Fujifilm X-E1 previewed: A sleeker X-mount mirrorless that won’t break the bank


posted Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 12:59 AM EDT


Though they still have "film" in their name, Fujifilm has attracted a lot of attention with their cameras over the last two years by giving enthusiasts exactly what they want: Cool-looking, rangefinder-like cameras with great image quality.

The latest model in the X line, called the Fujifilm X-E1, leaves out the rather elaborate hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder in favor of a simpler OLED electronic viewfinder. One of the key goals with this omission is to make a lower-priced model that's not just easier to afford, but also easier to use. Fujifilm also reduced the body size and lowered the weight, but left most of the rest of the design unchanged, using the same 16-megapixel X-Trans CMOS sensor, the same X-Mount lens, and essentially the same set of well-placed controls. As you can see in the shot above right, Fujifilm also added a small pop-up flash.

Expected to ship in November 2012 for essentially US$1,000 body-only, the Fujifilm X-E1 will come in a two-tone black and silver design (harking back to the X100 with its silver top deck and black body) and an all black design. The new X-E1 will also ship as a kit with a new XF 18-55mm lens for US$1,400.


If you're thrilled at the prospect of a smaller, lighter, more affordable Fujifilm X-mount camera, what are you waiting for? Read our hands-on Fujifilm X-E1 preview!


Fujifilm X-E1
Camera Type Compact System Camera
Manufacturer North America: X-E1
Dimensions 5.1 x 2.9 x 1.5 in.
(129 x 75 x 38 mm)
Weight 12.3 oz (350 g)
Planned Price $1,400
Planned Availability November 2012
Image Capture
Sensor Type Fujifilm CMOS
APS-C (approx. 1.11 in. diagonal)
16.30 megapixels (effective)
Filter Type X-Trans
Focal Length Multiplier 1.50
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Image Dimensions 4896 x 3264 (16.0 megapixels)
4896 x 2760 (13.5 megapixels)
3264 x 3264 (10.7 megapixels)
3456 x 2304 (8.0 megapixels)
3456 x 1944 (6.7 megapixels)
2304 x 2304 (5.3 megapixels)
2496 x 1664 (4.2 megapixels)
2496 x 1408 (3.5 megapixels)
1664 x 1664 (2.8 megapixels)
7680 x 2160 (16.6 megapixels)
7680 x 1440 (11.1 megapixels)
5120 x 2160 (11.1 megapixels)
5120 x 1440 (7.4 megapixels)
Capture Speed Continuous: 6.0 frames per second
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder Yes, EVF: 0.5" 2.36M-dot OLED with 100% coverage, 23mm eyepoint, -4 to +2 diopter adjustment, eye sensor
LCD 2.8 in. diagonal, 460,000 dots
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 18.0 - 55.0mm (actual)
27 - 84mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 (wide) / f/4 (tele) - f/22
Focusing System Contrast Detection: Area (EVF / LCD: 49 areas in 7 x 7 grid), Multi; Changeable size of AF frame; Single AF, Continuous AF, MF Distance Indicator
Has AF assist lamp
Manual focus possible
Focusing Range Normal: 12" - 4,081" (30 cm - 9,999 cm)
ISO Sensitivity 200-6400, Extended output sensitivity equivalent ISO 100, 12800 and 25600; AUTO(400), AUTO(800), AUTO(1600), AUTO(3200), AUTO(6400)
Shutter Speed 30 - 1/4000 second
Exposure Modes Program, Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes TTL 256-zones metering: Multi, Spot, Average
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Underwater, Custom, Color Temperature (K)
Internal Flash Guide Number: 5
Modes: Red-eye removal OFF: Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro. Rear-curtain Synchro, Commander; Red-eye removal ON: Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro. Red-eye Reduction & Rear-curtain Synchro, Commander
Range: GN=7 (ISO 200)
Flash Exposure Compensation Unknown
Scene Modes Film Simulation: PROVIA/STANDARD, VELVIA/VIVID, ASTIA/SOFT, PRO Neg Hi, PRO Neg. Std, MONOCHROME, MONOCHROME+Ye FILTER, MONOCHROME+R FILTER, MONOCHROME+G FILTER, SEPIA); Dynamic range setting AUTO (100-400%), 100%, 200%, 400%; Motion Panorama; Multiple Exposure
Self Timer Yes, 2 or 10 seconds
Movie Format H.264 (MOV) with stereo sound with audio
Max. clip length: 1,740 seconds (1920x1080) / 1,740 seconds (1280x720)
Movie Resolution / Frame Rate 1920x1080 @ 24p, 1280x720 @ 24p
Recording Medium SD/MMC including SDHC, SDXC
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format .RAF RAW (ISO 200-6400), RAW + JPEG , JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3)
Other Mini (Type C) HDMI, 2.5mm Stereo Microphone/Remote Jack
Battery Type Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary NP-W126
Product Bundle
Software Fujifilm CD-ROM (Viewer software, RAW File Converter, etc.)
Battery / Charger 1 x Proprietary NP-W126 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes, Metal
Remote Control Yes, Wired remote or threaded cable release
Waterproof No
Notes Available in two-tone black and silver, or solid black.