Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Thought Of The Day: Fuji X-E2 or Fuji X-T1

Fujifilm just announced a new camera: the X-T1, a retro-SLR-styled compact interchangeable-lens digital camera. It looks very little like the X-E2, which has more of a rangefinder styling, but internally the cameras are almost identical.

So which one is better? Which should you buy?

The differences between the two cameras, aside from looks, are almost nothing. The electronic viewfinder is improved on the X-T1. The X-T1 is weather sealed, but Fuji does not yet have any weather sealed lenses to go with it, so it is a useless feature until then. The X-T1 is capable of writing faster to the memory card if you have a card that is also capable. The LCD can tilt on the X-T1, while it does not on the X-E2. And the X-T1 has a new "predictive track" feature in auto-focus. That's pretty much it, and none of those are real big deals.

The big difference is that the X-T1 has a bunch of dials that can be manually adjusted like an old SLR camera. If you were a photographer back in the days of film, you may appreciate not having to dig through menus to make basic adjustments. This is old school. Yet, the X-T1 is also new school.

Both cameras share the same excellent 16 megapixel X-Trans sensor, the same excellent auto-focus system and the same excellent processor. Again, internally, they are basically the same camera.

The final difference is the price tag. The X-E2 has an MSRP of $1,000, while the X-T1 has an MSRP of $1,300. More or less, you are paying $300 for the lilt screen and styling. If $300 is no big deal to you, I'd go with the X-T1. If $300 breaks the bank, you are no worse off getting the X-E2.

One final point: don't have GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). Neither of these cameras will make you a better photographer. Get it if you need it, but don't waste your money if you don't.

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