Fujifilm has introduced a new camera under their X Series of advanced digicams. Called the X-E1, this new cam takes a lot of the good stuff from the X-Pro1 mirrorless camera that the company released earlier this year, and packed it into a smaller cam with a cheaper price tag.
Like the X-Pro1, the E-X1 will feature the same 16.3-megapixel APS-C sensor, processor, and lens support – essentially giving you the same mirrorless package – but in a smaller body. The smaller body sports the same design cues as well, with the metal panels and faux-leather that you usually get from retro-styled compacts. The control layout is also identical, featuring a dedicated shutter speed dial and exposure compensation dial on top.
There are a few compromises with the smaller frame, of course. The X-E1 rocks a smaller 460k-dot 2.8-inch LCD at the back for previews, compared to the 3-inch, 1.4M-dot screen on the X-Pro1. This cam also replaces the hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder with an OLED one, although it should still be pretty good with a 2.36 million-dot resolution. While this new cam keeps the hotshoe up top, it also adds a pop-up flash for people who don’t feel the need to attach a dedicated one.
Being the newer cam has its advantages though. Fujifilm installed a new autofocus system on the E-X1 that should deliver faster autofocus performance compared with the X-Pro1. The company did release a firmware update (2.0) for the X-Pro1 that’s designed to improve AF and read/write performance though.
Other features include 1080p recording at 24p, an auto ISO range of 200-6400 (it tops out at ISO 25,600), RAW shooting, and a battery that’s listed to be good for 350 shots.
The X-E1 will be sold in a kit that includes the new XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 lens in November for $1,400, or $999 without the lens.