30
Oct
2012

X-E1… “for everyone who celebrates photography”! digitalliving review

image courtesy: Fujifilm (X-E1 sample images)

In the jungle of reviews of the new X-E1 (there is really much interest around this camera), sometimes there are really good ones. And here it is another one, made by the the Swiss digitalliving.ch (click here). It’s in German. If you have good command of this language, just jump to the review on their website (click here). Otherwise here is a short summary and translation (I think my translations are better than the google ones… but I’m open for critics ;-) ), and then look at the test pictures on digitalliving.ch. The question here is:

 Is the X-E1 (click here) the little sister of the X-Pro1 (click here) or the biggest rival?

 As the reviews of luminouslandscape and stevehuffpost, also this one is really enthusiastic about the X-E1.

ISO

PROS: ISO is very very good. You can shoot acceptable images with ISO 6400, so that you don’t need a flash at twilight.

CONS: If you use the ISO-automatic, you cannot adjust the shutter speed. And if you let the camera adjust automatically the ISO, the X-E1 chooses a too slow shutter speed and that causes often blurred images. But Fuji could solve this problem with a firmware update, so that the ISO-automatic could benefit of the big potential of this camera. In the past, many aspects that photographers criticised on the X-PRO1 had been solved from Fuji by firmware updates (faster autofocus, for example). The tester is sure that Fuji will also work on the ISO-automatic problem.

The body

PROS: A lot easier than the X-Pro1, and the camera feels easy also with the 35mm lens on it. The tester suggest to change the ordinary and simple strap of this camera with the much more comfortable and nice Street Strap (click here), or maybe this Joby 3-camera Way strap (click here) (for further information about how comfortable this strap really is, read the phoblograher post here).

CONS: /

The EVF and Display

PROS: The electronic viewfinder is very good and rich in contrast, with a high image frequency. There is no hybrid viewfinder, and so the camera competes with the Sony Nex-series (click here) and the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (click here). The X-E1 is cheaper and easier than the X-PRO1 also because of the renunciation of a hybrid finder. The addition of a diopter in the EVF is a really nice feature.

CONS: A flippable display would be a nice feature. No hybrid viewfinder like on the X-PRO1.

The X-Trans-Sensor and RAW

PROS: We have talked a lot about this sensor, and digitalliving confirms: the sensor beats rest of the APS-C competitors. A beautiful “analogue” colour reproduction. The quality is the same as the X-PRO1: simply great! The new technology reproduces better colours and prevents also the Moiré pattern (click here for more. This effect happens for example when you take images of geometrical patterns, like sometimes on clothes).

CONS: As we know (click here), there is a lack of software-support for RAW-files of the X-Trans sensor.

Image quality of JPEGs

PROS: The digitalliving tester says, that once you have seen the jpegs that this camera shoots, then the RAW-problem seems immediately much smaller. He says you have to use all the superlatives you have to describe them: fantastic, incredible…”.

CONS: /

Handling and Menu interface

PROS: The camera is really easy to handle, if you know the basic correlation between ISO, shutter and aperture (the exposure triangle… click here). The camera can adjust these settings automatically. The tester says, that this kind of adjustment, using the wheels, brings back that joy in photography, that the digital era has taken away from us. There is a dedicated button “Q” that once pressed, shows you the 16 most important functions on the display. The camera puts the most used function automatically on the FN-button, so that you can access there immediately. All in all, a very good handling and interface makes this camera easy to use.

CONS: The 16 most important menu functions do not include the film-function. You have to jump to the second page of the menu. But, if you want, you can “sacrifice” the FN-button for the video-function. Would you?

Autofocus

PROS: As on the X-PRO1, also the autofocus of the X-E1 isn’t the fastest, but there was an improvement and now it is fast enough for the normal use. So, it’s not the fastest, but once the camera focuses, pictures are very very sharp.

CONS: Not that good for action and sport photography.

Film

PROS: The camera films in Full-HD with 24 fps . There is a stereo-microphone and a microphone jack (no jack on X-PRO1)

CONS: Most of the other cameras of this price range have 30 fps. But sure, film is not priority in this camera.

The flash

PROS: A nice feature of this camera is that you can use the build-in pop-up flash to control your studio flashlight-system.

CONS: Well, it’s a built-in flash, don’t expect it to illuminate a whole room!

Verdict

All in all, the X-E1 beats the X-Pro1 in every aspect, apart from the hybrid viewfinder. Cheaper, easier, and same image quality. This camera is for everyone “who celebrates photography”, but not for sport-photographers. It’s fun to shoot pictures with this camera, easy to use, and apart some little things, this camera satisfies every wish.

that’s all folks!

PS.: for those lucky ones that already have or tested the X-E1… add your own PROS and CONS in the comments!

  • Kev

    I own the X pro 1, I’ve tried the X-E1
    borrowed a NEX7 and got a hands on with the NEX6

    Personally, I like my xpro1 abit more
    Form factor and handling
    X-E1 just feels abit small in my hands

    Yes the EVF has higher resolution
    but the xpro1 isn’t far behind, to me they function at the same level
    I haven’t gotten a worse experience compared to the X-E1
    But there is still a con within both the EVF of the xpro and the XE
    They both have a lower refresh rate compared to the OLED of the NEX series. Now those are great EVFs. But no, I don’t like the handling of those cameras.

    Firmware updates, sure Auto Focus speed updates are good for the rest, but not for me, because I only use manual glass
    I’m just want to know when Fuji is willing to implement peaking mode.
    Cause it will make my shooting experience even more enjoyable.
    (Even the next Leica M has it).

    • Peter

      About the peaking mode: Fuji with their hybrid OVF are in the unique position of (theoretically) being able to offer peaking within the *optical* viewfinder since they could superimpose the peaking lines just like the exposure info, histogram etc., i.e. no need to use the EVF or display for manual focusing or checking if the AF hit the right spot via OVF without chimping. They are so missing out on a great usability improvement here.

      Fuji, please add this feature to the firmware of all X series cameras!!!

      • Markdphotoguy

        This isn’t a full substitute for peaking but I’ve been using this trick since I got the X-Pro 1 and now with the 3x mag this works even better.
        It helps to watch the edges of your subject whether it be the curve of an iris when doing a portrait or any diagonal line. I sometimes tilt my cam 45deg, do the MF watching for aliasing and then recompose and shoot. It’s not peaking but it speeds up MF to the point with practice I can shoot my 2 year old son running around.
        Here is a YouTube video where I described the trick in detail concentrating on moire but mentioning aliasing as well.
        http://youtu.be/Cz4VUhh8ALk

  • J-F

    interessant thx you

  • http://www.streetphotographix.com Paul

    I tried the X-E1 for a day, side by side with the Olympus OM-D.
    The X-E1 is BEAUTIFUL, but it is obvious, using both the OM-D and the X-E1, that EVF state of the art is still in its infancy. It has improved, but is still not ideal for street photography. The article mentions the camera isn’t useful for sports or action photography…. well you can add street photography, documentary and photojournalist photography to that list.
    I think maybe in the next 12 months EVF technology may improve to the point that it is usable in all fields, but right now both the Fuji and the Olympus viewfinder images have issues with panning, but the real killer is they both pause for one second when you half-press to lock on, and that can and will lose the ability to catch the critical moment.
    I will wait until EVF viewfinder state of the art reaches usable levels for my requirements…. otherwise the Fuji X-E1 is BEAUTIFUL.

    • Rich

      I think I’d have to disagree with excluding photojournalistic and certainly documentary photography. The only real weakness of EVFs currently is slight lag, which is only really perceptible in panning (i.e. sports) and critical timing. While it might be better to have an OVF for these purposes, an EVF certainly doesn’t rule these activities out!

      Just my two pence.

  • Jake

    “the sensor downgrades the APS-C “… Something seems wrong with this translation.

    • http://www.streetphotographix.com Paul

      Rich, it’s not the pan lag I’m talking about, it’s the one full second EVF freeze that happens every time you half-press the shutter button in anticipation of that critical moment. When you’ve actually used it in anger (English expression, don’t translate literally) you will understand that you will keep missing critical moments because the EVF keeps freezing at exactly the moment you don’t want it to. Not just the Fuji, but also the Olympus.
      The “lag” from panning is not critical, just annoying.
      The total one second freeze every time you touch the shutter button renders the cameras fitted with these EVF systems useless for the photographing of critical and unrepeatable moments, such as in street photography and journalism.

  • Obvian

    Cant wait to get my x-e1 in a couple weeks…

    • http://www.hanggodo.com Hansen

      I noticed the lag too. I wonder if it is because it was a pre production model since the X Pro 1 doesn’t have that problem. Needless to say, I cancelled my X-E1 preorder and got the X Pro 1 instead, but it is not because of the evf lag. It was simply because the optical viewfinder is that much better. Fuji is currently running a promotion for the X Pro 1 for $2000 with the 35mm included. so it is only $400 more than the X-E1 + 35mm combo.

    • Rich

      Paul, thanks for clarification. I was not aware that the freeze was for so long. I shall certainly give the X-E1 a good test when it arrives in the UK before I decide whether to spend my hard earned money on it. It certainly makes the X Pro look a lot more appealing!

  • paul thomas

    “The total one second freeze every time you touch the shutter button renders the cameras fitted with these EVF systems useless for the photographing of critical and unrepeatable moments, such as in street photography and journalism.”

    Solution keep your other eye open.

  • http://www.streetphotographix.com Paul

    Paul Thomas… I do :-)

    However…. it’s not the lack of vision, please understand, from somebody who has tested this thoroughly, that during the one second freeze THE CAMERA CANNOT TAKE A SHOT. It is a FREEZE…. that means the camera is blocked from doing anything… so, if my other eye kindly informs me that the critical moment has arrived, I can push the shutter button all I want and nothing will happen until the freeze has passed,
    Then, to add insult to injury, if I don’t press the button all the way down after the unlock, using just a half-press, I then have to wait another full second before the next freeze passes so I can make a perfect job of totally missing the shot.
    Please read this and understand it. It applies to the Olympus and to the Fuji.

    • paul thomas

      Hmmm Nightmare seems like the XE 1 is a step back from the evf of the X100 which does n’t freeze at all on a half press.

      First I wanted the Xpro 1 but then found out that the OVF is a step back from the X100 being darker and smaller, so I was swade towards the XE 1 and now I find out about this! Hopefully its a bug and will be corrected in a future firmware by the time Ive saved up for either one and then finally make my mind up.

  • http://www.streetphotographix.com Paul

    This isn’t a bug that can be fixed by firmware. It’s current state of the art in the technology being developed. It’s improving, but still has a way to go. Firmware won’t fix this issue, but hopefully future generations of the EFV system will fix it, and will bring the EVF for all manufacturers much closer to an SLR type experience. They’re doing well, but there’s still a way to go. Don’t buy this camera thinking the bug will be fixed by firmware sooner or later, because it won’t. Great camera for general photography, but if your needs fall into the previously mentioned, demanding categories, then this is not the camera for you.

  • http://jenno.co.uk Adam

    I for one love this camera, I’ve only had it 3 days now and it feels part of me, light useable and totally mind blowing image quality. Yea the autofocus sucks in low light, but you adapt so quickly, anticipating the shot and waiting for that special moment.

    Coming from DSLR systems, this camera has been so refreshing, everything is available at your finger tips, no more setting buttons to your most used again and again and trying to remember what you set them to! Aperture on the Lens, Shutter on a dial on top and exposure comp just to the right, do you need anymore?

    My advice if anyone is sitting on the fence is go for it, if you don’t like it you normally have 14 Days to return it ;).

    • Chad

      Paul,

      I believe you might be mistaken here, regarding the inability to fix with a firmware upgrade.

      The lag was originally present in the Fuji X100 – I know this because I also hated it and it was one of the main reasons I sold the camera. I’ve been told that a firmware upgrade addressed this issue and there is now little to no lag.

      The same lag on half press was apparent on the X-Pro when it launched – kept me away purchase – but users now report that with version 2.0, the lag has been corrected – same as on the X100.

  • Lee

    One full second freeze???
    Are you really sure you were testing a working X-E1? Were the lens having the v2.0 firmware? I don’t think I need to remind you that the first thing to do after buying a XF lens is to update the firmware coz there is huge difference between v1.0 and v2.0.
    So far I didn’t see anyone mention this ONE FULL SECOND FREEZE. You could check the online video reviews or AF tests. I also ask my friends who bought XE1 already and they have not encounter this problem yet.

    • http://www.streetphotographix.com Paul

      2.1 firmware, very latest, and with the owner of the shop who came with me and kindly provided the X-E1 and OM-D, and who confirmed the findings.
      It would appear that people don’t always “see” what they don’t want to see, and they are often the same people who say the photographer must adapt to the camera, or some other reason why the buyer must simply accept faults and keep quiet about them.
      I repeat, the camera is fantastic, beautiful, and as long as the buyer’s requirements don’t fall with the demanding types of photography mentioned above, then it will serve them well and they will get a lot of enjoyment out of it.
      I have the X100, the X-Pro 1, Canon 7D, Canon 5D Mk3, and a load of other cameras. I am a freelance press photographer, and have been for over 35 years, and by now I tend to be able to evaluate a camera’s capacity to do what I need it to do in under 30 seconds. Either it can, or it can’t.
      You can see some of my street shots taken with Fuji cameras at streetphotographix.com

  • Lee

    So you think we all ignore it JUST because we don’t want see it. But the thing is, I am still waiting for more reviews and for the moment this problem remains unmentioned as you can see in the web. My friend did a quick test this noon and he didn’t find anything like this one second freeze. There is a short freeze after taking a picture but that’s obviously not what you are talking about.

    One second freeze (not the AF part) after a half press is awful. It basically makes XE1 totally useless.

    I respect your way of evaluating a camera for 30 seconds . You must really understand cameras, good for you!

  • Tom

    I have an X100 and don’t observe a 1 second “freeze”. The auto focus takes time to lock on however, and this differs from shot to shot. Interestingly when I pan using the EVF after a half shutter press, the VF lag all but goes away.

  • TomR

    It would be great to see a video of this one second freeze. One second is a long time.

    Looking at the auto focus video that exists on the web – I personally cant see anything like one second. Maybe the view on the screen is slightly jerky, but it is hard to tell.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7G6s1K4JX2g

  • http://www.francoisarnould.com Francois

    I’ve had the X-E1 + 35mm for a few days now and haven’t experienced this “full 1 sec” freeze at all. I’m coming from a D800 and fast pro glass, and of course it’s slower (something’s got to give), but it’s not that bad.
    I tried again just now, that “full 1 sec” shutter lag wasn’t something I didn’t see, but no, I’m happy to say my X-E1 with 35mm (latest firmware) is snappy, and the only kind of lag there is is when the camera is focusing. There is seriously NO lag: half press, it focuses and instantly (or after a tiny fraction of a second perhaps) you can take your shot. Then yes, it is slower than a DSLR and even than the OM-D (from what I remember from trying it in store, don’t take my word for it), but seriously nothing dramatic. It is still fast enough for most situations, in my humble opinion. Definitely not a deal breaker, unless you think you can use it for fast action shots (which would then be hit and miss).
    The EVF lag when panning is there, but mostly in low light.I personally don’t do much panning. Who does, apart from sports (esp race) photogs and car fans? I think most of us, when taking a picture, just aim, focus, recompose and shoot. Now with a moving subject, it would need to be a very fast moving one in order to make you pan 180° ;-)
    All in all it’s a fantastic camera. I don’t miss my DSLR yet. It’s liberating, such a fantastic IQ in such a small package. It doesn’t replace a DSLR for some pro’s who need super fast AF, but for most other uses, it’s perfect.
    There’s a trade off for the compactness and splendid IQ, and it’s slightly slower AF. I can live with that.

    • http://www.streetphotographix.com Paul

      Francois,

      I quote you:

      “unless you think you can use it for fast action shots (which would then be hit and miss)”.

      If you read my postings that is EXACTLY what I said.

      I have said, many times, and very clearly, that for general use that does not involve fast moving targets, such as street photography, photojournalism, sports etc the camera is super and fantastic and beautiful.

      However, you have just clearly confirmed, in your opinion, that it won’t be entirely suitable for fast action shots. The review at the top of this page confirms the same. Kai at DigitalRev confirms the same.

      We all seem to be saying the same thing, but people seem only to see the words they want to see :-)

      There is a freeze. It’s NOT shutter lag. It is a freeze in the EVF when the shutter button is half pressed, regardless of whether or not you go on to complete the shot, and you can clearly see that freeze in the video that somebody has posted above. However, the freeze is slightly longer in the EVF than it is on the LCD for some reason. Either way, when you half press that shutter button just to lock on to focus, you lose the camera for about 1 second until it unfreezes.

      This is NOT shutter lag, because it happens even if you don’t fully release the shutter. It happens for the entire period that the camera takes to lock on to focus, and with the 60mm lens, which is famous for struggling to focus, that freeze can sometimes go on for 3 or 4 seconds or more while the 60mm macro hunts its target.

      I repeat, for those who have not read some of my words, or who are only reading the latest posts without taking into consideration the entire thread, this is a BEAUTIFUL camera, but the EVF freeze issue makes it unsuitable for street photography, sports photography, or, Francois, as YOU have confirmed, fast action photography.

      My findings are similar to those of the original review at the top of this thread. Lovely camera, and if I didn’t do fast action photography (street) I would buy one now. However, as I said in an earlier post, I will wait until EVF technology takes another step forward. it’s getting good, and for most people it’s great now… but for fast action photography it still has a way to go.

      • http://www.francoisarnould.com Francois

        Now I understand and I think we are talking about the same thing indeed! :-)
        The “freeze” you are referring to is not really a “freeze” as the screen is not frozen (ie not moving), but if I understand well you are referring to the time it takes the camera to acquire focus, and during which one cannot take a picture, hence the confusion. In that case, yes there is some “freeze”, but I wouldn’t call it that, since straight after the camera has acquired focus you can take the picture without any freezing. And yes, for action photography that is indeed a problem as every time it takes half a second to focus (and sometimes up to a second like you said, esp in worse conditions).
        I think we can agree :-)
        Note that in my tests refocusing on the same point or a point very close is quicker than refocusing further away or closer to you, but it is not as quick as on a DSLR where it would be instant. Still, good enough for most applications really!
        Looking forward to the zooms actually, they should make AF much faster and the whole system potentially more suited to action photography – but I don’t think it could ever beat a DSLR in that respect.

        • Lee

          So actually you were talking about that slow AF problem visualized on the EVF.
          Dude, that’s not what “FREEZE” usually means when it comes to cameras! Seriously!

          And don’t count on others to fully follow your idea when you can’t describe it clearly.

          I shoot street photo too and that’s what I love, and I don’t like the fact that both XPro1 and XE1 are not fast enough speaking of AF, so I am still waiting here.

  • hexx

    Quite frankly if Fujifilm UK wasn’t running promo in October ‘Buy X-Pro1 and any lens and get another for FREE’ I would buy X-E1. But for the same money (body and two lenses) it was a tough decision. I bought X-Pro1 and have had it for 4 days and I’m glad I bought it. OVF is OVF, I use it a lot on my X100 and I use it a lot on X-Pro1. Also I realised that handling it better suits my larger hands, I do find X100 sometimes too small and my understanding is that X-E1 is about the same size.

    I believe that both cameras are brilliant but both are aimed at 2 different groups of photographers (there’s a reason why there are 2 models on the market with different features, built quality and £400 price difference but both offer the same image quality – Fuji isn’t stupid)

    • Lee

      The above was my reply to Paul.

      • Lee

        Damn, I mean the other one…Sorry

        • http://www.streetphotographix.com Paul

          Hi Lee….. such confusion is a sure symptom of using Fuji for too long ;-)

    • Gaffman

      I have an X-E1 and might be able to shed some light on this.

      What Paul refers to has nothing to do with focus at all, because it behaves exactly the same in manual focus mode too.

      Its most noticeable when panning (and it doesn’t matter if you’re using the EVF or Rear LCD, same phenomenon occurs). Start panning with the camera, half press the shutter, there is a defined “jump”… its as if you were watching a video with a panning motion and a small portion of the pan was removed.

      How this will effect your shooting is up to the individual and the subject matter but there can be no doubt the X-E1 behaves this way. Don’t ask me to measure the lag. Get into a store and judge for yourself.

      I suspect its tied to the way the camera keeps the lens wide open until you half press the shutter, when it then stops down, which also explains why there is the same EVF break when you let go of a half press (as the camera opens the aperture back up again)

      Great camera, love mine :)

  • http://www.streetphotographix.com Paul

    Hi Gaffman, thanks for that input. I was able to use the camera with various lenses for 5 or 6 hours walking in the rain in Verona, and I was able to compare it to the OM-D. However, you have had more time with the camera and have been able to understand more why it does this. I was only able to ascertain that it did it. I did also notice that the longer the lens, the longer the pause… I tried the 60 macro for a few moments and it was immediately apparent to me that it caused an even longer freeze, but it has a reputation for being a desperately slow lens.
    The X-E1 is beautiful, as sexy as its name suggests, but…. just like the OM-D I tried at the same time, it is fairly obvious that EVF technology is not yet ready for fast action, sports or street photography. I think we may see an improvement on this EVF problem, as many camera manufacturers seem to be investing heavily in the concept, and when it comes right then EVF only cameras may well come close to the immediacy offered by SLR and OVF cameras.
    EVF cameras, in my opinion, are not yet ready for street photography, but they’re getting closer.
    If I didn’t do reportage, documentary and street photography I would buy an X-E1. Maybe by the time the X-ER (Sexier) comes out EVF technology will be usable for my requirements.
    streetphotographix.com

  • Joohan

    Since many do Street photography with manual lenses (Leica) I can assure you that the x-pro 1 and problably XE-1 works well with that style. Zone focus, prefocus use the manual mode with the AEL-button focusing and you will be happy :-) Though I must say that the OVF is nice to have when needed.

  • Scott

    That one video the lens was set too F 22 and shutter speeds of a 1/4 and longer had the view finder blacked out end of story?

  • Ahmed

    Hi All
    I have been looking for all the reviews for the X-E1 which is really interesting camera for everyone eager for small camera size, superb IQ and ISO performance, thanks to Paul also who mentioned the 1 sec freeze that everyone now is talking about in this thread … In the first moment I really didn’t notice anything about this issue but when I watched all the autofocus videos for the X-E1, I can see the issue clearly , The camera freezes for one second or more a little bit on the 60 mm macro after you half press the shutter and after the camera focuses (after you see the green triangle that confirms the focus has been grabbed) , see this video on youtube

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKkHJwAocpE&feature=related

    You will see the camera is jumping after grabbing the focus to focus on the other object , there is no smoothness in the movement (the video is showing this on the LCD screen not on the EVF but I can imagine the EVF is doing the same but I cannot confirm), If this is the same thing everyone is talking about right now on this thread, then this is a real problem that must be fixed by Fuji in a firmware , I don’t think this is an EVF technology problem as it also on the LCD screen which means all the camera is freezes including the EVF, so either there is firmware update that should solve this focusing issue or the camera processor is really not capable of handling the load which something I suspect .. there may be another reason for this problem ..I don’t know what are the firmware version of the lens used on the posted video .. if it is the latest or not and also if the camera is set on Macro mode or not , as I understood from previous videos for this lens 60mm macro , if the camera is set on macro mode and the focus distance is large then the camera will haunt for focus on this 60 mm lens , we need someone who has XE-1 to confirm if this is a lens firmware problem which is solved or minimized on the newer firmware or the macro setting is set to on the camera while talking large distance focus … or this is an issue with all the lenses … which will be something bad .. I think the best test for this is to out two objects as on the video and align them vertically to the camera and grab the focus on object and quickly move the camera to the second object to see if the camera jumps or not .. Thanks for you all

  • http://www.streetphotographix.com Paul

    Ahmed,
    I have used the X-E1 with the 18mm, the 35mm and the 60mm lenses, all with 2.01 firmware, the latest.
    The issue is with the EVF.
    Some of those videos appear to be videos of the LCD on the back of the camera.
    The LCD shows the phenomena, but the freeze is far longer and more pronounced when viewing the EVF. View through the EVF shows a longer freeze than is seen on the LCD.
    The freeze is apparent on the 18mm lens. It is even more apparent on the 35mm lens, and it is chronic on the 60mm lens. The freeze seems to be proportionate to the length of lens used.
    It is possible that the new generation of lenses, the 18-55 and the new prime lenses that are not yet available, may improve this situation, but I haven’t been able to try the only one technically available, the 18-55, so I can only comment on the 18, 35 and 60mm lenses.
    Videos shot through the EVF will show a greater “freeze” than those shot of the rear LCD.
    As stated earlier in this thread, this is not just a Fuji issue, as I tried the camera side-by-side with the OM-D, which is very similar.
    It is obvious that EVF technology is improving fast, but is not yet adequate for fast action, reportage, sport or street photography….. but I think we may see a future generation of EVF, possibly within the next 12 months, that will work.
    The current EVF freeze will not be able to be fixed by firmware alone.
    I have chosen to not buy the X-E1, but to wait until EVF state of the art improves, which I hope will by by late 2013.

  • http://www.streetphotographix.com Paul

    Scott, that isn’t what we are talking about. The freeze we are talking about occurs when you HALF press the shutter release, not after you take the shot. I note, in that video, that the guy was using AF/C and didn’t half-press the shutter release at all, so you couldn’t see the problem… however, AF/C is not what most people want to use, so that cannot be considered a “fix” for the problem. If he had half-pressed the shutter, even during AF/C use, he would have shown the freeze.

  • Ahmed

    Paul
    Thanks for the explanation. So what do you consider your next choice after X-E1 if this issue was not solved soon, I mean from IQ perspective … I contacted Will Crockett the founder of http://www.discovermirrorless.com , he told me that I can look for Panasonic G5 which is reasonable in price compared to GH3 and it has the M4/3 lenses which they are quite very good lenses now .. but I think the G5 , GH3 which they are great cameras but they are DSLR shape like which something I don’t like too much. Thanks

  • http://www.streetphotographix.com Paul

    Ahmed, I have abandoned Fuji and moved to Leica. It was my first choice, but I decided to give Fuji a go first, with the X100, the XP1 and the XE1, but although the Fujis are POTENTIALLY great cameras, Fuji don’t have firmware coders who are talented enough to get it right, and they are trying to produce cameras that are all things to all people, which is a recipe for disaster. I may try Fuji again in a few years, but right now, potentially fantastic cameras are being ruined by amateur firmware coders and by the fact the camera designs very obviously don’t have any input from REAL photographers. I hope they succeed, it’s been fun trying their products, but I feel they are still years away from getting it right purely because of their rather strange mentality of not employing real photographers to tell them something is wrong, and for choosing not to employ competent firmware coders. Those are my thoughts… happier now with a camera that’s very limited in what it can do, but what it can do it does to perfection.

    • kiko

      for sure – we all know Zack Arias isn’t a REAL photographer right? so whatever they got from giving him the camera to work with would be ignored right? and those Fuji coders just happened to come up with the sensor design cause someone spilled coffee on the sketch and they just went with it anyway….and since it has a burst mode and you were just that 1/4 of a second away from “the absolute greatest moment” how come you weren’t using that since I don’t think human reflex is all that swift…

  • Jim

    You were doing fine until you made the polemic attack on Fujifilm for presumed inattention to the opinions of REAL photographers and an even more presumptuous assertion that Fujifilm employs amateur firmware coders as a matter of policy. Why would Fuji do either of those things when they have made an obvious commitment to penetrate the mirrorless compact system camera market. Deliberately choosing a business model that will ultimately fail does not sound like something they would choose to do. They have more accurately determined that the X-E1 camera will be targeted more for the needs of the enthusiast crowd, who operate on much more limited budgets and cannot pay the price for cameras that have everything. As a REAL photographer, you should not expect to get a full featured professional camera for an enthusiast camera price. As far as the coders go, what information do you have to claim that they are a bunch of unserious lightweights? I hope the EVF on compact system cameras improves as well, but that is no indictment of Fujifilm. Already they have revolutionized the basic sensor pattern and have built, so far, an excellent group of lenses for these cameras.