The X-E1 has a 16 MP APS-C sensor complemented by the EXR processor. Its designed as a range finder camera, but unlike the bigger X-Prol, it doesn’t include a hybrid viewfinder. Instead, the X-E1 has an electronic only viewfinder with a 2.3 million dot resolution .The screen on the back is a 2.8 incher with a 460K dot resolution which is surprisingly good, even under the midday sun. Ergonomically the X-E1 has rather hard cut rectangular shape ,and may not be to everyone’s liking.
We spend a lot of time shooting with the X-E1 at parties and our general outing and for once. It was nice to not have to shoot in RAW . The X-E1 does an amazing job at metering the light just right, which is something we had a tough time achieving on the X-Prol.
The first stimulation modes on the X-E1 are present and we personally love the look of the Velvia film ,so needless to say we had many our images follow that look. The new 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 optically stabilized lens is actually really good in itself and that is not something we often say for kit lenses.
The X-E1 does take amazing photos ,but we had issues with the AF. It’s actually pretty fast and incredibly accurate, but moving the AF points around was quite annoying. The only way to change AF from one point to the next is using a combination of AF button and the direction buttons. We really wish there was an easier way. This makes our love for the X-E1 a little less. But that would not stop us from getting one for ourselves.