Convenient operation buttons to rememberShooting modeLens apertureShutter speedExposure compensationWhite balance (WB)ISO sensitivityFilm simulationBuilt-in flashTypes of interchangeable lensesLens description / Wide angle lensesLens description / Standard lensesLens description / Telephoto lensesLens description / Macro lens
X-E1, a camera that improves your photography THE Photography Techniques
Convenient operation buttons to remember
Use the MENU screen to select or change the settings for camera setup, shooting and playback.
Press the Playback button to view your p i c t u r e s i n t h e viewfinder or LCD monitor.
Use the Focus Mode lever to choose how the camera focuses. Available focus modes are S (Single Autofocus), C ( C o n t i n u o u s A u t o f o c u s ) a n d M (Manual Focus).
Hold the DIPS/BACK button down to activate the Silent Mode. In the Silent Mode, the camera disables the flash and AF-assist illuminator and turns off the, operation sound and video playback sound. The self-timer lamp also becomes disabled. Hold the DISP/BACK button down again to resume
Press the MENU button.
Press the Q(Quick Menu) button.
The MENU screen is displayed.
P r e s s t h e selector or to select the menu item you wan t . P res s the selector or to make changes. Press t h e M E N U b u t t o n a ga i n to confirm the change.
Press the Playback button to view the last image you have checked.
R o t a t e t h e Command dial or press the selector or to view pictures before or after the current i m a g e . P r e s s the se lec to r o r t o c h e c k detailed shooting information.
Press the DISP/BACK button or shutter button to resume shooting.
Press the Q (Quick Menu) button to easily select or change a variety of shooting settings from the Q (Quick Menu) screen. You can also check the current camera setting at a glance.
About each focus mode
About each focus mode
AF-S Single Auto FocusAF-S is suitable for casual snapshots and landscape photography. Press the shutter button halfway down to focus on a subject within the focus frame and keep it in focus.
AF-CContinuous AFAF-C is suitable for shooting a moving subject. It continuously keeps a moving subject within the focus frame in focus. It has even managed to keep a passing high-speed boat in focus.
Manual FocusChoose MF when you wish to focus manually. Your macro shots of flowers might lose its impact unless it is focused accurately. In such a case, use MF to carefully adjust the focus. Rotate the sub-command dial on the rear panel to adjust the focus while checking the image on the LCD monitor.
Shooting Mode Part 1 You can swiftly change the shooting mode without having the shooting rhythm disrupted.X-E1 does not have a Shooting Mode dial for changing the shooting mode. The shooting mode is swiftly changed with the combination of the Shutter Speed setting and the Aperture setting. X-E1 allows you to change the shooting mode instantaneously while holding the camera in the shooting position, so that you can concentrate on finding photo opportunities without having the shooting rhythm disrupted.
Shutter Speed Dial
Camera sets the shutter speed automatically. Camera sets the shut ter speed automatically.The camera sets the shutter speed and the aperture value automatically.
Based on the selected aperture value, the camera sets the shutter speed automatically.
Based on the selected shutter speed, the camera sets the aperture value automatically.
You can shoot at the shutter speed and aperture value of your choice.
Camera sets the shut ter speed automatically.
You can shoot at the selected aperture value.
You can shoot at the selected aperture value.
Set AAUTO Set AAUTO [Program AE]
[Shutter Speed Priority]
Set to [Aperture]
Set to [Aperture]
Camera sets the aperture value automatically.Set AAUTO
You can shoot at the selected shutter speed.Set to [Specific Shutter Speed]
You can shoot at the selected aperture value.Set to [Aperture]
You can switch the shooting mode
Shooting Mode Part 2
You can quickly learn the basics of photographic expressions since the camera does not determine everything.X-E1 inherits ultimate image quality and shooting-oriented operability from the professional-use X-Pro1. Since you don't need to go to the menu screen to set the shutter speed and aperture, your photographic intentions can be smoothly reflected. X-E1 makes it easy for you to learn the concept of exposure and the use of aperture value and shutter speed for specific photographic expressions. Explore these settings with X-E1 to gain fast-track improvement for your photography.
ProgramThe camera automatically s e t s t h e a p e r t u r e a n d shutter speed. You can also change the combinat ion o f aper ture and shut ter speed while maintaining the same exposure. This is a convenient shooting mode for taking snapshots.
Shutter Speed PriorityBased on t he se lec ted shutter speed, the camera sets the aper ture va lue automatical ly. This is a convenient shooting mode for freezing the action or blurring it intentionally for dynamic effect.
Aperture PriorityBased on the selected aperture value, the camera sets the shutter speed automatically. This is a convenient shooting mode for controlling bokeh.
ManualYou can choose both the aper tu re va lue and the shutter speed. This is a shooting mode for advanced users. It is used when you want to keep the exposure level constant even after re-composing / re-framing, or when you are shooting fireworks.
Lens aperture Part 1
Aperture controls the degree of bokeh.Opening up the aperture creates greater bokeh, and closing the aperture makes the image sharper.
The aperture value is also called the f-stop value. The aperture value you specify is shown in the viewfinder and LCD monitor as F5.6, F11, etc. The aperture is stopped down when the f-stop is increased, and opened up when the f-stop value goes lower.
The aperture not only controls exposure, but also has an important photographic role of controlling bokeh. Open up the aperture (use a smaller f-stop value) if you want the a soft and gentle look with greater bokeh. Stop it down (use a larger f-stop value) if you want sharpness across the frame. When the aperture is fully open (using the smallest f-stop value), it is referred to as being wide open. Lenses with a smaller f-stop value when wide open (faster lenses) can produce a greater amount of smooth bokeh.
The foreground and the background are in bokeh.
Wide open F1.4
The amount of bokeh in the foreground and the background is slightly smaller.
The image is described well both in the foreground and the background.
Creating large bokeh for a gentle finish.
Opening the aperture[The smaller the aperture value (f-stop value) is], the greater the bokeh becomes.
Closing the aperture[The larger the aperture value (f-stop value) is], the greater the amount of areas in focus becomes.
Smaller amount of bokeh for a sharp image
Aperture F4 Aperture F11
Lens aperture Part 2
Stop down for a crisp and sharp imageIf you want sharpness across the entire frame from the foreground to the background, dial the aperture ring to increase the aperture value (f-stop value). Determine the level of aperture value to suit your image by checking the effect through the viewfinder or LCD monitor. Stopping down reduces the shutter speed, which could cause camera shake. If the shutter speed is to become slower than 1/60 sec, try increasing ISO sensitivity. When the aperture value is the same, the areas in sharp focus (depth of field) increases as the focal length of the lens becomes shorter.
Open up the aperture to soften the background and isolate the main subjectBokeh plays a very important role in photographic expression. Dialing the aperture ring to a smaller aperture value (f-stop value) sends the background and foreground largely out of focus to create a gentle atmosphere and isolate the main subject at the same time. Opening up the aperture also increases the shutter speed. When outdoors in bright daylight, using the fastest shutter speed (1/4000 sec) could still over-expose an image. In such a case, lower the ISO sensitivity. When the aperture value is constant, the longer the focal length is, the greater the amount of bokeh becomes.
Aperture / F8 Aperture / F2.8
Shutter speed Part 1
A faster shutter speed allows you to capture a subject without motion blur.Using a slower shutter speed creates motion blur for a dynamic feel.
Shutter speed is normally expressed as 1/2000 sec., 1/100 sec., etc. The selected shutter speed is shown in the viewfinder and LCD monitor in integer, such as 2000 and 100. 2000 refers to 1/2000 sec., and 100 refers to 1/100 sec. The greater the number is, the faster the shutter speed becomes. A lower number represents a slower shutter speed.
Shutter speed represents the duration of time the shutter is open. The cameras sensor starts to be exposed to light when the shutter opens, and stops the exposure to light when the shutter closes. When this duration is shorter (when the shutter speed is faster), the subjects motion becomes frozen. In contrast, when the duration