With many of the same features as the X-Pro1, but more affordable, is this the perfect enthusiast CSC? We find out in the What Digital Camera Fujifilm X-E1 review

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Fujifilm X-E1

Overall score:90%
Image Quality:95%


  • Stunning image quality, premium finish and design, excellent EVF, no-nonsense handling


  • AF performance could still be better, rear screen not up to rivals standard


Fujifilm X-E1 Review


Price as reviewed:


Value & Verdict

Fujifilm X-E1 review – Value

With an asking price of £1149 with the rather lovely 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens, it goes right up against the similarly retro-inspired 16MP Olympus OM-D, which comes in at the same price with the slightly broader 12-50mm, though with a variable maximum aperture of f/3.5-6.3. That’s not forgetting 24MP Sony’s NEX-7 at around £949, though the 18-55mm kit lens isn’t a match for the X-E1’s.

Fujifilm X-E1 review – Verdict

While it may appear to be simply a stripped down, more affordable X-Pro1 to tempt more people into Fujifilm’s CSC family, that would be doing the X-E1 a great disservice.

Similar in size to the X100, and combined with a similar premium finish that won over so many fans to Fujifilm’s retro-inspired compact, the X-E1 manages to feel more refined and balanced as soon as you pick it up compared to the rather chunky X-Pro1.

And while it forgoes the smart Hybrid viewfinder of the X-Pro1, the payback is the sharper, crisper EVF in the X-E1 that more than makes up for this, though you could feel a little short-changed with the fairly underwhelming rear screen.

The X-E1’s AF, though improved from the original X-Pro1’s focusing, it’s still not as fast or as responsive as systems found in the competition, while the video capabilities aren’t as comprehensive either.

These points aside, and the X-E1 is a joy to shoot with. The back-to-basics philosophy won’t be for everyone, but it means its quick and easy to set-up and shoot with, while the Quick menu offers access to other key shooting controls.

The real jewel in the crown of the X-E1 is its sensor. The quality of the results and the detail rendered is excellent, delivering images that are some of, if not the best we’ve seen from an APS-C sized sensor.

While it may be a bit more of a niche camera than some other models, those who opt for the X-E1 will be rewarded with a camera that looks the part, handles well and delivers images beyond what its price may suggest.


ISO:200-6400, extendable to ISO 100-25,600
Video:1080 (24p) HD video & 720 (24) HD video
Lens Mount:Fujifilm X mount
White Balance:Auto White Balance, Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Underwater, Custom, Colour Temperature Selection
Memory Card:SD/SDHC/SDXC
Built-in Flash:Yes
Exposure Comp:-/+2 EV in 1/3 steps
Cable Release:Yes
Compression:Large, Medium & Small
PC Socket:No
Viewfinder Type:Electronic 2.36m-dot OLED colour viewfinder
Output Size:4896 x 3264px
LCD:2.8in, 460k-dot TFT LCD display
Field of View:100%
Colour Temp Control:2500-10,000K
AF Points:49 selectable points
White Balance Bracket:No
Max Flash Sync:1/180th
Sensor:16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor
Focal Length Mag:1.5x
DoF Prview:Yes
Dust Reduction:Yes
Built-in Image Stabilisation:No, lens-based
Metering System:TTL 256-zones metering
Movie Mode:Yes
Live Mode:Yes
Exposure Modes:P, S, A, M
Connectivity:HDMI, Hi-Speed USB & 2.5mm microphone connector
Power:Rechargeable Li-ion NP-W126 battery
File Format:Raw (RAF), JPEG, Raw + JPEG
Dimensions:129 x 74.9 x 38.3mm
Shutter Speeds:30-1/4000th second, plus Bulb
Focusing Modes:Single and Continuous AF, MF
Drive Mode:Single, Continuous (3 or 6fps), self-timer
Colour Space:sRGB, Adobe RGB
  1. 1. Fujifilm X-E1 review - Features
  2. 2. Design
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Value & Verdict
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