Fuji X-E1 – No Viewfinder
Old timers will recognize the XE1 name from Minolta’s SLR days, but since Minolta’s dead, Fujifilm will be using it instead on their next mirrorless camera, the X-E1.
Following the relatively great success of the Fuji X-series cameras, ranging from the cult-like status of the Fujifilm X-100, the functional and small X-10, and the high-end, interchangeable lens mirrorless Fuji X-Pro1, it’s only logical that Fuji will come up with an entry-level (for them at least) mirrorless interchangeble camera to support the expensive X-Pro1.
One of the main features that photographers love about the latest Fuji offerings was the available viewfinder, optical or electronic. This leaked new X-E1 doesn’t seem to have one and it actually looks more like a direct competitor to Sony’s NEX series as well as Olympus’ PEN series.
Sporting virtually the same hardware as the X-Pro1, sans the viewfinder, the X-E1 may still be a premium item over its competitors. In addition to the camera, Fuji will also release an 18-55mm zoom kit lens with the camera with a variable aperture of f/2.8-4, which is pretty fast for a kit zoom.
It will be interesting to see how much Fuji will price the X-E1 come September at Photokina, where it’s expected to announce all of these.
You can check the price of the Fuji X-E1 here.
This news was first mentioned in a Japanese site called Digicame-info.com