Steve Huff of SteveHuffPhoto.com compares the Sony RX1 to the Fuji X-E1 in Aufotfocus Speed, Image Quality and High ISO (Low Light) Performance, etc.
This really is an apples to oranges comparison since one camera is a fixed lens compact and the other is a compact system (interchangeable lens) camera that costs less than half the price. Nonetheless, these are two of the best cameras to be released in 2012 and it’s a fun comparison to say the least (just look at the comments, because the trolls are out in full force).
For anyone who has read Steve’s posts about the RX1, it’s no secret that he loves the camera. He even named it “Camera of the Year” for 2012. But aside from it’s hefty price ($2,800 USD and that’s without an EVF), there’s a lot to love about what Sony call the “World’s First Full Frame Compact Digital Camera.” The RX1 is quite an achievement to say the least. In designing and building this camera, Sony have cracked the code by successfully incorporating a 35mm Full Frame Sensor into a compact body, and they’ve also done it with excellence. They’ve also paired it with a top notch Carl Zeiss Lens that’s tailor made to work with the RX1’s sensor. Indeed, the files that this camera produces are nothing short of breathtaking.
On the Fuji side, their X-Trans Sensor and EXR processing technology are no less impressive. It’s important to note that the X-E1 and it’s big brother, the Fuji X-Pro1 are using 1st generation X-Trans and EXR technology, and in the first generation, Fuji focused solely on image quality (and they hit it out of the park). But Fuji have just released the new X-100s and X-20 compact cameras at CES 2013, and these cameras are using new X-Trans II Sensor and EXR II Processing technology, which have upped they systems autofocus speed and performance considerably, so it’s going to be fun to see where the X-Series cameras go from here.
But in this comparison of the Sony RX1 and the Fuji X-E1, Steve does low light autofocus tests that indicate, as Steve puts it, “that Fuji’s latest Firmware update (at the time of the test) on the Fuji 35 1.4 the AF is on par with the Sony RX1. It is NOT faster, it is about the same. Both cameras AF performance is great.” (Read article on SteveHuffPhoto.com)
Personally, I thought that the X-E1 was a hair slower than the RX1, although it did perform better than I expected. It’ll be interesting to see what happens when the next generation X-E1 and X-Pro1 get the new, speedier X-Trans II and EXR II tech built in.
So Here’s the Apples and the Oranges:
For Image Quality, you can’t go wrong with either one of these cameras because you’ll get delicious files from both (although I personally like the organic feel of the Fuji Files) – let’s call this a push. For video performance, it’s RX1, hands down (Fuji just haven’t figured out video… yet). The Fuji does have a built in EVF, is much cheaper and takes interchangeable lenses, but of course, that 35mm Zeiss on the RX1 is pretty versatile.
In the end, it’s not so much a matter of which one of these is the better camera as it is which one is better for you. But one thing is clear… both Sony and Fuji have developed impressive technology in creating these cameras and it will be interesting to see where they go from here.