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Fujifilm X-E1: Image Quality

The X-E1 uses the same 256-zone

metering system as the X-Pro1, providing Multi, Spot and Average

metering modes. With Multi metering selected, the X-E1 delivers

well-exposed shots in almost every situation. Occasionally a dab of

positive exposure compensation is required, however given that the EV

exposure dial falls within easy reach it’s pretty easy to apply.
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The

X-E1 benefits from two expanded dynamic range settings, which are

referred to as DR200 and DR400. The aim of these two settings is to

retain highlight information, which can be an issue when shooting

high-contrast scenes. Working with both JPEGs and Raw files, shooting in

DR200 does see the X-E1’s base ISO increase to ISO 400, while ISO 800

will be your base ISO if shooting in DR400, however the results are

impressive, with considerable highlight detail retained.

Automatic

white balance is consistent in both natural and artificial light,

producing neutral, pleasingly saturated results throughout the ISO

range. With a nod to Fuijfilm’s 35mm film stock heritage, the X-E1 offer

a range of Film Simulation modes that can be called upon to provide a

slightly different look to your images, with Velvia, Provia, Astia, Pro

Neg.Std, Pro Neg.Hi. With the aid of the bracketing tool it’s also

possible to bracket three different Film Simulation effects for each

image so that you can choose which you prefer afterwards.
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As

with the X-Pro1 before it, the sharpness and level of detail delivered

by the X-E1 is nothing short of spectacular. The unique colour pattern

array of the X-E1’s proprietary X-Trans CMOS sensor has allowed Fuji to

remove the anti-aliasing filter which, in turn, allows the X-E1 to

capture a level of detail that surpasses other APS-C based cameras with a

similar resolution. 

Comparing Raw files side-by-side with JPEG

images we were surprised to find that they’re both fairly evenly

matched when it comes to detail at base ISOs, although the Raw file

still has the edge here. As sensitivity is increased, Raw files appear

to have more ‘bite’, with JPEG files becoming progressively smoother due

to the in-camera noise reduction. Overall though, the X-E1’s JPEG

processing is very pleasing.
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Fujifilm X-E1: Verdict

While

it might be tempting to think of the X-E1 as a stripped back X-Pro1,

that does it something of a disservice in that the X-E1 is a great

camera in its own right. Gifted with the same premium grade construction

and finish, the X-E1 feels more refined and balanced than it’s more

expensive sibling. While some may lament the removal of the hybrid

viewfinder found in the X-Pro1, the truth is that the X-E1’s sharper,

crisper EVF more than makes up for this, though the rear screen remains,

at 2.8in and 460k-dots, somewhat underpowered for a camera of this

price. Our only other issue is the autofocus performance and while this

has certainly been improved from the X-Pro1, it’s still not as fast or

as responsive as what’s offered by other CSCs. These issues aside, and

the X-E1 is a joy to shoot with. By far the biggest selling point of the

X-E1, however, is its sensor. The quality of the results and the detail

rendered is excellent, delivering images that are some of, if not the

best we’ve seen from an APS-C sized sensor.

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  • Value 8
  • Design & Features 8
  • Image Quality 10
  • Build Quality 10