Fujifilm X-E1

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Fujifilm has announced its second compact system camera of this year, the X-E1. The company calls it a “premium” interchangeable lens camera.

The X-E1 utilizes the same proprietary 16.3 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor and the same X-Mount, but in a body that is 30 percent smaller than the X-Pro1.

The camera will be available in two designs: a two-tone black and silver, and a solid black. Both versions will also ship as kits with the new XF 18-55 mm (27-84 mm equivalent) f/2.8-4 lens.

Availability is slated for November.

Fujifilm contends its X-Trans CMOS sensor is capable of delivering resolution superior to other APS-C sensors, and equal to even some full frame sensors found in popular DSLR cameras.

The X-E1’s unique colour filter array can effectively minimize moiré and false colour without the need for an optical low pass filter. This makes it possible for the camera to maximize its extremely high resolution, and to capture each photograph with accuracy and clarity across the whole image, the company says.

The camera has a high definition, high luminance OLED electronic viewfinder offering a horizontal field of view of 25 degrees.

The camera’s top and front covers are made from die-cast magnesium, with an overall size roughly the same size as the X100, weighing in at 12.35 oz, including a rubber grip.

The X-E1 offers Fujifilm’s film simulation modes to simulate the distinctive colour palates of conventional photo film. These include Velvia, ASTIA, and PROVIA, as well as two additional settings based on professional colour negative films, PRO Neg.Std and PRO Neg.Hi.

The X-E1 supports shooting Full HD movies (1920 x 1080) at 24 fps. In addition, you can now use monochrome or film simulation modes when video recording.

There’s an external microphone input.

Other features: ISO 100 – 25600; in-camera RAW converter; multiple exposure and panoramic shooting modes; and auto bracketing (AE/ISO/DR and FS).

Two new lenses

The Fujinon XF lens lineup has two new additions, the XF 14 mm (21 mm equivalent) f/2.8 single focal length lens and the XF 18-55 mm (27-84 mm) f/2.8-4 lens.

The company says the 18-55 is a perfect fit for the new X-E1, able to deliver what it terms super-fast focusing speeds. The linear motor in the lens combines with the high-speed signal readout of the X-Trans CMOS sensor and the EXR Processor Pro to achieve a huge leap in AF speed and precision performance, says Fujifilm. Contrast Detection in the X-E1 brings the subject into sharp focus in as little as 0.1 seconds.

The all-glass lens structure consists of 14 elements in 10 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses and an extra low dispersion element, as well as a seven-blade rounded diaphragm.

The lens also features OIS to provide image stabilization equivalent to 4 stops, controlling the effect of camera shake.

The XF 14 mm lens is said to deliver exceptional resolution from edge to edge. The new lens consists of 10 elements in 7 groups, including 2 aspheric and 3 extra low dispersion elements, and a seven-blade rounded diaphragm.

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