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Fujifilm X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver)

Sugg Retail Price: $599.00
Product Highlights
  • 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor
  • EXR Processing Pro Image Processor
  • FUJIFILM X-mount
  • 2.36 Million Dot OLED Viewfinder
  • 2.8" LCD 460K Dot Resolution
  • Full HD 1080p Video with Stereo Sound
  • Focal Plane Shutter
  • High Speed Contrast Autofocus
  • 100-25600 ISO Range
  • Magnesium Alloy Body

The silver X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera from Fujifilm features a classic form factor, magnesium alloy build and completely state-of-the-art digital technology. The sensor on the X-E1 is Fujiflm's 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor and the image processor is the EXR Processor Pro. The APS-C-sized X-Trans utilizes a unique color filter pixel array that eliminates a low pass filter and reduces moiré and false colors, resulting in exceptionally true-to-life color images, low noise and high resolution that other sensors with optical low-pass filters cannot approach. The EXR processor delivers high-performance, especially in terms of auto-focus speeds.

Fuji has created a unique lens mount for the X-series cameras. With a 10-pin data bus, the lens instantly sends information to the camera body through the lens mount, meaning fewer adjustments to be made by the photographer and more time spent shooting. The reinforced mount is only 2.5mm thick, which contributes to the slim profile of the X-E1. The short flange and wide opening of the X-mount means that the lens elements are as close as possible to the sensor and will achieve high resolution even at the edges and corners of the sensor.

An incredibly high resolution 2.36 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder with a built-in diopter is provided for eye-level composition and a 2.8" 460K dot rear LCD monitor for composition and playback is available as well. The EVF has a double aspheric lens element that offers faithful reproduction of focus, exposure, white balance and film simulation effects and has a high contrast ration of 1:5000. The LCD monitor has a special anti-reflective coating that reduces glare when viewing in bright sunlight and is water and stain resistant.

Thanks to improved contrast detection, the X-E1 can autofocus in as fast as 0.1 seconds and continuous high- speed shooting of up to 6 frames per second will allow you to capture fast-moving subjects whether they be newsworthy or simply to send to grandma. To guarantee that you never miss the action, QuickStart Mode provides a camera start-up time as short as 0.5 seconds.

Speaking of grandma, she will love the movies you can create with the X-E1's video capability. Shoot with Full HD 1080p and record in stereo sound for videos that can be screened on HDTV or right on the LCD monitor. A jack for an external microphone is also provided to record sound at professional grade.

As always, image quality is at the heart of Fujifilm's mission and to that, the X-E1 provides both JPG and RAW file shooting with in-camera RAW processing, TTL 256 Zones exposure control and ISO capabilities that range from 100-25,600. And Fujifilm, respecting their own legacy, offers something no other digital camera maker does -- Film Simulation Modes. You can set your X-E1 to produce images that simulate the tone and color qualities of the great Fuji films, like Velvia or PROVIA. If for example, you want rich saturated colors, choose Velvia and if you want silky textures and beautiful skin tones, set your camera to ASTIA. 

The classic design of the X-E1 is not just a matter of nostalgia. The manual aperture ring, the exposure and shutter speed dials and electronic viewfinder prioritize photography, provide for quick operation and return us to an era when the camera was king.

16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor
Moire is tackled at its root cause by the revolutionary X-Trans CMOS sensor's color filter array. By enhancing aperiodicity (randomness) in the array arrangement, the color filter minimizes generation of both moire and false colors, eliminating the necessity for an optical low-pass filter in the lens and enabling X-Trans CMOS sensor to capture full "unfiltered" lens performance. The EXR Processor Pro is supported by an integrated co-processor for higher speed and higher precision image processing performance.
X Mount
Taking full advantage of the mirrorless design, the mount boasts a short 17.7 mm flange back distance, a wider opening, and deeper mounting of the lens, resulting in reduction of back focus distance to the minimum possible while achieving high resolution extending to the image edge areas. When a FUJINON XF lens is mounted, all lens information is instantly communicated to the body, integrating them into a seamless, responsive instrument.
2.36 Million Dot OLED Viewfinder
A 0.5" electronic viewfinder provides crystal clear high resolution eye-level composition with a built-in diopter. Users who wear glasses will not need to remove them thanks to a 23mm eye-point and a soft resin coating on the eyepiece. A built-in eye sensor detects the presence of an eye and automatically turns on the viewfinder and a 25° field of view allows for the entire view to be seen quickly and easily. Two glass elements and one double aspheric element offer a display comparable to that of an optical viewfinder with high contrast and faithful reproduction of focus, exposure and white balance.
2.8" 460K Dot LCD Monitor
Compose and playback your photos and videos on this LCD with special anti-reflective coating that reduces glare and is resistant to stains, smudges and water.
Full HD 1080p Video with Stereo Sound
Capture the action in Full HD movies (1920 x 1080). In addition to full AUTO exposure, you can also shoot with aperture priority AE. Taking full advantage of the bright XF lenses, you can also capture movies with a beautiful defocused "bokeh" background. Later with plug-and-play ease, you can connect directly to your TV with an HDMI cable and share your movies complete with stereo audio on the big screen.
Focal Plane Shutter
The X-E1 is designed with a focal plane shutter that sits immediately in front of the sensor and can provide the camera with extremely fast shutter speeds.
Film Simulation Modes
The X-E1 can simulate the color and tonal qualities of acclaimed films including the natural look of PROVIA, the vibrant tonality and saturated colors of Velvia and the silky soft look and beautiful skin tones of ASTIA. Film Simulation mode makes it simple to capture the expressive color quality of the rich legacy of Fujifilm photo film technology. There are 10 Film Simulation Modes: PROVIA, Velvia, ASTIA, PRO Neg Hi, PRO Neg. Std., Monochrome, Monochrome+Ye Filter, Monochrome+R Filter, Monochrome+G Filter and Sepia.
QuickStart Mode
QuickStart Mode will power-up your camera and have you ready to shoot in as little as 0.5 seconds. Never miss a shot because you were ready but your camera wasn't. When QuickStart mode is turned off, camera will start in approximately 1.0 second.
Auto Bracketing
Auto Bracketing is a way to make sure you get the correctly exposed shot by shooting three continuous shots at slightly different levels. You can set Auto Bracketing for: AE Bracketing (+-1/3EV, +-2/3EV, +1EV); Film Simulation Bracketing (Any three types of film simulation selectable); Dynamic Range Bracketing (100%, 200%, 400%) and ISO Sensitivity Bracketing (+-1/3EV, +-2/3EV, +1EV).
JPEG and RAW Capture
Shoot in JPG or RAW and enjoy in-camera processing of the RAW files. The built-in RAW data converter lets you view results in the field without first transferring the data to your computer. This easy-to-use feature not only takes into account exposure compensation, white balance and other in-camera image quality settings, but also lets you apply Film Simulation modes in the converter mode.
High Speed Contrast Autofocus
Thanks to the high speed X-Trans CMOS sensor and newly developed EXR Processor Pro, contrast detection has improved and the X-E1 can autofocus in as little as 0.1 seconds and continuous high-speed shooting of up to 6 frames per second will allow you to capture fast-moving subjects and never miss an action shot. Autofocus is TTL Contrast AF with an available AF assist illuminator. AF Frame selection offers Area Frame with 49 areas and Multi Frame with 5 frame types.
Built-in Flash and Hot Shoe Mount
The X-E1 provides a built-in pop-up flash and a hot shoe mount and TTL (Through the Lens) Flash Sync. Sync speed for flash is 1/180th of a second or slower.
Multiple Exposure
The X-E1 can simulate Multiple Exposure Film Technique. Just select Multiple Exposure mode and take your first shot using either the EVF or LCD monitor. Next, while viewing the first image, you can frame and shoot the second exposure. This ability to precisely position and focus the second shot lets you not only see how the finished Multiple Exposure image will look, but also explore other creative photographic possibilities.
Drive Button and Q Button
The Drive button, conveniently located on the back of the camera allows you to smoothly transition from numerous pre-set settings, including HD Video, Bracketing, Continuous Shooting and Panoramas, The Q (Quick Button) Button lets you skip directly to frequently used shooting menus. ISO sensitivity setting, White Balance, Film Simulation and other frequently used shooting settings are displayed in a list. Use the 4-way controller to select the item and the command dial to change settings for speedy operation while shooting.
Photography Functions
Select Custom Setting, Motion Panorama, Color Space, Color (saturation), Sharpness, Dynamic Range, Film Simulation, Gradation, Silent Mode, Auto Red-eye Removal, Framing Guideline, Frame Number Memory, Histogram Display, Depth of Focus Preview, Focus Check, Electronic Level, Multiple Exposure, PictBridge, Exif Print, Time Difference, Fn Button Setting (RAW, Movie, etc.)
Playback Functions
RAW conversion, Image Rotate, Red-eye Reduction, Photobook Assist, Erase selected frames, Image Search, Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail), Slide show, Mark for Upload, Protect, Crop, Resize, Panorama, Favorites
Other Functions
PictBridge, Exif Print, Language Selection, Time Difference, Quick Start Mode, Silent Mode
External Microphone
A 2.5 mm input jack provides a connection for an external microphone for stereo sound when shooting video. That same jack can be used for a remote shutter release cable.
Motion Panorama Resolutions
Motion Panorama: Large: Vertical 7680 x 2160, Horizontal 7680 x 1440. Medium: Vertical 5120 x 2160, Horizontal 5120 x 1440
Magnesium Alloy Body
The magnesium alloy body provides not only classic good looks but durability. The design of the X-E1 with on-body controls and dials harkens back to the glory days of 35mm photography.
Imaging
Lens Mount Fujifilm X Mount
Camera Format APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
Pixels 16.3 Megapixel
Max Resolution 16.3MP: 4896 x 3264
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.6 x 15.6 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MOV
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Image Stabilization Optical
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 24 fps
1280 x 720: 24 fps
Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Minutes
Audio Recording Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic, LCD Display
Viewfinder Size 0.5"
Viewfinder Pixel Count 2,360,000
Viewfinder Eye Point 23.00 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Not Specified By Manufacturer
Diopter Adjustment - 4 to +2 m
Display Screen 2.8" Rear Screen   LCD (460,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200-6400 (Extended Mode: 100-25600)
Shutter 30 - 1/4000 seconds
1/4 - 1/4000 seconds in Program Mode
60 minutes in Bulb Mode
Metering Method Spot metering, Average metering, Multi-zone metering
Exposure Modes Modes: AE Bracketing, Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Custom, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Incandescent, Kelvin, Shade, Underwater
Burst Rate Up to 3 fps for up to 6 frames
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Auto/Red-eye Reduction
Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction
Forced On
Off
Second-curtain Sync
Slow Sync
Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction
Built-in Flash Yes
Guide No. 7' (2.13 m) ISO200 
Flash Compensation Not Specified By Manufacturer
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Performance
Start-up Time 0.5 Seconds
Shutter Lag 0.05 Seconds
Continuous Shooting Up to 3 fps
Self Timer 2 sec, 10 sec
Interval Recording No
Connectivity 1/8" Microphone
HDMI C (Mini)
USB 2.0
Software System Requirements Windows: XP (SP1), Vista (SP1), 7
Mac: OS X 10.3.9 or later
Power
Battery 1x NP-W126  Built-in Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 10 - 80%
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.1 x 2.9 x 1.5" / 129.0 x 74.9 x 38.3 mm
Weight 10.58 oz / 300 g without battery, memory card, accessories
Fujifilm X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver)
  • NP-W126 Li-Ion Battery Pack
  • BC-W126 Battery Charger
  • Shoulder Strap
  • USB Cable
  • Body Cap
  • Metal Strap Clip
  • Protective Cover
  • Clip Attaching Tool
  • CD-ROM Software
  • Owner's Manual
  • One Year Limited Warranty

  • Included Free

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    FujifilmX-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black)
     
    4.6

    (based on 62 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (40)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great resolution (48)
    • Compact (44)
    • Easy to use (44)
    • Good in low light (41)
    • Large clear LCD (21)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (8)
    • Lag / shutter delay (6)
    • Poor in low light (3)
    • Slow autofocus (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (44)
    • Family photos (40)
    • Low light (33)
    • Macro photography (18)
    • Weddings (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (27), Pro photographer (12), Semi-pro photographer (11), Casual photographer (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    fun but maybe not for everyone

    I purchased this camera as a fun easy carry camera for snapshots and found art shots. I am a professional and my primary camera is a Mamiya 645AFD w/Leaf Aptus back so there...Read complete review

    I purchased this camera as a fun easy carry camera for snapshots and found art shots. I am a professional and my primary camera is a Mamiya 645AFD w/Leaf Aptus back so there is no pretending that the X-E1 is going to be my first string on a job But... It isn't bad!

    I got the 35 f1.4 lens with it. So far I like everything about it except the speed of autofocus and the lack of RAW file support. While the X-E1 may not be a full sized full powered DSLR in the near instant focus it hits the mark far better than my Nikon D2x ever did. The D2x often would spin back and forth never choosing anything to focus on. The X-E1 may not focus as fast but it finds a target on the first pass.

    The lack of support for RAW is a big issue for a lot of folks that have a set-in-stone routines for file processing. None of the major image application will properly process the Fuji X-Trans sensors files - even though that new sensor is one of the best thing about this little guy. But don't fret they are working on it I'm sure. (That's not anything I've read officially...)

    For now the on-board processing is good. However, I do like the power of RAW and for that Fuji provides software (Silkypix) with the camera . It processes the files X-Trans RAW files great. It's just very alien from Adobe Camera RAW that I've always used and will add another step in my RAW file workflow.

    I gave the camera a "four" because it isn't the perfect camera. Then again, I have yet to find a perfect camera.

    Hope this helps.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Tried and returned

    I was looking for a hiking/travel replacement for the big DSLR.

    Yes, this camera can take incredible images. However, I like to shoot things on the fly, and the...Read complete review

    I was looking for a hiking/travel replacement for the big DSLR.

    Yes, this camera can take incredible images. However, I like to shoot things on the fly, and the auto focus was just not responsive enough for me. The manual focus is useless unless you have PLENTY of time to work with. The body was not as sturdy as I had hoped, felt somewhat toy like.
    The auto ISO feature only works up to certain high ISO, especially if shooting in RAW. Video shouldnt have even been included. Im pretty sure an iphone would do a better job.

    Pluses... It is light and fun to carry. The images are great and the lenses do a nice job, although they also felt toy-ish.

    Not the camera for me, back to the big DSLR.
    Granted im used to working with a DSLR and too stuck on the quickness and ease of use that a more expensive and heavier camera has to offer, and shouldnt expect the same type of performance out of a compact APS-C. However I still feel like the overall cost of the body and multiple lenses is too much for the performance that this camera can achieve.
    If, however, you are in the market for this type of camera, I suggest looking at the Sony NEX-7 over this model.

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    5.0

    A great camera

    By Big Data

    from Charlotte, NC for now...

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Battery Life
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black):

      I bought the E1 because I noticed I was using a tiny point and shoot camera and hardly my Nikon D700 with my many nice Nikkor and Zeiss lenses. The D700 is so much bigger than my old Nikon FM2 and F2 bodies, but the P&S is just not enough camera for my styles of photography.The E1 fits the bill nicely, and my joy in photography is back. I don't regret choosing the E1 vs. the E2 to get a better price - with the firmware update the autofocus is great. It is well built, solid, and well deigned, almost everything I would want. I was surprised how effective the manual focusing was through the EVF. I love the Fuji film simulations! The camera, especially with the 18-55 lens, is not tiny, it is like carrying a small 35mm SLR or rangefinder with a noticeable lens. People will notice the camera, it is not unobtrusive. There are only a few things I would prefer different: instead of a "M" focusing setting on the camera, I would prefer a marked focusing scale on the lenses with an "A" setting on the lens. I would prefer a higher-resolution EVF and no LCD panel, to save space and make the camera more rugged (and less expensive). I appreciate the little emergency flash but could also have lived without it. The tripod mount really should have been centered on the lens axis! These are all nitpicks - the camera is great! The main thing is it can produce great images!

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      5.0

      Combines classic ergonomics with digital

      By Jujubee

      from New Mexico

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Navigable Menus
      • Easy to Use
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Intuitive Controls
      • Intuitive Contros
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black):

        I did a lot of research before selecting this camera among the various mirrorless options - the Sony NEX/Alpha series being the runner up. I chose the Fujifilm X-E1 because I liked the blend of manual controls and on-screen menus and the ease of toggling between the two. After comparing images on line, I also found that I preferred Fujifilm's color rendering and the multiple film emulations that it offers. I prefer a more filmic look with more natural colors.

        I ordered the body with the kit zoom lens which is extremely capable. When in automatic mode, the camera makes sensible decisions with respect to aperture and ISO to generate pleasing images. Results with manual legacy lenses and adapters have also been gratifying. Post processing editing has been minimal thus far. I have yet to fully explore this camera's many features - I'm sure I will become ever more impressed over time.

        Minor drawbacks thus far: 1) battery life seems a bit short but I've been giving the EVF a workout. 2) Autofocus could be faster and more decisive. However, I prefer to focus manually so it has not been a major issue for me. Your mileage may vary.

        In sum, this camera gives one the option of being as manual or as automatic as one wishes. The ergonomics are excellent and I feel connected to the photography process in a way that I haven't felt since I knocked about with my dad's old SLR's when I was a teenager. It's fun to use.

        Finally, kudos to Fuji, BTW, for continuing to invest in this model in its firmware updates, thereby delaying its eventual obsolescence.

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        5.0

        Sweet Little Camera

        By Brogs

        from Allentown, PA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Battery Life

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel

          Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

          I bought this (used) to use as a daily use camera instead of carrying my D800 everywhere. I picked up the 35mm f/1.4 lens because I wanted something faster than the kit lens. I absolutely love it. Granted it can't compete with a monster like the D800, but it is nice having something that I can just grab and not worry about damaging a $ rig. I wish it was a little faster, but I think its a rockin little camera.

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          5.0

          Love it

          By Roman

          from NJ

          Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

          This camera makes me want to take it out and shot. It has made photography fun for me again. I got so tired and turned off by carrying my D7100 that at some point I never took it with me anymore. This little guy is light and fun. Not only does it look great, the sensor captures great detail. I keep it set to auto ISO and shoot in aperture priority with beautiful images at ISO 6400. I really enjoy the electronic viewfinder. I find that because of it, I only take one shot with correct exposure instead of several I would take with my DSLR before reaching the right exposure. I wouldn't use this in studio or on a location shoot however. This camera is more for a slow, enjoyable style of shooting. That's why I like it. One thing however, even with all the firmware updates, it does have hard time focusing in low light. But I do not at all mind switching to manual focus and using focus peaking to focus manually. The camera really is a joy to shoot with.

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          5.0

          Best for travel

          By waldy5897

          from Puerto Rico

          Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black):

          Excellent image quality and features. Better than expected , perfect camera for travel or street photography.

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          4.0

          Great Camer

          By Austin H.

          from Irvine, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Battery Life
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography

          Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

          I really like the retro look and lightweight feel. It's really fun to shoot manually but putting it back into auto is a little slow. I shoot at least 300 pictures raw without any battery loss.

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          3.0

          Not what I expected...

          By Matt Blasing

          from Albuquerque, NM

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

                Photographically, this camera works the same as my FujiFilm point-and-shoot that I've had for years, and cost three times as much. I absolutely LOVE the ergonomics and bought it because hauling around my full-frame Canon and L-Series lenses around all the time gets to be cumbersome. The dials are intuitive and remind me of working with my original Pentax 35mm film camera. However, the photo quality is around average, and VERY noisy, even during daytime shooting at ISO 200. I love everything about this camera other than the photo quality it produces, and even when using it with an f/1.4 lens, the images are nowhere near tack-sharp. Although I had high hopes for it, I returned it within a week.

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                4.0

                What a great photo tool

                By JEStanek

                from Pottstown, PA

                About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Battery Life
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Resolution
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Lag / Shutter Delay

                Best Uses

                • Architectural
                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Travel

                Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

                I got this to supplement my DSLR and have a good image quality, well designed, cool lighter/smaller camera for travelling. I found the battery life better than expected if you turn off the back display if you're going to be shooting for a while.

                It won't be my first choice for fast action shots but if you will be composing before you shoot, this camera is fantastic. It really performs in low light well, too.

                Finally, it looks really cool.

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                4.0

                Just what I was looking for

                By Holly

                from Indianapolis, IN

                About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Battery Life
                • Good Firmware Upgrades
                • Great Lenses From Fuji
                • Great Resolution
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Focusing Can Be Slow

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Hiking Photography
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Street Photography
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

                I bought this camera looking for a lighter alternative to my Canon DSLR for hiking, backpacking and general travel photography. We did a week+ trip to the Rocky Mountains, and I put it through all the paces camping and backpacking. I've also used it for some portraiture work and flower photography. My overall impression: Love it!

                The negatives:
                - autofocus is wonky in low light
                - autofocus sometimes misses all together in bright light (usually a second try gets it right) - can be slow compared to my Canon AF lenses
                - The included strap feels cheap
                - no third party Fuji X mount lenses (I see they are coming soon)
                - the firmware upgrade process was not clearly explained in the box. It took some Googling to figure it out. (basically, download the latest upgrade to a memory card, take the lens off, put the memory card in and turn on the camera while holding the "back" button to access upgrade menu.)
                - battery life is reported to be short. Haven't noticed it so far, but I do have two back up batteries anyway.

                The positives:
                - light weight! (even with the 18-55 lens) - heavier than a point and shoot but much lighter and smaller than any DSLR
                - unbelievably good image quality with the kit lens
                - I can handhold at very slow shutter speeds (1/20 of a second) and get tack sharp images of still subjects (blew. me. away.)
                - images are essentially noiseless to high film speeds (no discernable noise at 1000 and below!)
                - Did I mention the amazing quality of the 18-55 kit lens? I had to break my habit of sharpening, and bumping contrast and exposure in post. Daylight JPEGS are 85% perfect right out of the camera. A little cropping and I'm good to go!
                - Layout of controls just make sense. Love, love, love the physical dials. It took me less than 24 hours to develop intuitive use of this camera.
                - The rangefinder styling is simply amazing. People comment on this camera.
                - The way I shoot with this camera reminds me of shooting with my first SLR - It makes me want to shoot. It can do all the work for me, but I so enjoy going full manual (or aperture priority)
                - manual focus (legacy lenses or kit lens) is MUCH easier with Focus Peaking (white shimmer around the edges that are in focus) and the ability to quickly zoom in to check focus. Note: this model did not originally come with Focus Peaking, but Fuji included in in a firmware upgrade. Bonus! Thanks Fuji!
                -The film simulation shooting modes are usually gimmicky and I avoid them, preferring to do my processing on the more power CPU of my computer. However, with this camera, I find myself adoring the black and white films (there are 4). Just kicked my creativity up a notch.
                - I can use my Canon flash (in manual mode)
                - I can use my Canon remote release (plugged into the mic jack!)
                - I can use all of my legacy lenses with the appropriate adapters (so far have tried M42 and Pentax K mount. FD lens is coming soon)
                - hand feel is improved with a flash hotshot mounted thumb grip (these can be expensive or cheap. My cheap one is teal colored and awesome!)

                I used this camera for a family photoshoot this week (brought my Canon along just in case). The photos are amazing. If I figure out how to work this thing with my studio lights, I might just sell my DSLR and use the money to buy a Fuji long telephoto lens. Right now (2.5 weeks into owning it), there is little I can see that it can't do. It's simply an amazing camera, especially for the price. (The XE2 has some significant upgrades, but I sure don't miss them for half the price!)

                (I've read reviews saying this isn't a camera for beginners, but I think I would disagree. It seems to me this would be a great camera for beginners because the knobs and controls are all so directly related to the concept you are adjusting (aperture, film speed, exposure compensation, shutter speed). When you physically turn the aperture dial on the lens, you can see in the viewfinder or LCD the effect. Same with film speed, shutter speed etc. If you want it to do it all for you, you can set them all to auto. I would recommend this camera to experienced shooters and beginners alike. There is a learning curve, but If you get a DSLR and don't bother learning what the effect of shutter speed is on your photos, then why bother?)

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                5.0

                Good Quality and Delivery

                By Theprodigious

                from Milan, Italy

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Great Resolution
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

                  Good Quality and Delivery and helpful customer care

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Tried the Rest, Now Have the Best!

                  By StevenG

                  from Totowa, NJ

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black):

                    After going the DSLR route with Canon and Nikon I switched to Sony Mirrorless cameras. The Nex 6 and then the a6000. While very good, I was introduced to the Fuji. It's image quality is hands down better than any cropped sensor camera I have seen. Plus, it takes me back to my film era days when you had to "think" about how to take your photos and everything wasn't done for you. Maybe that is not what you want, but when I look back at how this 57 year old shooter takes photos, I never use the gizmos and gadgets that are on most of today's cameras. All I can say is I Love this Fuji!

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                    5.0

                    great camera

                    By cabecita

                    from San Juan, PR

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos

                      Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

                      steady and light weight. Great for our vacation trip

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Great Pictures from a Small Package

                      By OldBiker

                      from Brandon, Vermont

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Poor in Low Light
                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black):

                      Currently use this camera with the 18-55 lens for general photograpy. In the future hope to add a longer lens.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Great Retro camera

                      By JodyH

                      from West Chester, PA

                      Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

                      This camera was bought for the Fuji film simulation modes and to have light mirrorless type camera. I use It with metabones Nikon g adaptor to use all my Nikon lenses! It is eay to operate in completely manual mode. I love the ability to increase the focus magnifier with a push of the small wheel on the camera's back. Great jpegs!

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                      4.0

                      Fuji XE1 Mirrorless

                      By SolarRay

                      from Princeton, NJ

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Travel

                      Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

                      Fuji XE1 Mirrorless 16M sensor performs very well even in low light. I tested it with kit lens 18-50, 55-200, and Nikon 50mm f 1.4. The images are sharp and the color are beautiful.

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                      5.0

                      Excellant camera

                      By basic photographer

                      from Forsyth, NC

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Battery Life
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black):

                        basic photography, takes great RAW and Jpeg images, full control over settings.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Camera

                        By Larry C.

                        from Delaware (USA)

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Battery Life
                        • Great Resolution

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light

                          Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black):

                          I am very pleased with the images produced by this camera so far. I would recommend the firmware upgrades for both the camera and kit lens before you start to use it. Fuji has done a very good job keeping this camera up to date for the enthusiast.

                          I've purchased an adapter to use some of my Minolta Rokkor legacy lenses, and the results have been very good. This increases the overall versatility of the camera if you enjoy a more hands on approach to your photography.

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                          5.0

                          Just Dandy

                          By Old Nikon Guy

                          from Washington State

                          Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

                          I have read some peoples' reviews out there that don't like this camera because it doesn't focus fast enough for them. Maybe if I was chasing squirrels, kids, or ambulances it may not be, but I am not. I learned this craft on a Nikon F, manual everything; so big deal. I'm 66 years old and don't always want to lug around a bag that weighs as much as a Volkswagen. This FUJI with a couple of fast prime lenses is a sweet, capable combo. I am loving it.

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                          4.0

                          No regrets

                          By RGH

                          from Upstate NY

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Great Resolution

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Travel

                            Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black):

                            Great size, nice controls. The EVF is bright and clear, works fine with my glasses.Takes a little getting used to the settings and choices, but no big deal.The IQ and dynamic range are both exceptional.This camera is better quality than I expected and so far so good.

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                            4.0

                            killed my dslr

                            By 16Rounds

                            from San Francisco

                            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Inexpensive
                            • Sharp images
                            • Small / Compact

                            Cons

                            • Focusing

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black):

                              I am the editor and a writer for a magazine. I often take photos to illustrate my own articles. I sometimes also shoot photos in a studio for the magazine's cover graphic/shot. I own a Canon 5DM3 and have been very happy with it. Recently I purchased Fuji's X-E1 because I found it cumbersome to travel with a large dslr camera and its giant lenses. I really did not expect this small camera, X-E1, to produce such high quality images. It certainly does not match my 5DM3, but it is pretty darn close. I love the way it renders colors. I love how sharp the images are. I love how small and portable this camera is. I am surprised how it performs in low light. Honestly, now I hardly ever use my 5DM3; I use it only for video production. For all photo needs, I now exclusively use X-E1.

                              It is true that is a bit slow with grabbing focus, but that was improved with the latest software updates. It still, of course, can not match Canon's 5DM3, but considering the price difference, I can totally live with it. I came to love this camera.

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