Fujifilm grows X-series mirrorless lineup with 16.3-megapixel X-E1
By Zach Honig posted Sep 6th 2012 1:00AM
Fujifilm grows Xseries mirrorless lineup with 163megapixel XE1
Didn’t jump at the chance to own a Fujifilm X-Pro1? Considering the camera’s relatively massive footprint and $1,700 body-only price tag, we can hardly blame you. Fortunately, things are looking up for the company’s high-end X-series of mirrorless cameras — a new model just stepped into town. The X-E1 features the same 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor as the much pricier X-Pro1, but in a body that’s 30 percent smaller. Better yet, this latest flavor, which will ship in two-tone black and silver or solid black “classic designs,” will carry a body-only retail price of $1,000. A cool grand will buy you an interchangeable lens camera with a sensor that, according to Fujifilm, is “capable of delivering resolution that is superior to other APS-C sensors, and equal to even some full frame sensors found in popular DSLR cameras.” (Sayonara, Canon EOS-1D X.)
Like its larger sibling, the X-E1 ditches the low-pass filter typically found in DSLRs in favor of a color filter array, which serves to minimize moire while yielding more accurate colors. A 2.36-million-dot OLED EVF is included for eye-level framing, or you can use the 2.8-inch 460k-dot LCD. The camera boasts a sensitivity range of ISO 100-25,600, packs a pop-up flash, it can capture 1080/24p video and includes a microphone input so you can add external audio sources. The camera is compatible with M lenses using an optional M Mount Adapter, or you can take advantage of Fujifilm’s current selection of three X-mount primes. There will also be two new lenses launching alongside the X-E1 in November, including an XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 and a 14mm f/2.8 prime, priced at $900 and $700, respectively — you can save $500 by snagging that first lens in a kit with the camera for $1,400. Head past the break for the full PR.