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 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

Movie mode and fast action shooting, where the camera's limitations do get in the way of results.

User Reviews

  • 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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  • 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

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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