Fuji X-T1 Versus X-E2 – Which Comes Out on Top?


This video by Munetake Kayo over at BigHeadTaco compares some of the features of both of these popular Fuji mirrorless cameras.

If you’re considering getting a more compact camera and downsizing from a DSLR, or maybe upgrading from a point and shoot camera – you might end up looking at one of these Fuji cameras.

I know for me, as a previous film shooter, the X-T1 has a lot of appeal and it currently sitting on my list to get. So I was interested to see this comparison and it actually solidified my choice.

Check out the Fuji X-T1 versus X-E2 in the video review and see what you think

Not convinced? Here’s a review of the X-T1 by dPS writer Paul Burwell.

So are you ready to get either of them? What are you shooting with?

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  • Add the 27mm and you have the ultimate in documentary photography. Great kit.

  • Spoonie

    Shame it costs considerably more than a full frame equivalent by Nikon, Canon or Sony and outputs abysmal video. Not to mention the terrible low light focus…

  • What would be the full-frame equivalent by Canon? I was thinking of upgrading my crop-sensor 60D to something full-frame, and the X-T1 was on my list, but I’ve not really looked at much more than the 6D so far… Thanks!

  • Leslie Hoerwinkle

    Just got an XE-1 because the price with the 18-55 lens had dropped to $700. Took it to Colorado and really enjoyed the image quality and light weight. While the XE-2 is no doubt an improvement over the XE-1, the older model provides better value.

  • Not sure what Spoonie is referring to Matt, the entry level full frame from Canon is the 6D. Neither of these Fuji’s cost more than that – so not sure what they’re looking for pricing.

    What do you shoot Matt? I have the Canon 5D3 and use it for my portraits but looking at the X-T1 for travel to go a bit lighter.

  • Ah, okay, nice to know I wasn’t missing anything, thanks. I’m a general amateur, shooting all sorts of things, which makes the choice harder. It might be that the camera I buy shapes my photography somewhat, and I think I’m probably okay with that.

    I’m more outdoor than indoor; I don’t have much in the way of studio kit, and I’m generally walking around with a 17-55. (I’m here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/matt_gibson/ on Flickr if you want to get an idea…)

    That’s a reason the X-T1 appeals for an upgrade to full frame—not just because I’d take it with me more often, but also because if I want to go up to full-frame I’d have to replace my main lens as well as the body anyway, even if I stuck with Canon: my 17-55 is the f/2.8 EF-S, so it wouldn’t work on a 6D. (The quality of that lens is so good I’d probably be looking at an L-series grade replacement. Ouch…)

  • Matt I’m in the same boat, I have the 60D and 17-55 lens as well. It’s a hard pill to swallow knowing that I will have to replace that lens with a FF upgrade if I want to keep a zoom in that range.

  • Yeah. And also the 6D is a bit of an awkward choice from the 60D, as it’s actually not as good in some respects (only one cross-type focus point, for example.)

    For lenses, I’m looking at the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 Di VC USD as an “affordable” (compared to Canon L!) full frame upgrade from the 17-55 EF-S. Okay, it’s not as wide, but it goes up to 70mm, plus it’s got IS. The reviews for it seem to be very good—Gold Award on DPReview—and it’s in the same price bracket as the 17-55 EF-S.

    Or maybe I’ll just buy the X-T1 with a zoom and see how I get on with it.

    Either way, I’ll be waiting for Photokina this month in case something like a 6DmkII or new Fuji XF lenses appear to change my mind. If I were you I wouldn’t buy anything just yet 😀

  • Just so you’re clear the X-T1 isn’t full frame it’s APS-C sensor

  • The 6D only has one cross-type focus point? I did not know that.

  • Yeah, it surprised me, too. You always think that a full-frame Canon will have better features than a crop sensor Canon, but I suppose some of it depends on relative release dates and market positioning, and so on.

  • Thanks, yes. I think I was confused by Spoonie’s original comment here. I think I’m still liking the Fuji most of all out of the mirrorless cameras I’m looking at, and my choice really is something like that or an upgrade to Canon full frame, because I don’t have the money to do both 🙂 Mind you, looking at various rumour sites, it seems Fuji might have a full-frame mirrorless in the pipeline… Ah, decisions, decisions.

  • Really? Where did you see that? Do share!

  • Yes that is always a good idea to try them out first. See if the camera store allows you to “rent” and apply that to the purchase price if you buy it.

  • There’s a pointer to a couple of rumours on PetaPixel: http://petapixel.com/2014/04/03/yet-another-rumor-suggests-fuji-will-going-full-frame-x-pro2/ though I’d argue that a Fuji sales manager saying that they want to “challenge full frame” doesn’t necessarily mean they’re actually going full frame…

    Still, it’ll be interesting to see if anything happens at Photokina 😀 Mind you, that plus new full-frame Fujinon lenses might be beyond my budget.

  • Hmm, interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jakir Hossain Sabuj

    I wanna do low-light photography as well as landscape. I’m planning to have X-E1 with 18-55 kit+ tokina 8mm f/2.8. Will it help me out? What do you think? By the way I’m a newbie.

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