Fujifilm X-E1 Review

Overall 44
Imaging 13
Features 20
Size 80
Price 100

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP APS-C CMOS X-TRANS I sensor
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Expands to 25600)
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 2.8″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 6.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (24 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 129 x 75 x 38 mm
  • Weight: 350 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced by Fujifilm X-E2. Compare

Fujifilm X-E1 Summary

This review is devoted to X-E1 that Fujifilm has first introduced to the public in Feb 28, 2013. This model is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS X-TRANS I sensor.

Fujifilm has replaced this product with their most recent model X-E2. To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by following this link:
Fujifilm X-E1 vs. X-E2

In Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #150 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 44/100 and it takes a rank of #480 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Fujifilm X-E1 Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Fujifilm X-E1 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Sensor Size: APS-C
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Continuous Shooting: 6.0 fps
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Battery Life: 350 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No

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Complete Comparison of Fujifilm X-E1 With Other Cameras in Entry-Level Mirrorless Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Fujifilm X-E1. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Fujifilm X-E1

Fujifilm X-E1 has the following external dimensions 129 x 129 x 38 mm (50.79 x 29.53 x 14.96″) with the weight of 350 g.

The typical weight for average Entry-Level Mirrorless type cameras is 319g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Fujifilm X-E1, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Fujifilm X-E1 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 38mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Fujifilm X-E1 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Fujifilm X-E1 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Fujifilm X-E1 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Fujifilm X-E1 — 350 shots
Min: 210 shots
Average: 338 shots
Max: 650 shots

Thickness

Fujifilm X-E1 — 38 mm
Min: 23 mm
Average: 40 mm
Max: 85 mm

Weight

Fujifilm X-E1 — 350 g
Min: 180 g
Average: 319 g
Max: 561 g

Unfortunately, Fujifilm X-E1 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Fujifilm X-E1 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Fujifilm X-E1 Photo and Sensor Features

Fujifilm X-E1 comes with EXR Pro processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS X-TRANS I sensor.

The base of Fujifilm X-E1 has the following ISO range 100 - 6400 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 25600.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Fujifilm X-E1 features a 16.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Fujifilm X-E1 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Fujifilm X-E1 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Fujifilm X-E1

LCD and ViewFinder

Fujifilm X-E1 is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.8" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Fujifilm X-E1’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 2,360k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Fujifilm X-E1 are its 6.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, X-E1 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/4000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

X-E1 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Fujifilm X-E1, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Fujifilm X-E1 allows you to save files in H.264 formats.

Fujifilm X-E1 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

In addition, Fujifilm X-E1 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect X-E1 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Fujifilm X-E1 provides a shooting life of 350, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 338 shots.

Compared to all models in the Entry-Level Mirrorless category, Fujifilm X-E1 offers the highest battery life that reaches 350 shots.

How Good is Fujifilm X-E1 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Fujifilm X-E1’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Fujifilm X-E1’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the X-E1 to the average MirrorLess camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Fujifilm X-E1 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm X-E1 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 64. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm X-E1 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Fujifilm X-E1 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm X-E1 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 87. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm X-E1 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large APS-C(23.6 x 15.6 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (129 x 75 x 38 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Fujifilm X-E1 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm X-E1 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 69. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm X-E1 can be called a 69 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (6.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (0)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)
  • Small battery life (350 shots)

Fujifilm X-E1 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm X-E1 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 10. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm X-E1 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages


Fujifilm X-E1 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm X-E1 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 77. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm X-E1 can be called a 77 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Fujifilm X-E1 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Fujifilm
Model X-E1
Announced Feb 28, 2013
Body Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fujifilm X
Number of Lenses 43
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2.8″
Screen Resolution 460k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 2,360k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.62
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 6.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear-curtain
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average Yes
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS X-TRANS I
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.6 x 15.6 mm
Sensor Area 368.16 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4896 x 3264
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO 25,600
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (24 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 350 g
Physical Dimensions 129 x 75 x 38 mm
Battery Life 350 shots
Battery Type 350 shots
Battery Model W126
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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