Fujifilm X-E1 Ilse Jurriën : September 6th 2012 - 10:11 CET
Fujifilm X-E1 system camera : Fujifilm announces the introduction of the new Fujifilm X-E1 interchangeable camera. Following hot on the heels of the highly acclaimed Fujifilm X-Pro1, the new Fujifilm X-E1 boasts the same 16 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor with top-class OLED electronic viewfinder, a smaller body with built-in flash and the same X mount for the Fujinon XF lens range. With its convenient portable size and fast autofocus speed, the Fujifilm X-E1 promises to be an exciting addition to the X series range. Due to hit the market in autumn this year, and available in two variations Silver and Black, the attractive classical design of the Fujifilm X-E1 interchangeable lens camera will have wide appeal. In addition, Fujifilm will expand the lens line-up.
Fujifilm X-E1 body
Made in Japan, the Fujifilm X-E1 exudes class and high quality, as can be seen from each of its components. The top and front covers are made from die-cast magnesium for a rigid, yet delicate design. At roughly the same size as the Fujifilm X100, the X-E1 is refreshingly compact and lightweight (only 350g), in spite of its advanced feature set. Featuring a rubber grip for additional hold, it is a well balanced camera with the X lens mount positioned centrally on the camera so that the weight of the body and the lens is distributed evenly. The Fujifilm X-E1 will be available as a silver version, perfect for those who want a cool, retro look to emphasize their own style, and as a black version for photographers who would prefer to blend in to their surroundings without drawing the attention of their subjects.
Fujifilm X-E1 offers an OLED viewfinder
Unlike the Fujifilm X-Pro1 with its hybrid multi viewfinder, the new Fujifilm X-E1 system camera boasts an OLED electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 million dots, making it one of the highest resolutions available on digital cameras with EVFs. The viewfinder on the Fujifilm X-E1 has a unique lens structure consisting of two glass elements and one double aspherical element, which in conjunction with the OLED offers an incredibly high quality display. The OLED panel offers a high resolution of 2.36 million dots, with a high contrast ratio of 1:5000 resulting in rich gradation and faithful reproduction of focus, exposure, white balance and film simulation effects in the viewfinder.
16.3 megapixel Fujifilm X-E1 camera
The Fujifilm X-E1 features the same 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor as the Fujifilm X-Pro1. Its unique color filter array can effectively minimise moiré and false colors without the need for an optical low pass filter. This makes it possible for the camera to maximise its advanced resolution capture, and to record each photograph brightly and clearly across the whole image. The Fujifilm X-E1 features the fast, high-precision "EXR Processor Pro" for quick responses whatever you're shooting. The EXR Processor Pro receives image signals from the complex X-Trans CMOS Sensor and processes the information swiftly ensuring you can move on to your next shot without delay.
Film Simulation Modes on the Fujifilm X-E1
The Fujifilm X-E1 offers Fujifilm's creative "Film Simulation Modes" to simulate the distinctive textures of conventional photo film. Use the high saturation "Velvia" for landscape shots with stunning primary colors, "ASTIA" for faithful smooth skin tone reproduction and the more versatile "Provia" for its natural look, as well as two additional settings based on professional color negative films. Soft tonal PRO Neg.Std and the sharper PRO Neg.Hi are both suitable for indoor portrait photography. Three types of filter simulation are also available for monochrome and sepia looks. The Film Simulation Bracketing function uses a single exposure to produce three images with Film Simulation effects applied.
Full HD Movie recording with the Fujifilm X-E1
Shoot Full HD movies (1920 x 1080) at 24fps. In addition you can now use Monochrome or Film Simulation modes when video recording, and even take advantage of the X-E1's large sensor and bright XF lenses to capture movies with beautiful defocused bokeh effect. Connect a microphone (commercially available), with Ø2.5mm jack to the Microphone/remote release connector and record audio with enhanced clarity and presence. The X-E1 allows you to take videos without having to worry about the camera body's operation noise or lenses' motor sound being captured.
Fujifilm X-E1 comes with XF18-55mm kit lens
Pair the X-E1 with the new Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS lens for maximum performance with high-speed autofocus of 0.1 sec. The highly agile linear motor in the newly announced Fujinon XF18-55mm lens combines with the high-speed signal readout of the CMOS sensor and the newly developed EXR Processor Pro, to achieve a huge leap in AF speed and precision performance. Contrast Detection in the Fujifilm X-E1 brings your subject into sharp focus in as little as 0.1seconds. At F2.8-4.0 wide open, this fast lens is perfect for low-light photography or scenes with a beautiful bokeh effect. The compact design of this lens, made possible by optimising its component layout, enhances its portability.
Fujifilm X-E1 accessories
• Leather case BLC-XE1
• Fujinon XF Lenses
• M Mount Adapter
• Hand Grip HG-XE1
• Three dedicated flash models (EF-X20, EF-20, EF-42)
• Protector filters (PRF-39, PRF-52 and PRF-58)
• Remote release RR-80
Fujifilm X-E1 price & availability
The Fujifilm X-E1 (body only) will be available in November 2012 for $999.95. The Fujifilm X-E1 and XF18mm-55mm (27-84mm) F2.8-4 lens (kit) will be available in November for $1,399.95. The Fujinon XF14mm (21mm) F2.8 single focal length lens and XF18mm-55mm (27-84mm) F2.8-4 lens will be available in November for $899.95 and $699.95, respectively.
Fujifilm X-E1 review
As soon as we receive a Fujifilm X-E1 test sample, we will publish a sample photo gallery with high resolution pictures, followed by an extensive Fujifilm X-E1 review.