Capturing the perfect photo probably won’t happen by dumb luck, or by purchasing the very best in hardware.  But Fujifilms new pocket DSLR, the X-E1 certainly can’t hurt.

This beautifully crafted camera – it comes in all black or silver – sports a 16.3-megapixel APS-C size sensor, which is also found in Fujifilm’s X Series flagship X-Pro1 model.   There is a myriad of mumbo jumbo that comes with a sensor of this type, but the bottom line is that you should be able to achieve film like photos in life like detail.

Unlike some of other camera’s of this ilk, the XE-1 includes a pop-up flash, and a 2.36m dot OLED electronic viewfinder (there is also a 2.8-inch LCD display).  Needless to say, the XE-1 can capture full HD video, but at 24fps, creating a more film like result.  A bevy of film simulation modes, such as monochrome or PROVIA, should help further your artistic expression, though something tells us if you’re considering this camera you don’t need to be told that.  Much like other cameras in the XE-1, Fujifilm is boasting about ultra fast AF (auto focus) times, and at .1 seconds we’d have to agree.    Other features include an ISO with a standard range of 6400, though that can be pushed to 25600, .05 sec shutter time lag, sleep to on in .5 seconds, exposure control, and a variety of manual dials to quickly change settings.

The XE-1 will ship in a couple months.  Amazon has it for pre-order for $1,400, which includes their 18-55MM F2.8 – 4.0 optical image stabilizating lens. Alternatively, the body can be purchased for $1,000.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."