A BIT TOO DARK

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

Like the Fu­ji­film X-Pro1, the X-E1 too has a retro fin­ish. But then this cam­era is very dif­fer­ent. The X-E1 too has its share of but­tons, pep­pered all around the 3-inch LCD, which is not a touch­screen. That would have been too much for a cam­era that tries to be as old fash­ioned as pos­si­ble. There is an elec­tronic viewfinder, in case you are more com­fort­able that way. How­ever, where this cam­era tries be dif­fer­ent is in the way you set the modes. There are no mode di­als, us­ing which you can set shut­ter or aper­ture pri­or­ity. The same is done with a com­bi­na­tion of the shut­ter dial and aper­ture ring on the lens. Keep both in A and you have full auto, with shut­ter in A you can set the aper­ture and vice-versa; ad­just both and you have full man­ual. Quite sim­ple once you get the hang of it.

Like other com­pact sys­tem cam­eras, this one too lets you take full con­trol and ad­just al­most all pa­ram­e­ters. The 16.3 MP cam­era gives you good re­sults, es­pe­cially in nat­u­ral light. But we felt the LCD as well as the viewfinder failed to give a good pre­view to frame a pic­ture. The re­sults ended up duller than what we saw on the screens, so you have to ad­just set­tings com­pen­sat­ing this. A bit like what you would have done with an old film cam­era. This is a very pow­er­ful cam­era, but needs some se­ri­ous fet­ter­ing.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

Can be pow­er­ful in the hands of an ex­pe­ri­enced user.

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