Fujifilm launches X-E1
Our testers have raved about it's big brother, the X-Pro1, so we're excited to see Fuji finally announce the arrival of the much rumoured second X Series interchangable-lens camera, the Fujifilm X-E1. The camera allegedly offers the same image quality as 35mm full frame D-SLR sensors, at a more affordable price than the revered X-Pro1.
The X-E1 boasts the same 16 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor as the X-Pro1, packed into a smaller body, and a new OLED electronic viewfinder and built-in flash. The Fujinon XF lens X mount is also the same as that of its predecessor, so the X-E1 is compatible with the three existing XF lenses available, with two more arriving this year and five further additions planned for 2013.
Fuji have stayed true to their retro style with a two-tone Silver for those looking for cool retro look, and solid Black for photographers wishing to blend in with their surroundings.
Fujifilm X-E1 key features list:
*16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor
*EXR Processor Pro
*Fujifilm X mount (For Fujinon XF lenses)
*Extra high resolution 2.36 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder
*2.8-inch (460K dot) LCD (High contrast, High Brightness and Wide viewing angle)
*Built-in pop-up Flash (hotshoe attachment also available for external flash)
*ISO 200 – 6400, extended ISO 100, 12800, 25600 (range of ISO400-6400 when using ISO Auto)
*0.05 sec Shutter time lag
*Q (quick) button to shooting menu settings
*In-camera RAW converter
*Film simulation modes (Velvia, Astia, Provia, Monochrome, Sepia, PRO Neg Std & PRO Neg Hi)
*Artistic features inc. Multiple exposure & Panoramic shooting
*Auto Bracketing functions (AE/ISO/DR &FS)
*Full HD Movie
*Microphone/shutter release input (2.5mm)
*Approx. 350 shots per battery charge
In addition to the exciting announcement of the X-E1, Fuji has also announced a new lens and firmware update.
The XF lens:
The compact Fujinon "XF18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS" lens is the first short zoom lens in the Fujinon XF range.
This short zoom lens covers a range of frequently-used focal lengths from 18mm wide-angle to 55mm telephoto. The lens structure consists of 14 elements in 10 groups, including three aspheric and one extra low dispersion elements, and a seven-blade rounded diaphragm.
The linear motor-driven system is said to deliver high-speed autofocus performance of 0.1 seconds to capture those perfect photo opportunities. Silent operation is also said to make the lens suitable for video recording.
Existing users of the X-Pro1 and X-E1 are encouraged to update the firmware of their camera bodies when using these lenses for the first time.
The firmware will be supplied by SD card (bundled in Lens Box) or can be downloaded from ‘Support’ on the Fujifilm Global website. Please go to the following URL for details. Both firmware updates are said to be available soon from fujifilm.com
Firmware update version 2.00 for X-Pro1:
The latest firmware updates for the X-Pro1 should see improvements to the camera’s shooting abilities, such as improved performance of autofocus, improved manual focus performance, improved writing speed/processing speed and Auto (6400) has been added to the ISO setting.
The firmware update will become available on 18 September 2012 and can be downloaded here.
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