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Fuji X-E1 review

A smaller and sleeker Fuji X-Pro1... what's not to like?

Overall, the Fuji X-E1 is an extremely interesting proposition that we can see being incredibly successful.

Combining the fantastic technology of the Fuji X-Pro1 with a more consumer-friendly price and a smaller, more streamlined CSC body will surely appeal to a wide range of people.

Adding a new 18-55mm kit lens to the lineup of the X range is also a smart move, which is again likely to appeal to a new crowd looking for something a little more versatile.

It's nice to see that Fuji's premium quality and build has gone into the design of the kit lens, elevating it far above the realms of the usual bundled optic.

We liked

The improved autofocus speeds that Fuji's new firmware brings, coupled with the 18-55mm kit lens, make this a fantastic camera to easily take on its DSLR rivals.

We disliked

There's not many things to dislike about the camera, with just a few small niggles keeping it from perfection. It would be nice to have seen a touchscreen, while the autofocus speed when using other lenses could do with being improved.

Final verdict

The premium end of the compact system camera market is now looking extremely interesting. This new camera competes much more closely with the Olympus OM-D and Sony NEX-7 than the Fuji X-Pro1 was able to. As such, other manufacturers are likely to carefully watch Fuji's proposition.

Currently, Nikon and Canon don't have anything in this niche segment of the market, while Panasonic's cameras arguably sit just underneath. It'll be interesting what kind of responses we see to the camera in the coming year.

With the X-E1, Fuji has brought the next evolution of the X series of interchangeable lens cameras. As the system is set to grow in the coming year, we can see this camera appealing to a large group of people.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution16.3 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourSilver
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameFujifilm
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Live View, Orientation Sensor, External Flash Shoe, Face Detection
Screen Size7.1 cm (2.8")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)300 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH, WEEE
Maximum Image Resolution4896 x 3264
Maximum Frame Rate24 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeX-Trans CMOS
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNP-W126
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height74.9 mm
Width129 mm
Depth38.3 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Slow Sync, Suppressed Flash, Commander, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerFuji Photo Film Co. Ltd
Product ModelX-E1
Product NameX-E1 Mirrorless Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberP10NC09250A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.fujifilm.co.uk
Marketing Information

The X-E1 combines the same 16 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor as the highly acclaimed Fujifilm X-Pro1, with a smaller body, and a new premium OLED electronic viewfinder.

Battery Life300 Shot
Package Contents
  • X-E1 Mirrorless Camera
  • Li-ion Battery NP-W126
  • Battery Charger BC-W126
  • Shoulder Strap
  • USB Cable
  • Body Cap
  • Metal Strap Clip
  • Protective Cover
  • Clip Attaching Tool
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Owner's Manual
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone