*user review from the moderating team... if you want the nuts-and-bolts technical analysis, please view the usual websites.*
Fuji Singapore has kindly loan CS a set of the X-E1 and the much-coveted "kit" lens XF 18-55mm/F2.8-4.0 OIS. over the next couple of days, a few of us will be posting pictures and our own user experience of the X-E1.
The short version of my own experience? BUY THE KIT LENS. period.
I believe that there are enough X-E1 owners already in CS who will attest to the beautiful images straight out of the camera that Fuji is rightly famous for. I used to own Fuji's DSLRs - S2pro/S3pro/S5pro, and IMO, Fuji gives the best straight-out-of-camera JPEGs bar none. Eventually though, I gave up the use of Fuji DSLRs because of its slower AF compared to other DSLRs. I have not used any of Fuji's 'rangefinder-like' cameras starting with X100, but am aware of the slow AF problems. This is the first time I am touching a Fuji camera in over 5 years....My own experience of using the X-E1 over the last couple of days? The AF is on par with most top-end mirrorless/m43 cameras that I have used from Olympus and Panasonic, which is of course slower than DSLRs. The X-E1 won't win you any prizes shooting F1. But, for other things, it holds its own.
The minimalisticly beautiful camera...
I like the fact that Fuji made it as simple as possible, and not festoon with buttons like modern DSLRs. The problem though is that I have to menu-dive pretty often to change settings (the FN button makes life a little easier... but not much, IMO).
The same 'less is more' design philosophy makes the design of this camera almost like the more expensive and famous Leicas...