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.
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:
- a new X-Tran II sensor and processor
- a larger 3 inch LCD
- faster shooting speed (8fps and 7fps)
- wifi communication to a computer or smartphone
- geotagging and remote control through smartphone connection
- an electronic release port
- Lens Modulation Optimizer for sharper images
- digital split image manual focusing
- a histogram display
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:
- dedicated ISO dial
- hot shoe for external TTL flash (no built in flash)
- front and rear dials
- metering dial
- drive dial
- more programable buttons
- remote release port
- weather sealing
- increase of 100grams of weight and slightly larger body.
- an increased temperature range to -10 to 40°C rather than 0 to 40°C
- a tilt function on the LCD
- extension of ISO sensitivity from 25600 to 51200
- 8fps continuous shooting versus 7fps
- the addition of white balance bracketing
- interval timer with number of shots and start time
- 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.
- the camera is also designed to take an optional battery grip with twin dials.
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)