Đánh giá fujifilm x-e1

« 1. Overview và Specifications2. Image Sensor3. Autofocus Performance4. Lens Selection, Exposure và Dynamic Range5. ISO Performance6. Camera Comparisons7. Summary8. More Image Samples9. Reader Comments »

After the success of the X100 line và the release of the X-Pro1 (which initially received a rather mixed nhận xét from us due khổng lồ its poor AF performance), Fuji introduced the X-E1 – basically a lower-over version of the X-Pro1. It was not an unexpected move sầu, given how quickly Fuji was growing in popularity, thanks khổng lồ its amazing retro thiết kế and excellent image unique. Despite its autofocus flaws & other quirks, both the X100 and the X-Pro1 created a huge tín đồ base & a healthy community of supporters. The X-Pro1 was an expensive sầu camera aimed at professionals and enthusiasts, so the X-E1 was naturally targeted as a more budget version with fewer features. In this Fuji X-E1 reviews, I will provide detailed information about the camera, along with some image samples, & compare it khổng lồ other cameras from Nikon, Canon & Olympus.

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As usual, my goal was to thoroughly test the camera, especially its autofocus performance and accuracy (which historically has been a problem area for newly released Fuji cameras) & evaluate it for both personal & professional photography. As some of our readers might already know, I picked Micro Four Thirds as my mirrorless system of choice last year & I have been shooting with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 since then. I loved everything about the X-Pro1, except for its bugs & AF performance, so I ended up dismissing the Fuji system completely last year.

Since then, a number of our readers have been asking me lớn re-evaluate the X-Pro1 và đánh giá the new lines of Fuji cameras, including the X-E1. Fuji has been working hard on updating the reported issues and improving autofocus performance through firmware updates, so it made sense lớn revisit the Fuji X-Pro1. After two months of heavy use, I am happy to lớn say that the Fuji X-Pro1 is indeed a totally different camera compared lớn what it was initially. Naturally, I went back và completely rewrote my Fuji X-Pro1 Reviews, praising Fuji for fixing bugs and autofocus issues, and making the X-Pro1 an attractive sầu choice for most photography needs today.

X-E1 + Touit 2.8/12
12milimet, ISO 200, 1/80, f/7.1

Similar khổng lồ the X-Pro1, my experience with the X-E1 has been very positive, as you will see further down in the Review. Without giving too many spoilers, let me just say that I have been enjoying the X-E1 immensely, even more than the X-Pro1. During the last two months, I have shot various events, engagements, weddings and have used the X-E1 for personal photography as well, so by now I have a pretty good idea about its strengths & weaknesses.

Fujifilm X-E1 Specifications

Sensor: 16.3 MPhường (1.5x crop factor), 4.8µ px size, same as on X-Pro1Sensor Size: 23.6 x 15.6mmResolution: 4896 x 3264Native sầu ISO Sensitivity: 200-6,400Boost Low ISO Sensitivity: 100Boost High ISO Sensitivity: 12,800-25,600Sensor Cleaning System: YesLens mount: FUJIFILM X mountWeather Sealing/Protection: NoBody Build: Magnesium Alloy, Top & Front coversShutter: Up to 1/4000 và 30 sec exposureShutter Control: Focal Plane ShutterStorage: 1x SD slot (SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible)Viewfinder Type: 2,360,000-dot OLED color viewfinderSpeed: 6 FPSExposure Meter: TTL 256-zones meteringBuilt-in Flash: YesAutofocus: YesManual Focus: YesLCD Screen: 2.8 inch, approx. 460,000-dot, TFT color LCD monitorMovie Modes: Full 1080p HD
24 fps maxMovie Recording Limit: 29 minutesMovie Output: MOV (H.264)GPS: NoBattery Type: NP-W126Battery Life: 350 shotsUSB Standard: 2.0Weight: 300g (excluding battery & accessories)Price: $999 MSRPhường body only at launch (currently sells for $799)
X-E1 + Touit 1.8/32
32milimet, ISO 200, 1/640, f/1.8

A detailed danh mục of camera specifications is available at Fujifilm.com.

Camera Construction and Handling

Unlượt thích the Fuji X-Pro1 that is built from a full magnesium-alloy frame, the X-E1 has a slightly inferior build, with only the top & front magnesium-alloy covers. However, that’s not something that you would ever notice by just looking at both cameras. I literally had to touch the bottom backplate on both cameras with my lips lớn find out. So I would not worry about the construction of the X-E1 at all – it is pretty tough for a mirrorless camera, similar to the Sony NEX-5 series cameras (which also feature front and top magnesium-alloy plates).

What I love about the Fuji cameras, is the fact that the magnesium alloy shell is pretty thin, making them feel very light for their kích thước. In fact, the X-E1 is not a small mirrorless camera when you compare it to lớn the Sony NEX-6 / NEX-7 series and yet it is not heavier in comparison. That’s one of the things that I actually lượt thích about the Fuji X-Pro1 and the X-E1 – they just feel right in my hands. The X-Pro1 is about the same as Nikon’s old film SLRs & rangefinders, while the X-E1 is a little more compact. To be honest, I actually prefer the more compact X-E1 to the X-Pro1, perhaps because I have gotten used lớn my Olympus OM-D E-M5 (the OM-D E-M5 is a tad taller than the X-E1 thanks khổng lồ its large middle section, but its toàn thân is physically shorter and smaller in comparison). Here is a comparison between the Nikon FG (a really old film SLR), X-Pro1 & X-E1, in that order from left to right:

X-M1 + XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OIS
43.4mm, ISO 400, 1/100, f/5.6

Now let’s compare the X-E1 to the Nikon D800E, which is the camera I use mostly for professional needs và lens evaluations. This is something that our readers requested me to provide, since many of us wonder how mirrorless cameras compare to lớn DSLRs in terms of form size & bulk. I attached the Nikon 24mm f/1.4G lens khổng lồ the D800E, while the X-E1 has the Fujinon 18mm f/2.0 attached khổng lồ it:

X-M1 + XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OIS
50mm, ISO 400, 1/100, f/5.6

Clearly, mirrorless cameras have sầu a huge advantage in terms of size and bulk – the D800E is much bigger and bulkier and that’s just the kích cỡ. Now compare the weight between the two – the Nikon D800E with the 24milimet f/1.4 weigh a whopping 16đôi mươi grams combined, while the Fuji X-E1 + 18mm only weighs 416 grams – that’s almost 4 times lighter! I could walk with the X-E1 hanging off my neông chồng all day and I would not feel anything (using a different strap though, as explained below), while my D800E would most likely come off after a short period of time. I have sầu done both and trust me, you will feel the difference very quickly.

Speaking of hanging the X-E1 around the neck – I would highly recommkết thúc replacing the thin strap that comes with the Fuji cameras to lớn something better & thicker. The Fuji straps are very uncomfortable & they vày irritate bare skin quite a bit. Despite the fact that one side of the strap is a little smoother than the other, it is the thin form size of the strap & lachồng of any sort of padding that causes these issues. Personally, I am a huge tín đồ of neoprene straps from OP/TECH. The classic version of the strap would probably be igiảm giá khuyến mãi, although if you feel that it is too thick or too big for the X-E1, they have sầu all kinds of smaller sizes too. Just make sure to lớn pick up a strap that is thin enough lớn go through the “ears” on the sides of the camera.

X-E1 + XF60mmF2.4 R Macro
60milimet, ISO 200, 1/150, f/2.4

Similar to its bigger brother, the X-E1 is not designed lớn be a weather-proof camera. That’s unfortunate, given the fact that some cameras like my Olympus OM-D E-M5 and the new OM-D E-M1 have excellent weather sealing features. The new OM-D E-M1 could be literally put underwater và then frozen and it will still continue to function. Clearly, Fuji did not target people that would shoot in extreme conditions with their cameras. The build quality is there, but not the weather sealing.

Personally, I would prefer some weather sealing for my type of shooting, since I do shoot in extreme conditions quite a bit. However, it is not an absolute requirement for me, since I know that most cameras vì chưng fine with good care. Would I dip the X-E1 into a body toàn thân of water? No, but I would not hesitate khổng lồ shoot it in light rain (và I have). If conditions worsen, I would find a way khổng lồ protect the camera from extreme moisture, perhaps by wrapping it with a piece of dry cloth or one of those plastic covers for cameras. If you are too worried about shooting in extreme conditions, the Fuji X-E1 is probably not for you.

Here is a picture of a rainbow that I captured in light rain with the X-E1:

12milimet, ISO 200, 1/105, f/5.6

Once I was done, I wiped the camera and the lens with a piece of dry cloth and let it all dry out. The camera worked fine without any hiccups afterward.

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The X-E1 comes with a compact built-in flash. It is operated manually by pressing the small flash button on the back of the camera. Compared khổng lồ DSLR built-in flashes, this one is tiny & not very powerful. Do not expect it to light up a room for you, as the flash is only meant lớn be used occasionally. It works great as fill flash, although you should be careful when using it with large lenses with attached hoods. At wide angles, you might see a huge shadow that occupies half of the frame. The good news is, you vì not have sầu to lớn rely on this built-in flash if you like working with flash – the standard hot shoe on the top of the camera will work with any speedlight or flash trigger system like PocketWizard. I have sầu used the Fuji X series cameras with my Nikon speedlights and while TTL does not work, manual flash works great. See the Flash section of this Review for some more information và sample images.

The X-Pro1 and the X-E1 differ in the front a bit. Since the X-E1 only comes with an electronic viewfinder (EVF), there is no rangefinder-like optical window on the top right side of the camera. There is also no lever on the left side khổng lồ switch from EVF to lớn OVF and vice-versa, which is expected. Other than that, the switch to lớn go from Single to Continuous khổng lồ Manual focus, along with the slightly protruded grip và the lens release button are identical on both. The autofocus assist lamp on the X-Pro1 is slightly larger và seems to be a tad brighter in the center when compared to lớn the one on the X-E1. However, the lamp placement on the X-E1 is much better – it has been moved khổng lồ the left of the camera, which often works with lens hoods attached. The X-Pro1 is worse in this regard, since its lamp is too cthua lớn the lens, making it more painful khổng lồ focus in low-light conditions. Here is a comparison of the front of both X-Pro1 and X-E1:


My biggest handling complaint on the X-E1 is the tripod mount placement & the fact that the memory card is located in the same place as the battery. This issue is rather annoying because the tripod mount socket is located off the center of the camera cthua thảm to the battery/card compartment, making it painful khổng lồ remove the card or battery while the camera is mounted. I use the Arca-Swiss quichồng release system & using a generic plate keeps the camera way off-center. It would be great if Fuji could move the card slot to lớn the side of the camera, or move the tripod socket away from the battery compartment.

Camera Controls

Let’s now talk about the camera controls. As I have noted in my review of the Fuji X-Pro1, I love sầu the way Fuji implemented controls on the X-Pro1, và the X-E1 is no exception. Aside from the built-in flash, the top layouts on both X-Pro1 and X-E1 are pretty much identical. The programmable Function (Fn) button, along with the On/Off switch + shutter release are located on the top right hvà corner. The large dial is for setting the shutter tốc độ of the camera, with an option to switch khổng lồ Aperture Priority mode (Red A).

The X-Pro1 has a larger dial than the X-E1 and it has a locking mechanism with a button lớn release (the X-E1 does not have one). While the dial shows shutter tốc độ increments in full stops, vì not worry – you can still go in smaller 1/3 stop steps simply by pressing the Left & Right buttons on the baông xã of the camera. This is great because 1/250 is too fast for proper flash sync và 1/125 could be too slow in some situations. So you could just mix 1/250 và move sầu the shutter tốc độ down to lớn 1/200, or phối the dial khổng lồ 1/125 & move sầu it up khổng lồ 1/200 (technically, the sync tốc độ on the X-E1 is 1/180). Lastly, the smaller dial is for exposure compensation – the camera allows +2 lớn -2 adjustments in any of the automatic camera modes. Take a look at the top of the X-E1:

180mm, ISO 200, 50%, f/25.0

If you have used a DSLR before & never touched a rangefinder, you might find yourself looking for a way lớn switch the camera mode from Auto/Program lớn Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority or Manual. Unlượt thích a modern DSLR, there is no camera mode switch. To change the camera to Shutter Priority, you simply rotate the large top dial to the desired shutter tốc độ. To change the camera lớn Aperture Priority, you leave the top shutter dial at “A”, while rotating the aperture ring to lớn an aperture of your choice. To change the camera to Manual Mode, you pichồng whatever aperture you want on the lens and piông chồng whatever shutter tốc độ you want on the camera. Lastly, Program mode can be mix by setting both the top dial on the camera & the dial on the lens lớn “A”. Super simple & very intuitive sầu in my opinion.

X-E1 + XF35mmF1.4 R
35mm, ISO 200, 1/250, f/5.6

Let’s talk about the baông xã button layout and ergonomics. In general, the layout & design of the baông xã of the camera is good, but I vày have a couple of complaints. Here is how the baông chồng looks:

180mm, ISO 200, 1/2, f/25.0

My two main complaints are:

AF focus point is changed by pressing the “AF” button that is inconveniently located to the left bottom of the LCD. I constantly move the AF focus point when shooting, so this button should be elsewhere or should be eliminated (see the next point below). While it is possible lớn move the focus point by pressing the down arrow, I vì chưng not understvà why Fuji did not make all of the bachồng arrow buttons active sầu for this.Why is the up arrow button (to the right of the LCD) dedicated to Macro feature? Again, the arrow navigation buttons should be for changing the AF focus point, just lượt thích on DSLRs. I very much hope Fuji will make such a choice available via a firmware update – it should not be that hard to implement this button change. And if buttons change the focus point, it would be great if the “AF” button could become a programmable function button. This is not possible even with the lakiểm tra 2.00 firmware (at the time the Review was written).
X-E1 + XF14mmF2.8 R
14milimet, ISO 400, 1/trăng tròn, f/5.6

Operating the camera và navigating the menu system is a breeze, except when dealing with some design flaws:

RAW shooting at boosted ISO levels. The same X100 / X-Pro1 problem that never got addressed – why doesn’t Fuji allow shooting RAW at boosted ISO levels such as ISO 100, 12,800 & 25,600?Auto ISO feature does not allow setting minimum shutter speed. Fuji already fixed this on the X-M1, so it is time lớn push this change lớn the X-E1 and X-Pro1 now. Also, why doesn’t the camera allow to lớn use Aukhổng lồ ISO at ISO 6400 và even ISO 12,800? High ISO noise performance is excellent, so the option should be there in my opinion.

LCD Screen

One of the downgrades of the X-E1, when compared to lớn the X-Pro1, is its LCD screen. Instead of the gorgeous 3″ màn hình LCD with 1.2 million dots found on the X-Pro1, the X-E1 sports a smaller 2.8″ LCD screen with just 460K dots. The smaller screen was probably necessary khổng lồ keep the X-E1 physically smaller. To be honest, I really don’t care about the LCD & vì not consider it khổng lồ be an important feature. It is not like you would sit through và playbaông chồng images on the camera anyway – the screen is there to lớn access basic thực đơn functions và pReviews photographs after they are taken. There is a small difference in the way characters are rendered, but it is not lượt thích they are extremely pixelated, lượt thích on some of the really old LCD screens. I think 460K for a 3″ screen is plenty on any camera.

X-E1 + XF60mmF2.4 R Macro
60mm, ISO 200, 1/180, f/2.4

EVF Diopter

The X-E1 comes with a very important feature for those of us that bởi vì not have sầu perfect vision – there is a diopter adjustment to the left of the viewfinder. The X-Pro1 comes with a removable cover that you can remove và replace, but that costs extra & is not convenient if multiple people use the camera. From that standpoint, I really lượt thích the X-E1, because you can adjust the diopter to lớn your needs và change it to lớn a different setting if you are wearing glasses or hvà the camera to lớn someone else.