The beauty and the beast! Petapixel X-E1 review


Now also petapixel (click here) tested the new X-E1. No doubt, great image quality. Great ISO performance. But also some quirks. For example the autofocus and the EVF.

Autofocus: The new update brought faster autofocus. And in good light conditions autofocus is decently fast and accurate: But “While shooting fast moving objects may still be a challenge, the autofocus will do the job in most everyday situations... Step into a dimly-lit environment, and the camera becomes a bit less predictable. It will be obedient to your focusing wishes most of the time, but sometimes it’s unable to get a lock on things you’d expect it to focus on. This doesn’t happen very often, but it’s frustrating when it does.”

EVF: Most of the time you won’t miss the OVF. But in darker settings the EVF starts becoming laggy and blurred.

The Eye Sensor: “If you set your “View Mode” to “Eye Sensor”, the camera defaults to the LCD screen but switches over to the EVF when it senses your face up against the camera. When you pull the camera away from your head, it quickly switches back.The quirk is that this handoff doesn’t happen during the image review period after you snap a shot. For DSLR users who are accustomed to “chimping,” you’ll find that you can’t.
Verdict: The most beautiful camera on the market, a true joy to use. It’s a a “fine DSLR replacement for everyday photography. Just make sure you can live with the slightly slower AF and the lack of an OVF. If you’re sure you can, then go out and buy this camera — it’s worth every penny.”
  • Obvian

    People sometimes refer to things that are awesome as ‘a beast’. So that title is a positive either way in my opinion. :P

    • patrick


  • Milan

    So in good light it’s a fine camera to use, but in low light… But then, in good light any camera performs well. This is a camera that should perform especially good in low light (the actual pictures in low light are great), but there is when it becomes hard to use.

    Could using a normal bayer sensor fix these problems? Easier demosaicing = faster readout/interpretation of the image = faster AF and faster refresh rate in EVF.

    Is moiré suppression worth the trade-off? (And even then, it comes at the expense of resolution, same as using an AA filter on a bayer sensor).

    • MJr

      Fuji concentrates on Photographic qualities and sometimes that means it is a little behind with the techy stuff like the EVF, CD-AF, and internal hardware that controls it, despite many other unique innovations. Sony comes from making dvd players and tv’s so, it’s what they do, but then their photographic qualities are only so-so.

      The viewfinder only needs 2.36MP so it probably uses some kind of draft sensor readout, which would make the demosaicing irrelevant i guess, because that only matters in the fine detail of the full 16MP. And not even a desktop computer could process 16MP image data at 60+fps.

      For the full image there’s only a resolution trade-off when the decoding software (like Adobe) doesn’t understand it. When done properly it is at the very least the same, but with benefits like pattern-less noise which is similar to film grain, so much less distracting than the bayer-pattern. The less there is between lens and sensor the better, right.

  • D. Shawn

    I have an X-e1 and read one review about how the EVF simulates the exposure you will get.. but I don’t know how. My EVF looks fine no matter how over or under exposed I set the camera. Anyone know?

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