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" 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.
The X-Trans CMOS sensor, inspired by the random arrangement of fine silver halide grains seen in photographic film, adopts a more complex, random arrangement of 6x6 pixel sets to reduce moiré and false colors. This innovative array of pixels eliminates the need for an optical low pass filter, and lets the X-Trans CMOS sensor capture unfiltered light from the lens avoiding any of the resolution reduction this causes, ensuring you get extra high resolution images that can withstand enlargement to a 2,700mm x 1,800mm size.
When matched with the new XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS lens the result is maximum performance with a high-speed autofocus time of 0.1 sec. The highly agile linear motor in the new XF18-55mm lens combines with the high-speed signal readout of the CMOS sensor and the newly developed EXR Processor Pro, to achieve a huge leap in AF speed and precision performance. Contrast Detection in the X-E1 brings your subject into sharp focus in as little as 0.1 seconds.
The Fujifilm X-E1 is commonly used for Family photos, Low light, Macro photography, Travel, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Fujifilm X-E1 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Fujifilm X-E1 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Fujifilm X-E1: Compact, Easy to use, Fast shutter speed, Good battery life, Good in low light, Great resolution, Large clear LCD and Zoom range/performance
Most Liked Positive Review
Small package, big content
I wanted pro level results from a camera that was compact, easy to carry and easy to travel with. After reading a lot of reviews I expected excellent photos and quality build. There were many comments about the slower but adequate autofocus. In reality, the camera is remarkably easy to use with very intuitive controls, simple and approachable menus, and autofocus that works as well as any camera I have owned. The resolution and color are as good as my Mark 3. The camera is small and light and...View full Review
I wanted pro level results from a camera that was compact, easy to carry and easy to travel with. After reading a lot of reviews I expected excellent photos and quality build. There were many comments about the slower but adequate autofocus. In reality, the camera is remarkably easy to use with very intuitive controls, simple and approachable menus, and autofocus that works as well as any camera I have owned. The resolution and color are as good as my Mark 3. The camera is small and light and so is the lens. I am an advanced amateur and have attended many photo workshops and handled a lot of cameras. If an EVF is not an issue, buy this and be happy.
Most Liked Negative Review
Fujifilm X-E1 too quirky for me
First off, I want to say how much I wanted to love this camera. I own a Nikon D90 and was planning a trip to Europe, and was deciding between a Nikon D7100 or the XE-1 -- the trade off being size versus overall quality and versatility. I opted for the XE-1 because I figured size would be important for my traveling experience. As fate would have it, I also brought along the D90 for my daughter to use, and I ended up carrying it much of the time (so much for size). In any event, I took severa...View full Review
First off, I want to say how much I wanted to love this camera. I own a Nikon D90 and was planning a trip to Europe, and was deciding between a Nikon D7100 or the XE-1 -- the trade off being size versus overall quality and versatility. I opted for the XE-1 because I figured size would be important for my traveling experience. As fate would have it, I also brought along the D90 for my daughter to use, and I ended up carrying it much of the time (so much for size). In any event, I took several thousand photos and had an excellent chance to get to know the XE-1. And, I must say, I don't love it. First the upside: -- The picture quality is excellent. No complaints there. -- It's smaller than the D90 or D7100 (but it's still a pretty big camera, so don't think it's going to be pocket-sized). --It's got some interesting feature sets that makes picture taking fun. -- works really well in low light -- good battery life -- excellent kit lens and 35mm lens quality --well built The downside: --really slow to focus (sometimes impossible) -- buttons and knobs often move without my knowledge or consent (exposure compensation knob) --not intuitive to use like the D90 or D7100 (I found myself having to think a lot to get the exposure and aperture I wanted. I tend to shoot in manual mode or aperture priority, but it messes around with iso and doesn't always behave as expected. When I had time to capture the shot, this isn't a problem; when I'm trying to capture something fast, it's really frustrating -- not that small. It's still big to lug around so if I'm lugging something, I think the larger D7100 would be better overall --for small, I have a Canon Powershot S100 which takes excellent photos and is MUCH smaller (but a lesser camera) -- for the life of me, I couldn't remember what each of the buttons were supposed to do. They just don't have intuitive names or interfaces. I felt like the camera controlled me rather than visa versa. This has never been the case with the D90, and I've been into photography for 40 years so I know my way around a camera So, overall, this camera didn't meet my needs. It wasn't small enough to justify the tradeoffs, and the cost was about the same as the D7100. I wanted to fall in love, but didn't.....
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I'm quickly learning to love this camera. That may sound odd but I really wasn't sure I'd end up keeping it since I did love my Canon 6D. I have now sold my 6D as I get to know this camera even more. The quality is there, lots of activity and groups on the web, and my manual focus lenses can be used. Getting used to the EVF and finding the times that the EVF is better than optical.
I have been watching Fujifilm X series for awhile now, keep wondering what the fuzz is all about. Saw this XE-1 on special, finally gave-in to temptation and got one. There are tons of technical reviews out there, so I will not bore you with another one. The camera body feels solid, well balance and beautiful to look at. I love the retro dials. The 'kit' 18-55mm XF lens is consist of mostly metal, similar in built quality to my Zeiss Touit Lens. I did a few test shots, and it seems a tad sharper than the Zeiss. Bokeh is pleasing, not great. Overall, I am very happy with my purchase. I am sure it will become one of my favorites! I have checked, Adorama currently has the best deal (get the one with free grip and gift). Get one before it is gone.
SO far so good with the X-E1. I've been wanting to try it for about a year and finally had the opportunity to get one. Right away I noticed how much smaller it was than my DSLRs. The X-E1's noticeably lighter as well. Even with the 18-55, it feels much light than what I was used to. I worried that it would feel too light, but I've adapted to it nicely and now wonder why I didn't get one sooner. The image quality is really good. If, like me, you wait a long time between camera purchases (years rather than months--I really eek out everything from my DSLRs before upgrading---and I'm cheap, so I don't always get the latest and greatest)***, you'll be blown away by the image quality. It really is that good! I think it's a next gen camera and it performs as such. One concern I had was changing systems. Not a concern anymore. I have Nikon glass I'm able to use with adaptors. I use them manually, but I don't go around photographing sprinters, either. Admittedly, I'm not sure I'll even need the Nikon glass. I have it. It's a tool. If I can use it and benefit from its quality, I will. That said, the 18-55mm has rarely been off the camera. The X-E1 is fairly intuitive to use. The dials on the top and menus make sense to me. I do have to be careful or I'll knock the exposure compensation dial one way or the other. (I believe this has been adjusted on the X-E2 to be a firmer adjusted so that it's less likely to be accidentally shifted.) I've read about some of the focus speed concerns...I don't really have these concerns as I don't shoot fast-moving objects on a regular basis. I did photograph a wedding on my third day of ownership as a fluke and favor for a friend while traveling to Santa Fe, and I'm happy to report that aside from a few out of focus images, the wedding photography came off without a hitch. There are plenty of wedding photogs out there who are using the Fuji systems that are much better qualified to give feedback. If weddings are a true concern, please give them a read. As stated in many forums and reviews already, the X-E1 shines in street photography. It's very inconspicuous. If people do notice, they approach and want to know more. I've had no less that five conversations with people I didn't know because of this gem of a camera in the mere two weeks of ownership. It's a conversation starter and if you're shy like many photographers I've known, it helps bring you out of your shell to talk about something you love! If you want more than a simple point and shoot, a camera with a variety of lens options, and a well-built product, then you should consider the X-E1. It's a solid performer that can be carried over the shoulder all day. It's not intrusive or loud. The Fuji is priced reasonably and with the firmware updates from Fuji, the X-E1 is an up-to-date camera with tons of potential for the photographer. Get one already! Brien ***previous camera I've used regularly for paid jobs--Nikon D200. previous camera I've used for art photography--D70 (and D200). So, when I say "years" between purchases, I mean years!
I have recently been looking for a lightweight camera for everyday use and travel. After seeing the pictures form the Fuji X100S, I definitely took a closer look at the Fuji X series. I liked the X-E1 because of the light weight, small size and electronic viewfinder. (NOTE: the exposure preview is available after a firmware update, aas well as an increase in focus performance) The sensor produces great gradients and sharp pictures. I use this camera for everything I use my SLR for, except for macro. The downside is that it's hard to find really good accessories (remotes, cases that allow for a grip, etc) but still a great camera. The 18-55mm lens has built in lens correction. Glad I bought it. FYI, buy the thumb grip. It'll make it feel better in your hand and prevent you from accidentally hitting dials.
The Fuji X series produces the image quality of a full-size DSLR at a fraction of the size. I actually carry around a camera again.
I was using the X-E1 as a second camera in conjunction with an X-T1 and in terms of image quality, it is every bit as good. However, even after the recent firmware update (which does help quite a bit with AF and other features) it still was a bit too slow to be using as a true second camera for weddings or quick, candid doc-style photography. I moved to the X-E2 and couldn't be happier. It's not a "night and day" difference, but it's the little things that all add up to the X-E2 being a faster, more useful camera for my purposes. If I were shooting still objects or doing portraits and little else, this camera would easily suffice.
As most will know this camera is attractive because of the way it handles low light and gives incredibly sharp images with little noise. The lens is quite simply astonishing and probably the best "kit" lens ever. I shoot with many different cameras Rollei, Hasselblad, Leica and have never bought a "kit" lens except for this one. It's worth it because you are basically getting a very sharp lens for $200. The not so good news with this camera is that there is some shutter lag and lag between the EVF and rear screen. There is a slight delay between focus and when you actually click the shutter. This makes getting the decisive moment tough. I think manual focus maybe the fastest way but there is still the lag from the EVF & rear screen. More practise is in order to find a way around this. There is quite some written about this online and I would try to experiment with either a rental or in store before you buy. Also the batty life is not great. Advise buying a second & maybe third battery.
I have had the Fuji X100s since the fall so I was already familiar with the controls and menu, so there wasn't a huge learning curve with this camera, even though some things are different. I've only had this camera for a few days but it's so much fun to shoot with this over a bigger DSLR. I did a lot of research comparing the XE-1 to the XE-2 trying to determine if it was worth the cost difference to upgrade to the XE-2, and in the end it wasn't worth it. Adorama shipped quickly and I received it two days ahead of schedule! As soon as I got it, I upgraded both the camera and lens to the new firmware, which addressed many of the focus complaints of early users. As a company, Fuji is great as they don't forget about earlier versions of cameras and update regularly.
High quality mirrorless camera that is comfortable to hold and takes excellent pictures so far- to my eye DSLR quality, rivaling those bulkier, more cumbersome full frame cameras. I haven't done much low light work or video yet, so I can't comment on that at this time.
I wanted to use this for trips instead of my 5D3. Got a great deal from Adorama. The camera and lens are solid. Grip is small for me, however. After using it for a few days I had to return it for a few reasons: focusing speed is very slow. Some of the pictures are simply out of focus for no good reasons! I have seen so many positive comments about this camera but it was clearly not for my style of shooting. Now I did have some great shots with this camera but it was hit and miss and that was not acceptable.