Fujifilm X-E1 Mirrorless Camera

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79% Gold Award
The X-E1 offers the X-Pro1's image quality in a smaller, more responsive package. Its intuitive dial-led interface makes it a rather desirable little camera.”

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Key Features

  • 16.3MP APS-C "X-Trans" CMOS sensor
  • 6 frames per second continuous shooting
  • Contrast detect AF
  • ISO 200-6400, expandable up to 25,600
  • 1080 HD video
  • 2.8 inch LCD with 460,000 dots
  • Electronic viewfinder with 2,360,000 dots
  • Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
  • Pop-up flash with hotshoe

Product Description

The Fujifilm X-E1 bears much in common with the larger and more expensive Fujifilm X-Pro1, starting with a 16.3MP APS-C "X-Trans" CMOS sensor. It accepts X-mount lenses including the 18-55mm kit zoom lens announced alongside it. Keeping up with its advanced mirrorless class the X-E1 offers 1080 HD video, 6 frames per second burst shooting and a native ISO range of 200-6400 expandable up to 25,600. A sharp 2.3 million dot built-in electronic viewfinder complements a fixed 2.8 inch LCD. Like the X-Pro1, the X-E1 offers plenty of external controls, including analog dials to control shutter speed and exposure compensation. Most key settings are accessed using dedicated buttons, and a Q button offers a heads up display with frequently-accessed shooting parameters.


Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 4896 x 3264
Other resolutions 4896 x 2760,3264 x 3264, 3456 x 2304, 3456 x 1944, 2304 × 230, 2496 x 1664, 2496 x 1408 , 1664 × 1664
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor EXR Pro
ISO Auto (400), Auto (800), Auto (1600), Auto (3200), 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400 (100, 12800, 25600 with boost)
White balance presets 7
Custom white balance Yes (1)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Live View
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Lens mount Fujifilm X
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 2.8
Screen dots 460,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT color LCD monitor
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder resolution 2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes No
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
External flash Yes (via hot-shoe EF-X20, EF-20, EF-42)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear-curtain
Continuous drive 6.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Average
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (24 fps)
Format H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini connector)
Remote control Yes ( Optional RR-80)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion NP-W126 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 350
Weight (inc. batteries) 350 g (0.77 lb / 12.35 oz)
Dimensions 129 x 75 x 38 mm (5.08 x 2.95 x 1.5)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None


DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

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Gold Award
Gold Award
79 %
Overall Score

The Fujifilm X-E1 is a fine camera, and a pleasure to use. Fujifilm's recent improvements to focusing, both manual and automatic, make a real difference to performance, the built-in EVF is excellent, and the enthusiast-friendly ergonomics are addictive. The only serious issue is the camera's video mode, which is sub-par, compared to the competition.

Good For

Any application requiring critical image quality - the X-E1 turns out excellent pictures.

Not So Good For

User Reviews

4.18308 out of 5 stars
  • Aroart, Jan 21, 2013 GMT:
    Insanely amazing

    I was lucky enough to get this the first week it was shipped to B&H without being on a waiting list. There's no camera that's in this price with kit lens can match its photo quality. If you want video get a gh3. Auto mode is decent but this camera screams to be in full manual. This is the type of camera when you just look at it you know you should go out and shoot. If your not shooting it's simply a pleasure just to look at. Menus are very simple and straight forward only thing to make this ...

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  • charleswood, Dec 22, 2012 GMT:
    Eccezionale fotocamera

    Ho acquistato da poco la Fuji X-E1 e sono già in possesso di una Nikon D7000 e devo dire che la X-E! ha una definizione migliore soprattutto ad alti valori ISO. Molto pratica e facile da usare con tutti i comandi a portata di mano e con impostazioni personalizzabili. Non dimentichiamo il design raffinato e il bellissimo obiettivo in kit. Spero che Fuji commercializzi presto gli altri obiettivi in programma.

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  • rhackel, Dec 20, 2012 GMT:
    RAW letdown

    After months of anticipation based upon glowing pre-reviews from Dpreview, my X-E1 arrived a week ago, and today I am returning it back to the store. Evidently the trans-x sensor is proving difficult for Adobe and other vendors to translate correctly, which results in a "watercolor effect" within the tonal details. (No other processing is done to the image.) And this has been a problem since the X-Pro 1 was released almost a year ago? I'll wait until I hear this has been fixed because ...

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  • lxcellent, Dec 11, 2012 GMT:
    A little camera with big camera ability

    Go check out my blog here for more info if you are on the fence. I compare it to a Canon 1D mk II and Panasonic m4/3 offerrings. http://lxcellent.blogspot.com/2012/12/test-drive-of-fujifilm-x-e1.html Problems: There are some quirks that will take some getting used to...But that image quality makes it all worth it!

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Questions & Answers


Fuji S5 Pro vs X-E1

Are images produced by X-E1 are comparable to S5 pro or  despite camera age, s5 pro colors are  still hard to beat even for X-e1?  Thanks ...

sznajder asked
1 year ago


I have an S5Pro and X-E1. Had the S5Pro for years. The X-E1 trumps the S5Pro in image quality. Colours are very similar but resolution, sharpness, DR and high ISO are all much better Continue Reading

zapper answered
1 year ago

Now if only I could hook a bar-code reader to an X series camera. Continue Reading

Todd Ka answered
9 months ago

Thank you, Zapper. Continue Reading

sznajder answered
1 year ago


Are you interested in dynamic range measurements on Fujifilm cameras?

My name is Bill Claff and for several years I have been measuring Photographic Dynamic Range (PDR) and other sensor characteristics. Initially I started with Nikon cameras and I also have a fair amount of Canon data. Recently I obtained measurements for the X-E2 and I'm expecting X-E1 data shortly. PDR is analogous to DxoMark Landscape Dynamic Range but on a different scale. Since DxoMark publishes so few Fujifilm measurements I suspect my PDR data would be of interest. But my Interactive PDR Chart (D3 and D700) is getting crowded and I don't want to bother with another brand, like Fujifilm, unless there is interest (and data gathering support). So let me know two things: 1) Do you want to see Fujifilm PDR values integrated into the data at my site? 2) Would you be willing to help me by providing raw files to my specification for analysis.

bclaff asked
9 months ago


I have added X-E2 data to my Interactive PDR Chart (This link preselects the X-E2, D3, and D700 cameras.) The "tail" on the X-E2 data is due to Fujifilm "cooking" the high ISO raw data. Continue Reading

bclaff answered
9 months ago

People don't necessarily know and certainly not in any objective way. That's one way such data is used. Another is when considering an upgrade to have some idea how a new camera would compare with one's current camera. Continue Reading

bclaff answered
9 months ago

With all due respect, Bill, the more I look at your results, the less confidence I have in them.  I think you've got a basic problem with the test methodology which basically invalidates the results.  Hear me out and then let me know if I'm misreading or misinterpreting something. My first concern with the validity of your results is that you have cameras that should have very different dynamic ranges all basically falling on top of themselves, including the OMD-EM5 (m43), D7000 (APSC) and D600 (FF.)  By theory we should about a one stop advantage between them and it isn't there. Second, the results of the X-E2, at ISO3200 & ISO6400, are way off and you dismiss them by saying Fuji cooks the books.  They can only cook the books if the books are cookable, which is a big problem right there.  But more concerning is you only know Fuji's results are cooked because the results are so obviously cooked.  The question I have is who is cooking the books just a tiny bit and invalidating your ... Continue Reading

Daniel Lauring answered
9 months ago


Fuji X-trans & Apple Aperture

How do we start a campaign to pressure Apple to make their Aperture software compatible with Fuji X-trans sensor now that so many photographers use the Fuji X-Pro, Fuji X-E1 and and X 20 cameras? Can this lobbying be done under the DPReview umbrella? Should this idea of petitioning Apple also appear in other forums for the Fuji X cameras and Apple Aperture software??

1 year ago


I missed the part that you are the new elected forum police and are to judge what is ok to reply and what is not... I am not a troll and I did not offen anyone with my post. And I think that this conversation can be very well extended to alternatives, wether you like it or not. I got my first Apple computer in the early 80's and have a long history as a cutomer and shareholder with this company. And it has been proven to be very hard to push Apple to do anything that is not on their own agenda. The "pressure" to get support for Fuji's X-Trans and EXR sensor RAW files will never gain the magnitude of the "Antenna gate" where Apple in the end told us that "we are holding it wrong and here is a bumper for those who can't figure it out" Many people have left Aperture for various reasons and went to look for other alternatives instead of hoping and pleading that Apple will change this or support that. Apple has been quite bad with their pro apps maintenance and updates and we might just ... Continue Reading

smatty answered
1 year ago

Many have also left and come back, having regretted leaving. Leaving is a big decision which may lead to regret, you shouldn't be so eager to push others into it just to make yourself feel better about your choice or because you are angry at Apple. Aperture came first and was only the raw workflow tool of it's Kind. Ligthrooom was announced as a free public beta to stem the adoption of Aperture which was getting a lot of publicity. It was a great tactic and did the trick. But by the time of LR V1, Aperture was a superior mature product, restricted in its quest for domination by being a Mac only product. But the list of advantages Aperture held was long, substantial and significant. Some photographers switched to Mac just to run Aperture. With their respective V2 and V3, and now V4 on the LR side, they have been getting closer and then and flip-flopping over each in terms features. Aperture still holds a lot of advantages, and in some areas Lightroom has the tricks (and in some ... Continue Reading

Najinsky answered
1 year ago

Start your campaign here: http://www.apple.com/feedback/aperture.html The more reports, the better. Continue Reading

autoy answered
1 year ago


  • Fujifilm X-E1 Mirrorless Camera
  • Lens kit includes XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens
  • Li-ion battery NP-W126
  • Battery charger BC-W126
  • Shoulder strap
  • USB cable
  • Body cap
  • Metal strap clip
  • Protective cover
  • Clip attaching tool
  • CD-ROM (Viewer software, RAW File Converter etc.)
  • Owner's manual

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Warranty Information

"Your Fujifilm equipment has been manufactured to precise standards, and with rigid quality control through every process of manufacturing. It is warranted by Fujifilm U.S.A. against defective workmanship or materials for one full year from date of purchase. Fujifilm U.S.A. will, at its option, either repair or replace (with a reconditioned unit of like condition) free of charge equipment which is returned either in person or postpaid and insured to one of the Fujifilm U.S.A. Repair Centers listed on the reverse side. The product must be accompanied by some proof of date of purchase, such as the original sales slip. This warranty does not cover batteries or flash equipment and accessories not manufactured by Fujifilm Holdings Corp. This warranty does not apply if the equipment has been damaged by accident, abuse (including, but not limited to, sand, dirt, water, liquid, impact battery corrosion, etc.), failure to follow operating or maintenance instructions or if the equipment has been modified or serviced by anyone other than a Fujifilm U.S.A. Repair Center. This warranty cannot be resold or transferred."

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