If the latest review of the Fuji X-E1 is any indication, it looks like the fan club of the Fuji X-Series Cameras is growing. The X-E1 is the little brother to Fuji’s Flagship X-Series Cameras, the X-Pro1, and it just received a 4/4 rating in a review by NeoCamera. This camera is aimed right at shooter for whom image quality is King, and Fuji’s X-Trans Sensors deliver big in that area. While first genration X-Series cameras are a little behind the competition when it comes to autofocus speed and video performance, this camera remains a favorite among those photo purists who like to have more manual control over their cameras (including several MC Contributors), and the eye popping IQ of the images it provides is why the X-E1 was one of our favorite cameras of 2012.
Here’s NeoCamera’s Conclusion
“The Fuji X-E1 is a great successor to the X-Pro1. It keeps the highly tactile interface and unique 16 megapixels X-Trans CMOS sensor while improving in key areas. The more compact design is critical to success among a growing number of mirrorless cameras, plus the new ultra-high-resolution 2.4 megapixels EVF makes for an exceptional usability at eye-level. Image quality of the Fuji X-E1 is top-notch and exceeds all non-Fuji mirrorless cameras. Image noise is virtually
non-existent until ISO 3200 and only slowly progresses without the usual added softness of noise-reduction. The output of this camera is completely usable for mid-size prints until ISO 25600. Sharpness is reasonably good with the Fuji Fujinon XF 18-55mm F/2.8-4R LM OIS but can be excellent with a prime lens. Metering, color and white-balance are all very good too. While the X-E1 shows some good performance numbers and is a generally speedy camera, it falters when it comes to focusing. Autofocus speed is sluggish, particularly in low-light. Whereas the X-Pro1 struggled even in moderate indoor lighting, the Fuji X-E1 clearly does better, yet remains behind the fastest mirrorless cameras. As an early XF-Mount camera, the X-E1 presents a difficult choice. The amazing image quality is very attractive but having a choice of only a few lenses limits photographic potential. However, the Fuji X-E1 is competitively priced according to image quality, given how well it compares with much more expensive DSLRs.” (Read full review on DSLRPhoto.com – Video above courtesy of Henry’s TV)