It’s smaller and more affordable than the company’s flagship X-Pro 1, but the Fujifilm X-E1 still looks the part and uses the same 16.3-million-pixel sensor. Read the Fujifilm X-E1 review...
Image: Sony NEX-7
Apart from the X-Pro1, both the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Sony NEX-7 are stylish mirrorless cameras that offer strong competition to the X-E1. For a while, the 24.3-million-pixel NEX-7 had the best image quality of any mirrorless APS-C camera, but the X-E1 resolves much more than its pixel count suggests thanks to the unusual sensor set-up, and image quality is similar from both cameras.
Each model has an APS-C-sized sensor, while the OM-D E-M5 uses a four thirds unit, which in low light can’t quite match the others.
Image: Olympus OM-D E-M5
All three models use some of the finest examples of an EVF, while the NEX-7 has a multi-angle LCD screen, and the E-M5 offers touch control. The NEX-7 is the smallest, but the X-E1 is the lightest. The weather-sealed E-M5 offers the best battery life, via an optional battery pack.