Fujifilm X-E1 review by Christopher Snow at Digital Camera Info: "The Fujifilm X-E1 is all of the fun and none of the frivolity of the X-Pro1"

Fujifilm X-E1 review by Christopher Snow at Digital Camera Info: "The Fujifilm X-E1 is all of the fun and none of the frivolity of the X-Pro1"

"The X-Pro1 was 2012’s most fun new camera, but if you’re one of those people that thinks saving money is fun too, Fujifilm has the answer. By reducing the X-E1’s footprint and stripping out the novel—but unhelpful—hybrid viewfinder, the company has shaved $400 off the X-Pro1’s already-reduced price tag, all without sacrificing much of that model’s stellar performance.

For better or worse, our most enthusiastic praise is reserved not for the camera itself, but for the new kit lens. When the X-mount debuted, Fujifilm showed a commitment to high quality glass with its first three prime offerings, but many wondered if this performance would extend to a zoom lens. Now we know the answer. The X-E1’s 18-55mm kit lens is almost exactly as sharp as the XF 35mm f/1.4, which is really quite amazing for a zoom lens. We only wish the

aperture and focus rings were mechanical.

As for the most important tests, many scores match the X-Pro1’s numbers. Noise reduction is almost as strong, and white balance is nearly equivalent between the two. Dynamic range is also roughly equal, although the X-E1 is able to carry its performance further down the ISO range. We were surprised by the camera’s just-okay color accuracy score, and our high weighting of this test will drag the overall score down, however this is but one blemish against a backdrop of impressive results.

Minus the X-E1’s smaller frame, hardware is also similar, most notably the “X-Trans”APS-C sensor, which omits a low-pass filter to trade video moire for sharper stills. Video is sort of an afterthought on this camera anyway, but at least continuous shooting speed is still a respectable 5.5-ish frames per second."

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Company Fujifilm FujiFilm
Model X-E1 X-Pro1
Fujifilm X-E1 silver Front View
Release Date 09/2012 01/2012
Initial Price $1000 $1700
DXO Color Depth 0.0bits
DXO Dynamic Range 0.0Ev
DXO Low Light Performance 0 ISO
Lens Mount Fujifilm XF bayonet Fujifilm XF bayonet
Type APS-C
Effective Pixels 16.3 Megapixels 16.3 Megapixels
Sensor Dust Removal Ultra Sonic Vibration Ultra Sonic Vibration dust reduction system
Stabilization details No No
ISO 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
Equivalent to ISO 200 - 6400 (Standard Output Sensitivity)
AUTO mode : AUTO (400) / AUTO (800) / AUTO (1600) / AUTO (3200)
Extended output sensitivity equivalent ISO 100, 12800 and 25600
Image Processor Type EXR Processor Pro EXR Processor Pro
Memory Card Type SDXC
Metering Mode TTL 256-zones metering
Multi
Spot
Average
TTL 256-zones metering
Multi
Spot
Average
Metering range
Shooting Modes Programmed AE
Shutter priority AE
Aperture priority AE
Manual exposure
Motion panorama
Multiple exposure
Programmed AE,
Shutter priority AE,
Aperture priority AE,
Manual exposure
Exposure Compensation Braketing AE Bracketing (±1/3 EV, ±2/3 EV, ±1 EV) Film Simulation Bracketing (Any 3 type of film simulation selectable) Dynamic Range Bracketing (100%, 200%, 400%) ISO sensitivity Bracketing (±1/3 EV, ±2/3 EV, ±1 EV) AE Bracketing (±1/3 EV, ±2/3 EV, ±1 EV) Film Simulation Bracketing (Any 3 type of film simulation selectable) Dynamic Range Bracketing (100%, 200%, 400%) ISO sensitivity Bracketing (±1/3 EV, ±2/3 EV, ±1 EV)
Shutter Type Focal Plane Shutter Focal Plane Shutter
Shutter Speed (P mode) 1/4 sec. to 1/4000 sec., (All other modes) 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec. Bulb (max. 60 min.) (AUTO mode) 1/4 sec. to 1/4000 sec., (All other modes) 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec. Bulb (max. 60 min.) Time 1/2 to 30 sec.
Drive Modes Single, Continuous Single, Continuous
Continuous Shooting Details Max 6 / 3 fps selectable Max 6 / 3 fps selectable
Self Timer Time 1/2 to 30 sec. Approx. 10 sec. / 2 sec. Delay
Focusing Type Contrast detect
AF Modes Single AF / Continuous AF / MF Distance Indicator / Face Detection Single AF
Continuous AF
MF Distance Indicator
AF Working Range
AF System Points 49 points
AF Assist Beam Yes AF assist illuminator available
AE Lock Yes Yes
AF Fine Adjustment
Closest Focusing Distance
Depth of Field Preview Yes -
Flash Hotshoe Yes Yes
Built in Flash Yes No
Guide Number 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 with TTL contacts;
sync terminal Red-eye removal OFF:
Auto,
Forced Flash,
Suppressed Flash,
Slow Synchro,
Rear-curtain Synchro.
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.
Flash Xsync 1/180 sec or slower X terminal, synchronized Shutter speed: 1/180 sec or slower
External Flash Wireless Sync
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage ~100.0%
Viewfinder Eyepoint 23.0mm
Viewfinder Magnification ~0.6%
Rear Screen Details 2.8-in, approx. TFT color LCD monitor 3.0-inch RGBW (White) LCD monitor
Resolution 460000 dots
Live View Autofocus
Live View Frame Rate
Live View Metering
Liveview Details Yes Yes
Image Sizes L : (3:2) 4896 x 3264 / (16:9) 4896 x 2760 / (1:1) 3264 x 3264
M : (3:2) 3456 x 2304 / (16:9) 3456 x 1944 / (1:1) 2304 x 2304
S : (3:2) 2496 x 1664 / (16:9) 2496 x 1408 / (1:1) 1664 x 1664


L Vertical: 7680 x 2160 Horizontal: 7680 x 1440
M Vertical: 5120 x 2160 Horizontal: 5120 x 1440

L :
(3:2) 4896 x 3264
(16:9) 4896 x 2760
(1:1) 3264 x 3264

M :
(3:2) 3456 x 2304
(16:9) 3456 x 1944
(1:1) 2304 x 2304

S :
(3:2) 2496 x 1664
(16:9) 2496 x 1408
(1:1) 1664 x 1664


L
Vertical: 7680 x 1440
Horizontal: 7680 x 1440
M
Vertical: 5120 x 1440
Horizontal: 5120 x 1440

Still Image Format JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3)*2, RAW (RAF format), RAW+JPEG
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3)*2,
RAW (RAF format),
RAW+JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
Movie 1920 x 1080 pixels,
1280 x 720 pixels (24 frames/sec.) with stereo sound
1920 x 1080 pixels,
1280 x 720 pixels (24 frames/sec.) with stereo sound
Movie Length Individual movies cannot exceed 29 minutes in length. Individual movies can not exceed 29 minutes in length.
Movie Format H.264 (MOV) with Stereo sound H.264 (MOV) with Stereo sound
Power Source NP-W126 Li-ion battery (included) NP-W126 Li-ion battery (included)
Battery Life approx 350 frames (When XF35mmF1.4 R is set) approx 300 frames
Width 129mm 139mm
Height 75mm 82mm
Depth 38mm 42mm
Weight Approx. 350g / 12.3 oz. (including battery and memory card) Approx. 300 g / 10.6 oz. (excluding accessories, battery and memory card) Approx. 450 g / 15.9 oz. (including battery and memory card) Approx. 400 g / 14.1 oz. (excluding battery and memory card)
Weather Sealing Details No No
Body Materials Magnesium alloy Magnesium alloy
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