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Fujifilm announces X-E1 16MP 'X-Trans' mid-level mirrorless camera

By dpreview staff on Sep 6, 2012 at 05:00 GMT
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Photokina 2012: Fujifilm has announced the X-E1 - its second mirrorless interchangeable lens camera - along with two additional XF-mount lenses. The X-E1 uses the same 16MP 'X-Trans' APS-C sensor as the more expensive X-Pro 1 model. It offers a high-resolution 2.4m dot OLED electronic viewfinder in the place of the Pro1's opto-electronic hybrid finder and gains a pop-up flash in a smaller body. Alongside the X-E1 come a 18-55mm F2.8-4 stabilized kit zoom that promises AF times as fast as 0.1 seconds when the two are used together. The kit will sell for a recommended price of around $1,399.95, or $999.95 without a lens.

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Press Release:

FUJIFILM INTRODUCES the ALL New X-E1 INTERCHANGEABLE LENS DIGITAL CAMERA and TWO XF LENSES to the X-Series SYSTEM

X-E1 Features 16 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensorTM, FUJIFILM Original X-Mount and a 2.36 Million Dot Organic LED (OLED) Viewfinder to Deliver Astonishing Image Quality and Operability

Valhalla, N.Y., September 6, 2012 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation is proud to introduce its second compact system camera of this year - the FUJIFILM X-E1 - a premium interchangeable lens camera system that truly exemplifies the high quality and extraordinary image resolution that the X-Series is known for among professional photographers.

The FUJIFILM X-E1 follows in the tradition of the award-winning FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and utilizes the same proprietary 16.3 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensorTM and the same X-Mount for use with FUJINON XF lenses, all in a body that is 30% smaller than the FUJIFILM X-Pro1.

With its compact, travel-friendly size, the X-E1 promises to be an exciting addition to the FUJIFILM X-Series. It will be available in two classic designs: a two-tone black and silver, and a solid black. Both versions of the X-E1 will also ship as kits with the XF18mm-55mm (27-84mm) F2.8-4 lens in November 2012.

“It’s an exciting day for Fujifilm as we launch our second premium interchangeable lens digital camera this year, the FUJIFILM X-E1, and two extraordinary new XF lenses” said Go Miyazaki, president and chief operating officer, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “The X-Series has thrilled photographers around the world with its exceptional image quality and stunning design, and the new X-E1 promises to continue that tradition with a slightly smaller body and all of the attention to detail that is the hallmark of FUJIFILM X-Series digital cameras.”

Exceptional color rendition and image resolution
Fujifilm’s advanced X-Trans CMOS sensor is capable of delivering resolution that is superior to other APS-C sensors, and equal to even some full frame sensors found in popular DSLR cameras.

The FUJIFILM X-E1’s unique color filter array can effectively minimize moiré and false color without the need for an optical low pass filter. This makes it possible for the camera to maximize its extremely high resolution, and to capture each photograph with accuracy and clarity across the whole image.

FUJIFILM original “X-Mount” maximizes lens performance
Specifically designed to take advantage of the camera’s mirrorless design, the X-Mount has a short flange back distance of just 17.7mm made possible by designing the mount ring as thin as 2.5mm. This means the rear lens elements are as close as possible to the sensor, reducing the back focus distance of each lens to the minimum possible, thus achieving high resolution from edge to edge. And when fitted with a FUJIFILM M Mount Adapter, the X-E1 can use a wide variety of M lenses to broaden the scope of your photography.

2.36 million dot "Organic LED (OLED) electronic viewfinder"
The FUJIFILM X-E1 camera comes equipped with a high definition, high luminance OLED electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 million dots that is one of the highest resolutions available on an EVF-equipped digital camera today(1). The natural, bright viewfinder offers a horizontal field of view of 25-degrees, allowing users to scan the entire scene quickly and easily.

Premium quality design and portability
Made in Japan, the X-E1 exudes precision, elegance and premium quality that can be seen from each of its components. The top and front covers are made from die-cast magnesium for a solid, yet functional design. At roughly the same size as the FUJIFILM X100, the X-E1 is refreshingly compact and lightweight (12.35oz(2)). Featuring a rubber grip for additional stability, and with the X-Mount positioned centrally on the camera, the X-E1 is perfectly-balanced.

Expanding the FUJINON XF lens lineup: New XF14mm (21mm) F2.8 single focal length lens and XF18mm-55mm (27-84mm) F2.8-4 lens
The FUJIFILM X-E1 pairs perfectly with the XF18mm-55mm (27-84mm) F2.8-4 lens to deliver super-fast focusing speeds that will capture even the fastest action. The highly responsive linear motor in the XF18-55mm lens combines with the high-speed signal readout of the X-Trans CMOS sensor and the EXR Processor Pro, to achieve a huge leap in AF speed and precision performance. Contrast Detection in the X-E1 brings your subject into sharp focus in as little as 0.1 seconds.

A true masterpiece of optical technology, the high quality all-glass lens structure consists of 14 elements in 10 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses and 1 extra low dispersion element, as well as a seven-blade rounded diaphragm. This zoom lens covers a broad range of frequently-used focal lengths from 18mm in wide angle to 55mm mid telephoto(3) to capture everything from landscapes to street photography.

At F2.8-4 wide open, this fast lens is perfect for low-light photography or scenes beckoning a beautiful bokeh effect. Advanced optical and mechanical designs are optimized to keep the lens compact, while maintaining a physical aperture ring so that users can make fluid adjustments. The lens also features OIS to provide image stabilization equivalent to 4 stops, controlling the effect of camera shake and allowing users to seize perfect photo opportunities.

The new FUJINON XF14mm (21mm) F2.8 single focal length lens offers a stunning, ultra wide angle that delivers exceptional resolution from edge to edge. The new lens consists of 10 elements in 7 groups, including 2 aspheric and 3 extra low dispersion elements, and a seven-blade rounded diaphragm.

With its distance and depth of field scales on the barrel, the FUJINON XF14mm (21mm) F2.8 lens is ideally suited for a range of shooting techniques. And with its bright, F2.8 aperture, the lens performs beautifully in low-light shooting.

Diverse shooting modes
The X-E1 offers Fujifilm’s creative “Film Simulation Modes” to simulate the distinctive color palates of conventional photo film. Film Simulation Modes include “Velvia," "ASTIA," and "PROVIA," as well as two additional settings based on professional color negative films, PRO Neg.Std and PRO Neg.Hi.

In addition, advanced digital processing in the X-E1 enables multiple exposures, giving photographers the ability to take two shots while visually checking the finished image, either in the viewfinder or LCD screen.

Full HD Movie recording
The X-E1 supports shooting Full HD movies (1920x1080) at 24fps. In addition, you can now use Monochrome or Film Simulation modes when video recording and even take advantage of the X-E1’s large sensor and bright XF lenses to capture movies with beautiful bokeh effect. Connect a stereo microphone (3rd party sold separately) to the external microphone input and record audio with enhanced clarity.

FUJIFILM X-E1 key features list:

  • 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor and EXR Processor Pro
  • FUJIFILM X-Mount
  • Extra high resolution 2.36 million dot Organic OLED viewfinder
  • 2.8-inch (460K dot) LCD
  • Built-in pop-up TTL Flash
  • ISO100 – 25600 (range of ISO200-6400 when using ISO Auto)
  • Q Menu shortcut button
  • In-camera RAW converter
  • Film simulation modes (Velvia, ASTIA, PROVIA, Monochrome, Sepia, PRO Neg.Std & PRO Neg.Hi)
  • Multiple exposure and panoramic shooting modes
  • Auto Bracketing functions (AE/ISO/DR and FS)
  • Full HD Movie (1920x1080)
  • Approximately 350 shots per battery charge(4)

FUJINON XF14mm key features list:

  • 21mm equivalent bright F2.8 lens  
  • Consists of 10 elements in 7 groups, including 2 aspheric and 3 extra low dispersion elements and a seven-blade rounded diaphragm
  • 58mm lens filter size

FUJINON XF18mm-55mm key features list:

  • 27-84mm equivalent F2.8-4 lens
  • Highly responsive linear motor
  • Contrast Detection brings subject into sharp focus in as little as 0.1 seconds(5)
  • High quality all-glass lens structure consists of 14 elements in 10 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses and 1 extra low dispersion element, as well as a seven-blade rounded diaphragm
  • OIS to provide image stabilization equivalent to 4 stops
  • 58mm lens filter size

Accessories available for the FUJIFILM X-E1

  • High quality leather half case
  • FUJINON XF Lenses (3 available and 2 announced today, 10 total by end of 2013)
  • M Mount Adapter
  • Ergonomically designed hand grip
  • Three dedicated flash models to choose from depending on requirements (EF20, EF40, EFX20)
  • Protector filters (39mm, 52mm, 58mm)
  • Remote release cable (RR-80)

Pricing and Availability

The FUJIFILM X-E1 (body only) will be available in November 2012 for $999.95.

The FUJIFILM X-E1 and XF18mm-55mm (27-84mm) F2.8-4 lens (kit) will be available in November for $1,399.95. The FUJINON XF14mm (21mm) F2.8 single focal length lens and XF18mm-55mm (27-84mm) F2.8-4 lens will be available in November for $899.95 and $699.95, respectively.

For FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and X-E1 customers
Please update the firmware of your camera body when using the XF18-55mm and XF14mm lenses for the first time.

The firmware will be supplied by SD card (bundled in 18-55mm and 14mm Lens Boxes) or can be downloaded from “Support” on the Fujifilm Global website.

Please go to the following URL for details. Each firmware will be available soon: Fujifilm Global website: http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/.

  1. FUJIFILM Research; August 2012
  2. Including the battery and memory card, excluding the lens
  3. Equivalent 35mm format: 27mm to 84mm
  4. With the XF18mmF2 R, XF35mmF1.4 R or XF60mmF2.4 R attached
  5.  When paired with the X-E1

Fujifilm X-E1 specifications

Price
MSRP$1,399.95 with 18-55mm lens, $999.95 body only
Body type
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution4896 x 3264
Other resolutions4896 x 2760,3264 x 3264, 3456 x 2304, 3456 x 1944, 2304 × 230, 2496 x 1664, 2496 x 1408 , 1664 × 1664
Image ratio w:h1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorEXR Pro
Color filter arrayPrimary colour filter
Image
ISOAuto (400), Auto (800), Auto (1600), Auto (3200), 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400 (100, 12800, 25600 with boost)
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif 2.3),
  • RAW (RAF format)
  • RAW+JPEG
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Lens mountFujifilm X
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size2.8
Screen dots460,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT color LCD monitor
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program AE
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual exposure
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
External flashYes (via hot-shoe EF-X20, EF-20, EF-42)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear-curtain
Flash X sync speed1/180 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive6 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Average
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (24 fps)
FormatH.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini connector)
Remote controlYes ( Optional RR-80)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NP-W126 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)350
Weight (inc. batteries)350 g (0.77 lb / 12.35 oz)
Dimensions129 x 75 x 38 mm (5.08 x 2.95 x 1.5)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone

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Comments

Total comments: 106
jmmgarza
By jmmgarza (Sep 28, 2012)

Fujinon lenses trump Sony lenses. Yes, they are smaller and sharper. Can't beat that.

2 upvotes
rusticus
By rusticus (Sep 28, 2012)

no viewfinder - horrible idea and reality -
The Fuji X100 is still the no. 1 -
Then I have also the X10 - I do not need this new camera

1 upvote
lichtloper
By lichtloper (Sep 13, 2012)

Welcome, a photographer's camera!

What I miss at first glance: I have come to appreciate three-by-four aspect ratio for many (most) photographic subjects, but the X-Pro1's and X-E1's specs only say 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9.
Firmware update could fix that easily, thus to appeal to many more customers [without disappointing 3:2-lovers].

NotaBene - Why do so many camera models have a name with X´s in them; surely they're not all X-perimental...?

2 upvotes
joharis
By joharis (Sep 13, 2012)

The specs say 'rangefinder-style mirrorless' (by the way, of course without a mirror, never seen a rangefinder with a mirror :-)) and one of the comments say: The rangefinder design is proven to be one of the most functional camera design ever made''.
Why do people keep calling this kind of cameras rangefinder-style? A rangefinder is an optical construction to focus the camera and it needs two optical windows. The only digital camera that uses this technique is the Leica. The Fuji X-E1 has none of those. What we see here is just a compact system camera with an electronic viewfinder.

0 upvotes
tt321
By tt321 (Oct 30, 2012)

Technically you are right, but people use that language to describe a typically clean brick camera body shape with EVF (hopefully in the upper left corner looking from behind - Leica style). So the Pens and NEX-5 do not apply but NEX-6 and 7 and now this one fits the description. EVF compact system cameras come in two shapes, pseudo SLR and "rangefinder-style mirrorless".

0 upvotes
lokthefish
By lokthefish (Sep 12, 2012)

Fuji makes great FILM and now rocking the digital arena with great CAMERAS! what's not to like?!!

0 upvotes
gdfthr73
By gdfthr73 (Sep 11, 2012)

I would love eat this camera with some fafa beans and a nice chiante vfvfvfvfvff... lol

0 upvotes
knize10
By knize10 (Sep 11, 2012)

Please block rea789

1 upvote
d2f
By d2f (Sep 8, 2012)

We live in greatest period in the history of photography.
We have wonderful tools available to us to choose from and convenient means to make photographs that we envisioned.
Over the last forty years of pushing the shutter release of my Canon and Nikon time machines, I am very happy to see a camera from Fuji that captures the past and present with style.

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2 upvotes
Pentax_Prime
By Pentax_Prime (Sep 8, 2012)

Wow - this is actually a pretty nice design from Fuji; it appears they are putting some of their compact camera and optical prowess to use in this segment. Fuji is way ahead in terms of mirror-less design.

1 upvote
KoKo the Talking Ape
By KoKo the Talking Ape (Sep 7, 2012)

Hubba hubba! No idea if this peach is a good camera, but it sure is purty! Give me the silver top plate and I will be happy!

0 upvotes
Timmbits
By Timmbits (Sep 7, 2012)

BEAUTIFUL!
It looks very well designed: I love the ergonomics: button layout on the rear, positioning of the viewfinder, location of the thumb grip, nice handgrip - everything looks VERY well thought out!
If it weren't so expensive, I'd sell my new camera and trade for this.

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marcuz
By marcuz (Sep 7, 2012)

This is really a lovely camera. Fujifilm is the only one company with an approach to mirrorless that I like, and I say that as a Oly e-p1 owner.
Pity it's too expensive for my pockets!

0 upvotes
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Sep 7, 2012)

I hope you don't feel ashamed of your E-P1. I own one, and I don't feel the launch of the Fuji X-E1 turned it into an ugly duckling... Don't feel the same about the OM-D, though: I'd rather have the Fuji!

0 upvotes
zanypoet
By zanypoet (Sep 7, 2012)

Nice high resolution EVF is way better than add-on ($$) EVF, no VF or crappy OVF. Way to go Fuji. Might consider this over Pano GX1.

0 upvotes
Bruce Crossan
By Bruce Crossan (Sep 6, 2012)

They still call their company "Fujifilm". . . what is "film"?

0 upvotes
ppastoris
By ppastoris (Sep 7, 2012)

There's still a lot of film that Fujifilm manufactures as far as I know, just not necessarily photographic film. For example the film used in making LCD displays. They just reapplied their expertise in making high quality films to new areas.

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2 upvotes
fotokeena
By fotokeena (Sep 7, 2012)

Don't know what film is? get a dictionary, you know dictionary, right?

5 upvotes
dengx
By dengx (Sep 7, 2012)

Their digital imaging division is like a few percents of the company.
You'd be surprised if you know what they do besides that and where the net income comes from.

0 upvotes
SBoudreault
By SBoudreault (Sep 7, 2012)

"you know dictionary, right?" Printed Wiki screenshot ?

0 upvotes
milwman
By milwman (Sep 9, 2012)

Dropping film from the name would cost a lot and lawers would be the only ones making cash from it. And they still make Film.

0 upvotes
T3
By T3 (Sep 6, 2012)

Good job Fujifilm. Now I can't wait to see what Kodak introduces in response. I love the back-and-forth battle between these two giants, Fuji and Kodak! Oh, wait a minute...nevermind.

3 upvotes
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Sep 6, 2012)

So you can't take the 'film' part out of 'Fujifilm'... :) Too bad about Kodak's demise, though.

0 upvotes
thedips
By thedips (Sep 7, 2012)

@t3 lol

Comment edited 18 seconds after posting
1 upvote
zanypoet
By zanypoet (Sep 7, 2012)

A while back, they actually went from calling themselves Fuji to Fujifilm at the dawn of digital era. Never figured out that move.

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0 upvotes
Dave Luttmann
By Dave Luttmann (Sep 9, 2012)

As they make film as well, it shouldnt be hard to figure out

0 upvotes
Donnie G
By Donnie G (Sep 6, 2012)

Extremely handsome camera with very impressive specs. At last, an ILC mirrorless camera that I would seriously consider buying. I'll wait for the reviews to see if the image quality, ergonomics and ease of use live up to the specs and the gorgeous body. Hope so. Way to go Fujifilm!

1 upvote
Timmbits
By Timmbits (Sep 7, 2012)

"and utilizes the same proprietary 16.3 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensorTM and the same X-Mount"

With the same sensor, same lenses, it is hard to imagine it wouldn't be the same image quality as the xpro1. There may be nuanced differences in the firmware (which is easily updated/fixed), but if you like the review & results of the xpro1, you already have your answer.

2 upvotes
JackM
By JackM (Sep 6, 2012)

Now if they make a 23mm (35mm equivalent) f/2 *pancake*, I am IN!!

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3 upvotes
nawknai
By nawknai (Sep 7, 2012)

They're making a 27 mm f2.8 pancake. Not sure if that fits your needs well enough, but to me, that's close enough!!

1 upvote
MrPetkus
By MrPetkus (Sep 6, 2012)

Nice looking camera - way to go Fuji!

1 upvote
hiplnsdrftr
By hiplnsdrftr (Sep 6, 2012)

In 27 years of buying cameras this is the first camera I have ever pre-ordered. Looks awesome.

4 upvotes
Ross the Fidller
By Ross the Fidller (Sep 7, 2012)

It's a nice feeling when something nice comes along, but that happened to be the OM-D E-M5 that I pre-ordered in my case.

1 upvote
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Sep 6, 2012)

A welcome improvement on the EVF but I wish the LCD is better.

1 upvote
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Sep 6, 2012)

Small, low resolution LCD screen. Single frame rate video. USB 2.0. No wireless control/transfer. Limited lens selection.

I guess $1,400 does not but as much today as it once did. :-((

0 upvotes
T3
By T3 (Sep 6, 2012)

Francis, it's a photographer's camera, not a gadget freak's camera. 2.8" isn't exactly a a "small" LCD when everyone else's is only slightly larger at 3". And this isn't a camera geared towards video shooters. As for USB 2.0, who cares? Same with wireless control/transfer. If you want every single techno bell and whistle under the sun, this camera isn't for you. There are plenty of cameras out there that will be a better fit for you. But if you're a *photographer* who likes a classic-styled camera, I think there's plenty to like about this camera.

14 upvotes
Anfernee Cheang
By Anfernee Cheang (Sep 7, 2012)

Don't put the *photographer* on the peak. They are still human beings. And, amount those *photographers*, part of them are only pretending.

Sorry about this. I love shooting photos, but I hate people call me *photographer*.

0 upvotes
jtan163
By jtan163 (Sep 6, 2012)

Sounds very nice. They sound quite confident about the AF too and the price is a lot closer to right.
I'd really like to try the X-Trans sensor.
Viewfinder sounds nice too - if you gonna go EVF 2mega pixels is prolly the way to go.

1 upvote
JackM
By JackM (Sep 6, 2012)

oh man... look at my Summicron on that camera! Drooool.

1 upvote
Rooru S
By Rooru S (Sep 6, 2012)

Well, seems like this is more competition for NEX-7 compared to X-Pro 1. Will wait for NEX-6 and the new lenses. Really really good system Fuji is building. Better for other manufacturers to keep the pace or Fuji will take advantage other has right now.

0 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Sep 6, 2012)

Sony Nex lenses? Sony has, or will have, more than one good Nex lens?

Will the Nex 6 work above ISO3200?

0 upvotes
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Sep 6, 2012)

@ HowaboutRAW

SONY have a number of good midgrade lenses and one $1000 lenses.

As for ISO 6400. If NEX-5N have no problem, why would NEX-6 with its improved 16mp sensor?

2 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Sep 6, 2012)

Because as best I know the Nex 6 has not been announced, so it's specs aren't known, who knows it may use the 24MP sensor from the Nex 7.

I stated that Sony has one good Nex lens, why repeat what I said?

As for "mid grade", well if that's what your calling not real good. And none of those "mid grade" lenses come close to what Fuji has to offer for this X camera series. The Samsung NX lenses are a good bit better than Nex lenses too.

(To be fair to Sony, some of the Nex lenses are manufactured well, Sony is just not straight forward about which serial numbers are the good versions.)

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T3
By T3 (Sep 6, 2012)

@HowaboutRAW - I think it's silly to write any of these two systems off. Each of them has its pros and cons.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Sep 7, 2012)

T3--

I'm not writing off the Nex system cameras, though some aren't great. It's the lack of lenses that's the big and ongoing drawback to the system. And for high ISO work I'd write off the Nex 7. It just doesn't come close to what Pentax, Fuji, and Samsung offer. The Nikon 1 is perfectly usable at ISO 6400 too.

Nor am I writing any part of the Fuji X system off. (Though Fuji should just drop any further relationship with Silkypix. Just give the underlying code to real raw extraction software companies: Apple, Bibble, DXO, PhaseOne, Adobe.)

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Matt1645f4
By Matt1645f4 (Sep 6, 2012)

If this was just $300 cheaper i'd not even think twice about buying it i love fuji cameras and there lenses are great, and as for retro design, its a proven working system thats not been improved or bettered in over 50 years. and to call people old Cane is just showing your own immaturity.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Sep 6, 2012)

You can get a Sony Nex 5n/r body for about that price, but then the lenses are really limited. And the EVF is an extra $350.

With the kit zoom you can get a Samsung NX20, that's a very good lens on a very good body, except for the buffer, which some claim has been fixed.

0 upvotes
T3
By T3 (Sep 6, 2012)

This is definitely geared towards a more "premium" market for "premium" buyers. Besides, I think a $300 saving on the body is only one piece of the puzzle when you look at the overall cost of the Fuji X-series system (ie. their lenses). It's definitely not a bargain-hunter's system.

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nawknai
By nawknai (Sep 7, 2012)

Actually, I believe that for what you're getting, the X-E1 is a bargain, with or without the zoom lens.

0 upvotes
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Sep 6, 2012)

Looks like Fuji is getting serious. That is a nice little camera and lens for under $1400.

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harrisoncac
By harrisoncac (Sep 6, 2012)

Why this instead of NEX-7?

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Wyville
By Wyville (Sep 6, 2012)

Obviously the styling will be an important factor for people when they decide between this and a NEX-7. Both great cameras with very different styles.

Lens choice is another aspect. Fuji will have 14, 18, 23, 27, 35, 56 and 60mm primes, as well as a relatively large aperture standard zoom, an f/4 ultra wide angle zoom, and a pretty decent tele zoom, all somewhere during the next year. That is a great set of lenses for a system that is still very young.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Sep 6, 2012)

harrisoncac:

Because the Nex 7 is not usable beyond ISO3200 and there is only one good lens for the entire Nex system.

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v_roma
By v_roma (Sep 6, 2012)

Also, the sensor is another key differentiator between the nex-7 and this fuji.

1 upvote
hiplnsdrftr
By hiplnsdrftr (Sep 6, 2012)

For one, I hate flip screens. The only lens that I considered for the NEX7, the 16mm is silver metal colored, looks horrible mounted to the all black NEX7.

NEX7 has some performance and size advantages, but not enough compared to this Fujifilm XE1.

0 upvotes
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Sep 6, 2012)

The actual question is why this over NEX-6. SONY will have at least two more E-mount lenses before the end of the year and likely 4-6 more next year. This is not counting SIGMA and Tamaron.

2 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Sep 6, 2012)

hiplnsdrftr:

Um except the XPro1 easily beats the Sony Nex 7 for high ISO usage. So that's a case where the Fuji definitely performs better than the Sony, then there's the whole Sony lens deficiency.

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T3
By T3 (Sep 6, 2012)

Fuji has a greater emphasis on classic styling and a good selection of prime lenses. They seem to have a more classic approach to photography.

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Cane
By Cane (Sep 6, 2012)

Why do they keep designing these for old people looking for that nostalgic feeling in their electronics? We won't see the New Sony Bravia flat screen tv's coming out with wood veneer cabinets around them, will we?

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smatty
By smatty (Sep 6, 2012)

Because those are the most important controls on a camera. But maybe only old people understand that.
HDR buttons and in camera instagram filters used to be less important, you know?

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Sep 6, 2012)

Because some people actualy like it. And not necessarily geriatric people. And because these cameras evoke the golden age of photography. Like it or not, photography wasn't invented in 2002.

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plasnu
By plasnu (Sep 6, 2012)

It is surprising that someone still believes newer is better. The range finder design is proven to be one of the most functional camera design ever made.

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Wyville
By Wyville (Sep 6, 2012)

So? Buy Sony, or Samsung, or Olympus, or Panasonic, or Pentax, or Canon, or Nikon. Plenty of choices to suit pretty much everyone's needs.

I prefer the choices made by Fuji. Prefer it over Leica actually, despite loving their rangefinders and quality. Fuji makes a simple, classic camera with a modern take. Something that begs to be used and has all the important dials in the right place.

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Vitruvius
By Vitruvius (Sep 6, 2012)

I like it and I am not old. And what would be wrong with a little wood trim on a new flat screen?

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Xellz
By Xellz (Sep 6, 2012)

And why do you think it's designed for old people, based on what? I didn't even pass 30 yet and i really like this design, especially external controls.

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doctorbza
By doctorbza (Sep 6, 2012)

dude is complaining about instant, tactile access to aperture and shutter speed? do you actually take pictures with your cameras?

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57even
By 57even (Sep 6, 2012)

Because it works.

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Sep 6, 2012)

@ By ManuelVilardeMacedo
The golden age of photography is now. Everyone have access to cameras and editeding software.

I like the overall deisgn of the camera but I wish they update some of the controls to better reflect advancements in technology. Threaded shutter, small LCD and small grip are something I wish they did not pick.

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Sep 6, 2012)

No, peiasdf, this is the twilight of photography. Now anyone is entitled to think he's a photographer and photoshop turned an illusion into a lie. This is mediocrity at its worst. On the 60s and 70s you had to understand exposure to make a good photo, now you just press a button and do 90% of the work on the computer. How can this be 'golden'?
And, if you want controls that reflect the advancements of technology (whatever you think that is), buy a Sony!

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T3
By T3 (Sep 6, 2012)

There's nothing wrong with offering a little variety in the camera market. In a world of me-too modern designs, it's nice that there's at least one company that offers classic designs and styling.

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Petka
By Petka (Sep 7, 2012)

The number of old and reasonably wealthy people is growing fast, just about time somebody designed a great camera for us! I do not see any reason to complain about that. There are already too many touch screen operated low quality cameras designed for young people who have not learned yet how a good camera is operated properly.

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fotokeena
By fotokeena (Sep 7, 2012)

Because old people have more money to buy, haha~
Yeah, they just might put real wood panelling on the bodies instead of fake leather, as special editions :-)

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Xellz
By Xellz (Sep 6, 2012)

this camera makes much more sense than x-pro and kit lens sounds great. Finally semi fast glass similar to those with 4/3 dslr's. Oh well, already with m4/3 and it's more than good enough for now :) Although i simply really like how this camera looks.

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Emacs23
By Emacs23 (Sep 6, 2012)

Pretty good, but:
1) Design for old jerks with silly shutter wheel and no tilt-lcd.
2) Stupid xtrans with its inferior IQ

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herosi
By herosi (Sep 6, 2012)

Instead of young a-holes like you.

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plasnu
By plasnu (Sep 6, 2012)

LOL

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onlooker
By onlooker (Sep 6, 2012)

"Design for old jerks"

That's cute coming from someone named after Emacs.

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T3
By T3 (Sep 6, 2012)

Yeah, think of all those "old jerks" using DSLRs with no tilt LCD! Yep, anyone who doesn't use a tilt LCD is definitely an "old jerk".

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smatty
By smatty (Sep 6, 2012)

Ther is only one very important spec missing: At what FPS is the EVF operating?

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Camediadude
By Camediadude (Sep 6, 2012)

That would be interesting to know for sure, but how often do you ever see THAT spec being reported lol ... that said, I am all for finding out as well! I love in-depth specifications.

Ok, here is what I found on their website, but no frame rate was mentioned for the evf:
0.5-in., approx.2,360,000-dot OLED color viewfinder /Coverage of viewing area vs. capturing area: approx. 100% /Eye point: approx. 23 mm /Diopter adjustment: -4m-1 to +2m-1 / Built-in eye sensor

I don't know. Maybe it is kind of like asking who makes the sensor, hehe, some things are just kept confined to their R&D and managment perhaps.

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plasnu
By plasnu (Sep 6, 2012)

I would like to know abou it, too.

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Sep 6, 2012)

It is the same EVF on NEX-6 and A99 so check NEX-7 and A77's spec to find reflash rate.

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Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Sep 6, 2012)

to expensive for a camera where all raw converters suck.

i don´t pay 1300 euro for a camera i have to shoot JPG with....

that´s why i sold my x pro 1 after three month.

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Petka
By Petka (Sep 6, 2012)

You can shoot RAW and use the in-camera converter, which is excellent... Silkypix is a good converter, but the interface is not.

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iudex
By iudex (Sep 6, 2012)

My DSLR has an in-camera RAW converter, but it is sufficient for basic adjustments only, not mentioning that the effect of changes are hard to assess on 3" LCD. Despite using cheap software (Zoner Photo Studio 14) in-camera converter is no match to it.

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plasnu
By plasnu (Sep 6, 2012)

Silky pix does fine job. Work flow is horrible, though.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Sep 6, 2012)

No Silkyix is terrible in comparison to ACR, or Aftershot/Bibble, or DXO; it's not just "work flow" either. (Yes, I know that ACR is the only one on this list to open Fuji XPro1 raws.)

And LL has also called Silkypix terrible. It's dumb of various manufacturers to ally themselves with that horrid software. Fuji is not the only one to make this mistake.

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T3
By T3 (Sep 6, 2012)

I used to use Silkypix. I wouldn't say that Silkypix was "terrible" or "horrid". But it's not as refined in its layout as other software. It's just that it has such a massive array of adjustment options that it can seem a bit overwhelming. However I was able to get great results from Silkypix. These days I use Lightroom. But I can see why Fuji would align with Silkypix because Silkypix comes out of Japan.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Sep 7, 2012)

T3-

Let me be clear, compared to AdobeCamearRaw (which some think is Lightroom), or Bibble/Aftershot Silkypix produces horrible results: blotching, smearing, artifacts and more.

It's not simply layout problems, lack of features, or odd controls. The basic raw converters that Sony and Canon supply for their cameras are better than Silkypix. UFRAW often beats Silkypix.

Fuji, Samsung and others detract from camera sales because of this poor quality choice in raw software.

In the latest Sigma DPMerrill review at Luminous Landscape, there is a really negative passing statement about Silkypix. And that guy knows a thing or two about raw converters.

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Petka
By Petka (Sep 11, 2012)

At the moment SilkyPix is better than LR4.1. Adobe makes funny (?) artifacts on green foliage, Silkypix works perfectly (but the interface is clumsy and redraws maddeningly slow).

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DafO
By DafO (Sep 6, 2012)

Any idea on UK / European price?

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iudex
By iudex (Sep 6, 2012)

As usual, for european pricing 1 USD = 1 EUR, so 999 EUR/body and 1399 EUR/kit. :-(

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MrTaikitso
By MrTaikitso (Sep 6, 2012)

I know it's not something most street photogs care for (correct me if I'm wrong), but with a flip out display (like the Samsung EX2F), this otherwise lovely machine would be the ultimate carry everywhere camera. Having owned a Sony f717 (swivel body) and Panny GH2 (flip out display), the creative convenience and opportunities such designs offer should not be ignored. Such as placing the camera on the ground to shoot a small flower from the underside (a situation where it is physically impossible to look through the viewfinder or see a fixed display properly), or holding the camera in your hand to take a self portrait with a young child (your own, niece etc) at your side.

X-E2 perhaps?

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onlooker
By onlooker (Sep 6, 2012)

"I know it's not something most street photogs care for [...] flip out display"

I certainly do.

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iudex
By iudex (Sep 6, 2012)

Considering that the XE1 has almost everything the X-Pro1 does, the price is fine and I see no reason to buy a X-Pro1 instead of X-E1. The lack of hybrid VF is not an issue, especially since the resolution of the EVF is higher (2,4 vs. 1,4M). Samse sensor, same (or better) AF speed, smaller body but almost identical controls, I guess this will make the much more expensive X-Pro1 sort of a "Sigma SD1". On the other hand the price for the kit could have been lower; the difference of 400 USD is pretty big.

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v_roma
By v_roma (Sep 6, 2012)

I have to agree. Unless you're really set on an OVF (and some people say they are), it's hard to justify going for the X-PRO1 especially considering the purported faster AF of the XE1. If the EVF is good, it's even harder to understand why you would go for the X-PRO1. I understand that EVF will never be OVF but it seems like an easy compromise.

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Camediadude
By Camediadude (Sep 6, 2012)

I like what I am seeing from Fujifilm ... they sure seem to be on a roll, and to have a solid grasp of the core fundamentals of photgraphy, well, in my eyes anyhow. If I had the money, I would be seriously now considering this system. (I can see why many self-descibed "purists" are enamored by their recent wares, and no I am not a devotee or anything, but I can indeed find something to admire about the products from almost all of the big makes)
I specifically like their useage of the viewfinder, and how they seem to have taken it to a new level, that other companies could stand to learn from. I like their emphasis on primes, the shutter speed and comp dial, and what looks and sounds like quality materials and craftsmanship. If they could just start incorporating weather sealing, they would be generating a lot of sales and discussion I think (it is never too late, I suppose).

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Camediadude
By Camediadude (Sep 6, 2012)

Tried to edit still but by this blasted system I ran out of time, curses! :P
Wanted to mention that I LIKE aperture rings as well (who doesn't! :D ) and, that they are already generating some heated debate which is great, but with a weather resistant system, they would REALLY turn heads. Just my 2 cents. Start with your upcoming lenses, Fuji! And drop hints that the Mark II bodies will be sealed, and you will get the boards all lit up.

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Emacs23
By Emacs23 (Sep 6, 2012)

It's made by Sony. The same as one in NEX-6 and A-99

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Wyville
By Wyville (Sep 6, 2012)

Fuji are doing a great job. This is a very nice body and with the primes already offered and those coming next year, it makes a great travel option to compliment a DSLR.

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Jens_G
By Jens_G (Sep 6, 2012)

AF Performance?
I'm also waiting to see how good the PDAF in the soon to be announced Nex 6 is.

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Sep 6, 2012)

Might just end up buying this camera for travelling.

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Vobluda
By Vobluda (Sep 6, 2012)

And now lets see the AF.

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Sep 6, 2012)

check this preview video on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_JZ_bWWg3Y&feature=player_embedded

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 6, 2012)

That didn't show the AF speed.

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T3
By T3 (Sep 6, 2012)

It's probably not going to beat any AF speed records. But then again, I don't think that's the type of user Fuji is going after with this camera. It's not a camera people will take to shoot high speed action or sports. It's more a camera that a modern-day Cartier-Bresson-type photographer would buy (or at least one who couldn't afford a Leica M9).

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