The Fujifilm X-E1 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera has finally been officially announced. The X-E1 can be said as a cheaper and compact version of the X-Pro1. The X-E1 is 30 percent smaller as compared to the X-Pro1 and weighs around 350 grams. The build quality is excellent. The top and front covers are made up of magnesium alloy. The body is not weather proof. The upcoming camera is equipped with the same excellent 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor.
Instead of the innovative hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder, the X-E1 comes with a 2.36 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder. The X-E1 sports a slightly smaller 2.8 inch screen with lower resolution and 460k dots. The snapper features a 0.05 second shutter lag, 0.5 second quick start and 6 frames per second shooting rate. The autofocus system is at 49 points whereas the ISO sensibility varies within a range from 100 to ISO 25600 offering bright image full of light. Fujifilm has installed a new autofocus system on the E-X1 to deliver a faster autofocus speed. The company has also introduced a contrast peak searching system for an improved AF technology. It allows focusing in low-light environments in more efficient manner.
The new cam comes with a pop-up flash, so there is no need to attach a dedicated one. The snapper supports RAW format and enables making rapid-fire shots at a speed of up to 6 frames per second. Not only snaps, the X-E1 also allows recording high definition videos (1080i at 24p) with stereo sound. Fujifilm X-E1 will be available in all-black, and two-tone silver and black color options. It has been priced $1,000 without the XF18-55mm f2.8-4 zoom lens. With the lens kit, the snapper costs around $1,400. The camera is expected to start shipping this November.
Video of Fuji X-E1 Hands-on preview from youtube: