But the slow AF, weak AF in low light, and lack of features other cameras have in spades keep it from being a 5 or even a 4. If I were to rate it off the sensor and feel only it would be a 10 out of 5. Optically it is as close to perfect as you will get for less than $3000, and the kit lens is no slouch.

If anyone is looking at this they are also probably looking at the Olympus OMD. I own both of these cameras and want to put up a side by side comparison from my own experience.

Why compare this against the OMD? Because it has set a new benchmark of performance in the world of mirrorless cameras, and even with a smaller sensor it competes well against larger mid range DSLR's. Other options include the NEX 7 and maybe the NEX-6. I have owned and used both the NEX c3 and NEX 5N quite a bit and they are awesome fast high performance compact point and shoot cameras, you sort of have to just trust them, and they do an excellent job but i am a bit of a control freak with my cameras. I found the manual controls lacking, especially compared to the Olympus OMD and Fuji XE-1.
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Augsburg57 on December 29, 2012
Style Name: Kit with 18-55mm LensColor Name: Black
I've owned a variety of cameras over the past 40 years and digital cameras in particular going back 15 years. When I purchased the Fuji X-E1 in black with the 18-55 F2.8-4.0 zoom kit lens, a couple of weeks ago, I held on to my Nikon D700 and Olympus E-P2. The D700 is a great camera and a wonderful friend over the past several years, and the E-P2 was pretty good - but had some issues. However, within a few days after purchase of the X-E1, the D700 and E-P2 had been sold. I don't think I will be looking back.

A couple of days ago, I spent an afternoon with the X-E1 and took about 300 photos. Wow, what a pleasure! The size and layout are really good. Not too small and fiddly like the Oly, and not too big and heavy like the D700.

The X-E1 is a photographer's camera. Controls are easy to use and well laid out. But that's only half the story. The image quality, low light performance and dynamic range are all fantastic - definitely surpassing the D700 in low light performance. I could reliably shoot the D700 up to 1600 ISO, but the X-E1 does better at 6400 ISO than the full frame Nikon did at 1600!

I have made all firmware updates (as of late December 2012), including both the body and lens. Focusing is a non-issue for my camera. I NEVER had the camera hunt or mis-focus with my 300 shots a couple days ago - and most shots were indoors! My old D700 would not have done that well with autofocus. The D700 would occasionally hunt and mis-focus. And compared to the Oly E-P2, the Fuji's focus is night and day better. During my afternoon of shooting - much with low light, I confirmed I can shoot reliably down to 1/15th second shutter speed with the image stabilized 18-55 lens.

I love the Quick menu giving easy access for adjusting the X-E1.
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