Fujifilm X-T10 vs X-E2 vs X-T1

June 4, 2015

Fujifilm X-T10 vs X-E2 vs X-T1

In this article I’ll compare the new Fujifilm X-T10 vs X-T1 and X-E2. All three are compact system cameras in Fujifilm’s X camera lineup.  In terms of pricing, the X-T10 sits above the X-E2 but below the X-T1. We’ll start with a short intro to the X-T10, which is the newest camera of the three and then move on to the comparison section, where you’ll be able to learn about the cons and pros of each cameras vs its peers.

Fujifilm X-T10

As of the time of writing, the X-T10 is Fuji’s latest cameras in its X-series camera’s lineup. The X-T10 has a very unique style design, which gives it a prestige retro-style look and feel.
The X-T10 was design to be compact and lightweight, but all of its advanced controls are still there, including three control dials made of aluminum, including a shooting mode dial, exposure compensation dial and shutter speed dial.

The cameras bears a small but comfortable grip, which can further enhanced with a the optional bigger MHG-XT10 hand grip.  In my opinion, the X-T10 looks more polished than the X-E2, and it looks like a great deal of thought put into its design.

The Fujifilm X-T10 was designed to be super responsive and easy to use. One of the most important features that enthusiasts look forward for is the AF system. The X-T10 features a new Intelligent Hybrid AF system. This AF system takes advantage of both phase-detect and contrast-detect AF technologies, and can focus at 0.06 sec (tested with the XF16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR lens). The camera also has a very fast 0.5 sec start-up time, 0.5 sec shooting interval and 0.05 sec. shutter lag. The X-T10 was able to achieve all this thanks to its X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II.

The X-T10 offers six different autofocus modes, each one optimized for different shooting situations, including special subject-tracking modes, so you’ll never miss an important shot. The camera also feature Eye-detection AF and Auto Macro AF. In this ‘Auto Macro’ mode, the photographer won’t need to push a dedicated macro button, the camera will automatically detect it and assigned the appropriate settings, Fuji also improves the AF performance for in movie recording, which is now smoother and more accurate.

At the heart of the X-T10 is a 16MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor. The sensor carries a unique color filter array design that eliminates the need for an optical low-pass filter. The X-T10 still carries all of the unique features of the X-E1, including the ‘Lens Modulation Optimizer’, the built-in film simulation effects and others.

The camera also features a 2.36M-dot 0.62x electronic viewfinder, a 3-inch 920K RGBW tilting display, a built-in flash, 8 fps burst and a 1/32000 sec. shutter speed, thanks to the built-in electronic shutter.

The EVF now features a new graphical user interface than further enhance its usability and ease-of-use. Of course above all that, you have the option to select and use one or more of Fujifilm’s superb XF / XC lenses, which were designed to match the performance of the X series cameras.

As you can see, Fujifilm brought us a really beautiful high-performance CSC camera and the price seems just right. That said, we’ll still need to see how it stands against the X-E2, which is around $100 cheaper. The X-T1 might also still be a viable option if you have the budget.

In the next section we’ll compare all those three cameras, so we can further learn about the cons and pros of the new X-T10.

X-T10 vs X-T1 vs X-E2

X-T10 vs X-E2 vs X-T1 camera size comparison rear

X-T10X-T1X-E2
AnnouncedMay 18, 2015January 28, 2014October 18, 2013
BodyCombination of high quality plastic with die-cast magnesium alloy top and base plates and metal dialsDie-cast magnesium and aluminum alloyCombination of high quality plastic with die-cast magnesium alloy top and base plates and metal dials
Weather ResistantNot weather resistantdustproof
splash proof
freezeproof (-10°C)

Sealed in approx. 80 places

LCD strengthened with tempered glass panel
Not weather resistant
The X-T1 has a more durable body and it's also the only weather-sealed camera among the three.

If you are planning to shoot outdoors under harsh weather conditions, you should probably be looking into the X-T1.
Sensor16.3MP (effective)
APS-C (23.6x15.6mm)
X-Trans CMOS II

Ultra Sonic Vibration (dust reduction)

No OLPF
16.3MP (effective)
APS-C (23.6x15.6mm)
X-Trans CMOS II

Ultra Sonic Vibration (dust reduction)

No OLPF
16.3MP (effective)
APS-C (23.6x15.6mm)
X-Trans CMOS II

Ultra Sonic Vibration (dust reduction)

No OLPF
All three cameras features the same sensor type with 16.3MP resolution and no optical low-pass filter.
ISO200 - 6400
Extended 100 - 51200
200 - 6400
Extended 100 - 51200
200 - 6400
Extended 100 - 51200
Image ProcessorEXR Processor IIEXR Processor IIEXR Processor II
Built-in ISNoNoNo
Non of the three cameras have a built-in image stabilization mechanism.
AF SystemIntelligent Hybrid AF

Single point AF: 49 areas (7x7)
Zone AF: 77 areas (11x7)
Wide-Tracking AF: 77 areas (11x7(
Intelligent Hybrid AF

Single point AF: 49 areas (7x7)
Zone AF: 77 areas (11x7)
Wide-Tracking AF: 77 areas (11x7(
Intelligent Hybrid AF

59 areas (7x7)
AF Assist LampYesYesYes
LCD3.0 inch LCD
920K-dot
Tilting

Reinforced glass

Not touchscreen
3.0 inch LCD
1040K-dot
Tilting (90° upwards and 45° downwards)

Reinforced glass

Not touchscreen
3.0 inch LCD
1040K-dot
Fixed

Reinforced glass

Not touchscreen
All three have a 3-inch high-res display. The X-T10 has the lowest resolution, although the difference in resolution is small. The X-E2 is the only camera that uses a fixed display.

A tilting display make it easier to compose your images when shooting in low and high angles, especially when shooting videos.
ViewfinderElectronic
2.36M-dot

100% FOV
0.62x magnification equiv.

5 milliseconds lag time
1-axis level gauge
Electronic
2.36M-dot

100% FOV
0.77x magnification equiv.

5 milliseconds lag time
1-axis level gauge
Electronic
2.36M-dot

100% FOV
approx. 0.60x-0.64x magnification equiv.

5 milliseconds lag time
1-axis level gauge
All the three cameras feature a very high-res EVF. The X-T1 has a significantly larger viewfinder than the X-T10 and X-E2.

Viewfinder size is a very important feature for enthusiast and professional photographers. It allows you to get a clearer and larger view of the scene and subject you are photographing and enhance the photographing experience of your camera.

The X-T10 does feature an improved GUI compared to the X-E2, but the X-T1 wins here with its Multi Mode Viewfinder that offers different views, including 'Normal', 'Full', 'Vertical' and 'Dual', each on optimized for different shooting situations The 'Dual' for example will give you two views, one of the scene and the other for the focus assist, which make focusing easy and precise while still being able to view the entire scene at the same time.
Shutter Speed30 - 1/4000 sec

1/32000 sec (electronic shutter)
30 - 1/4000 sec

1/32000 sec (electronic shutter)
30 - 1/4000 sec

*1/32000 sec (electronic shutter)

*via firmaware update
Built-in Flash Yes (pop-up)No (EF-X8 external flash included)Yes (pop-up)
External FlashYes, via hot-shoeYes, via hot-shoeYes, via hot-shoe
Flash X Sync Speed1/180 sec1/180 sec1/180 sec
Burst Speed8 fps8 fps7 fps
Exposure Compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing(at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)(at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)(at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (+/- 1 to +/- 3)Yes (+/- 1 to +/- 3)No
Film Simulation
Bracketing
YesYesYes
Dynamic Range BracketingYes (100% · 200% · 400%)Yes (100% · 200% · 400%)Yes (100% · 200% · 400%)
ISO BracketingYes (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV)Yes (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV)Yes (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV)
Video Recording
(max. resolution)
*NTSC
1080p60 (progressive)
1080p30
1080p24

up to 14 minutes

Stereo mic
1080p60 (progressive)
1080p30
1080p24

up to 14 minutes

Stereo mic
1080p60 (progressive)
1080p30
1080p24

up to 14 minutes

Stereo mic
Mic InputYesYesYes
Headphone JackNoNoNo
Clean HDMINoNoNo
WirelessBuilt-in Wi-FiBuilt-in Wi-FiBuilt-in Wi-Fi
Battery Life (CIPA)350 shots350 shots350 shots
Dimensions118 x 83 x 41 mm (4.65 x 3.27 x 1.61″)129 x 90 x 47 mm (5.08 x 3.54 x 1.85″)129 x 75 x 37 mm (5.08 x 2.95 x 1.46″)
Weight381 g (0.84 lb / 13.44 oz)440 g (0.97 lb / 15.52 oz)350 g (0.77 lb / 12.35 oz)

Conclusion

The X-T1 is the most advanced camera among the three, especially for the outdoor photographer who needs that extra durability and weather sealing that the X-T1 offers. If you plan to shoot in the rain or in humid environments, you should certainly go with the X-T1. The X-T1 also has the largest and most advanced EVF among the three, has interval timer shooting mode, WB Bracketing (among all the other bracketing options),  improved ergonomics and now with the Firmware Ver 4.00 it boosts its AF performance and match the new AF features of the X-T10.

That said, the X-T10 still offers the best band for the buck.  The X-E2 suppose to get a firmware  somewhere in the near future. Right now it is v 3.00, but I’m pretty sure that the new update will match the AF features of the X-T10. I also expect an update to the Graphical user interface as well, but this is just an assumption and we’ll still need to way and see what the future brings. If you don’t want to wait for the X-E2 firmware, you like the look and feel of the X-T10 and if you also prefer a center viewfinder than a side viewfinder, the X-T10 might be the best one for you.

So the X-T10 isn’t a big update over the X-E2, but some of you might prefer it because of its unique design and updated features. In my opinion it is worth the extra bucks, but I personally expected for slightly more from the X-T10.  If you are searching for a new mirrorless camera in the $800-$1000 price range, you should certainly consider buying the X-T10.

 

 



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