Fujifilm X-E1 Mirrorless Camera Review

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Fujifilm X-E1 Review: Conclusion

Aside from the poor auto focus, I love the X-E1. It’s a simple and pure camera that experienced and traditional photographers will appreciate on many levels – aesthetically, in the hands, and for the image quality. If you’ve always lusted after a Leica M-rangefinder, the X-E1 will give you a similar look and feel for a lot less money – and it’s a hell of a lot easier to use. Get the right lens adapter and you can even use Leica M lenses on it. The X-E1’s relatively compact size (compared to a digital SLR) makes it a great choice for a travel or street camera. On the other hand, if you’re looking for the smallest possible interchangeable lens camera, the X-E1 is not your best bet. It’s considerably bigger than some of the other mirrorless camera options, and at $1400 for the body and lens setup reviewed here, it’s also more expensive. It does have the best image quality of any mirrorless camera I’ve ever used, though.

Fujifilm X-E1 - Pancake Jake At ISO 4000

The X-E1 probably isn’t the best camera choice for beginners who may be frustrated with the lack of auto modes. The X-E1 will really work best in the hands of a photographer who understands the rules of exposure. That said, you can set both the aperture and the shutter speed dial on A and let the camera do its thing. It would be a shame to let the X-E1’s great controls go to waste, though.

I’m sure there are some readers trying to decide whether the X-E1’s big brother, the X-Pro1, is worth the extra $400. In my opinion the answer is no. The main differences between the two cameras are the X-Pro1’s hybrid viewfinder and slightly larger 3-inch LCD display. And as cool as the hybrid viewfinder is, I didn’t miss it one bit. Both cameras have the same sensor and controls your actual results should be the same regardless of which one you buy. Plus, the X-E1 has a built-in pop-up flash, something the X-Pro1 doesn’t have.

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Fujifilm X-E1 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera

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Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of PhotographyREVIEW.com and has been since the site launched back in 1999. He's an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible on his mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains. He's been taking pictures for ever and ever, and never goes anywhere without a camera.

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  • Greg McCary says:

    That is a great review John. A couple of things from reading up on it. There is a firmware upgrade that adds focus peaking and when shooting fully manual the EVF doesn’t reflect exposure changes so you have to use the meter.

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