With all the mirrorless cameras in the market and with Canon joining in as well, Fujifilm looks to up its ante and comes up with Fuji X-E1. To me, Fuji X-Pro1 is currently the best mirrorless camera, based purely on the images it produces. The price of X-Pro1 however still deter many to getting it. Pictures are great but photographers are still not satisfied with its slow AF, me being one of them. The latest firmware update (2.0) of X-Pro1 will address some of these issues.
Supposed if you are in the market looking for a new camera, perhaps you might want to wait a little while for X-E1. Fuji X-E1 practically retains most of what X-Pro1 promises (using the same sensor) yet at a lower price and with few pleasant upgrades. The OVF is gone (not a biggie for me, probably for most people as well) but EVF has improved. AF has a huge improvement over the current X-Pro1 (before firmware update) as well as X100.
Here’s a video I found in the youtube of how the performance of X-E1 autofocus with its 60mm lens. Major improvements.
Previously in my blog, I mentioned Fuji X-Pro1 is possibly the best travelling camera but with introduction of Fuji X-E1, that claim no longer applies. X-E1 is lighter and significantly smaller. With its pancake lens (18mm f2) as shown in the picture above (note: all images taken from google), you can put the camera in your bag and carry it everywhere, everyday. Furthermore, the option of external mic is another pleasant “upgrade” especially for folks who likes to take video while travelling. Another plus is the in-built flash, although I prefer natural light, but if you were to shoot (w/o flash) with X-pro1 at low light situation (night), it gets very frustrating with the slow AF (even with high iso) so the in-built flash unit in X-E1 will come in very handy on those odd (dark) occassion.
Lastly, it is going to be price reasonably. Much cheaper than X-Pro1 and at the range of most mirrorless camera. In my opinion, it is a winner, yes, even over Fuji X-Pro1.