Fujifilm X-E1 brings retro mirrorless camera affordable

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Fujifilm announced its new X-E1 interchangeable lens digital camera. It is built upon the very successful X100 and X-Pro 1. It uses the same X-Pro1 Fujifilm’s  X-Trans CMOS sensor and retro style of compact body design. A major component that is missing in the X-E1 is the hybrid viewfinder, instead it uses a brand new 2.36 million-pixel electronic viewfinder organic EL which has rich color gamut performance and ultra-high contrast ratio of up to 1:5000. Natural, bright, easy-to-view viewfinder has a viewing angle of 25 °, allowing users to quickly and easily complete the composition viewfinder.

Expect the X-E1 to be much more affordable than the X-Pro 1, get yours early, it will be a hit. Order yours at B&H, it comes in black and silver.

FUJIFILM X-E1 equipped with the same 16.3 million pixel APS-C size X-Trans CMOS sensor as the FUJIFILM X-Pro1. It is equipped with a high-speed, high-precision “EXR processor PRO” image processing engine, to bring you high-speed shooting responses. The acquisition of complex X-Trans CMOS sensor signal high-speed real-time image processing without any delay, to ensure that your next creation.

New tailor-made for the X-E1 Fujinon XF 18-55 F2.8-4 R LM OIS lens, only 0.1 seconds to bring you the ultra-high-speed focusing performance. The the XF18-55mm lens in the newly released high-end linear motor with CMOS sensor read-out of high-speed signals as well as the newly developed EXR image processor the Pro perfect combination to bring you the speed and accuracy of autofocus qualitative leap. Only 0.1 seconds, the fastest high-speed precise focus using contrast detection AF mode X-E1 will I bring.

Like other X-series cameras, the the turntable side on the top panel texture design, so that users have a more relaxed and smooth operation feel. You can adjust the aperture ring on the lens with the left hand with his right hand on the top panel to quickly and easily achieve adjust the shutter speed and exposure compensation, and in this process, you do not have the eye leave the viewfinder framing to diversify on the attention. You can also the shooting function definition to the Fn (Function) button, at any time convenient to call.

One of the many important design aspects of the Fuji X series cameras is its unique film simulation mode. X-E1 is equipped with Fujifilm’s unique Film Simulation mode, digital camera reproduction is similar to the traditional professional film is so unique color and flavor. Including the reproduction of nature bright colors, ultra-high saturation and prominent red and green tones of Velvia mode, reproduce the soft, fine, smooth skin tones ASTIA mode and more emphasis on natural color reproduction PROVIA mode. The new film simulation mode also includes two professional color negative effects, including shades more smooth PRO Neg.Std in and suitable for indoor portraits sharpness PRO Neg.Hi. Single-tone mode also has three types of filter effects and show nostalgic old photo style sepia mode. The film simulation bracketing function allows you to get three completely different film simulation effects in a single exposure at the same time.

In terms of video, not only can you shoot Full HD (1920X1080) 24fps speed movie, you can also be applied to the film simulation mode video shoot them, thanks to the large-size image sensor and the large aperture lens for X-E1, your movie will also have a very nice bokeh effect.

The new Fujifilm X-E1 not only packed with great features, but like the X-Pro 1, it has packed these features in a very classic retro interchangeable lens body. The X-E1 opted out the hybrid viewfinder and uses the new 2.36 million-pixel electronic viewfinder instead, so expect the price to be a lot more affordable.

Check out the specs:

Lens Mount Fujifilm X Mount
Camera Format APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
Pixels 16.3 Megapixel
Max Resolution 16.3MP: 4896 x 3264 @ 3:2
Other Resolutions 3456 x 2304 @ 3:2
2496 x 1664 @ 3:2
4896 x 2760 @ 16:9
3456 x 1944 @ 16:9
2496 x 1408 @ 16:9
3264 x 3264 @ 1:1
2304 x 2304 @ 1:1
1664 x 1664 @ 1:1 
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.6 x 15.6 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MOV
Dust Reduction System Y 2
Memory Card Type SD
Image Stabilization Optical 3
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 24 fps
1280 x 720: 24 fps
Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Minutes
Audio Recording With Video, Stereo, Via Optional External Mic
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
Viewfinder Type Electronic, LCD Display
Viewfinder Size 0.5"
Viewfinder Pixel Count 2360000
Viewfinder Eye Point 23 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Not Specified By Manufacturer
Diopter Adjustment – 4 to +2 m
Display Screen 2.8" Rear Screen   LCD (460000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Live View Yes
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-6400 (Extended Mode: 100-25600)
Shutter 30 – 1/4000 seconds
1/4 – 1/4000 seconds in Program Mode
60 minutes in Bulb Mode
Metering Method Spot metering, Average metering, Multi-zone metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Custom, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Incandescent, Underwater 4
Burst Rate Up to 3 fps for up to 6 frames
Built-in Flash Yes: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Second-curtain Sync, Slow Sync, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction
Guide No. 7′ (2.13 m) ISO200
Flash Compensation Not Specified By Manufacturer
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
In-Camera Image Editing NEF (RAW) Processing, Red-eye Correction, Trim
Start-up Time 0.5 Seconds 5
Shutter Lag 0.05 Seconds
Continuous Shooting Up to 3 fps
Self Timer 2 sec, 10 sec
Interval Recording No
Connectivity HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0
Software Requirements Windows: XP (SP1), Vista (SP1), 7
Mac: OS X 10.3.9 or later
Battery 1x NP-W126  Built-in Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104 °F (0 to 40 °C)
Humidity: 10 – 80%
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.1 x 2.9 x 1.5" / 129 x 74.9 x 38.3 mm
Weight 10.58 oz / 300  g without battery, memory card, accessories

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About Kent Yu

Kent is a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He and his team specialise in modern and contemporary weddings. Kent has his work published in international magazines and is a regular author to a number of photographic publication. He is fascinated by photographic equipment and enjoys showcasing the gear used in creating his images. You can find him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google+
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