Fuji X Series

Updated 11/2017

For those of you still confused about all the Fuji X Series camera models available, here is (what started as a quick) table that I made for myself to make sense of it all (for me).

I try to be accurate, but I am only human, so double-check any details that are important for you.

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Last updated 11/2017. Prices from around 11/2017.

You should also read the article by Zach Arias to get a very good overview.

Basically:

  • The XQ1 and XQ2 are the pocket-sized point-and-shoot cameras. Programming is very similar to the rest of the X-Series cameras. I believe the only difference is that the XQ2 is faster. Unfortunately, these were discontinued probably due to the collapse of the point-and-shoot market due to smartphones.
  • The X10/20/30 have the same sensor as the XQ models, but have more controls and is larger (comparison). The lens is not interchangeable, but is sharp. (Discontinued, but can still be found used.)
  • The X100‘s (and X70) are a different animal than the rest. I won’t go into detail here. Search the Internet for tons of reviews.
  • The X-A and X-M are your starter interchangeable cameras. They don’t have viewfinders. The X-A doesn’t use the magic Fuji X-Trans sensor, but it does have Fuji’s wonderful programming. (X-M1 is discontinued probably for product streamlining.)
  • Tons of people love the X-Pros. Search the Internet for reviews on why.
  • The X-E is very close to the X-Pros but with an EVF instead of the hybrid viewfinder and is smaller than the X-Pros. Some like smaller and some like the larger size. The X-E2 received significant upgrades in hardware and software that make it very similar to the X-T’s.
  • The X-T‘s have their viewfinders above the lens (traditional DSLR design) instead of on the left (rangefinder design). Here is a comparison. This makes no difference to me, but is important to some other people. The X-T1 accepts the fastest SD card currently on the market. The idea for this is to replace the need for huge buffers in the camera with SD cards that can write the files faster off the buffer.
  • The X100/S/T and X70 share the same smaller battery.
  • The X-A, X-E, X100F, X-T, X-Pros share the same larger battery.

Viewfinders:

  • The best viewfinders can be found in the latest X100T/F, X-E, X-T1/2 and X-T10/20 with the X-T1/2 having the largest of the bunch (which is great for those who wear glasses like me).
  • The older X100S and X-E1 also have 2MP EVFs, but are reported to be not as fast as the above cameras.
  • If you have only used 1MP EVFs and are ok with them, you will probably be fine with the older cameras. I’ve seen 1MP EVFs and dislike them, but the 2MP EVFs are quite wonderful in comparison.

FPS / Buffer:

  • If you don’t every need bursts in shooting speed, then all the cameras are fine.
  • If you only need an occasional burst in shooting speed, the X100T/F, X-E2/e and X-T10/20 should be fine.
  • But if you are a fast shootin’ photographer (you know who you are), then only the X-T1/2 with the latest and greatest UHS-II cards will make you happy (and it will give a Canon 7D a run for its money).

 

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