Fujifilm X-E1S is rumored to be announced later in October during the PhotoPlus Expo 2013 event, which opens its doors on October 23 for the press and one day later for the public.
PhotoPlus Expo is one of the biggest imaging shows of the year. It will begin on October 23, but only the press and retail partners will be cleared for access on that date. Most of the announcement will occur during the first day, while 24 hours later the public will finally be able to see the new products in action.
Fujifilm X-E1S coming at PhotoPlus Expo 2013
Fujifilm is said to announce not one, but two new cameras by the end of the year. According to inside sources, the X-A1 will become official on September 17, so this shooter can be ruled out of PhotoPlus Expo 2013.
On the other hand, the already-rumored Fujifilm X-E1S might be revealed during the October show. The event will take place in New York City and sources are reporting that the camera will be introduced around October 20. Since PhotoPlus is the only exhibition around that date, it is safe to assume that it will coincide with the X-E1 replacement’s launch.
Fuji to replace X-E1 a little over a year after camera’s introduction
The X-E1 has been unveiled by Fujifilm in September 2012. It is the second X-mount mirrorless interchangeable lens camera after the X-Pro1. Recently, the X-M1 has become the third X-mount MILC, while the X-A1 will become the fourth model and the first without an X-Trans image sensor.
Meanwhile, X-E1’s successor will not be called X-E2. Fujifilm will choose to add an “S” to its name, an action which has already been done by the company with X100’s replacement, called X100S.
Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS lens to be announced alongside X-E1S?
Fujifilm will reveal the XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS lens along with the low-cost X-A1. This follows the company’s path which shows that most X-mount cameras have been announced along with a new optic.
In the updated roadmap for 2013, the XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS is mentioned. This could mean that the X-E1S is coming alongside the new lens, which will provide a 35mm equivalent of 15-36mm.
For the time being, the X-E1 is not available with a major discount, as it costs $799 at Amazon. This could mean that a replacement is still very far away, but if you need a new camera, then you should wait until late October.