Fujifilm X-E1 review at DPReview updated, iso noise charts and early impressions posted: Retaining the X-pro1 image quality in a compact and more responsive body can only end well.

"We've had our hands on a production X-E1 for a few weeks now, and our first impressions are that Fujifilm's promises aren't idle. Autofocus is quicker and more-responsive, and the 'feel' of manual focus has certainly been improved. We're not convinced it can yet match the very best of its mirrorless peers, but Fujifilm has made a step in the right direction, and that has to be applauded. Even more laudable is that fact that existing X-Pro1 owners got all the same benefits when firmware version 2.0 was made available.

Of course, plenty of X-Pro1 (and X100) owners will argue that the optical viewfinder is critical to their user experience, and removing it loses Fujifilm's single biggest selling point, turning the X-E1 into a different kind of camera altogether. This is true, but not the whole story. The experience of shooting is certainly different, but only insofar as it becomes more like the Sony Alpha NEX-7 and Olympus OM-D E-M5 - both cameras that we've enjoyed using tremendously and rated very highly. Let's not forget that the EVF allows the camera to be smaller and more portable (not to mention cheaper), and is arguably better-suited to a wider range of lenses, particularly Fujifilm's zoom lenses such as the very nice 18-55mm kit zoom that we've enjoyed using for most of our shooting with the X-E1 so far.

And let's not beat about the bush here - the X-E1 offers the X-Pro1's image quality in a smaller, more responsive package and in combination with its intuitive dial-led interface that makes it a rather desirable little camera. We're certainly looking forward to do do some more testing with it and finalize our full in-depth review."

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