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Fujifilm X-E1 16.3 MP Compact System Digital Camera with 2.8-Inch LCD - Body Only (Silver)
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Overall score: 79%
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- 16.3MP APS-C "X-Trans" CMOS sensor
- 6 frames per second continuous shooting
- Contrast detect AF
- ISO 200-6400, expandable up to 25,600
- 1080 HD video
- 2.8 inch LCD with 460,000 dots
- Electronic viewfinder with 2,360,000 dots
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||350 Photos|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Compatible Mountings||Fujifilm X|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||24 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||460000|
|Display Size||2.8 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||16.3 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||25,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||No|
|File Format||JPEG (Exif 2.3),, RAW (RAF format), RAW+JPEG|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/180 sec|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Flash Type||via hot-shoe EF-X20, EF-20, EF-42|
|Focus Description||TTL Contrast Detection|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|Form Factor||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|HDMI Type||Mini connector|
|ISO Range||Auto (400), Auto (800), Auto (1600), Auto (3200), 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400 (100, 12800, 25600 with boost)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.95 x 1.5 x 5.08 inches|
|Item Weight||0.77 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||8.7 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||7.2 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.756 grams|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,896|
|Metering||Multi, Average, Spot|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16.3 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Processor Description||EXR Pro|
|Remote Control Description||Optional RR-80|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||Ultra Sonic Vibration|
|Shipping Weight||2.3 pounds|
|Style Name||Body Only|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion NP-W126 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format||h.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (24 fps)|
|Viewfinder Description||2360000 dots|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
Review summary from DPReview
The Fujifilm X-E1 is a fine camera, and a pleasure to use. Fujifilm's recent improvements to focusing, both manual and automatic, make a real difference to performance, the built-in EVF is excellent, and the enthusiast-friendly ergonomics are addictive. The only serious issue is the camera's video mode, which is sub-par, compared to the competition.
Scoring is relative only to the other products in the same category.
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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 a
highly 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
The X-E1 achieves quick response compatible with DSLR cameras thereby enabling you to never miss a shot.
Other Features of X-E1Use 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
- AE Bracketing
- ISO Bracketing
- Film Simulations Bracketing
- Dynamic Range Bracketing
- Continuous Shooting (Burst Mode)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Color: Silver | Style: Body Only
Top Customer Reviews
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. Manual focus actually works WELL this is a Fuji?..though if it had the Sony PEAKING type feature, that would be helpful. Unlike the x100 you don't need turn the focus ring forever. You can see a magnified view of your target, and it's clear enough thru the wonderful EVF that just slightly turning the focus ring will get you superb focus..even in VERY low light, if auto is hunting too much. I may rarely use this feature but the built in stitch panorama feature works INCREDIBLY well, BETTER than the Sony Nex7 I am surprised!.Read more ›
People complain about the auto focus speed. I've never minded it. Sure it's not as fast as a SLR. But I'm always pre-focusing or manually setting the focus by distance etc. Even in SLRs I do this. I prefocus and wait for the moment. Or as an example of another trick, for my kids, I might set the focus to 5 feet manually, make sure my aperture gives me enough depth of field, and follow them around the playground composing and shooting at arm's length. Works great for action shots.
The image quality is second to only full frame cameras. Detail and ISO performance are amazing. ISO 6400 is other cameras' 800. So you're getting faster, cleaner, sharper shots. And lastly, but maybe best of all, is the dynamic range. It's huge. And somehow Fuji can translate that dynamic range to jpeg files in camera! So you don't even need to shoot raw files. Which is good because it's taking Adobe forever to figure out Fuji's sensor.
It really is a dream come true.
Since purchasing it last year, my Nikon gear gets less and less use. High ISO performance for an APS-C sensor camera is nothing short of amazing. I can now shoot at ISO 1600 (when needed) and not have to deal with gobs of "noise". My Nikon D300 gets pretty noisy by ISO 800.
Although I could go on and on, suffice it to say that my Nikon gear is about one step away from being put up for sale. What's holding me back is the lack of an X mount macro lens in the 100mm range. The 60mm Fujifilm macro doesn't go 1:1 and it's too short for my tastes. I also have some issues with Fuji's lenses seeming to grow in size. My 23mm (great lens optically) is really too large for a camera this size and the new 56mm is off the charts size-wise.
What I loved about Leica was the small size of the vast majority of its lenses and I was hoping that Fuji would try to keep things small to take advantage of the mirrorless concept.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this X-E1 after trading in an old PRO 1 camera. This one is light and I want to take it out all the time. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Roberto Pucci
I purchased my first X-E1 3 years ago with the terrific xf 18-55 f/2.8 to 4 lens as a bundle and was instantly impressed. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Neftali Cano
My most favorite camara but for one reason:
The right dial controlling the light +2 +1... Always moves when walking around. Read more
I wrote a review for the vendor. Seems like a great little camera. A complement to my Fuji X-A1.Published 2 months ago by Bob
I've owned the X-E1 for a bit over a year and wouldn't trade it for anything at the moment. I shoot it as a second camera with either the X-pro 1 or M6. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Health Warning
I have read reviews about the Fuji X-Trans sensor. Almost without exception the reviews were positive. I have several small sensor cameras, Olympus 4/3 and M4/3. Read morePublished 3 months ago by SeniorGeek
There is no lack of excellent reviews for Fuji's XF lenses, but excellence comes with a price -- they are far from affordable for many enthusiasts. Read morePublished 4 months ago by fair review