X-E1 how bad is the focus system?

Started Apr 28, 2014 | Discussions thread
mistermejia Veteran Member • Posts: 3,340
Buy the XE1 NOW! It is at $699.

forpetessake wrote:

It's not bad after the latest firmware update. The camera in most normal shooting conditions can lock focus quickly, though sometimes is does misfocus. I didn't have any difficulties focusing at night with only street lights available:

It won't track focus, but otherwise you can focus on moving objects as long as they don't move out of focus by the time camera snaps the picture:

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Yes, I have taken pictures of my kids running like this as well.  Under (plenty) of light the XE1 is perfect, the challenge is in lower light.  But you should be fine and i am sure you will like it.  If not simple return it.  You have nothing to loose.  The price amazingly just dropped even more than last time.

Where the AF will have trouble and it will be hunting is under the scenario below in low light.  Do you see how low the light is in the background of this beauties?  That's where the XE1 AF will have a hard time locking on the subject.  My wife's phone locks AF, but not the XE1 so you better think if you are going to buy the XE1 as your main camera.  

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