LCD/EVF Live View displays

The X-E1's rear LCD and electronic viewfinder share essentially the same display modes and settings. The rear LCD also has a 'status panel' display, which is useful when shooting with the optical finder as a way of checking your settings at a glance.

In the P, A and S exposure modes the display initially attempts to preview your exposure settings, to give an idea of how light or dark the image will turn out; in M mode the preview image is always displayed at a standardized brightness. When you half-press the shutter button, the lens always stops down to the taking aperture to preview depth of field, which can result in a visibly noisy image in the EVF, especially in low light. The viewfinder refresh rate also drops markedly as light levels fall, so while motion is rendered perfectly smoothly in daylight, under night-time artificial light it can appear distinctly jerky.

This is the simplest view, with just basic exposure information visible. You can change to a more detailed view using the DISP button. As with the OVF display, the amount of information displayed here is completely customizable.
In P, A and S modes the camera varies the brightness of the live view display in an attempt to match the final exposure, which is reflected by the live histogram. However in M mode the preview image is displayed at a fixed brightness, which means that the live histogram becomes positively misleading.
In EVF or LCD viewing modes, the focus point selection expands to a 7 x 7 grid covering most of the frame. You can also change the size of the active AF area using the rear dial, with five options available.
In manual focus mode you can click the rear dial for a magnified view, allowing critically-accurate focusing. Rotating the dial lets you choose between 3x and 10x magnification. There's a third option on the rear LCD, a status panel display to check your settings, which is useful when shooting with the eye-level finder. However it only displays icons when they're changed from default.