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Fujifilm X Series: X-T1 versus X-E2

If you currently own a Fujifilm X-E1, which was the camera of the year when it came out, you are likely thinking about upgrading, but to which camera the X-T1 or the X-E2. Or if you are thinking getting into a mirrorless camera the X-T1 or X-E2 should be on the top of your list, as the X-T1 is winning award after award. The secret behind the success of the X series is Fujifilm has got three things right, the camera’s image processing is the highest quality in its category, the lens quality is also stunning (move over Nikon and Canon) and the easy of use is any photographers dream.

Without looking at the specifications of these two cameras two things are apparent, the X-E2 is cheaper, lighter and slightly smaller, than the X-T1. However both cameras key features are the same and significantly improved since the X-E1.

X-Trans™* CMOS II & EXR Processor II Harnessing the full potential of each lens to capture breathtaking quality in every image. World’s fastest auto focus speed of 0.08 sec.** achieved by Fujifilm’s unique phase detection AF system. The design of prioritizes “photographing” enabling instinctive operation and high-speed responses. X Mount Lens – the product of integrated lens & sensor development with original digital technology. FUJIFILM X-E2 Evolution: Impact on Shooting & Playback Functions.

“Multi Mode Viewfinder” The world’s highest* viewfinder magnification ratio of 0.77x The world’s fastest** display with a lag-time of just 0.005 sec. X-Trans™*** CMOS II & EXR Processor II 80 years of photo film research adds up to color reproduction that’s second to none. Weather Resistant – dust-resistant, water-resistant and -10°C low-temperature operation. No matter whether the power is on or off, analog dial operation connects your vision and the camera.

Improvements to the X-E2 and the X-T1

When you look at the specifications the X-T1 and the X-E2 they both have the following improvements that are not in the X-E1:

  1. a new X-Tran II sensor and processor
  2. a larger 3 inch LCD
  3. faster shooting speed (8fps and 7fps)
  4. wifi communication to a computer or smartphone
  5. geotagging and remote control through smartphone connection
  6. an electronic release port
  7. Lens Modulation Optimizer for sharper images
  8. digital split image manual focusing
  9. a histogram display

Focus with a Touch with the new smart application – FUJIFILM Camera Remote.

Improvements only in the X-T1

Given they both have the same sensor and processor, what is it that the X-T1 has that would influence you to put down an additional $400? Here are the features you find only in the  X-T1:

  1. dedicated ISO dial
  2. hot shoe for external TTL flash (no built in flash)
  3. front and rear dials
  4. metering dial
  5. drive dial
  6. more programable buttons
  7. remote release port
  8. weather sealing
  9. increase of 100grams of weight and slightly larger body.
  10. an increased temperature range to -10 to 40°C rather than 0 to 40°C
  11. a tilt function on the LCD
  12. extension of ISO sensitivity from 25600 to 51200
  13. 8fps continuous shooting versus 7fps
  14. the addition of white balance bracketing
  15. interval timer with number of shots and start time
  16. the new viewfinder increases the magnification from .64x to .77x with a refresh rate increase from 50fps to 54fps and in low light from 20fps to 54fps.
  17. the camera is also designed to take an optional battery grip with twin dials.

1. AF-assist illuminator / Self-timer lamp 2. Front command dial 3. Strap eyelet 4. Fn1 button (function button 1) 5. Lens signal contacts 6. Lens release button 7. Battery-chamber cover latch 8. Battery-chamber cover 9. Battery-chamber 10. Battery latch 11. Sync terminal (sync terminal cover) 12. Connector cover 13. Microphone / remote release connector 14. HDMI mini connector 15. Micro USB connector 16. Focus mode selector 17. Tripod mount

1. Microphone 2. DRIVE dial 3. Dial lock release 4. Sensitivity dial 5. Diopter adjustment control 6. Hot shoe (hot shoe cover) 7. Metering dial 8. ON/OFF switch 9. Shutter button 10. Movie-record button 11. Exposure compensation dial 12. Fn2 button (function button 2) Wi-Fi button (playback mode) 13. Shutter speed dial 14. VIEW MODE button

1. Electronic viewfinder (EVF) 2. Playback button 3. Delete button 4. Eye sensor 5. LCD monitor 6. Vertical battery grip connector cover 7. AE-L (exposure lock) button 8. Rear command dial 9. AF-L (focus lock) button 10. Indicator lamp 11. FOCUS ASSIST button 12. Q (quick menu) button Custom settings button (press and hold) RAW conversion button (playback mode) 13. MENU / OK button 14. Memory card slot cover 15. Memory card slot 16. Selector / Function buttons 17. DISP (display) / BACK button 18. Speaker

Conclusion

If you read the reviews of this camera, without exception the reviews say that the new viewfinder on the X-T1 is worth the extra cost. I think that this coupled with the extra dials governing all the key settings for the camera as well as the interval timer, tilt LCD, TTL flash and weather seal make a compelling case for the the X-T1 being well worth the extra $400. My only hesitating is the increase in size and weight.

(All images curtesy of the Fujifilm website)

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