This week we got a new camera, a Fujifilm X-E1, it arrived just minutes before we left for the airport. We travelled to Berlin for a few days, not vacation, but rather to attend Apple’s iOS 7 Tech Talks, and the Alt Tech Talks, kindly put together by the objc.io team.

Morning coffee

So, after the conferences, we took the camera and put it to the test. I’m amazed at the quality and lack of noise of the pictures even in very low light and very high ISO levels. Take for instance this picture with an ISO of 1600.

Alexanderplatz Weihnachtsmarkt

Or this one, with an ISO of 2500 and barely any light.

Berlin’s Pointy Cock

So, yes, really impressed with the pictures this camera can take. And we’re only using the kit lenses (sure, they’re much better than any other kit lenses I’ve seen, but still kit lenses).

wow such crispiness, much photo

But not all is well. For starters, we had to update the lenses and body firmware right away. The versions that came installed were just unusable. Slow and buggy, we had to restart the camera many times in a matter of minutes, as buttons would become unresponsive. The view finder (electronic, sadly) and LCD display are terrible. Very sluggish, even the trembling of your hands are enough for it to become to blurry to focus, and they’ve both got such low resolutions, it’s hard to know if you’re out of focus or if the pixels are just too large.

I don’t think I can recommend this camera. I don’t even know if I’ll keep it, I’m really considering sending it back. Let’s see.

Karina and our Nex-5N