Fuji has announced its second mirrorless camera – the X-E1. The camera closely resembles X-Pro 1, with some design and specifications differences. In essence, X-E1 is the slightly smaller X-Pro 1 without the hybrid optical/EVF viewfinder and with higher resolution EVF. Both of them use the same 16 megapixel X-Trans sensor with its unique color filter array, which helps to minimize moiré and false colors without the need for an optical low pass filter, and maximize its resolution.
In terms of design and handling, X-E1 will feel the same as X-Pro 1. The controls and their layout are based on rangefinder philosophy with shutter and EV compensation dials on top, and aperture setting on the lens itself. There is a video mode also – but accessible only through drive mode selector which once selected disables still photography. This is clearly camera made for photographers, and that’s a good thing. Besides hot-shoe, there is a small pop up flash which can be tilted upward to allow rudimentary bounce usability. X-Pro 1 was criticized for its slow auto focus and poorly implemented manual focus. Fuji claims auto focus is one of the key improved areas on the new X-E1.
All together, my first impression is that we got updated X-Pro 1 at lower price point. It will be very interesting to see how good this camera compares to its competitors – Sony NEX-7 and Olympus OM-D.
Fuji X-E1 key specifications:
- 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor
- EXR Processor Pro
- 2.36 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder
- 2.8-inch (460K dot) LCD
- Built-in pop-up Flash (hotshoe attachment also available for external flash)
- ISO 200 – 6400, extended ISO 100 – 25600
- 0.05 sec Shutter time lag
- Q (quick) button to shooting menu settings
- In-camera RAW converter
- Film simulation modes (Velvia, Astia, Provia, Monochrome, Sepia, PRO Neg Std & PRO Neg Hi)
- Multiple exposure & Panoramic shooting
- Auto Bracketing functions (AE/ISO/DR &FS)
- Full HD Movie
- Microphone/shutter release input (Ø2.5mm)
- Approx. 350 shots battery life