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conclusion:We like it

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With the X-E1 Fuji brings its retro-rangefinder style to a new interchangeable-lens system, and, as Photography Blog puts it, succeeds in "offering the same outstanding image quality and impeccable handling" as Fuji's more expensive X-Pro 1. Gizmodo concurs, saying "Fuji might mimic retro rangefinders, but the results looks damn good, so it's hard to complain." However, Gizmodo also points out that this is a camera that is best for "purist photographers who want high image quality over versatility," and that "this isn't a camera for video, for in-camera effects, wi-fi, or scene modes," given its "mediocre autofocus, crappy video mode, and weird RAW noise patterns." But if you're prepared to do a little work, you'll be rewarded with images that Photography Blog calls "fantastic."

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Critic reviews

8.2
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    9.0
  • Video quality
    5.5
  • Battery life
    7.3
  • Design and form factor
    8.1
  • Durability
    7.0
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    7.4
  • Ease of use
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9.0
4 reviews
8.0
PC Mag Feb 7, 2013

The Fujifilm X-E1 is a solid mirrorless camera with an innovative image sensor, but it doesn't quite have the chops to unseat the Olympus OM-D E-M5 as our Editors' Choice.

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8.0
Digital Photography Review Feb 27, 2013

Fujifilm's recent improvements to focusing, both manual and automatic, make a real difference to performance, the built-in EVF is excellent, and the enthusiast-friendly ergonomics are addictive. The only serious issue is the camera's video mode, which is sub-par compared to the competition.

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8.0
CNET Aug 7, 2013

It's not a general-purpose recommendable camera thanks to subpar video and slightly sluggish performance, but for photo-quality-first photographers who want the analog-ish shooting experience, the Fujifilm X-E1 rules in its price range.

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7.0
Gizmodo Nov 29, 2012

This isn't a camera for video, for in-camera effects, wi-fi, or scene modes. It's for unadulterated photography, with fantastic image quality and control.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Nov 16, 2012

It's the final quality of the X-E1's shots that elevate it to such high standards - assuming the so-so autofocus and battery life, small screen size and electronic-only viewfinder are manageable considerations.

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8.0
CNET Asia Nov 30, 2012

Overall, we think that the X-E1 will appeal to those who've been holding off buying the company's flagship mirrorless ILC due to its high price, as well as to serious enthusiasts who appreciate the mix of retro styling and manual controls.

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9.0
TechRadar Sep 6, 2012

Overall, the Fuji X-E1 is an extremely interesting proposition that we can see being incredibly successful. Combining the fantastic technology of the Fuji X-Pro1 with a more consumer-friendly price and a smaller, more streamlined CSC body will surely appeal to a wide range of people.

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9.0
Camera Labs Mar 26, 2013

In the same way that Olympus has re-stoked enthusiasm for traditional SLR design with the OM-D E-M5, with this latest X Series model Fujifilm stands poised to do the same thing for the classic rangefinder. It's a beautifully designed and engineered camera that's a pleasure to use.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Nov 28, 2012

Gifted with the same premium grade construction and finish, the X-E1 feels more refined and balanced than it’s more expensive sibling ... 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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8.0
Digital Versus Dec 11, 2012

On picture quality, the Fuji X-E1 is a reference for other interchangeable lens compacts to aspire to...But with its autofocus issues, a video mode that's not quite up to current market standards and its rather particular handling, the X-E1 won't suit everyone.

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8.0
T3 Jan 2, 2013

Whilst not quite as outwardly gorgeous as the X-Pro1, the X-E1 comes close, offering a more accessible option all round if you've the cash to stump up.

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9.0
ePHOTOzine Nov 23, 2012

If you have the money, then the X-E1 is an excellent camera, and the lenses available are excellent, particularly the primes.

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9.0
Photography Blog Nov 12, 2012

Smaller, lighter and significantly cheaper than the X-Pro1, whilst offering the same outstanding and image quality and impeccable handling, there's certainly an awful lot to like about the new Fujifilm X-E1.

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First Looks

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Imaging Resource Sep 6, 2012

Overall I was pretty pleased with the quality feel and good heft of the Fujifilm X-E1: It's substantial without seeming too bulky... If image quality remains high, the X-E1 looks like another potential winner for Fujifilm.

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9.0
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The X-Pro 1 has been highly rated and, in my opinion, the X-E is the better all-round package. It has everything you find on the X-Pro except the bright-line optical viewfinder. But the new 2.4Mp EVF is superb and, frankly, it is an improvement to have just one viewfinder that does the job so...

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10
Dandiccf Dandiccf

I have been testing this gorgeous camera a couple of days now and I am more than impressed by image quality. I would say, best in class and beyond. Fine details up to the level of SLRs with a much higher pixel count. ease of use. Set the aperture with the left hand, check dof, white balance and...

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9.0
Vili Vili

I wanted to move from dSLR to something smaller, but wasn't ready to sacrifice the functionality and image quality.I'm so impressed with dynamic range, sharpness and image quality... I can't get the smile off of my face, for weeks :) This is one beautiful and joyful camera.

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