Fuji X-E1: Image Comparison

New Fuji X-E1 vs Canon EOS 7D.

For roughly £1200 you could have a Fuji X-E1 and 35mm f/1.4 or a Canon EOS 7D and 35mm f/2.

In a rather unscientific test we can guess that these are both very good crop-sensor cameras with portrait-ish lenses. The question is where would that money be best spent. Here are some very quick findings.

Fuji X-E1

Portrait of Luke, Fuji X-E1 and 35mm f/1.4 Lens

A nice quick portrait of Luke, natural light at f/2 (to match the Canon) with good sharp features and distinctive out of focus areas around the ears.

100% Crop from Fuji X-E1

This is a 100% crop from the above image.

Canon EOS 7D

Portrait of Luke taken on the Canon EOS 7D with 35mm f/2

Same deal as above, taken at f/2. Given the Canon’s ever so slightly smaller sensor the crop factor is 1.6x.

100% crop from Canon EOS 7D

Another 100% crop from the EOS 7D.

Conclusion:

Both cameras used the same aperture at f/2 and the same ISO settings, everything else left to auto. These results are pretty subjective, there are preferences you will have to each. The thing is both kits cost around the same money, both are high level cropped cameras with similar sensor sizes and the lenses are very similar. The Canon system is substantial, whilst the Fuji X range is still in its infancy so there isn’t the backup of a huge lens range.

Arguably the lenses aren’t of the same quality, the Fuji 35mm will set you back approximately twice as much as the Canon. This is really here to demonstrate how good Fuji have made something, the quality you get immediately from the camera, with no post processing, is unbelievable when you consider your other options. Sure there isn’t the RAW support for the Fuji yet, and they don’t have the biggest fleet of lenses, but if you’re considering spending over £1000 then the Fuji is certainly worth a look.

Order your Fuji X-E1 from Castle Cameras.

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