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Fujifilm X-E1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 208 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the usability and image quality. The design and performance also get good feedback. Many are negative about the connectivity and features. Opinions about the battery and shutter are different.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Compact System Cameras the Fujifilm X-E1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Fujifilm X-E1 (with 18-55mm lens, Black)


When Fujifilm announced the X-E1, I wrote: "A cheaper, smaller, and faster version of the Fujifilm X-Pro1 with only a few compromises? I expect it will take some intense testing to figure out where the downside is, but for now I'm trying mightily to...

The Fujifilm X-E1 delivers excellent photo quality in an attractively designed body with a streamlined shooting layout.

While not bad, performance lags in its class, and the video quality disappoints.

It's not a general-purpose recommendable camera thanks to subpar video and slightly sluggish performance, but for photo-quality-first photographers who want the analog-ish shooting experience, the Fujifilm X-E1 rules in its price range.

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Fujifilm X-E1 Review


A true rangefinder model for the true enthusiast, the Fuji X-E1 provides the control and quality that someone with good photographic knowledge will love. Its lofty price tag and lack of auto shooting modes will limit its target audience. Read more in...

Plenty of dials for fast control when shooting ; Incredibly quality throughout the entire standard ISO range ; 10 available X-mount lenses and an adapter for M-mount lenses ; Excellent Low-Light performance ; Large, bright and vivid LCD screen ; OLED...

Shooting performance lacks a little when compared to the performance of the rest of the camera ; No Auto or Scene shooting modes ; No dedicated video recording button ; Lofty Price Tag ; Choppy video playback with low quality audio

A true rangefinder model for the true enthusiast, the Fuji X-E1 provides the control and quality that someone with good photographic knowledge will love. Its lofty price tag and lack of auto shooting modes will limit its target audience. Read more in our


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Fujifilm X-E1


Note that because of the similarities between the X-E1 and X-Pro 1 in many of its key systems and specifications, some of the material in this review is adapted from previously-published content on the X-Pro 1.

Unique camera design makes you want to take pictures ; Excellent JPEGs, little need to shoot raw most of the time ; Reliable metering and AWB systems, good color (with choice of 'film modes') ; Dials for exposure controls allow for easy check of...

Built-in level isn't always as accurate as we'd like ; Relatively slow AF makes photographing children more difficult ; Framerates in continuous shooting mode aren't completely consistent ; Camera disables RAW shooting without warning in some...

The Fujifilm X-E1 is a fine camera, and a pleasure to use. Fujifilm's recent improvements to focusing, both manual and automatic, make a real difference to performance, the built-in EVF is excellent, and the enthusiast-friendly ergonomics are...


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Fujifilm X-E1


The Fujifilm X-E1 is a solid mirrorless camera with an innovative image sensor, but it doesn't quite have the chops to unseat the Olympus OM-D E-M5 as our Editors' Choice.

Excellent high ISO images. 4.6fps shooting. Sharp kit lens. OLED EVF. Top-notch control layout. Built-in flash. Cool retro design

Fixed rear LCD. Noticeable shutter lag. Video support is limited to 24p

The Fujifilm X-E1 ($1,399 list with 18-55mm lens) is the second interchangeable lens camera in Fuji's X series. It omits the hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder that is included with the top-end X-Pro1, and instead includes an extremely sharp OLED...


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Fujifilm XE-1


Fujifilm is doing something unique with the high-end X-Series. It's not only producing strong compact cameras that rival low-to-mid-range DSLRs, but crafting beautiful instruments that look more like luxury goods than gadgets. Strap one around your...

Great styling ; Large CMOS sensor ; Great image quality, even in low light ; Easy to use

Autofocusing could be faster ; Video capture is a weak feature ; No connectivity options or other features ; Build quality could feel more solid

If you’re looking for an affordable alternative to the X-Pro1 or a hulking DSLR, or if you want a stunning interchangeable-lens camera that takes great photos, you can’t go wrong.

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Fujifilm X-E1: Lab Test Results & Comments


The X-E1 is the second mirrorless system camera made by Fujifilm. In contrast to the X-Pro1, it has an electronic viewfinder with ultrahigh resolution (2.3 million RGB dots) instead of the X-Pro1's hybrid viewfinder (combination of optical viewfinder...

Very sharp images ; Nice colors ; Classic camera design ; Comfortable handling ; High-resolution EVF (2.3 million RGB dots) ; Full HD video recording

Missing swivel monitor ; Small LCD screen on the back with low res


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Fujifilm X-E1


The Fujifilm X-E1 is the second mirrorless model from the company to use the X-mount. It was launched in September 2012 and has the same rangefinder aesthetic and analogue controls as its forerunner the X-Pro 1. In many ways the X-E1 can be seen as a...

Excellent image quality ; Superb high ISO noise performance ; Big, bright, high resolution EVF ; Built-in flash ; External mic/remote socket ; 6fps continuous shooting

EVF prone to extraneous light ; No direct movie record button ; Limited movie modes ; AF perfomance still so-so ; No gadgets like built-in Wifi or GPS

The X-E1 is a great follow up model to Fujifilm's X-Pro 1 providing most of what the more expensive flagship model offers at a significantly lower price point. For purists, an optical viewfinder on a rangefinder style camera will be a must-have feature...

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Camera Test: Fujifilm X-E1 ILC


Fujifilm's elegantly retro X-Pro1 wowed us with great images, a cool hybrid viewfinder, and a comfortable set of controls when we tested it for our June 2012 issue. But its slightly sluggish autofocus and irksome manual focusing tempered our...

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Fujifilm X-E1


A smaller, cheaper X-Pro1? Yes, please.

When the X-mount debuted, Fujifilm showed a commitment to high quality glass with its first three prime offerings, but many wondered if this performance would extend to a zoom lens. Now we know the answer. The X-E1’s 18-55mm kit lens is almost exactly...

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Camera Review: Fujifilm X-E1


Fuji's small and light, retro-style camera is a fun, back-up body for special photo projects.

Beautiful, classic camera design; lightweight and highly portable; excellent image quality with superb detail and sharpness; a good performer at high ISOs with only moderate noise and little pixel smearing; clear and easy-to-use menu system;...

Somewhat slow to autofocus, particularly in low light; mushy shutter button; polycarbonate camera body has a plastic feel to it; no dedicated ISO or movie buttons; needs a bigger handgrip

Retro-style digital cameras have become popular in recent years and while, at first, these throwback designs seemed like just a novelty, imaging manufacturers are making classic-looking sharpshooters whose performance is as good as their look. A case...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser: No
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder / Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Sensor Size:23.6 x 15.6 MM


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Fujifilm NP-W126
Battery Type:Fujifilm NP-W126


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes