Thursday, 6 September 2012

Fuji officially announce the X-E1


As expected, Fuji has officially announced the X-E1, packing the same 16-megapixel X-Trans CMOS as the original X-Pro1 but in a smaller lighter body. There's no hybrid viewfinder - no real loss in my opinion* - it has instead a new 2.36million dot OLED which Fuji describe as 'top-class'. The camera is launched with the new fast kit lens (not a budget offering) 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 image stabilized zoom and 14mm f/2.8. This is the camera Olympus should of launched in my opinion, although I do rate the OM-D E-M5 (and its sensor) very highly, particularly for discrete use and visual note-taking. X-Pro1 sales will plummet in light of this (the X-E1 is smaller, lighter, cheaper, has a more detailed EVF and uses the same sensor), so what will the X-Pro2 bring other than a higher resolution sensor (I expect to see 24-megapixels in the next iteration)? The X-E1 looks like a serious contender to the Sony NEX-5 /7 offerings and Olympus OMD E-M5, that is providing Fuji has improved the handling and operation and assisted Adobe with the RAW file decoding. That might just be too much to ask for, we'll see.

*Especially if you intend to use it with longer lenses.

The full press release can be read here (UK version). The US release can be found here.

Pre-order options

Fuji X-E1 (black body) $999: Adorama | B&H Photo

Fuji X-E1 (chrome body) $999: Adorama | B&H Photo

Fuji X-E1 (black c/w 18-55mm) $1399: Adorama | B&H Photo

Fuji X-E1 (chrome c/w 18-55mm) $1399: Adorama | B&H Photo


Leica Adaptor


One of the attractions of the EVF is that the image frame will be filled when used with third-party lenses (bear in mind the APS-C 1.5x crop factor), that's also the case with the existing X-Pro1 (when using the EVF).

Buy the Fuji /Leica M lens converter $199: Adorama | B&H Photo

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