Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Fuji X-T1 vs. X-Pro1 vs X-E2

Fuji has just announced its latest X-mount camera: the SLR-styled X-T1, which sits alongside the X-Pro and new X-E2 in the company's current lineup of high-end X-mount models. So, withthese three cameras on the market, how do they stack up against each other and which one should you buy?

Well, let's have a look!

X-T1: metal, weather-sealed
X-Pro1: metal
X-E2: metal and plastic
X-T1 wins here

Body Style:
X-Pro1: Rangefinder
X-E2: Rangefinder
To each his own

X-T1: 16Mp
X-Pro1: 16Mp
X-E2: 16Mp
All square

Aspect ratios:
X-T1: 3
X-Pro1: 3
X-E2: 3

X-Pro1: EXR
New is better

White Balance Presets:
X-T1: 8
X-Pro1: 7
X-E2: 7
X-T1 wins

Shutter Speed:
X-T1: 30-1/4000
th sec
X-Pro1: 30-1/4000
th sec
X-E2: 30-1/4000
th sec
Dead heat

Max. ISO
X-T1: 51,200
X-Pro1: 25,600
X-E2: 6400
X-T1 wins

Viewfinder coverage:
X-T1: 100%
X-Pro1: 100%
X-E2: 100%

Viewfinder Type:
X-Pro1: Optical with digital overlay
Optical always wins

X-T1: 3” tilting
X-Pro1: 3” fixed
X-E2: 3” fixed
X-T1 wins

Built-in flash:
X-T1: no
X-Pro1: no
X-E2: yes
X-E2 wins

Continuous drive:
X-T1: 6fps
X-Pro1: 6 fps
X-E2: 7fps
X-E2 wins again

Exposure Compensation:
X-T1: +/- 3
X-Pro1: +/- 2
X-E2: +/- 3
Old loses

AE Bracketing
X-T1: yes (1/3, 2/3, 1EV steps)
X-Pro1: yes (1/3, 2/3, 1 EV steps)
X-E2: yes (1/3, 2/3, 1EV steps)
All square

X-T1: 1080p at 60fps
X-Pro1: 1080p at 24fps
X-E2: 1080p at 60fps
Old loses again

Wi-fi connectivity:
X-T1: built-in
X-Pro1: no
X-E2: built-in
Old loses

X-T1: optional
X-Pro1: no
X-E2: no
New wins

Time Lapse Recording:
X-T1: yes
X-Pro1: no
X-E2: no
New wins here, too

X-T1: 440g
X-Pro1: 450g
X-E2: 350g
X-E2 is the lightweight

So, which to buy?

First, let's start with the undeniable facts. First of all, the X-T1 has the edge in build quality thanks to its 75+ rubber gaskets designed to keep dust and moisture out of the camera, just don't forget to pick up a weather-sealed X-mount lens when they start hitting stores as Fuji has announced 3 such optics. On the viewfinder front, the X-Pro1 wins thanks to its optical viewfinder. Unfortunately, the X-Pro1 is looking rather dated in some areas such as video capability, connectivity, GPS, time lapse recording, and exposure compensation. The X-E2? It's the lightweight in the group, though not without some limitations.

My recommendations?

If viewfinder is a top concern, get the X-Pro1 as it's the only camera in the group to have an optical viewfinder. If you value portability, get the X-E2. Everyone else? Get the X-T1, especially considering its middle of the road (vs the other 2) price point. 

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