FujiFilm X-E1 review

The FugiFilm X-E1 is meant to be a lighter variant of the much appreciated X-Pro1. The price is still high enough to make one sweat but we believe old school photos will not mind splurging on a compact system cam of this calibre. That's because its retro look, controls, and the overall feel that are tailored to appeal to those who have lived amongst such gear in the past.

The X-E1 we used cam with the Fujinon 18-55mm F2.8 lens. Only after it was fixed on to the body did we start feeling the weight. This was not a bad thing as the camera still felt balanced in the hand. Unlike other CSCs with pancake lenses, its broad-shouldered design and added lens heft means it is not pocket-able at all. Also, instead of the usual aperture and shutter priority dial, this camera sports a dedicated exposure dial while manual aperture is activated from the lens and further adjusted with one of the three rings on the lens barrel.

While this may sound complicated, it really isn't because the controls are well within the reach of the fingertips. While using the bright EVF the dedicated exposure dial made it easier to quickly make changes before taking a shot. What didn't feel up to the mark was AF. It is not laggy but it is not lighting fast either. Also, we would have likes an articulating display at this price... but then again, it would dull its retro-ness.

The satisfying usage experience translated into a more fulfilling one when we checked output. Colours appeared true and neutral, no fringing was visible either. Results from our low light shoots were also impressive, even at ISO 800. A fine camera that deserves your love and a fair share of your money.
FujiFilm X-E1 review FujiFilm X-E1 review Reviewed by Wicked Sago on 9:50:00 AM Rating: 5

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