DSLR-Check (Japan) runs the Nikon D800E, Fuji X-E1, Nikon D3200, Sony NEX-6, and Olympus E-M5 through ISO noise tests with interesting results.

Clearly the D800E outresolves all others, at any iso sattings, even base iso. However, the interesting thing is how close all the other entries are to each other. This test appear to be in no way scientific, so take it with a grain of noise salt. Click on the chart to see it in full resolution. Here's what Google pransklate has to say:

"The fact that even with only (it almost single-focus) lens angle of view of the standard, personally, but there can be no choice as X mount status quo, because the problem is almost the only lens lineup this happens, fast I just want you to . . . read more

Diglloyd: Fujifilm X-E1 Has the Same Fractal-Like Artifacts as the X-Pro1, despite color and overall image quality being exceptionally pleasing.

"I reported on problematic X-Pro1 artifacts back in September (and in my original review). This problem remains in the X-E1, and it is one of the few rare cases where the image quality must be rated as unacceptable and unusable. The cause and what is to blame do not matter, but the results do. The crop below is actual pixels— it has not been resized or altered after RAW conversion (in ACR). It has been sharpened, but that does not create the problem, it only makes it more obvious.

Observe that some types of detail are fairly normal looking (ruler marks, eyes, skin, lips), but that the hair and green woven . . . read more

Fujifilm Finepix X-E1 review at Cnet.asia: Excellent image quality that comes with a steep price, and also, some AF speed and accuracy issues.

"Users can expect the best noise-free images from ISO 100 all the way to 800. From ISO 1,600, some noise starts to creep into images but details remain intact. When you venture beyond ISO 3,200, quality is still pretty good although you'll notice a scattering of grain. ISO 12,800 was the tipping point for us. We were quite impressed by the X-E1's lowlight performance and we think that shutterbugs who enjoy shooting in ambient light such as dark interiors would enjoy using this camera. . . . read more

Fujifilm X-E1 Review at Digital Photography School: Another exceptional Fuji X-mount camera, too bad about the non-tilting rear screen.

"Movies in Full HD 1920×1080 can be shot. While the AF seems to function quite well in movie mode you can’t shoot stills mid video. An unexpected joy (for this film born and bred feller) is the aperture ring set into the lens: as you roll it around, it’s a joy (with the 18-55mm zoom anyway) to see the lens aperture shrink down to f22! How many digicams will allow you that pleasure!
As with some other models, the XE-1 can shoot high quality motion panorama stills, sized up to 5120×1440 pixels. It’s an
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Fujifilm Finepix X-E1 review at TrustedReviews:

"While it might be tempting to think of the X-E1 as a stripped back X-Pro1, that does it something of a disservice in that the X-E1 is a great camera in its own right. Gifted with the same premium grade construction and finish, the X-E1 feels more refined and balanced than it’s more expensive sibling. While some may lament the removal of the hybrid viewfinder found in the X-Pro1, the truth is that the X-E1’s sharper, crisper EVF more than makes up for this, though the rear screen remains, at 2.8in and 460k-dots, somewhat underpowered for a camera of this price. Our only other issue is the . . . read more

Fujifilm finepix X-E1 review at What Digital Camera UK: "Α camera that looks the part, handles well and delivers images beyond what its price may suggest."

"Similar in size to the X100, and combined with a similar premium finish that won over so many fans to Fujifilm's retro-inspired compact, the X-E1 manages to feel more refined and balanced as soon as you pick it up compared to the rather chunky X-Pro1. And while it forgoes the smart Hybrid viewfinder of the X-Pro1, the payback is the sharper, crisper EVF in the X-E1 that more than makes up for this, though you could feel a little short-changed with the fairly underwhelming rear screen. . . . read more

Fujifilm X-E1 review at Ephotozine: Styling from the past with a modern feature set, but lenses are few and overpriced.

"The Fujifilm X-E1 is more compact than the X-Pro1, and also 100g lighter, but it is still quite a large camera, and feels extremely well built. Focus speed and responsiveness is good, and the camera takes excellent photos with extremely impressive noise performance, with a good 18-55mm kit lens with built in optical image stabilisation. Although the price is still quite high compared to the competitors with many of them available for less money with kit lens. The X-E1 is available for £729 body only, which is good value for money, however, each Fujinon lens available is around £425+ so the . . . read more

Fujifilm X-E1 review at PhotographyBlog: Where did the noise go?

"The X-E1 delivers exactly the same excellent image quality as its big brother. Noise is noticeable only by its almost complete absence throughout the ISO range of 100-25,600, while the Dynamic Range function helps to boost contrast and detail. The new 18-55mm lens is also worthy of mention, with the fast maximum apertures . . . read more

Fujifilm Finepix X-E1 review by Bert Stephani: Good enough to redesign my gear bag.

"I keep being impressed by the way the Fujifilm sensor renders skies and clouds. There’s a lot of detail in the RAW-files that can be recovered in post processing. I know there are still some issues with the Fuji files in Lightroom (4.2). Usually I don’t worry too much about it as the problems are barely noticeable unless you pixel peep. But in situations like with these pictures you sometimes get these white outlines around objects like the wind turbine on the right when you try to push the RAW file. If you ease back on the post-processing, it’s gone but I’m sure Adobe hasn’t unlocked the full potential of the Fuji RAW files yet. I hear Fuji and Adobe are working together on providing better results, let’s hope they get it right soon." . . . read more

Fujifilm X-E1 review at the Luminous Landscape

The Fujifilm 'X' series appears to be a product line designed by photographers, for photographers, and the reviewers tend to agree:

"Ok, you heard it here first: the Fuji’s jpegs are really excellent.  Seriously.  I shoot nothing but RAW for anything  . . . read more

Fujifilm X-E1 review at SteveHuffPhoto: The closest thing to perfection to come along since the dawn of the electronic viewfinder, large sensor camera.

"The XE1 feels mature. I think Fuji has learned a lot over the last year from the release of the x100 and XPro1, and they’ve done a good job listening to feedback from the photographers out there using their cameras. Overall operational speed on the XE1 is good; not blazing fast like a high-end DSLR, but certainly fast enough for many of us. It’s less fiddly than the x100 (keeping in mind I’ve enjoyed the x100 immensily!), and from what I hear from XPro1 . . . read more

Fujifilm X-E1 review at DigitalRev TV: Cheap and tasty, just like a pizza.

Review done by Mario and Luigi, and yes, there are mushrooms involved: 

"We take a look at Fuji's latest "X camera" - the X-E1. It looks like the X-Pro1 because it is essentially a lightened version. Without that hybrid viewfinder, will this seemingly "8-bitified" version be as interesting a camera as they other Fuji "X cameras"?"

Fujifilm X-E1 review at the TechRadar: An extremely interesting proposition, other manufacturers must take notice.

"The premium end of the compact system camera market is now looking extremely interesting. This new camera competes much more closely with the Olympus OM-D and Sony NEX-7 than the Fuji X-Pro1 was able to. As such, other manufacturers are likely to carefully watch Fuji's proposition.

Currently, Nikon and Canon don't have anything in this niche segment of the market, while Panasonic's cameras arguably . . . read more

TechRadar.com: 10 things you need to know about the new Fujifilm X-E1

"As with other cameras in the X series, Fujifilm has put a lot of effort into the design of the X-E1. It will be available in two colour variations. One is pure black, which it believes will appeal mainly to photojournalists and street photographers, who want something more subtle. The other is black and silver, and is designed to appeal to those wanting to make a statement about their camera choice.

The sides of the dials on the top panel feature a texture pattern for smooth adjustment, while dials for choosing exposure . . . read more

Fujifilm X-E1 released, a more affordable, but yet laden with features 'X mount' camera.

Some of the highlights: The opto-electronic viewfinder has been replaced by a 2.4 million dots EVF,  built in raw conversion, panorama modes, etc. The camera is also slightly downsized and has lost some weight, compared to the X-Pro1. Price and availability to be announced. . . . read more

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