Fuji’s latest cameras have been so good, they rival each other almost as much as other systems. And as we saw in our X-Pro1 vs X-E2 comparison, the oldest current model in the X-mount compact camera system, the X-Pro1, already struggled against its lower-end sibling. In this article, we will compare it against the newest member in Fuji’s line-up of mirrorless cameras, the weather-resistant, DSLR-style Fujifilm X-T1.
As always, it is important to note that this comparison is based purely on technical specifications. We didn’t yet have the chance to use X-T1 (you can click here to read our X-Pro1 review, though). As soon as we review it, we will have a chance to draw definite conclusions. For now, take a look at the following table where we list the main specs of each camera:
Fujifilm X-T1 vs X-Pro1 Specification Comparison
|Camera Feature||Fujifilm X-T1||Fujifilm X-Pro1|
|Sensor Resolution||16.3 Million||16.3 Million|
|Sensor Type||X-Trans CMOS II||X-Trans CMOS|
|Sensor Pixel Size||4.82µ||4.82µ|
|Dust Reduction / Sensor Cleaning||Yes||Yes|
|Image Size||4,896 x 3,264||4,896 x 3,264|
|Image Processor||EXR PROCESSOR II||EXR PROCESSOR|
|Lens Modulation Optimizer||Yes||No|
|Viewfinder Type||Electronic (EVF)||Hybrid Optical (OVF)/Electronic (EVF)|
|Viewfinder Resolution, 35mm-Equivalent Magnification||2,360,000 dots, 0.77x||OVF – 0.37x-0.6x magnification|
EVF – 1,440,000 dots, 0.37×,
|Viewfinder Coverage||100%||OVF – 90%|
EVF – 100%
|Built-in Flash||No (external unit as part of the package)||No|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/180||1/180 (P and A exposure mode), 1/160 (S and M exposure mode)|
|Storage Media||1x SD, SDHC, SDXC||1x SD, SDHC, SDXC|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||8 FPS||6 FPS|
|Shutter Speed Range||1/4000 to 30 sec||1/4000 to 30 sec|
|Image Stabilizer||With OIS Lenses||With OIS Lenses|
|Exposure Metering Sensor||TTL 256-zone metering||TTL 256-zone metering|
|Exposure Compensation Range||±3 stops||±2 stops|
|Base ISO||ISO 200||ISO 200|
|Native ISO Sensitivity||ISO 200-6,400||ISO 200-6,400|
|Autofocus System||Hybrid AF (TTL contrast AF / TTL phase detection AF)||TTL contrast AF|
|Focus Points||49 AF points||49 AF points|
|Video Maximum Resolution||1920×1080 (1080p) @ 60p||1920×1080 (1080p) @ 24p|
|Audio Recording||Built-in stereo microphone|
External stereo microphone (optional)
|Built-in stereo microphone|
External stereo microphone (optional)
|LCD Size||3.0″ diagonal TFT-LCD||3.0″ diagonal TFT-LCD|
|LCD Resolution||1,040,000 dots||1,230,000 dots|
|Built-In Wi-Fi Functionality||Yes||No|
|Weather Sealed Body||Yes||No|
|Operating Temperature||Down to -10ºC||Down to 0ºC|
|Weight (Body Only)||440g with battery and memory card||450g with battery and memory card|
|Dimensions||129 x 90 x 47 mm||139.5 x 81.8 x 42.5 mm|
|Battery||Li-ion battery NP-W126||Li-ion battery NP-W126|
|Price||$1,299||$1,078 ($1,699 when announced)|
First, let’s talk about the similarities between the two cameras. Even though they are separated by just two years of progress in both electronics and software, they are remarkably different. That said, some similarities remain. First of all – the heart of any camera body. Both X-Pro1 and X-T1 use very similar X-Trans sensors with basically the same resolution and, most likely, overall image quality. The only real difference between the two is the inclusion of phase-detect AF sensors in the X-T1, but more on that later. Both cameras are also made of light-weight alloy and should feel similarly sturdy. X-Pro1 is only slightly heavier at 450g vs 440g of the X-T1 (with battery and memory cards) – hard to notice in real world use. Both cameras have identical ISO and shutter speed ranges, and flash sync speed is the same, too. There is a caveat, though. X-Pro1 can sync at 1/180s only in P or A exposure modes – it maxes out at 1/160 in S and M modes. Even if we forget that strobes are usually used with the camera set to manual exposure control, sync speeds of both cameras are dismal and absolutely nothing to be proud of. Quite the contrary. After reading about such disappointing sync speed I start to unwillingly miss the good old Nikon D40, which, despite being an entry-level model, could sync flash at a whopping 1/500s. You just don’t expect two most expensive models in Fuji’s line-up to be so shamefully limited.
On to the rest of the similarities. Both X-Pro1 and X-T1 use SD card format for storage, the same 256-zone TTL metering systems and have 49 autofocus points to choose from. Thankfully, batteries are also identical. So far so good, right? It gets somewhat better, at first. Let’s take a look at the things X-Pro1 does better:
- The Viewfinders: one of Fujifilm’s brilliant innovations is the hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder. It was first introduced with the original X100 and made its way to the flagship X-Pro1 back in 2012. Needless to say the hybrid viewfinder quickly became one of the most regarded features and gained a huge fan-base. The optical viewfinder is designed for two different magnification levels (“wide” and “standard”) depending on what lens is mounted on the camera. When a short focal length lens is attached to the camera, such as the Fujinon 18mm f/2, the OVF operates in its “wide” mode (0.37x magnification). When longer focal length lenses are attached, the camera automatically switches to “standard” (0.60x magnification), which shows the subject closer, making it much easier to compose your shot. Switching between the OVF and EVF is done through the switch on the front of the camera. In OVF mode (which is basically you looking through the viewfinder glass), the viewfinder has a bright white overlay that shows the approximate boundaries of the lens, along with some other useful exposure information. Switching to EVF mode shows what the sensor sees through the lens, so the framing is fully accurate and more information is available to be displayed, including the histogram. Brilliant!
- LCD Screen: both cameras have 3″ screens at the back, but X-Pro1’s display is ever so slightly sharper with 1,230k dots against 1,040k of the X-T1. Not a huge difference and hardly noticeable in use, but still worth mentioning.
- Dimmensions: the X-Pro1 is not all that much more compact than the newer X-T1 and is actually a bit bigger in one dimension, but overall it will take up a little bit less space in your bag.
- Price: technically, the X-Pro1 is a flagship model in Fuji’s line-up, yet it is cheaper by approximately $200, which is a considerable amount in this price range. At the time of writing, it costs around $1,080 at B&H, whilst the X-T1 is $1,299.
Alright. At this point you might have noticed that the advantages X-Pro1 holds against the X-T1 are not of much consequence. And there is a reason why I started listing them first, because, to be brutally honest, X-Pro1 really is in trouble. As good as it may be on its own (in no small amount thanks to all the firmware updates Fuji released for the camera), it really starts to fall apart when compared to the X-T1. Take a look at the improvements the latest Fuji mirrorless camera has over its older sibling:
- Hybrid AF: as I’ve already mentioned before, the X-T1 has a sensor that is very similar to the one found in X-Pro1 and exactly the same as in X-E2. Don’t expect any image quality improvement, be it dynamic range or high ISO. The only real difference lies in the incorporation of phase-detect AF sensors in the newer X-Trans CMOS II of the Fujifilm X-T2. Now, with the latest firmware update, Fujifilm X-Pro1 is a lot snappier and more reliable in the autofocus department than it was at launch. Yet the X-T1 further builds on that with improvements – a hybrid autofocus system that is quickly becoming the standard for mirrorless cameras. This system uses both contrast (normally used in compact cameras) and phase-detect (normally used in DSLRs) autofocus for improved speed and accuracy, especially noticeable when tracking moving subjects. Not something you can add to X-Pro1 via firmware, unfortunately! The same exact system is currently used in Fujifilm X100s and X-E2 and what we have learned about this hybrid AF is that it performs very well in good lighting conditions where phase-detect system is at its best. In lower light, however, the system will rely on contrast-detect more, which means the speed difference between X-T1 and X-Pro1 might be much less noticeable, if at all. Still, this also means there is further room for improvement for the X-T1 however good its performance might be at launch. It is a definite advantage over X-Pro1.
- EVF: this, along with the improved AF system, is X-T1’s party piece. The new EVF currently offers the biggest magnification of any DSLR or mirrorless camera on the market today – a whopping 0.77x! That’s bigger than that of the full-frame Nikon D4. Perhaps just as importantly, the lag has been reduced to a barely noticeable (at least in theory) 0.005s. That, too, is very impressive and should be a welcome improvement for the EVF-skeptics among us. I have not managed to find even approximate delay for the X-Pro1 among the list of official specifications, but I feel confident in saying that, unless you really want that hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder, X-T1 is a much better choice in this regard. And let’s not forget the resolution advantage – with 2.360k dots, X-T1’s viewfinder is much sharper than that of the X-Pro1 (1.440k dots).
- Ergonomics: I’ve not had the chance to hold it in hand, but thanks to that grip the X-T1 has the potential of being much more comfortable to hold for longer periods than the more boxy X-Pro1, especially with heavier lenses such as the XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8R OIS. There are also more external controls with programmable buttons and dials for ISO, metering modes and shooting modes. This means you’ll be spending less time browsing the menus, and who likes doing that?
- Image Processor and Speed: X-T1 has the updated EXR processor. It is much snappier than the first version and brings a number of other improvements to the camera. First of all, the writing speeds have been improved (which means more shots in a sequence) along with overall responsiveness. Also, Lens Modulation Optimizer is present, which is a set of software trickery meant to improve image quality at small, diffraction-susceptible apertures (in JPEG format only). Finally, the X-T1 can shoot at a maximum 8 frames per second versus 6 fps of the X-Pro1.
- Weather Sealing: X-T1 became the first camera in Fuji’s X-mount line-up to feature weather protection. Nasim has used X-Pro1, X-E1 and X-E2 in less than optimal conditions – his cameras have seen rain, snow, cold and dust, and survived with no problems to report. Still, if you frequently shoot under heavy rain or in other inhospitable conditions, X-T1’s seals should give some piece of mind, especially when it is mounted with a weather-resistant lens (those are yet to be launched).
- Articulated LCD: yes, X-Pro1 has a slightly sharper screen as I’ve mentioned previously. But, really, I was trying very hard to find at least some advantages it had over the X-T1. Let’s be honest, and articulated screen is likely to be much more useful than the one that has a few more dots in it. Something the X-T1 has and the X-Pro1 does not. Having said that, a screen that is not permanently fixed to the camera body is always a weak spot and can be damaged if you’re not careful, so this particular advantage is actually quite subjective. Personally, I have never really needed a tiltable screen, but the feature can be useful, there is no doubt about it.
- Video Improvements: the X-T1 is now capable of shooting 60 fps videos @ full HD 1080 resolution instead of X-Pro1′s maximum speed of 24 fps. Video recording has never been a strength of Fujifilm mirrorless cameras. Perhaps they want to at least catch up with competition in this respect.
- Diopter Adjustment: sadly, the flagship model in Fujifilm mirrorless camera lineup does not offer built-in diopter adjustment. For some spectacle-wearers (those who tend to take their off while photographing), this is a real drawback, as X-Pro1 only accepts diopter correction lenses (±3). X-T1 has built-in diopter correction (-4 to +2).
- Exposure Compensation: you can now adjust exposure compensation by ±3 stops in 1/3rd increments using the dedicated dial (versus ±2 stops of the X-Pro1).
- Wi-Fi: Fujifilm X-T1 gains the now-standard for this class of cameras WiFi connectivity, which enables one to not only transfer images on the go, but also remotely control the camera. There’s the option of geotagging, too.
- Flash: neither of the two cameras has a built-in pop-up flash, but if you care about such a thing, a small external flash unit is part of the package with X-T1. It’s tiny and light, so you can easily pop it into a pocket and forget its there until it is needed. The flash unit is called EF-X8.
- Operating Temperature: I’ve used plenty of cameras – from entry-level to large, heavy, professional DSLRS – in freezing conditions (down to around -30ºC). They never skipped a beat. However, I was always worried. Fuji claims the X-T1 should work just fine at -10ºC (X-Pro1 seemingly scores a bit worse and is reliable down to 0ºC), which really is reassuring. Of course, no such protection can help with battery drain in cold weather.
The X-Pro1 is the older camera of the two and can’t do much against the progress Fuji made during the last couple of years even with the constant stream of very impressive firmware updates. There’s no way around this, X-Pro1 is, from a technical standpoint, obsolete in comparison to the X-T1. It does not necessarily mean one should replace the older camera with the newer one at this very instance – it is still capable of the exact same image quality and is a powerful tool in the right hands. More powerful than ever, in fact. But if you are just buying into the system, X-T1 or X-E2 are quite a bit more tempting even without the stonking hybrid viewfinder.
If there were ever reasons to spend $200 more on a camera, they are listed above. But such progress with the X-T1 does tell us one thing – X-Pro2, whenever it comes out, is likely to be quite something. Let’s not forget, X-T1 might be a high-end camera and somewhat tower above the aging X-Pro1 now, but it is no flagship. Best is yet to come!
Quote Romanas: “EVF: this, along with the improved AF system, is X-T1’s party piece. The new EVF currently offers the biggest magnification of any DSLR or mirrorless camera on the market today – a whopping 0.77x! That’s bigger than that of the full-frame Nikon D4.”
I think this is simply not true – and I belived it for years and was therefore wrong.
the X-T1 and the X-T2 are not full frame cameras with a crop factor of x1.5- Therefore and to compare it with fullframe cameras you have to recalulate it and then you’ll be at x0.5. EVERY NIKON FULLFRAM CAMERA HAS A BIGGER VIEWFINDER THAN THE X-T1 OR X-T2.
Here you see the corrected value: snapsort.com/de/Ve…50/Angaben
Please somebody confirm this.
To get the same picture with an X-T1 like with an D750 you need to use a lens with 1.5x less focal lenth, that’s why the picture of any non-fullframe viewfinder will get smaller. Instead of the x0.77 you get x0.5. Fullframe viewfinder magnification are generally speaking always bigger.. The X-T1 has NOT the biggest magnification of any DSLR or mirrorless camera. I don’t speak of theoretical numbers but of what you experience in daily life. Since Romanas staement cause a lot of confused in the last few years I would be really glad if somebody here with good knowledge could confirm this and reassure me that I do now understand the topic (at least enough for practical use – so that if I want a camera with a big viewfinder magnification that I better go for a D750 than for an X-T1).
Thank you in advance for a correct reply.
The magnification value provided for the X-T1 is equivalent to a full-frame camera, thus it is actually 0.77x and larger than almost any other camera, bar medium format and above that. That said, it is still an LCD, with all the appropriate advantages and shortcomings.
In this case I apologize. I will write to snapsort.com which displayed the data wrong. I was not understanding the data from Fuji website properly: “Magnification : 0.77x with 50mm lens (35mm format equivalent) at infinity and diopter set to – 1.0m-1” => I thought that means it is 0.77x with 50mm lens, wheras the value should be given for a 35mm lens. But if you tell me it is already calculated for fullframe I belive you, though I dont understand it.
Roman: Wich of the of the Fuji cameras would you recommend in 2017: X-T1, X-T2, or Pro something? I am not sure if I should buy a Nikon D750 with fixed 24-120mmVR or one of these Fuji EVF cameras. I am a spectacle wearer and as far as I see from the data either D750 (exit pupil 21mm) or X-T1 (Eye point : approx. 23mm (from the rear end of the camera’s eyepiece) are good to look through with spectacles on the nose. Sure the leighter weight and size of Fuji cameras is good for travelling and biking and hiking, but on the other hand I am not sure about EVFs and not not having a built in flash and I have no clue which Fuji lenses to buy and I was always thinking that my first camera will be a Nikon fullframe camera … (which will hopefully last a decade before there is a need to upgrade) …
Recently got my hands on the Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon 56mm 1.2R and really loved it for most part! My views:
Had also reviewed the Fujifilm X-Pro1 earlier:
While both the cameras are great in their own right, I like Fujifilm’s ideology as a true blue Japanese co. to strive to the best that they can do. The continued support to all cameras across the board even a couple of years after release is just phenomenal as compared to what other “top cos.” are doing today!
My take on the X-Pro1:
With Fuji, it’s not about giving each flagship the newest and latest tech.. it’s about planned obselescence…
I just wanted to say a quick thank you for this article and the other comparisons and reviews of the X Series. It has really given me the insight I needed to make an educated decision on which camera to go for.
Keep up the great work.
Regarding your statement that the X-T1 has “the biggest viewfinder” of any DSLR and mirrorless camera on the market:
I dont understand the physics, but snapsort is writing the following:
“Viewfinder size describes how big the scene will look in the viewfinder relative to what the naked eye sees. Snapsort corrects this value to account for different crop-factors so this value can be safely compared across cameras with different sensor sizes.”
Are you still sure, that the X-T1 has the biggest viewfinder even among the DSLRs?
If yes, I would buy it instantly. But there must be a reason why snapsort writes this. On Snapsort full frame DSLR always have bigger viewfinders than DX/crop cameras. X-E2 for instance has a much smaller viewfinder than D610 on snapsort.
he viewfinder aspect is very important for me.
I beg for an answer,
the EVF magnification that you see in the table is 35mm-equivalent, which means it can be directly compared to full-frame DSLR cameras. And yes, it is very big. D610 has the magnification of 0.70x. According to Fujifilm, the X-T1 has a viewfinder with 0.77x magnification, which makes it higher than even that of the Canon 1Ds Mark III (0.76x).
I thank you very much for explaining and these good news!
Does the X-Pro1 not have 3 levels of optical magnification?
Peter, the specs are derived from official website, which lists only two magnification levels. The camera does, however, have framelines for more lenses.
Source – www.fujifilm.com
I would really like to know whether the “lens modulation optimiser” works on JPGs only, or on RAW files too.
It’s for jpgs only.
I am surprised that this post is not edited or deleted. Rants using offensive language like this should not be tolerated and allowed to posted.
Sorry I hit the post button before proof reading; Edit – “I am surprised that this post is not deleted. Rants using offensive language like this should not be tolerated by Photography Life. I understand everyone is entitled to their opinion and respect that but the point can be made using a civilized tongue.”
you are, of course, completely right. This time, though, it was a judgement call – I decided to leave his comment, however poorly mannered the speech may be, because he was not being offensive to anyone in particular. The fact it’s not exactly pleasant to read is shameful to the person who left it. But as long as the hatred is not directed against someone in our community, I have no problem with it, professionally.
Well I guess I will not be recommending this web site for our local Photography club any more since we have high school kids as members including mine. Also my wife finds this post disgusting and will not be visiting your site anymore. Posts like this IMO just cheapen your web site and make it lose all creditability.
Art, I am really sorry to hear that. I know our articles are read by children, of course, and we try to keep foul tongues at bay as much as we can, but at the same time we can not be responsible for every word said in the comments section. Some people just don’t know how to express their opinion in a well-mannered way. It is a pity that we lose good readers because of that.
Although I stand by what I said – Karl did not seem to try and offend anyone in particular in our community – I have read his comment again, this time more carefully, and indeed it does not represent the author as a man of high intellect. I have chosen to remove his comment after all. I understand this will not change your decision, nor is it the intent of my action – if a single comment is enough to force you out of this website, there is not much I can do. Still, I wish our credibility was judged by the articles that we write, not by what certain individuals say in the comments section. Our community is very friendly in general, and yet as our reader base grows we are bound to receive more of the hostile and offensive. Internet is full of trolls. As much as we try, we can not control everyone, there are not enough hours in the day.
I wish you best of luck, Art, and hope to see you here again without the disappointment in your “voice”.
It’s not the comment that made me respond to the way he worded his opinion, like I said he is entitled to his opinion, the thing that got me was that you read the post & replied to it then allowed it, that’s the credibility ( maybe I should have used the word “judgment” instead) that I thought was lacking. . It is not only the content of the site that determines it credibility but it is also determined by its character. I know you thought he was not trying to offend anyone but language like that has a pretty high probability that someone was going to be bothered by it. you stated you know you have articles read by children ten You should ask yourself “Would you want your kid reading that post?” I also realize that you cannot be responsible for what people write in the comments, but what you are responsible for is to have a set of rules (code of conduct if you will) regarding vulgarity, verbal attacks on others etc. ( to allow it or not) and enforce it to the standards that you set. Like you said as your reader base increases you’re going to more and more of this, but once you start to allow these kinds of posts on your site it will snowball and only get worse. There has to be some guidelines so people know what is expected of their conduct while commenting on your site if you want to keep control of it.
Over the years I have really enjoyed this website with all the great articles and information and have recommended it to others. But I cannot recommend it to others when posts like that are permitted
In the end it’s up you to decide what type site you choose to own; a place where people can share their views and knowledge in civil and respectful manner that your kids can read or have it turn it some kind of adult only site. Personally I think you have the best Photography website on the web and I would really hate to lose your site as a resource. Also you have not lost me as a reader yet, but I will be talking to the parents of our adolescent r club members to warn them about this. But my kids will not be reading this site until I see how this plays out. As for my wife that’s up to her.
Art, I talked to Romanas about this earlier today and wrote an email response to your inquiry. Profanity, vulgar language and pornography will never be tolerated on our site. We are a child safe zone and will always remain one.
Thank you for your quick resolution of this matter.
On another note, I see you now have the sticky paper for the gel sticks in stock. I ordered a couple of the gel sticks as one of the door prizes for our quarterly photography club party last week and the people who got lucky love them . Will be ordering more for future events. The gel sticks are the greatest thing since sliced bread; thanks for stocking them.
[Quote] I’ve not had the chance to hold it in hand, but… [/Quote]
…to be on the safe side I quickly write a review! ???????
Peter, trying as much as I can to ignore your hostility, I will give you another quote from quite a bit earlier in the article:
“As always, it is important to note that this comparison is based purely on technical specifications.”
Nowhere did I ever say this was a review. Just a simple comparison of specifications which I pointed out very clearly. The part about the grip potentially improving hand-holdability of the camera with large lenses comes from personal experience with similarly shaped DSLR cameras, so you can call it an educated guess if you like.
I do not expect people to always pay attention. I know plenty just glance over and that is completely fine, of course. But when someone starts to look for something to be either ignorant or downright hostile over, it does become a little unpleasant, I must say. Given the amount of work I’ve put into this article which you get to read and perhaps even learn a little something for nothing more than a thank you, sometimes not even that.
Peter, no offense, but nobody is forcing you to read this if you do not like it. But it would be nice if people knew we have no secret agenda with this, and it would be nice at least not to be bashed for our hard work, especially when there is absolutely no reason for it.
Have a good day.
Romanas, sorry for beeing hostile and causing all that trouble. That was not my intention. English is not my mother tongue and I was only wondering about the tendency to publish articles as quick as possible after an announcement. I appreciate your work here at photography life – no question about that.
But in my personal view your and many other sites lose trustability by writing articles about new products only to be one of the first sites in the internet to report on something. In the past I regarded your site as highly professional and this is currently affected by overhasty articles on products like the shutter problem on the Df for example.
I, as a long time follower of your site, would rather like to see a more profund review after using the camera instead of listing the differences and similarities. But to make it clear again: I am a single reader and that is only my personal opinion. But perhaps that´s how it works today – be the first or be the one who loses readers.
I hope I could make my point clear.
being the first is not our most important goal. Actually, I quite dislike announcement articles. They take time that I could spend writing something much more interesting. And yet they are also necessary.
As for these comparisons, I would not say they are pointless. For you – yes, perhaps. But then no one is forcing you to read, right? For someone who wants to get into mirrorless cameras and is weighing his options, these articles might help decide which way to go. We’ve never pushed cameras, have we? We never said – buy it. I would even go as far as say our comparisons are very objective, at least I try my best to keep them this way.
Reviews are to come. But for now all we could do were these comparison articles and if they help even a single person, I see no reason why I should not write them as much time and effort as it takes.