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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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  • 16.3MP 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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DPReview Gold Award March 2013
The X-E1 offers the X-Pro1's image quality in a smaller, more responsive package. Its intuitive dial-led interface makes it a rather desirable little camera.
Andy Westlake Andy Westlake


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.

Reasons to buy

  • Excellent JPEGs, little need to shoot raw most of the time
  • Good color rendition with choice of 'film modes'
  • Dials for exposure controls allow for easy check of settings by glancing at the top deck

Things to consider

  • Relatively slow AF makes photographing children more difficult
  • Framerates in continuous shooting mode aren't completely consistent
  • Relatively low-resolution rear LCD compared to some peers
  • Auto ISO often chooses too slow a shutter speed

Suggested for

Any application requiring critical image quality - the X-E1 turns out excellent pictures.

Not suggested for

Movie mode and fast action shooting, where the camera's limitations do get in the way of results.
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Product Description

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.

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.


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.

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.

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By Chris R. Field on December 21, 2012
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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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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I arranged to get these three top cameras at the same time and tested them on the same indoor shot (bookcase of colorful books) with room light at ISO 3200 and 800 and flash at ISO 200. Had to use different lenses of course (18-55mm zoom on Sony, 24-85mm zoom on Nikon, 18-55mm zoom on Fuji), and all shots were JPEGs, so this comparison does not make it possible to distinguish the relative contributions of sensors, lenses, jpeg processors. All the noise reduction settings were on defaults. Just for fun I threw in my Canon S95 pocket camera and my iPhone5. All pix were blown up to the screen equivalent of about 24" wide.

A word about JPEGs vs. RAW: It is important to understand that modern lenses including these three are no longer just hunks of glass; they are designed to be used with the in-camera JPEG processing firmware, which undoes the inherent distortions on the wide angle side. Vignetting is also corrected, and chromatic aberration. It is no longer necessary to design lenses depending so much on the difficult correction of glass elements with additional glass elements, aspherics, etc. Lenses are now part software, which results in better optics at lower cost. In principle a poor single element lens could give near perfect results, limited only by the processing power of the little computer in your camera. You can see this for yourself; watch the LCD image and then fire the shot - you'll see the replay image come up with the whole field visibly altered by software distortion correction. For this reason it would require a lot of skill and Photoshop time to do the same thing manually starting from the RAW images. JPEG's are the way these lenses are designed to be used, so that's how they should be evaluated, as part of the whole camera.
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