Fujifilm X-E1 Review | EPhotoZine

The Fujifilm X-Pro1 and X-E1 are the definition of retro digital cameras, and the moment you pick it up, you’ll be reminded of an old film camera from the past. With manual controls on the lens and body it is very easy to adjust settings and the menus and controls are well thought out and easy to get to grips with. The electronic viewfinder is excellent with an extremely high resolution and is great to use, although it’s a shame the 2.8inch screen isn’t larger and a higher resolution. 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 price quickly jumps to the top of the premium mirrorless market. Another limiting factor of the system is the choice of lenses, with few lenses made by third parties available. If you have the money, then the X-E1 is an excellent camera, and the lenses available are excellent, particularly the primes. The Fujifilm X-E1 produces images with extremely low noise, and excellent colour.

Fujifilm X-E1 Pros

  • Brighter than normal kit lens (f2.8 – f/4)
  • Impressive noise performance up to ISO6400
  • Impressive colour reproduction
  • Great build quality and handling
  • Film simulation modes
  • High resolution EVF
  • Good panoramics

Fujifilm X-E1 Cons

  • Indoor white balance could be better
  • Expensive lenses / price of kit
  • Kit lens could be wider
  • Exposure compensation dial easy to knock


-> highly recommended

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