Fujifilm X-E1 Digital Camera

Here’s one born out of time, so I say. Fujifilm may not be the leading manufacturer for first-world sensational cameras, but the company also pays us the right surprises, such as this mirror-less design we know as the X-E1. A few months ago, we recognized the release of Fuji’s X-Pro1, which marked a more classic style for cameras, and was known to be metallic in casing but much lighter and petite with interchangeable lenses. Unfortunately, criticism formed its line on the way together with the cheers because of its mind-blowing price of $1,700. The X-E1 is a brother of this design, and is ready to show some more red hair to the public.

Promised by the company to be significantly lesser in market value, the Fujifilm X-E1 includes a brand new Fujinon lens at 15-55 f/2.8-f/4 in measure, now without the usual trouble for AF, which is now offered to be as snappy as 0.1 seconds of time. The same 16MP X-Trans CMOS sensor still stands as the core breaker for this series, so there’s no recordable problem about image quality, which was once loved by many. And when we talk about quality, the color filter present in this design is capable of washing out grains from images even under extreme ISO settings, making color curves as sharp as possible without making it look splattered. This X-E1 from Fujifilm brags also its very bright EVF which is nearly comparable to Sony NEX-7. With only an electronic viewfinder, this design solely relies on the intelligence behind the lenses to capture richly textured images.

The body of the Fujifilm X-E1 is retro-sophisticated, and can be bagged with 2 colors: the silver one and the pure black one, depending on buyer’s taste and personality. The body feels slightly heavier compared to advanced DSLRs but is stronger in a much further way. The classic metallic feel and grip makes the Fujifilm X-E1 something to pay attention to when placed on a pedestal. The X-E1 is still the same non-pocket-friendly as the company’s older designs, but the additional grips make this design a good option for all-day shooting down the street. And to make shooting easier, a proximity sensor is responsive enough to help photographers tune into its viewfinder.

The 2.36 million-dot resolution in the innovative OLED EVF also makes the Fujifilm X-E1 one of the most resolute ones, and what this means is added comfort and more reliable image quality. For close-up shots, one good feature of this device also is the improved distance focusing ability that pulls you away from the usual macro mode switching. However, for this highly resolute image, you want to view it on a good LCD display, but this model from Fuji only has a 460k-dot 2.8” LCD screen. Nevertheless, characters and details are still recognizable and the menu together with the interface itself is friendly and easy to navigate.

Some other specs or features I think everyone should also take note on in the Fujifilm X-E1 are: the very smart sensor cleaning system for the APS-C sensor, manual to automatic ISO sensitivity output that can digitally reach to 25,600 extension, 256-zones metering for exposure control, lens-sensitive image stabilizer, shutter speed of 1/4000 seconds, a pop-up flash, auto-bracketing, scene and face recognition, full HD movie recording with quality stereo sound at 29 minutes maximum length, and a real set of toys that comes in the package for all-time shooting needs.

As for my verdict, I see the Fujifilm X-E1 as a more retro-classical but advanced camera in a size just proportionate to its weight. The image quality is well refined for professional image quality under different settings, factored by the intelligent EVF instead of the usual hybrid technology for the focusing system. At a price of around $1000 to $1200 depending on country and package, this camera is still a must have though a bit heavy for both pocket and wallet.

Fujifilm X-E1 Digital Camera Price in Singapore Dollar (SGD):
Approximately S$ 1,250.00

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