Deciding factors between X-A1, X-M1, and X-E1 (construction, features)

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Deciding factors between X-A1, X-M1, and X-E1 (construction, features)

I'm getting one of these cameras shortly and have been reading about them a lot, including various reviews and searching this subforum, as well as looking at image samples on flickr. Some things are still not clear to me, as I'm seeing conflicting information...

* Is A1's body made of metal top and bottom (the silver parts) or is that silver-toned/painted plastic?

* Same for E1 and M1?

* Is A1 more responsive in terms of image preview and menu changes versus E1, that's considered a bit slow in that respect (but okay with auto-focus with the latest firmware)?

* I can't decide if A1 (in some exotic color like red + silver) for $400 is what I should go for instead of the older, larger, heavier, and with some sluggishness in controls X-E1 for $650. The X-E1 does have the nicer kit lens and an EVF going for it though will also probably take more work in post-processing--I do love accurate colors but I also love them vibrant, Sigma DP Merrill-style. A1/M1 have the tilting screen, so the lack of EVF is maybe not as bad given that option.

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