Fuji X-E1 Not Ready for Primetime? | Dean Tomasula
Well, the Fujifilm X-E1–commonly referred to as “The Sexy One”–is slowly trickling into the marketplace, and there seems to be quite a few people reporting bugs in it. Not that there’s anything unusual in that. These days, it seems no new camera goes through a thorough torture test before its released. It seems like manufacturers rush to release their latest product and let the market do their quality control for them. I suspect these are not really bugs in the camera. Maybe “quirks” is a better word to use? They seem to be things that can be easily fixed with a firmware tweak. Which leads me back to my original point that cameras are released these days before they’re “fully baked.” One major quirk that seems to be plaguing the X-E1 is the “Raw Resolution Anomaly.” Apparently if you choose to shoot RAW or RAW + a smaller size JPEG, the RAW file will not record as full size. The RAW file is slightly smaller than it would normally be.
This seems to only happen though when using Adobe RAW converters, not other software. So it may be a bug in Adobe’s conversion algorithm, not in the camera’s. Another quirk seems to be that with the Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 OIS zoom lens, the focus distance indicator in the camera is not exactly dead on. People are reporting that the distance is off by a few feet (half a meter or so). I’ve got news for you guys, the distance scale of any camera (film or digital) is never dead on. It’s close but it’s not a measuring tape.
So what’s the moral of this story? Nothing’s perfect. Camera manufacturers sometimes screw up. But with the Internet, word spreads instantly. So they are listening and they’ll eventually remedy the situation.