Body Elements

The Fujifilm X-E1 is based around the same 16MP X-Trans CMOS and XF lens mount as the the X-Pro1.

You can also use Leica M lenses via Fujifilm's own adapter, and a huge range of other manual focus optics using third-party adapters.
The top-plate shutter speed dial is essentially the same as the X100's. This means there's no locking button for the A position, and the slowest marked speed is 1/4 sec.

Speeds from 1/4 to 30 seconds are accessed from the T position, and set using the left and right keys of the 4-way controller.
The rear dial is perfectly placed for operation by your right thumb, and can be used to change settings in concert with the various buttons.

In manual focus mode, clicking it in engages a magnified view in the EVF for precise focusing. New to the X-E1 is the ability to select between 3x and 10x magnification, simply by spinning the dial.
The Fujifilm X-E1 has an autofocus-assist lamp above the handgrip to aid focusing in dark conditions. This can, naturally, be turned off in the menu if you prefer.

It can also be disabled, along with the flash and operational sounds, by pressing down the 'DISP' button for 2 seconds to enter 'Silent' mode.
The tiny flash unit pops up out of the top plate, and is activated by pressing a small button next to the viewfinder eyepiece. It has a guide number of just 7m at ISO 200.

As on many cameras of this type, you can pull the flash back so it's pointing upwards and bounce it from a ceiling for more attractive lighting. It's not an 'official' feature, so use it at your own risk.
There's also a standard hot-shoe for connecting an external flash, including Fujifilm's dedicated models (EF-X20, EF-20, and EF-42).

The two small holes in front of it are the stereo microphones for movie recording.
The front of the camera has Fujifilm's now-standard focus mode switch - M for manual, C for continuous AF, and S for single-shot AF. On the X-E1, it's very close to the lens mount.
The X-E1's connectors are found on the left side of the camera. From top to bottom there's a 2.5mm socket for an external stereo microphone or wired remote, an HDMI connector for playing back video, and a USB/AV-out socket.

The USB port also accepts Fujifilm's RR-80 wired release, while the mic socket can be used with a wide range of Canon- or Pentax-compatible remote release accessories.
The Fujifilm X-E1 uses the same battery as the X-Pro1, the NP-W126. This 7.2V, 8.7Wh battery holds enough juice to give 350 shots in standard CIPA tests using either the LCD or EVF - 50 more than the X-Pro1.

The SD card slots in alongside the battery under the same door.
The tripod socket of the X-E1 is off-center from the lens, which might complicate alignment for some tripod work, such as panorama shooting.

It's also right next to the base compartment door. This means that you have no chance of changing battery or card with the camera on a tripod.