Fujifilm X-T1 Holds Its Own

Fujifilm X-T1 Holds Its Own

Having lunch with a friend today, he pulls out his new Canon 5D Mk IV.  Impressive!  But, my Fujifilm X-T1 holds its own, otherwise I’d be ordering a Mark IV.

It’s hard to fight the G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome – the urge to go out and buy the latest gear.)  So, I turned to dpreview to see what they have to say.

First, here’s the report card on the X-T1:

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X-T1 Report Card

B or an A?

So, is an 84% a B or an A?

If it is a B, then most cameras are Bs.  There are very few that have scored 90 or above.  In fact, unless I missed one, we’re talking about the Nikon D500 and the Sony Alpha 7R II.  And, I plan to talk more about that.

Canon 5D Mk IV

The Canon 5D Mk IV is very impressive.  It’s got some cool features, and I’m a 5D fan.  I own the 5D and the 5D Mk II.  I love them both… but I love my Fujifilm X-T1 more.

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Canon 5D Mk IV Report Card

When I looked at DP Review’s report card for the Mk IV compared to the X-T1, you can see it ranks higher in most things except for image quality and value.  While I’m surprised it scored higher in focus accuracy, I guess Canon has improved in that area since buying my 5D Mk II.

What about the top rated camera, the Nikon D500?

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Nikon D500 Report Card – Highest Scoring Camera

Here we see it beats the X-T1 in every area but two – jpeg quality and connectivity.  Impressive!  Very impressive.


There’s a lot of squabble on the Internet about how great the Sony Alpha 7RII is.

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Sony Alpha 7R II Report Card

Well, as you can see from above it really beats out the X-T1 in image quality.  But, the main reason I did not go with Sony was its handling and ergonomics — they are pretty bad in my opinion.  There was only one other camera that was harder to use and that was the Canon EOS-M.  But, if all you care about is image quality, it’s great.

Finally, the D810

I know a few people that think the D810 is God’s gift to photographers.  Well, it didn’t score as well as the D500 I will be quick to point out these days.

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Nikon D810 Report Card

It’s only marginally better than the X-T1.  Not enough to make me want to buy one.

Back to Fujifilm

So, I came back to me beloved Fujifilm.  I looked at the X-T2’s report card…

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Fujifilm X-T2 Report Card

Why son of a gun.  It too is only marginally better.  Is it good enough to make me rush out and buy one?

Nope, but if you’re looking for something new and better than what you’ve got, the X-T2 is great, and now with the X-T20 you can save a few bucks and get the same image quality.