Fuji X-A1 vs X-E2 vs X-T100

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  1. pixmedic

    pixmedic I am the Lord thy Mod Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I recently felt the urge to get back to a 24MP sensor and since im shooting Fuji now, that left a few options on the table. I really didn't want to spend much money, and fortunately, i didn't have to.
    I considered a few different models that were reasonably budget friendly....I basically settled on an X-T100 as middle ground between the cheaper X-A5 and the slightly higher budget X-T20.
    heres how it stacks up against my other Fuji's.

    upon unboxing the X-T100, i immediately noticed it was smaller than I was expecting. i would say its actually a tad smaller than the X-E2, although not by much. the viewfinder is nice and gives it more of a DSLR feel than the X-E2's rangefinder shape. the 91pt autofocus system is pretty good. its snappy in low light, but struggles just a little with moving subjects compared to the X-E2. (not really an issue for me anymore) It does have a 24MP sensor, but it is the bayor sensor and not the x-trans sensor like the 16mp sensor in the X-E2. Again, not really a huge issue for me.

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    The button placement is less sophisticated than the X-E2. its basically the same as the X-A1. it requires a bit more menu diving than the higher end models, but its not terrible. Given that I do all staged shots now its really a non issue.
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    It has a touchscreen display and bluetooth. i have it paired with my phone and with the fuji app i can use my phone as a remote or i can transfer photos when away from wifi. marginally useful i guess.

    Overall, i would say im relatively pleased. i probably would have liked an X-T20 or higher model better, but I also would have had to spend more money. I guess my final consensus is that if your looking for a budget friendly Fuji camera that offers a newer 24mp sensor, the X-T100 isnt a bad way to go. I got this brand new with the 15-45 OIS PZ kit lens for less than $500. (ill probably sell the kit lens)
    For a little more cash the X-T20 has a button layout like the X-E2 and has the X-Trans III sensor if that appeals to you. My next upgrade might be to something a little beefier like the X-T2.

    I have some portrait work lined up in a few weeks so ill have the chance to really see how I like the 24MP sensor compared to the 16MP ive been using. I suspect it will perform well.


     
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    I really LIKE the control layout on the X-E2.
     
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    pixmedic I am the Lord thy Mod Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I concur.
    buuuuut...for as little money as I spent i cant complain.
    honestly, my needs are pretty sparse as far as camera features go.
    I wanted good AF in low light, which the T100 does. the AF is fast, and although i almost always use single point, the T100 has a decent grid system.
    I haven't been able to do much testing yet, but even though its a bayor filtered sensor and not an x-trans, i expect the results from this 24mp sensor to be excellent.

    the controls arent terrible either...
    you can set the control wheels to do different things...theres three, plus a function button that defaults to ISO.
    my left top wheel is ISO, right top wheel is SS, aperture is on the lens.
     
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    24 Mp on Bayer vs 16 Mp on X-Trans...I think you will see more resolution in most cases. Plus, you will probably have a little bit better raw conversions in LR with the Bayer array, esp. on fine, fine details.
     
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    pixmedic I am the Lord thy Mod Staff Member Supporting Member

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    ISO 3200 with no noise reduction. also reduced to under 2mb for uploading.
    SS-60 f/2.4

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    pixmedic I am the Lord thy Mod Staff Member Supporting Member

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    ISO 6400, no noise reduction. SS60 f/2.8, exported for under 2mb file size

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    pixmedic I am the Lord thy Mod Staff Member Supporting Member

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    ISO 10000, SS100, f/2.4 no noise reduction, reduced file size in export.

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    ISO 10,000 with no NR looks good!
     
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    pixmedic I am the Lord thy Mod Staff Member Supporting Member

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    heres the ISO 10k photo with some NR and sharpening in LR.

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    Nice results. And now you’ve got me thinking of buying a compact Fuji for my purse... damn GAS!
     
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    Seriously... what would you think of the XT100 with the 15-45 for a travel camera/2nd camera for when I have my loong zoom on the XT2? Can you take some landscape shots of it in Ireland and post them here? lol.
     
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    i already have the 18-55 f/2.8-4 so im probably going to sell the 15-45.
    it IS a much smaller and lighter lens though. if you want, i can take a pic of the x-t100 with the 15-45 lens on it and u can see the actual size of the combo.
     

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