Fuji X-E1 review

A smaller and sleeker Fuji X-Pro1... what's not to like?

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Fuji X-E1 with the Sony NEX-7, Fuji X-Pro1, Panasonic GH3 and Olympus OM-D.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Fuji X E1 review

These results show that the Fuji X-E1's JPEG files have the strongest signal to noise ratio of all the cameras tested here, with the exception of the Panasonic GH3 at ISO 200. The Fuji X-Pro1 is the next strongest performer here, followed by the Olympus OM-D and Sony NEX-7.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Fuji X E1 review

The signal to noise ratios of the TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Fuji X-E1 don't compare quite as well for signal to noise ratio as the JPEGs did, coming behind the Olympus OM-D at all sensitivities and below the Panasonic GH3 at ISO 200 and 400. The Fuji X-E1 beats the Panasonic at higher sensitivities though, and beats the Sony NEX-7 and Fuji X-Pro1.

JPEG dynamic range

Fuji X E1 review

JPEG results for the Fuji X-E1 show strong dynamic range, just ahead of the Olympus OM-D, Fuji X-Pro1 and Sony NEX-7. The Panasonic GH3 has much lower dynamic range at low and middling sensitivities, but overtakes the X-E1 at ISO 6400 and beyond.

Raw dynamic range

Fuji X E1 review

This chart indicates that TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Fuji X-E1 show weaker dynamic range than the JPEG images, compared with the other cameras. The Olympus OM-D comes out top, followed by the X-E1, then the Sony NEX-7, Fuji X-Pro1 and Panasonic GH3.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera Body Only
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16.3 Megapixel
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameFujifilm
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Live View, Orientation Sensor, External Flash Shoe, Face Detection
Screen Size7.1 cm (2.8")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)300 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH, WEEE
Image Sensor Size23.60 mm x 15.60 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4896 x 3264
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height74.9 mm
Width129 mm
Depth38.3 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerFuji Photo Film Co. Ltd
Product ModelX-E1
Product NameX-E1 Mirrorless Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberP10NC09250A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.fujifilm.co.uk
Marketing Information

The X-E1 combines the same 16 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor as the highly acclaimed Fujifilm X-Pro1, with a smaller body, and a new premium OLED electronic viewfinder.

Package Contents
  • X-E1 Mirrorless Camera
  • Li-ion Battery NP-W126
  • Battery Charger BC-W126
  • Shoulder Strap
  • USB Cable
  • Body Cap
  • Metal Strap Clip
  • Protective Cover
  • Clip Attaching Tool
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Owner's Manual
Limited Warranty1 Year