Real life performance comparison: Fuji X-E1 vs Olympus OMD EM-5


image courtesy: lindsaydobsonphotography.com

lindsaydobsonphotography.com (click here) compared the Fuji X-E1 and the Olympus OMD EM-5. It’s a well made, comprehensive, real life review, with a lot of images and also a list of PROS and CONS of these cameras.

At the end, which camera would she choose? “That’s quite a difficult question, both are capable of producing outstanding images… In the room with the snake the Fuji really struggled to lock focus at times and the slight lag of the EVF added to my frustrations. However the OMD nailed the shots easily (despite having a cheap and slow zoom on at the time). And of course the OMD is not only faster but is also weather proofed which is a great bonus for me, amongst its other performance attributes. So whilst I greatly admire the XE1 for its outstanding images, classic looks and wonderful build quality, it’s rather like a luxury saloon car – pleasurable to handle providing you’re not in too much of a hurry. The OMD on the other hand is a bit like a highly specc’d modern sports car – a little sharper around the edges but your journey will be fast and fun.”

Read much more in her post here. And here is the second part of her review.

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  • Just to note, Lindsay is a she not a he! And yes a great photographer who also has lots of great posts taken with her X10.

    • Definitely a she. If it wasn’t the name it would be the webdesign that gives it away. 😀

    • ops… corrected it. It’s of course a she! mea culpa

  • maybe a good photographer but this was a rubbish review
    I switched off after she claimed that the DOF was hardly different
    I have seen that written so much by M4/3s fanboys/girls and its simply not true

  • Can you enlighten us on the DOF differences at all, colonel? It’s hard to get stats.

  • If it was me, and I only wanted stills I would say Fuji X-E1. aps-c is almost twice the surface area (224.9mm(srq) vs 380mm(srq)) of micro four thirds. But Fuji video is not so good compared to the OMD EM-5 so if I needed video as well I would go with the OMD EM-5 and hope Fuji works on there video.


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