Fujifilm X-E1

Fujifilm X-E1 front

Fujifilm X-E1 summary

Fujifilm X-E1 is FujiFilm's Entry-Level Mirrorless digital camera originally announced on February of 2013. The camera has a 16MP, CMOS X-TRANS I APS-C sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4896 x 3264.

FujiFilm brought out the updated Fujifilm X-E2 (Read Full Comparison) as a way to update this model.

The Fujifilm X-E1 is ranked #78 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & over all #362 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. You should test our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your custom requirements.

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Below is a diagram of different factors used in the rating system.

Fujifilm X-E1 history

The Fujifilm X-E1 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the detailed range underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
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Fujifilm X-E1 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of positives and negatives of the Fujifilm X-E1 based on features which are oftentimes considered useful in a digital camera.

above average minimum ISO (100)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
does have HDMI socket
does have mic socket
flash built-in
has manual focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
screen size is good (2.8 inch)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports RAW files
swap lenses (Fujifilm X mount)
doesn't have headphone socket
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
does not have image stabilization
does not posses selfie friendly screen
max fps low (6.0 fps)
screen has low resolution (460 k dots)
screen is fixed
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Fujifilm X-E1 Sensor specifications

The Fujifilm X-E1 houses the EXR Pro chip. The sensor measurement on the Fujifilm X-E1 is 23.6mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 368 mm² sensor can capture 4896 x 3264 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS X-TRANS I sensor has 16 megapixels and has a standard ISO range of 100 to 6400. This ISO can be expanded digitally to a high of 25600. RAW photos are saved which means that the user has wider margin for error.

The image underneath illustrates the Fujifilm X-E1's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The Fujifilm X-E1 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is displayed in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Fujifilm X-E1 dimensions

Fujifilm X-E1 weighs in at 0.77 lbs (350g or 12.35 ounces) & the volume of the camera is 129mm x 75mm x 38mm (5.1" x 3.0" x 1.5"). The weight of typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329g and the Fujifilm X-E1 is very much the same in comparison with its rivals.

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Underneath is a image of the Fujifilm X-E1 next to a soda to help you to get a sense of its scale.

Fujifilm X-E1 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will provide the button arrangement on the Fujifilm X-E1.

Fujifilm X-E1 topview buttons dials

Fujifilm X-E1 Lens specifications

The Fujifilm X-E1 uses the Fujifilm X mount and has 72 lenses currently available. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the Fujifilm X-E1.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Fujifilm-XF-16-80mm-F4-R-OIS-WR lensFujifilm XF 16-80mm F4 R OIS WR16-80mmf/4 440g
7artisans-35mm-F2-Fujifilm-X lens7artisans 35mm F235mmf/2320g
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Fujifilm-XF-35mm-F2-R-WR lensFujifilm XF 35mm F2 R WR35mmf/2 170g
Fujifilm-XF-80mm-F2.8-R-LM-OIS-WR-Macro lensFujifilm XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro80mmf/2.8 750g
Fujifilm-XF-18mm-F1.4-R-LM-WR lensFujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR18mmf/1.4 370g
Fujifilm-XF-56mm-F1.2-R-APD lensFujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD56mmf/1.2 405g
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Fujifilm-XC-50-230mm-F4.5-6.7-OIS lensFujifilm XC 50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS50-230mmf/4.5-6.7 375g
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Fujifilm X-E1 Connectivity

The Fujifilm X-E1 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that have NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to transfer files and usually adjust settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

Many applications even enable a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external display. Most cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Fujifilm X-E1 Video specifications

The max video quality on the Fujifilm X-E1 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in H.264 file format. 1080p quality gives you an excellent balance for video quality versus file sizes but 1080p isn't going to give you any room to crop. Although the camera offers a mic jack, it is unfortunately missing a headphone jack which means that you won't be able to keep an eye on your audio levels.

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Fujifilm X-E1 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing for the Fujifilm X-E1 so you need to be careful in wet and dusty conditions.

Fujifilm X-E1 Screen and Viewfinder

The Fujifilm X-E1 has a 2.8" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 460k dots.

Please note that the screen has no touch support.

Fujifilm X-E1 screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

The ViewFinder specifications for Fujifilm X-E1 are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 2,360k dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.62x

Viewfinders can be rather helpful for sunny outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera screen washed out and hard to see.

Fujifilm X-E1 Shutter specifications

Fujifilm X-E1 continuous shooting rate is 6.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Fujifilm X-E1 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Fujifilm X-E1 features both in-built flash together with external flash support. The maximum flash sync is 1/180 seconds.

Fujifilm X-E1 Autofocus specifications

Fujifilm X-E1 features just Contrast Detect Auto Focus & is missing Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier and precise in comparison with Contrast Detect focusing.

Fujifilm X-E1 boasts manual focus when needed for low light occasions or you want more accurate control on focus.

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Fujifilm X-E1 Battery life

The battery pack (W126) for the Fujifilm X-E1 is made to last for 350 photographs according to the CIPA measurements which is comparable with it's rivals. The usual Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 has the maximum (750) battery life for this type of cameras.

Underneath is a listing of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras which have the best battery life:

Fujifilm X-E1 for different kinds of photography

The following chart gives a rundown of the Fujifilm X-E1 for different kinds of photography. To look at more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Fujifilm X-E1

The Fujifilm X-E1 gets a points tally of 74 which is very good, meaning that it is a fine fit for portraits. Photographing portraits leans heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW photos together with the option to work with external lighting.

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manual focus
resolution is good (16MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW formats

Fujifilm X-E1 Street photography factors

Getting a above average points total of 66, the Fujifilm X-E1 is a good option to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization

Fujifilm X-E1 as a Sports photography camera

A decent sports photography points tally of 49 indicates the Fujifilm X-E1 is relatively adequate for shooting sports. A camera really should have fantastic focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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megapixel count decent (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
slow continuous shooting (6.0 fps)
no image stabilization
does not have phase detect auto focus

Fujifilm X-E1 Travel photography highlights

Weight is really crucial when selecting a camera for travel. All round, the Fujifilm X-E1 gets a nice 65 as a travelling camera which is a respectable option to take on your journeys.

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good megapixels (16MP)
flash built-in
lack of Timelapse recording
does not have a selfie friendly display

Fujifilm X-E1 Landscape photography factors

For anybody planning to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the biggest factor will be image quality. The Fujifilm X-E1 and it's nice grade of 69 as a landscape camera is a good pick among its rivals.

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manual focus
change lenses (Fujifilm X mount)
screen size is good (2.8")
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
no Time Lapse recording

Fujifilm X-E1 Vlogging highlights

A camera for vlogging really should have a articulating display, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Fujifilm X-E1 is simply not very good for vlogging as it receives a bad score of 32.

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video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has microphone port
display is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization

Fujifilm X-E1 Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the Fujifilm X-E1, here is a number of the highest placed cameras that fall into the category of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The line chart followed below provides you a bird's eye view of the Fujifilm X-E1 versus it's top ranked competitors listed previously.

There are a bunch of cameras you may take into account as alternate options. To browse through a extensive comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Fujifilm X-E1
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Physical type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
23.6 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4896 x 3264
RAW data
Maximum native ISO
Maximum enhanced ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Cross focus points
Lens mounting type
Fujifilm X
Available lenses
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
2.8 inch
Screen resolution
460k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Screen technology
TFT color LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
2,360k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Continuous shutter rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear-curtain
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (24 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
350g (0.77 lbs)
129 x 75 x 38mm (5.1" x 3.0" x 1.5")
Battery life
350 photographs
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
Card slots
Cost at release