For those of you still confused about all the Fuji X Series camera models available, here is a quick table that I made for myself to make sense of it all (for me).
*Correction 10/26/15* Oops! Just found out that the X-E1 also has a 2MP EVF (wow!)
You should also read the article by Zach Arias to get a very good overview.
- 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.
- 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.
- The X100‘s 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.
- Tons of people love the X-Pro1 even though it is outdated. Search the Internet for reviews on why.
- The X-E is very close to the X-Pro1 but with an EVF instead of the hybrid viewfinder and is smaller than the X-Pro1. Some like it 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.
- Nearly all the Fuji X cameras use the same battery. This is especially hard on the X-T1 since it is the speed demon of the bunch.
- The best viewfinders can be found in the latest X100T, X-E2, X-T1 and X-T10 with the X-T1 having the largest of the bunch (which is great for glasses).
- 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, X-E2 and X-T10 should be fine.
- But if you are a fast shootin’ photographer (you know who you are), then only the X-T1 with the latest and greatest UHS-II cards will make you happy (and it will give a Canon 7D a run for its money).
I wanted to replace my giant DSLRs, but wanted my first Fuji to be able to do anything I asked of it including sports photography of my kids, so I went with an X-T1. Price-wise, I will probably get an used X-E2 next to get the most flexibility of choices between the two bodies, and a used X100T might be in the works in the distant, distant future.