First test shots posted for Fujifilm X-E1 mirrorless, XF1 compact cameras


posted Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 3:35 PM EDT

Back at the Photokina tradeshow this September, Fujifilm launched two new X-series cameras jam-packed with retro cool: the Fuji X-E1 mirrorless and the fixed-lens Fuji XF1. The X-E1 is reminiscent of the earlier X-Pro1 and X100 compact system cameras, but manages to hit a much more affordable price tag by dropping those cameras' unusual hybrid viewfinder. (In the process, that's also made the X-E1 noticeably more compact.) The Fuji XF1, meanwhile, courts fixed-lens camera fans with a 4x optical zoom lens that has an unusually bright f/1.8 maximum aperture at wide angle, yet almost completely retracts into the camera body when not in use.

The Fujifilm X-E1 takes much of the X-Pro1 and X100's greatness, and makes it more affordable.

We're currently testing both cameras in our lab, and have just uploaded a raft of their sample images. Better still, they're all in our Comparometer, so you can compare the results from Fuji's latest and greatest alongside the competition to get a better sense of how they perform.

You can find the sample image galleries for each camera at the links below:

Kudos to Fuji's product designers: There's no denying that the XF1 is a very handsome camera.