Fujifilm X-E1 replacement is rumored to be called X-E1S, instead of X-E2 as previously expected.
At the time of writing this article, there are three Fujifilm X-mount cameras available on the market. We have the X-Pro1, X-E1, and the X-M1, all cameras featuring the same 16-megapixel X-Trans sensor, though the remainder of the specs list is quite different.
Fujifilm X-E1 replacement coming soon under the name of X-E1S
There are several X-mount lenses for the trio and many others are on their way. However, a fourth shooter is also rumored to be released. It should be called X-A1 and it will feature a 16-megapixel image sensor, though not an X-Trans one.
The Fuji X-A1 will become the entry-level X-mount camera by the end of 2013 or, why not, even by the end of September. Regardless of X-A1’s launch date, the company is already working on a successor for an existing camera: the X-E1.
Fuji X-E1S to borrow image sensor from X100S
Hearing just one name will not satisfy Fuji fans’ thirst for information, therefore sources have revealed even more details. It appears that the Fujifilm X-E1S will feature the same X-Trans CMOS II sensor found in the X100S.
This means that the mirrorless camera will feature phase detection AF technology, which translates into faster autofocusing. Moreover, X100S’ sensor does not have an optical low-pass filter. The absence of the AA filter will allow photographers to capture slightly sharper images, though more inclined to display moiré patterns.
Meanwhile, the body-only X-E1 is available at Amazon for $799, while the X100S can be purchased for $1,599. On the other hand, B&H Photo Video is selling the X-E1 for the same price, while the X100S costs $1,299.
Smartphone makers are doing it, so naming the X-E2 as X-E1S would make sense
Adding an extra “S” to a camera’s name should not come as a surprise. It has happened a lot of times on the smartphone market with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4S, while the next iOS smartphone might go by the name of iPhone 5S.
HTC, Samsung, and other companies have also adopted this strategy, so maybe it is time for camera makers to do the same, though X-E1S will be more difficult to pronounce than Fujifilm X-E2.
It is worth reminding readers that this is just a rumor, hence it might not turn out to be true. If it is actually accurate, then more details will be leaked soon therefore you should stay tuned.