Strategies in creating mirrorless cameras on the market, in fact, only three: immediately launch a compact, technological and affordable camera if your company is called Sony , release a simplified model and then develop them if you are Nikon and probably Canon or create a powerful but extremely expensive flagship and then think about cheapening technology. Fujifilm has clearly taken the third way. The X-Pro1 in the classic rangefinder style was favorably received by photographers and critics alike, but its price left little room for market share. The X-E1, a simplified junior model, should rectify this situation.
X-E1 16.3MP – 2.8″ new
The unique Hybrid Multi Viewfinder has been rearranged: instead of the optical-electronic system, the X-E1 has a purely electronic viewfinder. True, the most advanced on the market, with a 2.36 million OLED matrix. pixels. At the same time, the main display was reduced to 2.8 inches at 460K resolution. pixels. It is difficult to assess whether there is a real saving – the designers have focused more on reducing the size of the device – but all the other “system” compacts, including miniature, and low-cost models are equipped with three-inch diagonal displays. Instead engineers reduced and lightened the camera body X-Pro1 was probably the largest mirrorless camera on the market and equipped it with a built-in flash amateurs are too attached to this element of design and get upset when it is missing in the camera .
It should be noted that the original style of Fujifilm’s X-series did not suffer. Like its predecessors, it looks like a classic piece of film. Charismatic analog dials for shutter speed and exposure compensation were left on the top panel. And the lenses, even the new ones, hint at the romanticism of the second half of the last century, even though they’re made with the latest technology.
In purely photographic terms, it differs very little from the X-Pro1. Same sensor, processor, continuous shooting at up to 6 fps and Full HD movies at 24 fps, proprietary film simulation modes. Improvement of the software component improved the focus and overall responsiveness of the device. But the main quality of perhaps all Fujifilm X-cameras has been fully preserved. If you appreciate the classic style, the familiar “analog” controls and the feel that used to come with film technology, the X-E1 is sure to please you a lot. And unlike the older model, it would not break the budget as much.