Fujifilm X-E1 Questions and Answers

September 11, 2012

In this article I want to give some answers to those who debate whether to buy the Fujifilm X-E1 or whether to purchase a Mirrorless Interchangeable lens camera from another vendor. The X-E1 was just announced recently and already people are very excited about it. Whether it’s because it’s Fujifilm’s, the unique sensor design, etc. In fact, I am among those who are a big fans of Fujifilm as a company since the film days. I can be sentimental about Fujifilm cameras, but it doesn’t necessarily means that I will prefer buying the X-E1 over the, let’s say.. the Olympus OM-D E-M5.

There are some open questions that people want to get answers too. The X-E1 looks very attractive and I know that many of you are breaking your head against the wall whether to get it or not. I hope that those answers will help you make a better buying decision, and finally decide whether to purchase the Fujifilm X-E1 or not.


The Fujifilm Costs the same as the Olympus OM-D E-M5, which one should I buy?

I recommend reading by Fujifilm X-E1 vs Olympus E-M5 comparison. This will give you a in-depth understanding about the differences between the two cameras. In general, the Fuji X-E1 is aimed for image quality fanatics, those who really after a top-notch image quality and enjoy the high quality of Fujinon fast prime lenses, which are of the highest quality. Right now Fuji has only one zoom lens, and that’s the 18-55 mm lens, although a great lens, still you might feel that you don’t wanna wait until new lenses arrive in 2013. The E-M5 already have a large selection of lenses. All Micro Four Thirds lenses are compatible with this camera. This certainly give an edge to the E-M5 for now.

Remember, it’s not only about the camera body, but also consider what lenses you want / need to use.


What new XF Lenses can we expect to see on 2012/2013, any roadmap?

XF lens roadmap

As you can see from the above X-mount roadmap image, we expect to see five new lenses in 2012:

  1. 56mm F1.4
  2. 27mm F2.8 pancake
  3. 23mm F1.4
  4. 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 OIS
  5. 10-24mm Super wide zoom F4 OIS

This means two zoom lenses and three fast prime lenses. This will make all of Fujifilm mirrorless cameras more attractive due to the larger selection of lenses. The roadmap is as of June 26, 2012. Specifications are subject to change.


How big is the X-E1 in comparison to  X-Pro1?

The X-E1 is indeed much smaller than the X-E1. Many people complain about the X-Pro1 being too bulky for a mirrorless camera. In fact they quite right. People expect CSC to be relatively smaller than entry-level camera. The ‘C’ in CSC means ‘Compact’ and the X-Pro1 is quite far away from being a compact camera.

X-Pro1 vs X-E1 size comparison

X-Pro1 vs X-E1 size comparison


The image above from camerasize.com gives you a good view of the size difference.


Why Fujifilm decided to use a 2.8-inch LCD and not 3-inch?

From what I’ve read on dpreview 9if I remember right), it was necessary to implement a smaller screen to keep the size of the camera small.  Most people who buy this camera will probably won’t see it as a big problem. In return we get to enjoy a 2360K-dots OLED EVF, which is currently the best on the market. Most people who buy this camera might not be into video, more for the still’s performance.

2.8-inch vs 3-inch LCD size

2.8-inch vs 3-inch LCD size


Does the X-E1 and X-Pro1 use the same mount?

Yes, both camera use the X mount and you can mount any XF lenses on them.


How is X-Trans CMOS sensor different than regular Bayer CMOS Sensor?

X-Trans color filter array

X-Trans color filter array

Fujifilm X-Trans sensor uses the same RBG color filters, but the filters are spread differently in a different kind of array, with higher degree of randomness compare to the repeating pattern of Bayers sensor (2×2 pixel units compare to 6×6 pixel units of the X-E1).

This sensor design eliminates the need for an optical low-pass filter which is use to reduce moiré patterns in images. The optical low pass filter actually doesn’t help to maximize the sensor resolution. when removed, the camera will be able to capture higher resolution images. Fujifilm claims resolution that is on par with full frame cameras. This still yet to be seen though. All in all the new sensor result in higher image resolution, improved S/N ratio. More information on fujifilm.com.


Where can I pre-order the Fujifilm X-E1?

You can pre-order ir from B&H:

X-E1 (Black) + 18-55mm Lens

X-E1 (Silver) + 18-55mm Lens

X-E1 (Black) body only

X-E1 (Silver) Body only


This section will be updated with more answers. If you have questions, please comment them below. Thanks.

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