X-E1 EVF bad in fluorescent light?

Discussion in 'Fuji X Forum' started by seukel, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. seukel

    seukel SC Rookie

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    Oct 31, 2012
    Today my local photoshop received its first shipment of X-E1-kits (with the 18-55), so I could finally give it a try. Nice look and feeling of the camera all in all, but I was rather disappointed by the EVF. When autofocusing there was a short freeze when different lines (outlines of objects) in the scene became strangely "jagged". When the focus frame turned green the image became smooth and normal again. Moreoever, when panning with focus locked the picture moved in a wavelike, almost nauseating fashion.

    Could this have something to do with the fact the shop was illuminated by fluorescent light everywhere (it was already totally dark outside)? Or was it a bad copy? If not the much acclaimed EVF of the X-E1 is really not that good at all. :confused:
     
  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    It might be interesting to know what firmware they have on the camera. The "short freeze" you mention I had heard about, but feel like I also read something about it being addressed in a recent firmware release. I think I saw someone who was "reviewing" it on Youtube talk about, so you may try Youtube X-E1 EVF reviews (or something like that).

    this review doesn't seem to exhibit the wavelike problem you mentioned..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMnOuH64n24
     
  3. seukel

    seukel SC Rookie

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    Oct 31, 2012
    Yes, I have seen this and the other of his videos, which showed rather good performance of the EVF. Therefore I was so surprised in the shop.
     
  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I don't know enough about the scientific side of things, but certainly there is the possibility that it is some quality of the flourescent lights that does this.
     
  5. tdp

    tdp Guest

    Mine doesn't act like that at all. My current firmware is 1.0 for the body and 2.0 for the lens.
     
  6. adanac

    adanac SC Veteran

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    Sep 30, 2011
    Vancouver, BC
    The X-E1 EVF is the same as the EVF used for the Sony A99 DSLR, NEX-6, and Cyber-shot RX1. Except for a review of the A99 at L.L., I'm not sure I've seen a bad word written about it and certainly no other reports of issues with fluorescent lights.

    If there was an issue with the EVF under fluorescent lights it'd probably be due to 60 Hertz flicker, something you might see with poorly maintained or old tech fluorescent lights or the light emanating from the average LCD display.