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Fujifilm X-E1 (no lens included)

16-megapixel compact system camera (Black/Silver)

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Our take on the Fujifilm X-E1 (no lens included)

Fujifilm tapped in to a powerful place in the global shutterbug psyche when they introduced their "X" series of retro-influenced cameras in 2011. This entry, the 16-megapixel interchangeable-lens Fujifilm X-E1, stays firmly in that well-established design aesthetic, while offering some new technological features that make this camera even more of a value than its predecessors.

The design beckons

Fujifilm tapped in to a powerful place in the global shutterbug psyche when they introduced their "X" series of retro-influenced cameras in 2011. This entry, the 16-megapixel interchangeable-lens Fujifilm X-E1, stays firmly in that well-established design aesthetic, while offering some new technological features that make this camera even more of a value than its predecessors.

Image quality and the resolution to evaluate it

The XE-1 is still using a "rangefinder" body style, similar to Fujifilm's other X-Series cameras, and it hosts a well-regarded APS-C "X-Trans" sensor. What that means for you is that the camera is primed to generate exceptional image quality. The on-board OLED electronic viewfinder features an ultra-high resolution 2.36-million dots, so you'll be able to evaluate that image quality in the field in real time. Should you wish show others what you've captured, a 460K-dot LCD display stands ready on the camera body's back.

The Fujifilm XE-1 hybrid digital camera

The Fujifilm XE-1 has classic styling and cutting-edge features (lens shown is not included)

Ready when you are

Got just enough time to grab the camera for your son's first attempt at diving into the water? The X-E1 has a quick start mode that gets you ready to shoot in less than a second. A wide sensitivity range (ISO) makes this camera a perfect choice when you only have the light that's available, and when you need a little extra support, there's an on-board flash standing by.

Video chops and lens choice

Full 1080p HD video is standard, of course, and stereo audio gives your recordings a realistic sense of space. An external microphone input means you can add a specialized microphone, like a clip-on lavalier or a shotgun mic, for better, more intelligible sound in your next feature production. And though this particular body-only configuration doesn't include a lens, the family of Fujifilm X-mount lenses is growing regularly, with two new ones announced at the same time this camera was released.

Product Highlights:

  • 16.3-megapixel effective recording
  • APS-C size X-Trans CMOS image sensor (23.6 X 15.6 mm) for minimal moiré and aliasing while maintaining high resolution
  • Fujifilm X-Mount compatible with Fujifilm XF lenses
  • high-def movie mode: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 1280 x 720 pixels (24 frames/sec.) with stereo sound
    • Individual movies cannot exceed 29 minutes in length
  • electronic OLED viewfinder with built-in diopter features ultra-high 2.36-million dot resolution
  • 2.8" LCD screen (460,000 dot resolution)
  • high-speed contrast autofocus
  • 6 frames-per-second full-resolution still capture
  • hot shoe for optional Fujifilm EF-20 or EF-42 flashes
  • threaded shutter button compatible with mechanical shutter release cables
  • durable, lightweight magnesium alloy body
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Exposure Modes and Controls:
  • continuous shooting mode: selectable 3 or 6 frames per second
  • shutter speed range: 30-1/4,000 seconds, bulb (up to 60 minutes), control is lockable
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 100-25,600
  • program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, and manual exposure modes
  • auto exposure, film simulation, dynamic range and ISO sensitivity bracketing (up to 3 frames for each)
File Formats and Storage:
  • image storage modes: JPEG, RAW, and RAW+JPEG
  • top JPEG/RAW resolution (pixels): 4,896 x 3,264 (3:2); 4,896 x 2,760 (16:9)
  • H.264 MOV movie files up to 1920 x 1080 resolution at 24 frames per second with stereo sound
  • uses optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
Connections and Dimensions:
  • high-speed USB interface
  • mini HDMI output (cable not included)
  • 5-7/16"W x 3"H x 1-15/16"D
  • weight (including battery and memory card): 12.3 oz.
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable NP-W126 lithium ion battery
  • battery charger BC-W126
  • shoulder strap
  • USB cable
  • software CD-ROM
  • body cap
  • manual

What's in the Box:

  • Silver/black X-E1 camera body only (with body cap installed)
  • NP-W126 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.2V/1260mAh)
  • BC-W126 Battery charger (8.4V/0.6A)
  • 81" AC cord
  • 39" USB cable (with Type A USB on one end and a Mini-B 2.0 USB on the other end)
  • Adjustable neck strap
  • 2 Metal strap clips
  • Clip attaching tool
  • 2 Protective covers
  • Finepix CD (software and owner's manual on CD-ROM)
  • Owner's Manual (English)
  • Owner's Manual (Spanish)
  • Product Registration
  • Company contact sheet (Stop--Need Help or Have Questions?)
  • Fujifilm Digital Camera Worldwide Network
  • Precautions for Use sheet

Featured Video:

If you need to get a very powerful light weight camera Fuji xe1 should be your camera from novice to professional photographers.

Rick, New York


Fujifilm X-E1 (no lens included) Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(2 Reviews)

Great camera for the price

Rick from New York on 3/5/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

If you need to get a very powerful light weight camera Fuji xe1 should be your camera from novice to professional photographers.

Pros: Light weight Very capable of outstanding photos

Cons: The screen is small and somewhat low resolution

Scratch & Dent Fuji XE1

JohnD from Irvine CA on 7/2/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Product came as advertised in original box w/accessories. So far working fine. Good price. Was surprised it had black tape covering up model & name but all was well after removed.

Pros: Came as advertised and at a good price

Cons: Shipping to a bit longer than expected, but may be summer


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 2.8"
Adjustable-angle LCD No
Wi-Fi No
Touchscreen No
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled No
Lens 35mm Equivalent N/A
Optical Zoom N/A
Digital Zoom N/A
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Mini
Internal Memory None
Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Sensor Size 23.6 x 15.6 CMOS
Megapixels 16.3
Image Stabilization Optical
Highest Resolution 4896 x 3264
4K Video No
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080/24p
Width (inches) 5-7/16
Height (inches) 3
Depth (inches) 1-7/8
Weight With Battery (ounces) 12.3
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Inputs and Outputs Notes
Supplied Software


Overview: The retro-looking Fujifilm X-E1 is an interchangeable lens digital camera. It has the new X lens mount, and is compatible with the new XF Fujinon fast aperture prime lenses. This "body only" package does not include any lenses.

Compatible Lenses: The X-E1 is compatible with the following XF Fujinon prime lenses: XF14mm F2.8R, XF18mm F2 R, XF35mm F1.4 R, and XF60mm F2.4 R Macro. These lenses offer precise control over depth-of-field and excellent out-of-focus bokeh, due to the design of the molded aperture diaphragm blades. Also, the X-E1 is compatible with the XF18-55mm F2.8-4.0 zoom lens, and the M Mount Adapter that allows you to use a wide variety of M-mount lenses from Leica, Voigtlander, Carl Zeiss, and Ricoh.

2.8" LCD Monitor: The X-E1 has a 2.8" color LCD monitor featuring approximately 460,000 dots and approximately 100% horizontal and vertical coverage in the shooting mode. When shooting, you can choose from a standard display, a detailed display, or a custom display which allows you to select from up to 15 items to display in the monitor.

0.5" OLED Viewfinder: The camera is equipped with a 0.5" Organic LED (OLED) viewfinder with 2,360,000 dots. The viewfinder has a diopter correction dial that allows you to adjust the strength of the viewfinder in accordance with your eyesight.

Image Sensor/Processor: The X-E1 features a 23.6mm x 15.6mm APS-C format, X-Trans CMOS image sensor with 16.3-million effective square pixels. This is the same sensor used in Fujifilm's X-series flagship X-Pro1 digital camera. The camera uses ultrasonic vibration to clean the image sensor. In the menu, you can select sensor cleaning when the camera is switched on, switched off, or on command.

Recording Media: Still images and movies can be recorded onto optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards. No memory cards are included with the camera.

Still Image Quality: The X-E1 records still images in JPEG format in 3:2, 16:9, and 1:1 aspect ratios in three sizes and two compression ratios (Fine or Normal). In addition, RAW images can be recorded from the raw, uncompressed image data from the camera's image sensor. RAW format images must be processed on a computer using the supplied RAW File Converter application software. You can also shoot a RAW + JPEG image at the same time, with separate RAW and JPEG files recorded and stored.

3:2 Image Sizes 16:9 Image Sizes 1:1 Image Sizes
L: 4896 x 3624
M: 3456 x 2304
S: 2496 x 1664
L: 4896 x 2760
M: 3456 x 1944
S: 2496 x 1408
L: 3264 x 3264
M: 2304 x 2304
S: 1664 x 1664

HD Movies: The X-E1 can record Full HD movies in MOV format (H.264 standard) at 24 frames per second with stereo sound. Available frames sizes are 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) and 1280 x 720 (HD). The maximum movie length is 29 minutes.

Panorama: The camera is capable of taking panoramic images by panning the camera through one of two angle settings. As you pan the camera, multiple frames are recorded and automatically stitched together in the camera to create the panoramic image. The Panorama options are:

  • Panorama M:
    • Horizontal: 5120 x 1440 (7.3M)
    • Vertical: 2160 x 5120 (11.1M)
  • Panorama L:
    • Horizontal: 7680 x 1440 (11.1M)
    • Vertical: 2160 x 7680 (16.6M)

Shooting Modes: The Fujifilm X-E1 lets you set the shutter speed and aperture automatically or manually. The shutter speed and aperture settings combine for four shooting modes:

Shooting Mode Shutter Speed¹ Aperture²
Program AE Automatic Automatic
Shutter Priority Manual Automatic
Aperture Priority Automatic Manual
Manual Manual Manual
  • ¹ Shutter Speed Options: Auto, 1/4000, 1/2000, 1/1000, 1/500, 1/250, 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1, Time (selectable 2 to 30 sec), Bulb

  • ² Aperture Options: Depends upon the attached XF lens: XF18mm (F2.0 to F16), XF35mm (F1.4 to F16), XF60mm (F2.4 to F22) XF14mm (F2.8 to F22), XF18-55mm (F2.8/F4 to F22)

ISO Sensitivity: You can manually set the camera's sensitivity to ISO 200 to 6400 in 1/3EV increments. Extended settings are equivalent to ISO100 (Low), ISO12800 (High) or ISO25600 (High). You can also choose an Auto ISO setting with maximum settings of 400, 800, 1600, 3200, or 6400. The Auto settings will adjust the sensitivity settings according to the shooting conditions. The higher the sensitivity setting, the better the camera is at reducing blur in poor lighting conditions, however, high settings can result in more noise in the recorded images.

White Balance: White balance is used to preserve natural colors under different types of lighting. You can select Auto, Direct Sunlight, Shade, "Daylight" fluorescent lamps, "Warm White" fluorescent lamps, "Cool White" fluorescent lamps, Incandescent light and Underwater (requires waterproof case). In addition, you can measure for a white balance value or display and select from a list of color temperatures.

Film Simulation: The X-E1 can simulate the effects of different kinds of film, including black-and-white. You can select one of the following options:

  • Provia/Standard: standard color reproduction
  • Velvia/Vivid: a high-contrast palette of saturated colors, suited for nature photos
  • Astia/Soft: a soft-toned palette of less-saturated colors
  • Pro Negative Std: a soft-toned palette. The range of hues available for skin tones is enhanced; a good choice for studio portraits.
  • Pro Negative Hi: offers slightly more contrast than Pro Negative Std, making it ideal for outdoor portraits.
  • Monochrome: standard black-and-white
  • Monochrome + Y Filter: black-and-white pictures with slightly increased contrast; tones down the brightness of the sky
  • Monochrome + R Filter: black-and-white picture with increased contrast; also tones down the brightness of the sky
  • Monochrome + G Filter: softens skin tones in black-and-white photos
  • Sepia: takes pictures in sepia tone

Color Space: Depending upon how you intend to use the image, you can choose the output color space at the general sRGB setting or the broader color rendition of Adobe RGB (for commercial printing).

Exposure Compensation: Using the dedicated Exposure Compensation dial on the top of the camera, you can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure a total of 13 steps from -2.0 to +2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps. Exposure compensation is available in all shooting modes except Manual.

Bracketing: You can take a series of photos with varying settings for each picture. Bracketing options include:

  • AE: Each time the shutter is pressed, the camera will take three shots up to about 6 fps, one using the metered value for exposure, the second overexposed by the selected amount, and the third underexposed by the same amount.
  • ISO: Each time the shutter is pressed, the camera will take three shots, one using the current sensitivity setting, the second with the sensitivity raised, and the third with the sensitivity lowered.
  • Film Simulation: Each time the shutter is released, the camera takes one shot and processes it to create copies with the film simulation settings selected.
  • Dynamic Range: Each time the shutter is pressed, the camera will take three shots up to about 6 fps, each with different dynamic ranges: 100% for the first, 200% for the second, and 400% for the third.

Continuous Shooting: You can capture motion in a series of pictures using the Continuous Shooting mode. The camera can take pictures at 3 frames per second or 6 fps. Focus and exposure are determined by the first frame, and the flash is turned off automatically.

Multiple Exposures: You can create a photograph that combines two exposures.

Self-timer: The camera gives you the choice of a 10-second or 2-second self timer. The 10 second self timer is recommended for self portraits, while the 2-second self timer is used to reduce blur caused by the camera moving when the shutter button is pressed.

Remote Release: The X-E1 has a 2.5mm sub-minijack connection for adding the optional RR-80 Remote Release. The RR-80 can be used to take photos when the camera is on a tripod or for long time-exposures. In addition, a standard cable release can be used when attached into the threaded receptacle on the shutter release button.

Focus Modes: The camera lets you choose how the camera focuses. You can select Single AF, Continuous AF, or Manual Focus using the focus ring on the attached lens.

Flash Modes: The X-E1 has a built-in pop-up flash. Optional flash units can also be used for additional lighting at night or indoors under low light. Red-eye removal minimizes the "red-eye" effect, and is available for each flash mode. You can choose from the following flash modes:

  • Auto: flash fires automatically as required by the shooting conditions
  • Forced Flash: flash will fire whenever a picture is taken
  • Slow Synchro: auto flash combined with slow shutter speeds (tripod recommended)
  • 2nd Curtain Sync: the flash fires immediately before the shutter closes
  • Commander: the built-in flash can be used to control optional remote flash units

Light Metering: The X-E1 uses 256-segment, TTL (through-the-lens) metering, where the camera automatically assesses the scene and selects the optimum exposure. You can select from three metering options: Multi, Spot, or Average.

Viewing Images: Images can be played back one-at-a-time or in a variety of multi-frame views. Multi-frame options include a 5-frame cascading display (two previous and two following frames cascaded behind the highlighted image), a side-by-side two-frame display (with smaller thumbnails of the previous and next frames, 9-image grid (3 x 3) and a 100-image grid (10 x 10) of micro-thumbnails. In the 9- and 100-image grid views, the highlighted image is slightly enlarged.

Image Search: The Image Search function lets you search pictures by the following criteria:

  • Date: Search for photos by date
  • Face: Search for photos that include faces
  • Favorites: Search for photos by rating
  • Type: You can easily search your pictures according to the type of photos: still photos, pictures taken in burst mode, or movie footage.
  • Upload Mark: Search for pictures selected for upload to a specified destination.

Playback Zoom/Cropping: You can enlarge a still image in the monitor according to the image quality (size). After you have zoomed in and scrolled the picture to the desired composition, you can create a cropped image of a picture. Copies will have an aspect ratio of 3:2, and will be saved as a separate file.

Resize: To create a small copy of a picture, you can select "Resize" from the menu. The new images vary in size with the original image.

Slide Show: You can view pictures in an automated slide show. You can select normal playback, normal playback that zooms in on faces, or multiple pictures at once.

Printing Pictures: Using DPOF (Digital Print Order Form), you can designate which images to print, and whether to print them with or without date. Pictures can be printed as followed:

  • Printer or Photo Lab: plug the camera into a Pictbridge-compatible printer, insert the memory card into a compatible printer, or take the memory card to a digital photo lab
  • Transferring to Computer: transfer the images to a computer before printing them

Power Requirements: The X-E1 is powered by the supplied NP-W126 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. A fully-charged NP-W126 is good for approximately 350 shots. The supplied BC-W126 battery charger will charge an NP-W126 battery in about 150 minutes.

Auto Power Off Function: When the camera is operated on battery power, the Auto Power Off function will automatically turn off the camera to reduce the drain on the batteries if no operations are performed for 2 minutes or 5 minutes, as set in the menu. Regardless of the option selected, the camera will not automatically turn off when connected to a printer or computer, or when a slide show is in progress.

X-E1 Accessories: In addition to the above-mentioned XF lenses, the following accessories are compatible with the X-E1:

  • HG-XE1 Grip
  • EF-20, EF-42, and EF-X20 Shoe Mount Flash Units
  • BLC-XE1 Leather Case
  • NP-W126 Spare Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
  • BC-W126 Battery Charger
  • RR-80 Remote Release

Inputs and Outputs Notes

USB: The X-E1 features a Mini-B 2.0 USB port for connecting the supplied USB cable. This output allows you to download your photos to your computer via USB, or connect the camera to a compatible PictBridge printer.

HDMI: The camera has a mini-HDMI (Type C) output for connecting the camera to your HDTV. An optional mini-HDMI to HDMI cable (such as the 119HDMICAM) is required.

Microphone In/Remote Release: A 2.5mm sub-minijack is provided for connecting an external microphone with a 2.5mm plug. You can also use the jack for connecting the RR-80 Remote Release.

Supplied Software

System Requirements: The X-E1 is equipped with MyFinePix Studio Version 4.0 for Windows and FinePix Viewer Version 3.6 for Macintosh. In order to use this software, your computer must have one of the following operating systems:

  • MyFinePix Studio (Windows): Windows 7 (Service Pack 1), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows XP (SP3)
  • FinePix Viewer (Macintosh): Mac OS X Version 10.5 - 10.6 (OS X Ver.10.7 and later not supported)

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