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Fujifilm X-E1 vs Fujifilm X-T2

We compare the Fujifilm X-E1 to the Fujifilm X-T2: Which digital camera has the better sensor? Which has the better viewfinder or monitor? Which is faster?

Both cameras belong to the Mirrorless category.

Here are both models side by side. The Fujifilm X-E1 is on the left, the Fujifilm X-T2 on the right:

X-E1 vs X-T2 - Side by side

For a more detailed size comparison, see the section further down below.

Fujifilm X-E1 vs Fujifilm X-T2: Specifications at a glance

X-E1

  • Introduced in September 2012
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • 16 megapixel
  • 6 frames/second
  • 200 - 6400 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 71.00mm (2.8") Monitor
  • Lens mount X-Bajonett
  • No WiFi
  • 129 x 74.9 x 38.3mm³ (5.1" x 2.9" x 1.5")
  • 300g (9.7 oz.)

All specs: Main page for X-E1

X-T2

  • Introduced in July 2016
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • 24 megapixel
  • 8 frames/second
  • 200 - 12800 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount X-Bajonett
  • WiFi built-in
  • 132.5 x 91.8 x 49.2mm³ (5.2" x 3.6" x 1.9")
  • 507g (16.4 oz.)

All specs: Main page for X-T2

Our advice: From our own experience, we recommend SanDisk memory cards. The SanDisk Extreme Pro is fast enough for high-speed image sequences and 4K video:

Memory card for X-E1 and X-T2

The 64 GB Extreme will take up to 90 minutes of super high-res 4K video. For Full HD video we recommend the SanDisk Ultra.

X-E1 vs X-T2: The sensors

Both cameras use the same sensor format: APS-C. This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Info graphic: X-E1 an X-T2 sensor comparison

Note: 1-Euro coin for scale; the coin at 23.25mm diameter is slightly smaller than a US quarter.

The APS-C sensor built into both cameras has a total area of about 368mm² (14.5 sq.in.).

X-E1 vs X-T2: The viewfinders

The X-E1 uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel. The magnifcation is c. 0.62x.

The X-T2 features an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel and a magnification of around 0.77x.

This infographic illustrates the viewfinder magnifications of both cameras. The black area represents a magnification of 1x, corresponding to natural size; indicated in red is a magnification of 0.85x, the highest value in a any camera on the market today.

X-E1 (0.62x)

X-T2 (0.77x)

Simulated viewfinder of the X-E1Simulated viewfinder of the X-T2

Advantage: Fujifilm X-T2

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Fujifilm X-E1 on the left, the Fujifilm X-T2 in the right column:

Advantage Fujifilm X-E1...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

X-E1

X-T2

Built-in flash (2)
Longer battery life (3, photos)350340
Weighs less (2)300g
(9.7 oz.)
507g
(16.4 oz.)
More portable (2)370cm³
(23 cu.in.)
598cm³
(38 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the X-E1 are the built-in flash, that the battery has more stamina and the lower weight than the X-T2. Another advantage over the X-T2: the more compact size.

The X-E1 scores 9 points.

...and here's where the Fujifilm X-T2 has an edge...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

X-E1

X-T2

Sensor cleaning (3)
Higher resolution (5, megapixel)16.3024.30
Faster (4, frames/second)68
More AF points (4)49325
Sensitivity (4)200 - 6400 ISO200 - 12800 ISO
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)0.461.04
Articulated monitor (2)
Better Video (2)1920 x 10803840 x 2160
WiFi (2)
USB 3.0 (2)
Environmentally sealed (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the X-T2 are built-in automatic sensor cleaning, the higher resolution and that the camera is faster. Additional pros for the Fujifilm are the faster and more accurate auto focus, the larger sensitivity and that the display has a higher resolution. A nice touch is the articulated display, the superior video recording and the built-in wifi that permits remote shooting and image transfer without the need for a cable connection. Finally, there's the the support for USB 3.0. HArdly a luxury, given today's image size and the requirements of 4K video.

Yields 30 points for the X-T2.

...and here's what both have in common

X-E1

X-T2

Sensor formatAPS-CAPS-C
Lens selection2525
External microphone

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Fujifilm X-E1 again on the left, Fujifilm X-T2 on the right:

Front view of the X-E1 and the X-T2...

X-E1 und X-T2, front viewX-E1 und X-T2, front view

...and here we have both Fujifilms from above:

X-E1 und X-T2, view from aboveX-E1 und X-T2, view from above

Our recommendation

Comparing features and specifications of both cameras yields the following score:

Fujifilm X-E1

Fujifilm X-T2

9
30

CameraCreativ recommends the Fujifilm X-T2.

Our rating of the Fujifilm X-E1

No rating available.

Our rating of the Fujifilm X-T2

The X-T2 is Fujifilm's flagship APS-C camera. As such it has an excellent feature set and is the first Fuji that records 4K video. Built-in Wifi and automatic sensor cleaning combined with USB 3.0 and weather sealing make for an attractive, albeit not exactly cheap package. Add to that a great build quality paired with the manufacturer's attention to detail and you have a winner. Fuji's great lens selection is another plus.

Amateurs and enthusiast who can live without the more high-end features, namely USB 3.0 and sealing, should take a look at the much more affordable Fujifilm X-T20.

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