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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.
Fuji X-E1 sample image
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.
Fuji X-E1 sample image 1
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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Score in detail

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

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