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August 23, 2012

Leakage: Fuji X-E1 mirrorless camera revealed via press release photos

The madness never stops! Leakage time at (computer-translated), where they have press release type of photos of a yet to be announced Fuji X-E1 mirrorless camera along with pictures of a Fuji 18-55m f2.8-4 R OIS lens that will come with it as a kit. As you can see from the pictures and the computer-translated text, there is no OPTICAL viewfinder (unlike the X-Pro1). [via Foto Actualidad].

UPDATE/CLARIFICATION: The camera may have an EVF, but not an OVF (like the hybrid one of the X-Pro1). The original blog-post here only said "viewfinder" instead of "optical viewfinder".

Without the optical viewfinder, the price will be lower, but when you consider that the only people who have Fuji XF mount lenses are Fuji X-Pro1 owners, Fuji would have to offer the camera with a lens (which Digicame-Info suggests is the aforementioned 18-55mm f2.8-4 R OIS) or offer combined purchase discounts. Granted, some people will use third-party adapters to use all sorts of other lenses, but if Fuji is hoping for a more general appeal of this camera, they would have to release a "take-pictures-with" kit which would obviously increase the price.

The Fuji X-Pro1 body only came out at $1700 and with the exception of a few rare Fuji-initiated instant savings discounts, it remains at $1700. So what will Fuji do price-wise? Upset existing X-Pro1 owners or price it out of reach for most people?

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