Well, Fuji's been calibrating the sweet spot for ya, Blondilocks. Vectoring in from above and below on the ideal compromise. Honing their can't-seem-to-miss chops. Slightly smaller than the X-Pro1, even handsomer, usefully cheaper, with the same sensor and the same controls, more or less, yet with a pure EVF à la the NEX-7, the new X-E1 is poised to be just right as a backup for X-Pro1 users or, well, the "just right" option for anyone left on this blue orb whose GAS button Fuji hasn't tweaked yet. And the Fuji guys promise that the image quality is the same as an X-Pro1.
Available in black or silver, body only or with its XF 18–55mm ƒ/2.8–4 Optical Image Stabilizer kit lens. $999.99999 (maybe slightly less) and $1,399.95 respectively. Yum, yum, yum. Tip to the wise bear: preorder NOW to get one from the first shipment, as these will likely be scarce in the woods for some while.
Will the X-E1 prove to be the perfect Fuji, the exquisite point of perfect balance? So little time...so many cameras.
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Featured Comment by Mark Cotter: "So, after months of dithering about whether to get the X100 (like the idea of the prime lens) or the X10 (like the idea of having a bit of a zoom), rejecting the X-Pro1 as too expensive even though it's the most lovely, and finally deciding to go with the X10, Fuji announce the camera that does hit all the right notes for me! Yay! Just need to hang on a bit for some reviews and to see some images from it and then decide on lens(es)...."
Mike replies: But by that time there will be another new camera out. Only you can make it end....
Response from David Dyer-Bennet: "I've been telling people since the 1980s that the best time to buy a new computer is six months from now. It appears to be true of cameras these days too!"