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Fuji X-E1 – Limited Time $200 Savings

Until October 23, 2013, get a $200 instant savings on one of Fuji’s latest in its highly acclaimed X-Series line of digital mirrorless cameras, the FujiFilm X-E1, when you purchase it with the kit XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS lens.

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The Fujifilm X-E1 with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS Lens.

The X-E1 continues in Fuji’s X-series classical designs.  But this is not is not just a matter of nostalgia:  the manual aperture ring, the exposure and shutter speed dials and electronic viewfinder prioritize photography, provide for quick operation and return us to an era when the camera was king.

 

X-Trans CMOS Sensor

Featuring Fuji’s renowned 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor and EXR Processor Pro image processor, the X-E1 produces professional results in the size and convenience of a mirrorless body.  Technically speaking, the DSLR-sized X-Trans sensor eliminates a low pass filter and reduces moiré and false colors, resulting in exceptionally true-to-life color images, low noise and high resolution that other sensors with optical low-pass filters cannot approach.

2.36 Million Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder

The X-E1 also features an incredibly high resolution 2.36 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder for eye-level composition, as well as a 2.8″ 460K dot rear LCD monitor for composition and playback. thumb_feature_02The EVF has a double aspheric lens element that offers faithful reproduction of focus, exposure, white balance and film simulation effects and has a high contrast ratio of 1:5000. The LCD monitor has a special anti-reflective coating which reduces glare when viewing in bright sunlight and is water and stain resistant.

 

XF-18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS Lens

The X-E1 kit comes with an XF-18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS lens, which is Fuji’s first zoom lens made specifically for their X-series cameras. With a 35mm equivalency of 27.4-83.8mm, the lens covers true wide-angle to standard telephoto, perfect for all your day-to-day shooting needs. The lens is fast with a maximum aperture range of f/2.8-4 and provides 4-step optical image stabilization to reduce the effect of camera shake. Three aspherical elements reduce aberrations and provide for true light transmission and sharp imaging across the entire sensor.

You can purchase the X-E1 online by clicking here.

 

Nikon Coolpix P520 Low Light Sample Images

The Nikon Coolpix P520 is a bridge/megazoom digital camera that features a 42x zoom with Nikon’s Vibration Reduction system for steadying shots.  It is built around an 18.1 Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and allows for full control with PASM modes or full auto modes.

The P520 is popular with people looking for an all-in-one solution that is smaller than a DSLR. The P520 performs well, and higher ISO results are good–certainly capable enough for snapshots.  However, we found the results from Canon’s smaller PowerShot SX280 to do better than the P520 at ISO 1600 and above.  A close inspection (and we mean very close) of shots taken above ISO 1600 with the P520, images begin to degrade and are quite noisy.  Of course if you are looking for snapshots, having the option to shoot at ISO 6400 can come in handy, but do not expect the images to be noise-free or perfectly clear.

Parameters for the sample images are listed below the images.

 

Studio Low Light Sample Images:

Nikon COOLPIX P520 at ISO 100, f/5.1 at 1/2 sec.

Nikon COOLPIX P520 at ISO 100, f/5.1 at 1/2 sec.

 

Nikon COOLPIX P520 at ISO 200, f/5.1 at 1/4 sec.

Nikon COOLPIX P520 at ISO 200, f/5.1 at 1/4 sec.

 

Nikon COOLPIX P520 at ISO 400, f/5.1 at 1/8 sec.

Nikon COOLPIX P520 at ISO 400, f/5.1 at 1/8 sec.

 

Nikon COOLPIX P520 at ISO 800, f/5.1 at 1/15 sec.

Nikon COOLPIX P520 at ISO 800, f/5.1 at 1/15 sec.

 

Nikon COOLPIX P520 at ISO 1600, f/5.1 at 1/30 sec.

Nikon COOLPIX P520 at ISO 1600, f/5.1 at 1/30 sec.

 

Nikon COOLPIX P520 at ISO 3200, f/5.1 at 1/60 sec.

Nikon COOLPIX P520 at ISO 3200, f/5.1 at 1/60 sec.

 

Nikon COOLPIX P520 at ISO 6400, f/5.1 at 1/125 sec.

Nikon COOLPIX P520 at ISO 6400, f/5.1 at 1/125 sec.

 

Photo Parameters:  All photos were shot on a tripod at a 35mm equivalent of approximately 50mm and at an aperture of f/5.1.  We then cropped the images slightly and reduced the image size to 20 inches wide by approximately 13.3 inches high, maintaining a native resolution of 180 pixels / inch.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS Low Light Sample

The compact Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS in Black.

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS is a WiFi-enabled compact digital camera that features a 10x optical zoom from 24mm to 240mm.  It is built around a 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor and utilizes Canon’s DIGIC 5 sensor, which is typically found in Canon’s higher end cameras.

With a size-to-performance review in mind (i.e., the ELPH 330 is quite small), the Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 performs very well in low light up to ISO 1600:  colors are accurate, text in the samples is readable, definition is good and noise, while noticeable at 1600, is kept in check.  Not surprisingly, noise ramps up at ISO 3200 and much further at 6400, but if you’re looking to take snap-shots in those situations, the ELPH 330 does admirably well.

See below for photo parameters.

Studio Low Light Sample Images:

 

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 100, f/3.5 at 1/4 sec.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 100, f/3.5 at 1/4 sec.

 

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 200, f/3.5 for 1/8 sec.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 200, f/3.5 for 1/8 sec.

 

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 400, f/3.5 at 1/15 sec.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 400, f/3.5 at 1/15 sec.

 

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 800, f/3.5 for 1/30 sec.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 800, f/3.5 for 1/30 sec.

 

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 1600, f/3.5 for 1/60 sec.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 1600, f/3.5 for 1/60 sec.

 

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 3200, f/3.5 for 1/125 sec.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 3200, f/3.5 for 1/125 sec.

 

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 6400, f/3.5 for 1/250 sec.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 6400, f/3.5 for 1/250 sec.

 

Photo Parameters:  All photos were shot on a tripod at a 35mm equivalent of approximately 50mm and at an aperture of f/3.5.  We then cropped the images by 25% and reduced the image size to 20 inches wide by approximately 13.3 inches high, maintaining a native resolution of 180 pixels / inch.

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