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4.6

(based on 126 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great resolution (80)
  • Compact (79)
  • Easy to use (72)
  • Good in low light (60)
  • Large clear LCD (33)

Cons

  • Short battery life (30)
  • Lag / shutter delay (19)
  • Limited zoom (5)
  • Complicated controls (4)
  • Slow autofocus (4)

Best Uses

  • Travel (80)
  • Low light (59)
  • Family photos (54)
  • Weddings (29)
  • Macro photography (28)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (47), Semi-pro photographer (28), Pro photographer (20), Casual photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (98)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Camera the Nikon 1 V1 Should Be!

I've been searching for a reasonably small, interchangeable lens camera for casual family photo's. I wanted superior quality, flexibility, outstanding IQ and great low light performance. Who doesn't?? When the Fujifilm...Read complete review

I've been searching for a reasonably small, interchangeable lens camera for casual family photo's. I wanted superior quality, flexibility, outstanding IQ and great low light performance. Who doesn't?? When the Fujifilm XE2 was released, the XE1 with 18-55mm lens was deeply discounted. As I had been eying the Fuji X line, I decided to purchase the EX1 as the bundle with the EX1 and 18-55mm seemed a terrific buy. The EX1 has become my third camera behind my Nikon D800 and D7000. With it's APS C size sensor, it's miles ahead of my Nikon V1 and Coolpix 7000 in both picture quality and low light performance. I wanted something to take really good pictures but be reasonably portable. After a month of use. I have put away my little Nikons for good and relegated the 7000 to the position of "for sports only." The D800 is demonstrably superior camera in virtually every way (less the obvious portability problem) so I'll use that for serious stuff but, for most all else (save rapidly moving targets,) the Fuji has won the day! As a Nikon user, I found the system readily understandable and I like having most critical parameters (less ISO) available without resorting to a menu - ISO is defaulted to the Fn button. The size is great for me as it's small enough for me to want to take it along but, be advised, it WILL NOT fit in your shirt pocket- trench coat - maybe...
The kit lens is very, very good. I have and use the best of the Nikon glass and this lens is an outstanding overall performer. The Image stabilization is the best I've used.
The camera is certainly not a speed demon. Focusing in diminished light with the kit lens can be adventuresome but if you stick with it you are generally rewarded! I got one of the hot shoe flashs to help the lens at the 55mm end and it works exceptionally well with the camera. I should mention that you'll need to update the firmware for both camera and lens first thing. This camera, like most others, has it's share of features that are essentially "me too" marketing - like the DOF indicator bar, dynamic range expansions, film simulation bracketing etc. that don't do much for me but look good in the brochure. Underneath all that there is a superior photo making machine that lends itself well to either letting the machine decide or to complete manual control.
If I continue to be as impressed as I am now, I'll likely get the 55-200mm and the 35mm f/1.4 lenses and use the Fuji as my vacation kit. It certainly isn't a perfect set-up as nothing is, but, I probably won't miss toting the D800, 14-24, 24-70 and 70-200mm plus illumination and supporting gear around cathedrals, museums and other crowded tourist venues.

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I loved/hated it

I primarily shoot portraits both in studio with strobes and in the field with and without supplemental lights. My style is to catch people in motion or mid expression and with active body language. ...Read complete review

I primarily shoot portraits both in studio with strobes and in the field with and without supplemental lights. My style is to catch people in motion or mid expression and with active body language. I currently use a Nikon D700 and loved it but I recently injured my back and now need a lighter Camera/lens combination. The Fuji X-E1 has excellent high ISO performanceand the 18-55mm lens is sharp edge to edge but the view finder jitters so much when you pan to follow your subject that it prevents nailing the instant when that sparkle of personality comes. If I shot stationary subjects or scenics the Fuji would be the answer to my need for a lighter weight high performance camera but unfortunately I had to return it and hope that future iterations will focus quickly enough to do the job.

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5.0

Great small camera that puts out solid images

By Tim

from Broomfield, CO

Verified Buyer

For the price the X-E1 is a great body and is very easy to use if you are used to DSLR's or film SLR's. The controls are well placed and intuitive. The images are sharp and bright.

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5.0

Best Deal Ever

By Kate!

from Poughkeepsie NY

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Comments about X-E1 Digital Camera Kit with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS Lens (Silver):

I see that this item is discontinued.. I am thrilled with my Fuji and can not believe how lucky I am to have purchased this beautiful gem.
This is a completely different way of shooting and I will admit that I had to actually read the manual and set things up exactly how I wanted it to get the most out of this gorgeous new necklace I am now wearing. Yes it is a jewel too me!!
To be able to exactly arrive at the correct exposure and frame my composition has become so easy for me, now I can just enjoy and concentrate on things like what I am trying to say with my camera as the tool of artistic choice. It is a complete joy for me.
Honestly I did become a bit frustrated with trying to figure out where everything in the menu was, and I was afraid that I would not be able to overcome all the reports that I have read everywhere about action shots. After practicing about a week, I was stunned at how beautiful my dance photographs were. Amazing.
For me, there is nothing not to like and I also have a few dollars left in my poctet to buy more lenses. Thank you B&H, for an awesome deal.

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5.0

Makes photography a passion

By Focus Pee-King

from Saint-François-du-Lac, Qc

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Pros

  • Great Resolution
  • Great Zoom
  • Strong Color Saturation

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Travel

    Comments about X-E1 Digital Camera Kit with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS Lens (Silver):

    Not perfect and by far. But so pleasing and interesting to own and use. Won't do everything for you but learn how to use it and you'll have a lot of fun.

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    5.0

    The best camera I had so far

    By Alex Gro

    from Monterey, CA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Cool looking
    • Easy to learn
    • Easy to Use
    • Good Battery Life
    • Great Resolution
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about X-E1 Digital Camera Kit with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS Lens (Silver):

      I am not an expert photographer, and I do feel like on of those guys that buy a Ferrari and barely know how to drive, but in the last week I already learned so much with it and with so great results that I feel very happy for this investment.

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      5.0

      Glad I Got It

      By CC

      from Sebring, Florida

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel

      Comments about X-E1 Digital Camera Kit with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS Lens (Black):

      If you are on the fence wondering if to get this camera or not, my advise is to not wait because with the current discounts and sales it will not last long. This camera was on my wish/want list for a year but when the X-T1 came out I was going to get that instead when my finances and availability of the camera meshed. However B&H had the X-E1 on sale for $[*] with a 16G card and camera case so I immediately ordered it and am glad I did because a few days later it was sold out.The first thing I did when it arrived was to update the firmware for the camera and lenses. (I bought th 35mm 1.4, the 55-200 and the 27mm when they were on sale a couple of months ago in anticipation of getting getting the X-T1 with the 18-55 lens.)I like the camera a lot, the pictures as others have said are gorgeous and with the firmware updates the focus issues and a lot of the other complaints have been addressed by Fuji and are not the problem I had worried about from some of the reviews I read.I still plan on getting the X-T1 at sometime down the road, probably when the next update comes out and the price drops but for now am happy to have saved $1000 by getting the X-E1.

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      5.0

      Highest Value

      By GMoose

      from Houston, Tx

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about X-E1 Digital Camera Kit with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS Lens (Black):

        When it comes to mirror less systems, I don't think anyone does it better then Fuji. They are always striving to improve their existing models via firmware and bring out updates to future models by listening to their customer base. Their line of lenses is strong, second only to Olympus and Panasonic... unfortunately for the micro 4/3rds system, their sensor tech is vastly inferior to Fuji's in many regards and most of their bodies don't have all the controls in all the right places... The exception of course is the OMD.

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        4.0

        Fujifilm X-E1 with XF 18-55 mm lens

        By Nandadevi75

        from Chicago

        Comments about X-E1 Digital Camera Kit with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS Lens (Black):

        So far so good. I'm used to Fuji X100 controls and way of work, so transition to X-E1 wasn't a problem.
        Very good IQ, small size, nice design.
        Lens very well build, working fine.
        Very nice travel camera, not as flashy and big as Nikons I used for cm recital work.
        I can't complain.
        Fantastic price as of now.
        Idont know how much more X-E2 is faster and improved but for the current price (with lens) it was the perfect choice for me as a small, great image IQ alternative to bulky DSLR.

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        5.0

        A photographer's camera

        By Durangogun

        from Durango, Colorado

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Resolution
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about X-E1 Digital Camera Kit with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS Lens (Black):

            This is a camera for the photographer who wants to control the camera, not be controlled by it. Most quality cameras today can be set manually, but few of them have all of those controls at your fingertips. Yes, the camera can also become as automatic as you'd like it to be. Yes, this camera and lens combination are light, smaller than a hi-end DSLR and far easier to carry around. Yes, this camera and lens combination produce superb image quality. But for me, it's the ease of assuming control of the camera that make it special.Another major consideration is the lineup of superb lenses Fuji offers for this series of cameras.

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            5.0

            Great Camera, Great Service!

            By Terry

            from Gainesville, FL

            Comments about X-E1 Digital Camera Kit with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS Lens (Silver):

            It took me a year to finally give in to my desire to buy this camera. Not a single business in town carried the kit package or even the camera body.

            I shopped around online and decided that B & H was the most practical choice. The kit included a 16GB class 10 memory card and a nice camera bag AND with free shipping, what else could a guy want? Well, after waiting over a year, I didn't want to wait a week longer so I paid the shipping charge and received it within two days by 10:30 am.

            The camera is beautiful. The bag is really quite nice, especially being a freebie. I have only had the opportunity to shoot with it a couple of times and I am thoroughly reading the manual so I can make this gem shine brightly.

            About 4 days after I ordered the camera, B & H lowered the price by $100. I sent the company an email to see if they might consider refunding the $100. more that I had payed. To my pleasant surprise they offered to do just that! It hasn't posted to my bank account yet but I received an invoice stating that the transaction had gone through on the store's end yesterday. I expect that my account will be credited most likely by tomorrow.

            All in all, my experience has been one of excellence with the entire purchase, delivery and customer service from B & H!! I am certain that I will order from them again. Thanks to the entire team for your commitment to excellence and for your generosity!

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            5.0

            Excellent quality camera

            By IC

            from New York

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel

              Comments about X-E1 Digital Camera Kit with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS Lens (Silver):

              Good image quality
              Impressive noise performance
              Bright kit lens
              Good colour reproduction

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              4.0

              small, light and powerful

              By Morpheme

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good in Low Light
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Travel

                Comments about X-E1 Digital Camera Kit with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS Lens (Silver):

                I just purchased this camera as a supplement for the Fuji X20 I purchased last year, which while being small and quiet, doesn't have the low light/high iso performance I've come to love with a DSLR. This camera will likely replace the X20 for most carry around/every day use, with the X20 going where I really need a compact camera that I wouldn't cry over if it were lost (in my pocket cycling, kayaking etc) or really want a super flexible, small camera.

                I haven't had the X-E1 very long, but my first impressions:
                1) nearly as small as the X20, with a small lens mounted I consider it a pocketable camera. With the zoom on it's still a lot smaller and lighter than a full DSLR.
                2) not quite as quiet, to have reasonably priced interchangeable lenses, it had to give up a leaf shutter, so it does make a little sound on shutter release, but nothing compared to the mirror noise of a DSLR. It's only noticeable if it's very quiet.
                3) great image quality - at least as good as the D700 I use for work, and though it has a smaller sensor, it still has a similar file size and ability to produce prints perhaps just a bit larger. It may even be a bit better in low light.
                4) I'm having to readjust - not that it's a bad thing, but this camera uses an old style shutter speed dial and some lenses actually adjust f-stop on the lens.. it's been some time since I've had to do that!
                5) The electronic viewfinder can appear a bit dim to me at times - especially in bright light - it doesn't appear to play that well with my glasses which tint to dark grey in the sun.

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                4.0

                Worthy rival to Canon and Nikon

                By Matt

                from Bethesda, MD

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Travel

                Comments about X-E1 Digital Camera Kit with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS Lens (Silver):

                Excellent choice for those reluctant to give up their full full frame DSLRs. Offers comparable image quality with lighter size and weight. Great for travel. EVF is excellent, with users choice of shooting data displayed outside of image area. A few minuses: too easy to inadvertently push buttons on back whlle handling camera; poorly written Owner's Manual; no indication in Manual that camera and lens firmwares can be upgraded by downloads from Fuji website; so far, a limited choice of Fuji lenses.

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                5.0

                Great replacement for a DSLR

                By Tandemmer

                from Springfield, VA

                About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Resolution
                • Great Zoom
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Travel

                  Comments about X-E1 Digital Camera Kit with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS Lens (Black):

                  Much lighter then a Nikon D7000 and the images are outstanding

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                  5.0

                  Even better than I had hoped!

                  By Photothug

                  from Ashland, KY

                  About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                  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 Digital Camera Kit with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS Lens (Black):

                    I needed something relatively small and easy to carry but was unwilling to sacrifice too much quality. This little combo is sweet. I took some photos at a wedding this past weekend and the results were excellent! My big gun is a Nikon D800 and while the Fuji doesn't equal the Nikon in terms of image quality (you wouldn't expect it to) it holds it's own rather nicely. There are some very useful features on this little guy and it is certainly quick enough for my use. Image stabilization works well too. Very capable and an easy camera to use. A worthy back up to my D800!

                    AND IT JUST LOOKS COOL!

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                    4.0

                    Fine but...

                    By Maxou

                    from Quebec

                    Comments about X-E1 Digital Camera Kit with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS Lens (Silver):

                    I've been using (still) Lumix LX-3 and then LX-7 for a couple of years. The Fuji is completely another kind of animal. Physics and optics are top notch (as far as I can touch an see). For logics, it's something else.
                    Basics like metering and focusing methods have all that it takes to mix you up. Once you've found your way, ...you can be sure you'll loose it again. In the end, the manual focus mode is the easyest one. Unless a fairly good experience at working with cameras, this one is not particularly easy.
                    Some features work confusingly: you can record your own groups of settings (7) and then call them via the Q menu; once done, going back in the Q menu, the menu item doesn't indicate the choice you have previously made, it's back on the neutral position; so if you don't remember which set up you had choosen (in order, for example, to test another one), you're lost!
                    Shooting in a hurry? Not sure I will ever succeed with it, never like I do with the Lumix.
                    Image textures are wonderfully rich and film simulation styles are classy, usable options. Need to work in high ISO? There's probably nothing on the market that comes close ti it!
                    This camera (with its kit lens) is a serious machine. It's a bit of a challenge but I like it.
                    Not big compared to full or mid-size cameras but still too big for travel. Quality output of today's high-end point & shot cameras is plenty good enough if you want t bring back beautyfull, memorable picture. The X-E1 is for the Art!

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                    5.0

                    Jumped in with both feet

                    By Joe from JM Images

                    from Grove City, PA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about X-E1 Digital Camera Kit with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS Lens (Black):

                    I sold all of my Canon 5D Mark iii bodies and lenses to go 100% Fuji. NOT unhappy at all. After using this for a number of jobs and a number of personal uses it is all I was told it was. Easy to use and simple to understand. The camera body just fits my style and attitude when photographing people. It is personable and just works.

                    There is a learning curve with this system and I cant go into all of them as it is different for each photographer, but learning the subtle differences in focus and and tracking is key to using this. Once that is mastered it is like you are just seeing and not operating a camera. Such a vast difference from the huge DSLRs.

                    The kit lens is outstanding in sharpness and quality. Any other "kit" lens I have ever used had actually never been used because they were low quality and were just lesser quality. This 18-55mm lens is outstanding. Sharp to the point of (dare I say it) to sharp? It is just silly.

                    The two negatives I must say is 1) the battery. After about 300 shots I need to change the battery as I do not like shooting on a low battery. I am told you can get about 350-375 shots out of a battery but why chance it. I purchased three more batteries so it is not an issue. 2) The silly function of the flash not working when you disable the "beep" when it is focused. Not sure why that is...but it is.

                    But all in all the camera is such a welcomed change from the huge DSLRs out there. I feel liberated and feel more like a photographer and less like a guy with a bunch of equipment.

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                    5.0

                    Everything I hoped for!

                    By Bidco

                    from Napa Ca

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Lag / Shutter Delay

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Travel

                    Comments about X-E1 Digital Camera Kit with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS Lens (Black):

                    This camera is for someone who is interested in quality photographs in a more portable package than a full DSLR. Do not purchase if you want a fast point and shoot as it is just not built for speed, but for quality!

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                    5.0

                    E-XE1

                    By Sanford

                    from Monterey, CA

                    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Lag / Shutter Delay

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Travel

                    Comments about X-E1 Digital Camera Kit with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS Lens (Black):

                    Quality camera and lens and an unbelievable price. Buy your digital cameras as they are about to be discontinued/superseded.

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                    4.0

                    Great camera especially

                    By JRS

                    from New England

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Must Learn To Use It

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Outdoors Photography
                    • Travel

                    Comments about X-E1 Digital Camera Kit with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS Lens (Silver):

                    The current pricing makes this a no brainer if you are willing to PP RAW in a few selective programs (CaptureOne, PhotoNinja or Iridient). These give you the most from the X Trans sensor. Handling is very nice and the lenses are top notch, even the kit zoom is more than a kit zoom.

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                    4.0

                    The Camera the Nikon 1 V1 Should Be!

                    By JackRack

                    from Annapolis, MD.

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Travel

                      Comments about X-E1 Digital Camera Kit with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS Lens (Silver):

                      I've been searching for a reasonably small, interchangeable lens camera for casual family photo's. I wanted superior quality, flexibility, outstanding IQ and great low light performance. Who doesn't?? When the Fujifilm XE2 was released, the XE1 with 18-55mm lens was deeply discounted. As I had been eying the Fuji X line, I decided to purchase the EX1 as the bundle with the EX1 and 18-55mm seemed a terrific buy. The EX1 has become my third camera behind my Nikon D800 and D7000. With it's APS C size sensor, it's miles ahead of my Nikon V1 and Coolpix 7000 in both picture quality and low light performance. I wanted something to take really good pictures but be reasonably portable. After a month of use. I have put away my little Nikons for good and relegated the 7000 to the position of "for sports only." The D800 is demonstrably superior camera in virtually every way (less the obvious portability problem) so I'll use that for serious stuff but, for most all else (save rapidly moving targets,) the Fuji has won the day! As a Nikon user, I found the system readily understandable and I like having most critical parameters (less ISO) available without resorting to a menu - ISO is defaulted to the Fn button. The size is great for me as it's small enough for me to want to take it along but, be advised, it WILL NOT fit in your shirt pocket- trench coat - maybe...
                      The kit lens is very, very good. I have and use the best of the Nikon glass and this lens is an outstanding overall performer. The Image stabilization is the best I've used.
                      The camera is certainly not a speed demon. Focusing in diminished light with the kit lens can be adventuresome but if you stick with it you are generally rewarded! I got one of the hot shoe flashs to help the lens at the 55mm end and it works exceptionally well with the camera. I should mention that you'll need to update the firmware for both camera and lens first thing. This camera, like most others, has it's share of features that are essentially "me too" marketing - like the DOF indicator bar, dynamic range expansions, film simulation bracketing etc. that don't do much for me but look good in the brochure. Underneath all that there is a superior photo making machine that lends itself well to either letting the machine decide or to complete manual control.
                      If I continue to be as impressed as I am now, I'll likely get the 55-200mm and the 35mm f/1.4 lenses and use the Fuji as my vacation kit. It certainly isn't a perfect set-up as nothing is, but, I probably won't miss toting the D800, 14-24, 24-70 and 70-200mm plus illumination and supporting gear around cathedrals, museums and other crowded tourist venues.

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