Fuji's X-Series mirrorless cameras may not be the most beginner-friendly cameras, but they're certainly some of the prettiest. Beauty may come at a price, but both the X-Pro1 and the X-E1 recently got a $200 price cut.
Most mirrorless cameras are geared towards the semi-pro consumer. But the X-Series is proudly aimed at pros, or at least at enthusiasts who won't think twice about dropping hundreds of dollars on a Leica look-alike. The X-Series isn't perfect; for instance, if you're want to record video, there are far superior options. But these cameras aren't all style. Thanks to Fuji's solid optics and APS-C sensor, the X-series takes gorgeous stills. Our in-house pro Michael Hession reviewed both of these cameras, and you should definitely read and watch his take if you're considering buying one.
Since the X-Series got a moderate update earlier this year, these two 2012 models both got a $200 price cut. Sure, neither is strictly cheap, even after the discount, but saving $200 on the body frees you up to perhaps reach for Fuji's f/1.4 35mm lens, which also sports a $200 instant rebate right now when purchasing a body.
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I can easily breezily recommend the X-E1, amazing little camera. The X-Mount lenses are some of the best in class today, out-performing Canon L and Nikon whatever equivalents at a quarter of the price. All the dials on these cameras are a little intimidating, but not terribly hard to use if you're a hobby shooter.
Of course, there will probably be an X-E2 and X-Pro 2 released in a handful of months, so buyer beware if you're the type that needs to have the latest greatest.