Matt Granger of PhotoNewsReviews compares the Fuji X-E1 to it’s bigger brother, the X-Pro 1.
X-E1 is like the X Pro 1 at fighting weight – trimmed of a few features to reduce the price. But how does it compare? These cameras represent the first generation of Fuji’s X-Series Cameras, and are a monumental achievement in the area of image quality, where they are at the top of the class. Where the X-E1 and X-Pro1 are lacking however, is in autofocus performance and overall speed, especially in low light. That being said though, the X-Series cams are favorites among the MC contributors who have used them – translation, experienced photographers who aren’t afraid of manual control of the camera and who expect superb image quality – and the X-Series cameras deliver in that area and then some. You’ll get incredible, almost film like images out of these cameras.
Head to Head
The X-Pro1 and X-E1 pack the same first generation X-Trans Sensor and Image processor, which is designed to provide the ultimate in sharpness and resolution, so that’s a push. They also have pretty much the same control layout.
But the cameras differ in the following
- is bigger
- has a Hybrid Viewfinder (combination of optical and electronic viewfinder) and a higher resolution screen on the back
- delivers 6fps burst mode vs 3fps for the X-E1
- is smaller (about 20% thinner and 10% lighter than the X-Pro1)
- has a pop-up flash
- incorporates a standard microphone input jack (although neither of these cameras would be my first choice for video)
- will deliver about 50 more shots per battery charge
Fuji are definitely King of the Image Quality Mountain, but the first generation X-Series Cameras are lacking when it comes to autofocus, especially in low light. Again, no big deal if you’re an experienced photographer who likes to have more manual control when shooting. But if you’re not so experienced or you like to relay a little more on autofocus, etc. – then there’s good news for you too. Fuji just launched the new X-100s fixed lens compact camera at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, NV last week, and that camera (along with the new X-20) feature an all new Fuji X-Trans II Sensor and Image Processor, and look to have blazing fast autofocus capabilities.
Where 2012 was about image quality. This year, Fuji are focusing on speed – and it looks like they’re going to be at the head of the pack in that race too.