Fujifilm X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Zoom Lens, 16.3 MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor, Compact Magnesium Body, Built-In Flash - Silver

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About Fujifilm X-E1

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, Travel and more.The Fujifilm X-E1 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Fujifilm X-E1 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Fujifilm X-E1: Compact, Easy to use, Good in low light, Great resolution and Large clear LCD

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Great resolution (14),Easy to use (13),Good in low light (12),Compact (10),Large clear LCD (7),Good battery life (3),Fast shutter speed (3),Zoom range/performance (3)
Cons:
Short battery life (9),Lag / shutter delay (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (15),Family photos (14),Low light (12),Weddings (5),Macro photography (4),Wildlife (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (10),Semi-pro photographer (5),Pro photographer (4)

Fujifilm X-E1 Features

  • 16.3 MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor provides high resolution & high sensitivity matching full-size sensor quality
  • Magnesium body with traditional (classical) design in compact size
  • HD 1080p Video w/Stereo Sound
  • 100-25,600 ISO Capabilitites
  • JPEG + RAW (Process In-Camera)
  • Intutive Operation with Manual ring and Aperture Dial & Shutter-speed Dials.
  • Aspherical OLED-EVF 2360K EVF equipped with approx. 2360K dots OLED panel provides high contrast ratio and natural look.
  • 2 new XF lenses provide a wider array of matched lenses
  • Built-in flash
  • Fast AF 0.1 sec with OIS, F2.8 zoom lens
  • External microphone connection
  • Built in diopter
  • Exposure Control - TTL 256 Zones
  • High Speed Contrast Autofocus
  • X-Trans CMOS Sensor: The X-E1's sensor adopts the same 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 to inhibit moiré at the expense of resolution.
  • Beautiful bokeh: 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.
  • Natural Look OLED Viewfinder: 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°.
  • 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).
  • Drive Button Mode Selector: 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: Shoot Full HD movies (1920 x 1080) at 24fps, the same frame rate used for cinema films. In addition to Monochrome or Film Simulation modes the combination of X-E1's large sensor and bright XF lenses to capture movies with a large and beautiful defocused bokeh background.
  • Standard Range to ISO6400: 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.
  • Film Simultaion: 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.
  • Beautiful Magnesium Design: Constructed of a beautiful magnesium die-cast top and front cover the X-E1 is stylish yet strong. The design of the X-E1 resembles the cameras of the film age, and there is wisdom that has been passed down behind it. This gives the X-E1 commonality that transcends the ages.
  • High Precision Dials: 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.
  • Ergonomic Controls: 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.
  • On-board Flash: The built-in flash corresponds to GN7 ISO200 · m. 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. The camera achieves high resolution with little noise by compensating for the amount of light present.
  • Quick Response: The X-E1 achieves quick response compatible with DSLR cameras thereby enabling you to never miss a shot.

    Quick Start: 0.5 sec
    Shutter Time Lag: 0.05 sec
    Auto Focus: 0.1 sec
    High Speed Continuous Shooting: 6 frames sec
  • Motion Panorama: Just sweep the camera across the scene, and the X-E1 captures multiple images and seamlessly stitches them together to form a single panorama photo. Even when enlarged to an A3-size print, there is virtually no loss of resolution. Holding the camera horizontally or vertically, you can shoot the scene with an M or L AOV.
  • Customization Function Fn Button: Assign any one of the following frequently used functions. 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.
  • Mic Level Adjustment: Adjust the microphone volume level (4 settings) while watching the level meter for optimum audio recording to prevent either loss or distortion.
  • Selectable AF Focusing: 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.
  • Multiple Exposure: In film cameras, multiple exposure is the photographic technique of superimposing one image on another by double exposing a single frame of film. This is done on the X-E1 by selecting the Multiple Exposure mode, taking the first shot using either the EVF or LCD monitor, and then framing and shooting the second exposure.
  • High Performance LCD Monitor: 2.8-inch, 460,000-Dot LCD Features High Contrast, High Brightness and the Convenience of a Wide Viewing Angle On the LCD, you can view not only the same image displayed in the electronic viewfinder, but also switch it to show a simple shooting information display.
  • Q (Quick Menu) Button: Skip directly to frequently used shooting menus - 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 firsttransferring 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.
  • RAW Conversion Software Included: For the management, viewing and converting of RAW image data on your PC, you will find SILKYPIX viewer and RAW conversion software included. The special Fujifilm X-E1 version of this software ensures versatility and ease of use, plus movie playback functionality.
  • 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.
  • 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 X-E1 Specifications

Number of effective pixels
16.3 million pixels
Image sensor
23.6mm×15.6mm (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS with primary color filter
Sensor Cleaning system
Ultra Sonic Vibration
Lens
Construction: 14 elements in 10 groups (inc. 3 asph. element & 1 abnormal disp. element)
Focal Length: f = 18-55mm (27.4mm-83.8mm)
AOV: 79.1°-28.4°
Max Aperture: F2.8-F4.0
Min Aperture: F22
Aperture Blades/Stop Size: 7 (rounded diaphragm opening) 1/3 EV (19 stops)
Focus Range: Wide 30cm - infinity / Tele: 45cm - infinity
Max Magnification: 0.08-0.15x
Filter Size: 58mm
Dimensions Diameter x Length: 2.6 x 2.8 - 3.9" / 65 x 70.4 - 97.9mm
Weight: 11.6 oz / 330g
Storage media
SD memory card / SDHC memory card / SDXC(UHS-I) memory card
File format (still image)
JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3 *2),
RAW (RAF format), RAW+JPEG
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
Movie
H.264 (MOV) with Stereo sound
Number of Recorded Pixels
L: <3:2> 4896x3264 <16:9> 4896x2760 <1:1> 3264 × 3264
M: <3:2> 3456x2304 <16:9> 3456x1944 <1:1> 2304 × 2304
S: <3:2>2496x1664 <16:9> 2496x1408 <1:1> 1664 ×1664

Motion Panorama
L Vertical: 7680x2160 / Horizontal: 7680x1440
M Vertical: 5120x2160 / Horizontal: 5120x1440
Lens Mount
FUJIFILM X mount
Compatible Interchangeable lens
FUJINON LENS XF18mm F2 R
FUJINON LENS XF35mm F1.4 R
FUJINON LENS XF60mm F2.4 R Macro
FUJINON LENS XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS
FUJINON LENS XF14mm F2.8 R
Sensitivity
Equivalent to ISO 200 - 6400 (Standard Output Sensitivity)
AUTO mode : AUTO(400)/AUTO(800)AUTO(1600)/AUTO(3200)/AUTO(6400)
Extended output sensitivity equivalent ISO 100, 12800 and 25600
Exposure Control
TTL 256-zones metering, Multi / Spot / Average
Exposure Mode
Programmed AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual exposure
Exposure Compensation
-2.0EV - +2.0EV, increment with 1/3EV step
Image Stabilizer
Lens shift type (when OIS type lens is set)
Shutter control
Focal Plane Shutter
Shutter Speed with Mechanical Shutter
(P mode) 1/4 sec. to 1/4000 sec.,
(All other modes) 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
Bulb (max.60min.)
Time 1/2 to 30 sec
Synchronized Shutter speed for flash : 1/180 sec or slower
1/180 sec can be automatically set at some shooting condition on P mode or A mode
Continuous Shooting
Max 6 / 3 fps selectable
Auto Bracketing
AE Bracketing (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV)
Film Simulation Bracketing (Any 3 type of film simulation selectable)
Dynamic Range Bracketing (100%, 200%, 400%)
ISO sensitivity Bracketing (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV)
Focus (mode)
Single AF / Continuous AF/MF?Distance Indicator
Focus Type
TTL contrast AF, AF assist illuminator available
AF Frame Selection
Area (EVF/LCD: 49 areas with 7x7) / Multi
changeable size of AF frame: among 5 type
White Balance
Automatic scene recognition
Custom, Color temperature selection (K)
Preset: Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White),
Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, underwater
Film Simulation Mode
10 type (PROVIA/STANDARD, Velvia/VIVID, ASTIA/SOFT, PRO Neg Hi, PRO Neg. Std, MONOCHROME, MONOCHROME+Ye FILTER, MONOCHROME+R FILTER, MONOCHROME+G FILTER, SEPIA)
Dynamic Range Setting
AUTO (100-400%) 100% 200% 400%
Self-timer
Approx. 10sec. / 2sec. Delay
Flash
Manual pop-up flash (Auto flash)
Guide number: approx 7 (ISO200 m)
Flash Modes
Red-eye removal OFF: Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro. Rear-curtain Synchro, Commander
Red-eye removal ON: Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash,
Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro. Red-eye Reduction & Rear-curtain Synchro, Commander
Hot Shoe
Yes (dedicated TTL Flash compatible)
Viewfinder
0.5-in., approx.2,360,000-dot OLED color viewfinder
Coverage of viewing area vs. capturing area: approx. 100
Eye point: approx. 23 mm
Diopter adjustment: -4m-1 to +2m-1
Built-in eye sensor
LCD Monitor
2.8-in, approx. 460,000-dot, TFT color LCD monitor (Approx. 100% coverage)
Movie Recording
1920 x 1080 pixels, 1280 x 720 pixels (24frames / sec.) with stereo sound
Individual movies cannot exceed 29 minutes in length
Photography Functions
Select custom setting, Motion panorama, Color space, Color (Saturation), sharpness, Dynamic range, Film simulation, Gradation, Auto red-eye removal, Framing guideline, Frame No. memory, Histogram display, Preview depth of focus, Focus check, Electronic level, Multiple exposure, Fn button setting (RAW, Movie, etc)
Playback Functions
RAW conversion, Image rotate, Red-eye reduction, Photobook assist, Erase selected frames, image search, Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail), Slide show, Mark for upload, Protect, Crop, Resize, Panorama, Favorites
Other Functions
PictBridge, Exif Print, Language selection, Time difference, Quick start mode, Power save mode, Silent mode
Ports
Digital interface: USB 2.0 High-Speed
HD Output: HDMI mini connector
Microphone/shutter release input: 2.5mm, stereo mini connector
Battery
NP-W126 Li-ion battery (included)
Operating Temperature
32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Battery Frame Guide
Approx 350 frames (When XF35mmF1.4R is set)
Starting Up Period
Approx 0.5 sec, when QUICK START mode set to ON
Approx 1.0 sec, when QUICK START mode set to OFF
evaluated by FUJIFILM method
Dimensions WxHxD
5.1 x 2.9 x 1.5" / 129 x 74.9 x 38.3mm
Weight
Approx. 12.3 oz / 350g (including battery and memory card)
Approx. 10.6 oz / 300 g (excluding accessories, battery and memory card)

Fujifilm X-E1 Reviews

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Predictable performance

Ordered on 3/10 and received on 3/18 from Adorama. Color Silver, price $799 with a bag, a 32 gb card, spare battery and a card pouch as gifts. My search for the 'perfect' camera ended with the X-E1. It all started when I saw a glowing review of X100S in a post by Zack Arias. He was very excited about it. I found many other reviews for x100s all over the internet, and all of them said how fantastic the camera was. Comments like 'best camera in the world', 'wow', 'fantastic colors', 'what a ca...

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Ordered on 3/10 and received on 3/18 from Adorama. Color Silver, price $799 with a bag, a 32 gb card, spare battery and a card pouch as gifts. My search for the 'perfect' camera ended with the X-E1. It all started when I saw a glowing review of X100S in a post by Zack Arias. He was very excited about it. I found many other reviews for x100s all over the internet, and all of them said how fantastic the camera was. Comments like 'best camera in the world', 'wow', 'fantastic colors', 'what a camera' appeared in practically every review. The number of superlatives used were unprecendented and I could find only a few negative but tolerant remarks mainly on the AF speed. Many reviews were from well established photographers. I got very curious. What is this camera, which is igniting such a following? Could Fuji be 'salting' the reviews and paying famous photographers to give a positive review? But then, can they influence so many of them? Seemed unlikely. I went to Amazon, my favourite place for trusted and unbiased reviews and again found raving reviews. I was hooked. But the price $1,299 intimated me. Was a fixed lens camera, how ever good, worth that kind of money? My budget is scarce and I have a T3i/24-105 L for my work. If I sell my Canon gear will it fetch me enough to buy the x100s? And most importantly, can the x100s do everthing my current gear can do? All the talk about 'zoom with your feet and you will become a better photographer' is fine, but in reality when you are shooting for clients, there is little time to waste. I decided to reserch the Fuji X product line and see if there are other alternatives. I found the X-E2. This seemed to be God sent because it was similar to the x100s but with interchangable lenses. But at that time it cost $1,400, $100 more than the x100s. It put me off and I decided to wait. Then Fuji announced the X-T1 and after a week, the price of X-E2 dropped to $1,300 and it became the same as x100s (whose price refused to drop even after a year). Now X-E2 looked more attractive and I resumed my research. Again found many glowing reviews about the X-E2 (but not as glowing as those of x100s) and made up my mind to get it as soon as possible. While I was deciding from which store to buy it, the price of X-E1 dropped to $799. This was getting more interesting and I compared the X-E2 with X-E1. Generally everyone agreed that X-E2 was a better camera in terms of AF speed and some other less critical fixes, but it was not a major upgrade from X-E1 (which is in my estimate is around 95% the same as X-E2 after the firmware upgrades). In that case, why not go for a X-E1 and save $500? Honestly, I was tempted also by the X-M1 which is much cheaper but gave it up because it did not have a view finder. Digging deeper I found that many people found the IQ of X-E1 more 'natural' than the IQ of X-E2. The noise reduction in X-E2 seemed to be very aggressive which made skin tones look like one of Madame Tussad's creations. I pored over the comparisons in dpreview.com and found that the reivews were correct. There was a tendency for X-E2 and X-T1 to smooth skin a little too aggressively for higher ISOs. I ordered the X-E1. I know I am maybe two geneations behind the latest Fuji cameras but I trust my instincts and don't think I will disappointed. Also, now perhaps I may not have to sell of my Canon gear (which I dearly love) to pay for the X-E1. Reached home from work at about 6 pm and found the package waiting for me at the front door. Excited, I took it in and opened it. After removing the packing, Adorama documents and their gifts, I found the black box containing the camera and the lens. I had built up so much anticipation over a period of time for this camera that I found my breath quickening when I opened the box. My first impression was one of disappointment. The camera looked a little worn out, dull and lifeless. The matt black covering of the body reminded me of my father's Rollie. My wife saw me looking at it and asked me if I had ordered a used camera. As I stared at it, I realized that it was not dull but understated. There was a quiet shine to the silver and the black and it looked dignified. This camera was built for someone who was mellow, cultured and sophisticated. The lens was all black and had a luxurious finish to it. I removed the covers and fixed the lens to the camera. Later when I left it on the dining table, it blended into the background and I realized that this effect was deliberate (I read somewhere that Fuji spent a lot of time deciding the colors and the finish) and this camera was not for the flashy photographer who liked to show off his equipment but for a sedate one who wanted to unobtrusively take good pictures without being obvious. I switched on the camera and looked through the view finder. The view was very contrasty and bright. I did not like it too much but I dont think there is an option to tone it down, other than reduce the brightness. But then I realized it was in keeping with the general philosophy of the camera. Nondescript on the outside and bright and efficient on the inside. There is some WYSIWYG in the screen and it does approximately reflect the exposure of the scene. The screens dims and brightens when you place the focus frame on different parts of the scene. This is one of my primary reasons for buying a camera belonging to this genre. In my T3i, I have to guess how the final scene will turn out and frequently have to adjust after taking the picture and examining it on the screen. In the X-E1 (and similar cameras) you can actually see how the scene will look like before releasing the shutter. This is a great aid to composition. I pointed it at things around the house and took some pictures. AF was slow and there was a distict shutter lag.The EVF could not keep up with the scene when I panned. But no surprises. The shutter seemed to make a grating noise and I was a little worried. I researched it later and found that my camera was not different. I was used to the crisp Canon shutter sound and found this one a little different. I attached the camera to my laptop and viewed the pictures. I was shocked. All were blurry and out of focus. Where was the much touted Fuji sharpness? I examined the camera settings and found that the ISO was 200 and shutter speed was 1/15. Relieved I realized that the blur was due to camera shake and not the camera's fault. I set it to Auto ISO of 6400 and shot some more. This time pictures were much better and sharp. But AF was slow and shaky. When I set the Auto ISO, I noticed that the options for setting the Minimum Shutter speed and Default were missing, and and realized that the firmware was not the latest. I went online and updated the body and lens firmware. Updating was pretty simple. Just copy the file to your memory card, insert the card into the camera and run update. Takes about a minute. Again shot some photos and now it was much much better. Quicker response, better AF performance and seems altogether a different camera. I decided to test the skin tone rendition. I asked my wife to pose for a few photos. Since I started photography 4 years back, I have never been able to render my wife's and daughter's complexions exactly (or more importantly as they liked it). Hours in Photoshop, adjusting CMYK and white balance did help a little but I could never match the tone and complextion exactly. The skin looked either yellow or blue or too red. This has been a constant source of complaint from my wife, so much that she nowadays refuses to let me photograph her. I downloaded the photos from Fuji and showed it to her. 'What did you do this time?' she asked, 'this is exactly what I look like'. I could have told her that I had done nothing and these are the OOC jpegs from the camera, but why waste a good opportunity? I gave her a discourse on white balance and how I had used Photoshop to fine tune the photos. It seemed to impress her and she said 'At least you have got it correctly now'. What ever this camera cannot do, I am keeping it for this one great feature. Perfect white balance and skin tones, approved by my wife. The color accuracy is remarkable. I have not used any other digital camera whose color rendering is so close to the actual. Almost felt like a film camera. The noise reduction is set to 0 but I hardly see any noise even at ISO 6400 unless I enlarge to 100%. The low light performance is so good that the camera can practically see in the dark. I no longer need be afraid of high ISOs. Overall I am not used to the handling as yet. My T3I was much bigger and I had put on the Snug It case over the camera which gave it a soft feel and was very comfortable in the hand. Compared to that I felt a lot of sharp edges on the X-E1. The thing is small. Unless you have handled a SLR for 4 years and suddenly handle one of these, you dont realize how small. It felt like a toy and the in the beginning I was unconciously handling it gingerly, perhaps in the fear of breaking it. But then I had opted for the Fuji because I had wanted a smaller and lighter camera, so cannot fault its size. The camera is not delicate but the size makes you feel it is, and it take some getting used to. The shutter button is not comfortable and lacks a nice feel and tactile feedback when you half press and then shoot. I decided to buy a third party soft release button. The On/Off switch is thin and sharp. Should be bigger and more comfortable to use. The dials are excellent and smooth. The flash is well concealed and adequate. The connector cover inadvertently flips open if you brush you hand against it. The button placement is very convenient. I really liked the AF and AE button on the left side. With the AE button I can quickly change the metering mode to suit the scene and the look I want.I dont know if I will use the AF button much to change the focus point because I am primarily a lock focus-recompose-shoot kind of photographer. But it will be interesting to use. The lens is very well made and solid. Beautiful lens, as good as my Canon 24-105. Smooth zoom and manual focus. The aperture ring clicks satisfactorily. The lens cap is atrociously bad and seems cheap. So does the lens hood. I wonder why Fuji compromised on these two items when they had built the camera and lens so well. The camera strap is inadequate and thin. Another compromise. When handling the camera, I found that there was no comfortable position to place the thumb without accidently changing the Command dial or the Selector switches. Due to this the grip on the camera is precarious at best and my recommendation is to wear it around the neck or hand to avoid dropping it accidently. I think I will buy one of those Thumb Grips. The screen is a print magnet and needs a screen protector. Another disappointment is the Exposure brackting. I shoot HDR sometimes and +1 and -1 is not sufficient. I need at least +2 and - 2. I guess I will have use the Exposure compensation and adjust according to the scene or shoot 2 sets of images after setting different exposure compensation values. Used it for a few days now. The battery life is very bad. Yesterday when I had taken it out for a street photography run, half way through it ran out of juice. I did not have a spare on me and I had to return home unfulfilled. I later found out that you can increase the battery life by 1. Shutting off the LCD and using only EVF. In this mode, I wish the camera has a feature where by the EVF comes on only when you lift the camera to your eye. This would further save some power. 2. Switch off the Quick Start mode. 3. Reduce the auto switch off time. 4. Reduce EVF brighness to minimum. 5. Diasable the image review option after every photo. You can always press the review button to review your shot if needed. Also, the Lithium batteries would take 4 ot 5 full re-cycles to acheive full power. But it is perfect for street photography. When I try to use my Canon for shooting on the street, more than once I have been stopped by stares and even a few angry comments. But, when I used the Fuji, the camera is so small and looks so harmless, that nobody pays any attention and one person with dogs even invited me to take his photograph. I tried the camera in various conditions indoors and outdoors 1. Color are very accurate. 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 out and also bring out some details in dark shadows. Of course, it does have 3 levels of DR settings which would further help in reducing contrast. But, higher DRs increase the noise. The highlight mode and shadow mode settings further help in bringing out details in shadow and highlights. 3. The number of customization possibilities are incredible. T3i does not have the facility to save custom settings and I found this feature very useful to quickly change the setting depending on the scene. Combined with the film simulations, the flexibility of the settings lets you set it exactly as you need. I have not used Silkypix as yet but I downloaded an opensource RAW convertor called Lightzone. Works well. Altogether, as many people have said earlier and which I had then swallowed with a grain of salt, the camera is a joy to use. It's like driving a sports car or using a precision instrument. The satisfaction from using it comes from its predictability. You can predict how the final picture will come out. This, I think, is the X-E1s greatest strength.

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Not that good overall

Just a few months after release, Fuji themselves discover problem after problem with the basic AF and low light AF, especially when using the lagging EVF. Fuji had posponed the latest firmware flash 3 times after discovering problem after problem. The 'kit' MSRP with 18-55 lens is at least $400 over priced, and the number of units returned using other sites such as Amazon is amazing in the short 3 months since the X-E1 release.

Reviewed by 19 customers

 
5.0

Incredible pictures!

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from Fremont, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I researched this camera for months before I bought it. After the firmware update for the body and lens, AF is quick in most light, though it still trails my Nikon D90. This "kit" lens is excellent, producing beautiful bokeh and very sharp images. Although it's not a terribly fast lens, on the X-E1, it takes great pictures in low light that makes my D90 with the 35mm f1.8g seem out of date. I'm seriously thinking of selling all of my Nikon gear.

 
4.0

Great image quality, decent interface

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from Cape Cod  -  Pro Photographer

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.

 
5.0

Excellent Camera

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from San Antonio, Tx  -  Photo Enthusiast

Camera is excellent and well built. Plan to use it for travel and as a backup to my Pentax K5. Don't believe the reviews that say the focus is slow. It's not after you do the firmware update. However, don't expect to use the camera for sports or action. All mirror less cameras lag in this area, it's not the fault of this camera.

 
5.0

Quality camera

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from San Antonio, Tx  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have been following the xe-1 since it was launched a year ago. I read the glowing reviews and felt it was hype and couldn't see why it carried a hefty $1400 price tag. I saw that the price was cut almost in half due the XE-2 and decided to see why folks like the camera. From the moment I opened the box the camera says quality. Subtle details such as engraving the shutter speed numbers and the magnesium body speak volumes. This is a photographer's camera that takes one back in time. Aperature control ring, a compensation dial, a camera that use buttons instead of menus. It is not for a novice. There are no auto scene settings. I have been taking photos since the film days and the transition from a Pentax K5 was easy. Don't get trapped into thinking the focus is slow. Take advantage of the firmware updates before you use the camera. Don't give up on your DSLR, there are things that ithe Fuji can not do compared to my Pentax K5. Every camera has its strenghts and weakness, just concenetrate the strengths of the fuji and you will be pleased. Major strenghts are its easy of use, size, image quality and the way it handles.. My only wish was the kit lens was a 16-50 f2.8-4 rather than the 18-55. I like a wider angle lens. Overall impression during the last couple of weeks is that it lives up to the hype in the reviews. Quality of the kit lens is very good, images are sharp . I normally shoot in RAW but have started using the RAW+jpegs and find the jpegs are very good. Post processing RAW files in Lightroom is a breeze.

 
5.0

Great camera with amazing lens.

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from Las Vegas  -  Semi-Pro Photographer

The camera takes very sharp pictures with nice colors and contrast. The build quality is superb. I have been used Nikon D300, D7000, Sony A77, Canon 5D and this one is much better. I do not recomend it for video.

 
4.0

The beautiful Fujifilm X-E1

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from Los Angeles, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

The Fujifilm X-E1 is a beautiful camera. It is a piece of art, a joy to use. The controls are nice and easy to figure out. With the 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 lens, this is an excellent travel camera. The X-E1 is a made in Japan camera. Not too many cameras are now made in Japan. The focus is adequate for everyday use. To track fast moving objects requires practice. The photographer would need to anticipate movement path to capture the subject. The Fuji jpeg color and output is beautiful. The white balance is pretty good, but I still like to use custom WB myself for better control. The low ISO photo is amazing. ISO3200 looks better than the ISO1600 from the Canon EOS-M. Many people complain about the slow focus and response of the camera, but with the latest firmware update, it is a joy of a camera to use.

 
4.0

Sexy-One lives up to it's name

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from Sausalito  -  Semi-Pro Photographer

I'll take this camera as a travel/everyday camera over a compact DSLR or p/s anyday. It's build quality, stills image quality and ergonomics/manual dials are unmatched, and it turns heads because it is the sexy-one. Improvements to the rear screen resolution and faster viewfinder (added to XE-2) and better video quality are what's lacking. I also wish lens support was more like Olympus as it becomes a difficult choice if you're already invested in mft glass. Still definitely recommended.

 
4.0

made for the rangefinder niche

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from New Hampshire  -  Semi-Pro Photographer

Fuji designers have identified the "I love photography but can't warm up to digital"niche...They have created a leica like body which masks a digital camera...solid construction, sharp lenses in a body that's a bit too small but can be accessorized with thumb grips or hand grips...

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Predictable performance

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from Fremont, CA  -  Semi-Pro Photographer

Ordered on 3/10 and received on 3/18 from Adorama. Color Silver, price $799 with a bag, a 32 gb card, spare battery and a card pouch as gifts. My search for the 'perfect' camera ended with the X-E1. It all started when I saw a glowing review of X100S in a post by Zack Arias. He was very excited about it. I found many other reviews for x100s all over the internet, and all of them said how fantastic the camera was. Comments like 'best camera in the world', 'wow', 'fantastic colors', 'what a camera' appeared in practically every review. The number of superlatives used were unprecendented and I could find only a few negative but tolerant remarks mainly on the AF speed. Many reviews were from well established photographers. I got very curious. What is this camera, which is igniting such a following? Could Fuji be 'salting' the reviews and paying famous photographers to give a positive review? But then, can they influence so many of them? Seemed unlikely. I went to Amazon, my favourite place for trusted and unbiased reviews and again found raving reviews. I was hooked. But the price $1,299 intimated me. Was a fixed lens camera, how ever good, worth that kind of money? My budget is scarce and I have a T3i/24-105 L for my work. If I sell my Canon gear will it fetch me enough to buy the x100s? And most importantly, can the x100s do everthing my current gear can do? All the talk about 'zoom with your feet and you will become a better photographer' is fine, but in reality when you are shooting for clients, there is little time to waste. I decided to reserch the Fuji X product line and see if there are other alternatives. I found the X-E2. This seemed to be God sent because it was similar to the x100s but with interchangable lenses. But at that time it cost $1,400, $100 more than the x100s. It put me off and I decided to wait. Then Fuji announced the X-T1 and after a week, the price of X-E2 dropped to $1,300 and it became the same as x100s (whose price refused to drop even after a year). Now X-E2 looked more attractive and I resumed my research. Again found many glowing reviews about the X-E2 (but not as glowing as those of x100s) and made up my mind to get it as soon as possible. While I was deciding from which store to buy it, the price of X-E1 dropped to $799. This was getting more interesting and I compared the X-E2 with X-E1. Generally everyone agreed that X-E2 was a better camera in terms of AF speed and some other less critical fixes, but it was not a major upgrade from X-E1 (which is in my estimate is around 95% the same as X-E2 after the firmware upgrades). In that case, why not go for a X-E1 and save $500? Honestly, I was tempted also by the X-M1 which is much cheaper but gave it up because it did not have a view finder. Digging deeper I found that many people found the IQ of X-E1 more 'natural' than the IQ of X-E2. The noise reduction in X-E2 seemed to be very aggressive which made skin tones look like one of Madame Tussad's creations. I pored over the comparisons in dpreview.com and found that the reivews were correct. There was a tendency for X-E2 and X-T1 to smooth skin a little too aggressively for higher ISOs. I ordered the X-E1. I know I am maybe two geneations behind the latest Fuji cameras but I trust my instincts and don't think I will disappointed. Also, now perhaps I may not have to sell of my Canon gear (which I dearly love) to pay for the X-E1. Reached home from work at about 6 pm and found the package waiting for me at the front door. Excited, I took it in and opened it. After removing the packing, Adorama documents and their gifts, I found the black box containing the camera and the lens. I had built up so much anticipation over a period of time for this camera that I found my breath quickening when I opened the box. My first impression was one of disappointment. The camera looked a little worn out, dull and lifeless. The matt black covering of the body reminded me of my father's Rollie. My wife saw me looking at it and asked me if I had ordered a used camera. As I stared at it, I realized that it was not dull but understated. There was a quiet shine to the silver and the black and it looked dignified. This camera was built for someone who was mellow, cultured and sophisticated. The lens was all black and had a luxurious finish to it. I removed the covers and fixed the lens to the camera. Later when I left it on the dining table, it blended into the background and I realized that this effect was deliberate (I read somewhere that Fuji spent a lot of time deciding the colors and the finish) and this camera was not for the flashy photographer who liked to show off his equipment but for a sedate one who wanted to unobtrusively take good pictures without being obvious. I switched on the camera and looked through the view finder. The view was very contrasty and bright. I did not like it too much but I dont think there is an option to tone it down, other than reduce the brightness. But then I realized it was in keeping with the general philosophy of the camera. Nondescript on the outside and bright and efficient on the inside. There is some WYSIWYG in the screen and it does approximately reflect the exposure of the scene. The screens dims and brightens when you place the focus frame on different parts of the scene. This is one of my primary reasons for buying a camera belonging to this genre. In my T3i, I have to guess how the final scene will turn out and frequently have to adjust after taking the picture and examining it on the screen. In the X-E1 (and similar cameras) you can actually see how the scene will look like before releasing the shutter. This is a great aid to composition. I pointed it at things around the house and took some pictures. AF was slow and there was a distict shutter lag.The EVF could not keep up with the scene when I panned. But no surprises. The shutter seemed to make a grating noise and I was a little worried. I researched it later and found that my camera was not different. I was used to the crisp Canon shutter sound and found this one a little different. I attached the camera to my laptop and viewed the pictures. I was shocked. All were blurry and out of focus. Where was the much touted Fuji sharpness? I examined the camera settings and found that the ISO was 200 and shutter speed was 1/15. Relieved I realized that the blur was due to camera shake and not the camera's fault. I set it to Auto ISO of 6400 and shot some more. This time pictures were much better and sharp. But AF was slow and shaky. When I set the Auto ISO, I noticed that the options for setting the Minimum Shutter speed and Default were missing, and and realized that the firmware was not the latest. I went online and updated the body and lens firmware. Updating was pretty simple. Just copy the file to your memory card, insert the card into the camera and run update. Takes about a minute. Again shot some photos and now it was much much better. Quicker response, better AF performance and seems altogether a different camera. I decided to test the skin tone rendition. I asked my wife to pose for a few photos. Since I started photography 4 years back, I have never been able to render my wife's and daughter's complexions exactly (or more importantly as they liked it). Hours in Photoshop, adjusting CMYK and white balance did help a little but I could never match the tone and complextion exactly. The skin looked either yellow or blue or too red. This has been a constant source of complaint from my wife, so much that she nowadays refuses to let me photograph her. I downloaded the photos from Fuji and showed it to her. 'What did you do this time?' she asked, 'this is exactly what I look like'. I could have told her that I had done nothing and these are the OOC jpegs from the camera, but why waste a good opportunity? I gave her a discourse on white balance and how I had used Photoshop to fine tune the photos. It seemed to impress her and she said 'At least you have got it correctly now'. What ever this camera cannot do, I am keeping it for this one great feature. Perfect white balance and skin tones, approved by my wife. The color accuracy is remarkable. I have not used any other digital camera whose color rendering is so close to the actual. Almost felt like a film camera. The noise reduction is set to 0 but I hardly see any noise even at ISO 6400 unless I enlarge to 100%. The low light performance is so good that the camera can practically see in the dark. I no longer need be afraid of high ISOs. Overall I am not used to the handling as yet. My T3I was much bigger and I had put on the Snug It case over the camera which gave it a soft feel and was very comfortable in the hand. Compared to that I felt a lot of sharp edges on the X-E1. The thing is small. Unless you have handled a SLR for 4 years and suddenly handle one of these, you dont realize how small. It felt like a toy and the in the beginning I was unconciously handling it gingerly, perhaps in the fear of breaking it. But then I had opted for the Fuji because I had wanted a smaller and lighter camera, so cannot fault its size. The camera is not delicate but the size makes you feel it is, and it take some getting used to. The shutter button is not comfortable and lacks a nice feel and tactile feedback when you half press and then shoot. I decided to buy a third party soft release button. The On/Off switch is thin and sharp. Should be bigger and more comfortable to use. The dials are excellent and smooth. The flash is well concealed and adequate. The connector cover inadvertently flips open if you brush you hand against it. The button placement is very convenient. I really liked the AF and AE button on the left side. With the AE button I can quickly change the metering mode to suit the scene and the look I want.I dont know if I will use the AF button much to change the focus point because I am primarily a lock focus-recompose-shoot kind of photographer. But it will be interesting to use. The lens is very well made and solid. Beautiful lens, as good as my Canon 24-105. Smooth zoom and manual focus. The aperture ring clicks satisfactorily. The lens cap is atrociously bad and seems cheap. So does the lens hood. I wonder why Fuji compromised on these two items when they had built the camera and lens so well. The camera strap is inadequate and thin. Another compromise. When handling the camera, I found that there was no comfortable position to place the thumb without accidently changing the Command dial or the Selector switches. Due to this the grip on the camera is precarious at best and my recommendation is to wear it around the neck or hand to avoid dropping it accidently. I think I will buy one of those Thumb Grips. The screen is a print magnet and needs a screen protector. Another disappointment is the Exposure brackting. I shoot HDR sometimes and +1 and -1 is not sufficient. I need at least +2 and - 2. I guess I will have use the Exposure compensation and adjust according to the scene or shoot 2 sets of images after setting different exposure compensation values. Used it for a few days now. The battery life is very bad. Yesterday when I had taken it out for a street photography run, half way through it ran out of juice. I did not have a spare on me and I had to return home unfulfilled. I later found out that you can increase the battery life by 1. Shutting off the LCD and using only EVF. In this mode, I wish the camera has a feature where by the EVF comes on only when you lift the camera to your eye. This would further save some power. 2. Switch off the Quick Start mode. 3. Reduce the auto switch off time. 4. Reduce EVF brighness to minimum. 5. Diasable the image review option after every photo. You can always press the review button to review your shot if needed. Also, the Lithium batteries would take 4 ot 5 full re-cycles to acheive full power. But it is perfect for street photography. When I try to use my Canon for shooting on the street, more than once I have been stopped by stares and even a few angry comments. But, when I used the Fuji, the camera is so small and looks so harmless, that nobody pays any attention and one person with dogs even invited me to take his photograph. I tried the camera in various conditions indoors and outdoors 1. Color are very accurate. 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 out and also bring out some details in dark shadows. Of course, it does have 3 levels of DR settings which would further help in reducing contrast. But, higher DRs increase the noise. The highlight mode and shadow mode settings further help in bringing out details in shadow and highlights. 3. The number of customization possibilities are incredible. T3i does not have the facility to save custom settings and I found this feature very useful to quickly change the setting depending on the scene. Combined with the film simulations, the flexibility of the settings lets you set it exactly as you need. I have not used Silkypix as yet but I downloaded an opensource RAW convertor called Lightzone. Works well. Altogether, as many people have said earlier and which I had then swallowed with a grain of salt, the camera is a joy to use. It's like driving a sports car or using a precision instrument. The satisfaction from using it comes from its predictability. You can predict how the final picture will come out. This, I think, is the X-E1s greatest strength.

 
5.0

Absolutely a must have

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from Plainfield, IL  -  Photo Enthusiast

This camera won't disappoint. The image quality if amazing and Fuji keeps updating the camera with Firmware making it even more capable. The Fujinon XF series lenses are top quality too.

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Shopper  I'm comparing the Fuji X-E1 to the Fuji X-100S. One of the concerns listed is the slower auto focus of the X-E1 with the zoom lens. Is this a valid concern (noticeable in daily use)? I like the convenience of a zoom lens for framing but do not want to make it awkward.....
JEREMY G  I haven't found it a problem in everyday use, but in low light or low contrast it can be a little difficult. Likely in the future this series will be upgraded with everything the 100s has and you will still have the lenses.
Shopper  When do you think you will receive the cameras from Fuji?
Andrew R  For the most prompt response I would recommend contacting our sales department directly at: sales@adorama.com
Shopper  Does Fuji make a +200mm zoom lens. If not do they make a adapter to use other makes?
Andrew R  It would appear that there is not currently an available 200mm(+) zoom for this camera. Adapters would depend on the mount of the lens and functionality of the camera may be hampered when using lenses not specifically designed for this camera. Please bear in mind, this is a newly announced camera, full specs and review data are not available from the manufacturer at this time.
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