choosing between X-T1 and Sony A7

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Re: choosing between X-T1 and Sony A7
In reply to wy2lam, Feb 4, 2014

wy2lam wrote:

Donny out of Element here wrote:

Mike in Kansas wrote:

There should be no doubt that the X-T1 will win DPR gold award, as well as many other accolades.

Let's be honest here. We all are very excited about X-T1 and it has some very good features like large EVF and finally some descent tracking AF. However, do not hold your breath, old NEX-7 is still going to beat in pure IQ at lower ISO's. No contest there (and NEX-7 debuted back in 2011). It still has 24Mp and is still best APS-C camera when IQ is main goal (at low ISO). Now in 2014(!) where competition is tough we still have 16Mp (basically same old sensor) and that IMHO will be main issue for X-T1. Simply put dynamic range and resolution are basically same as many other 16Mp APS-C cameras out there. Now if Fuji comes out with new 20-24Mp sensor in X-Pro2 or X-T2 with better DR - then it will be a step forward. So far in terms of sensor specs we are dancing around same spot. Nevertheless X-T1 is a great camera for everything else besides sensor.

With IQ as the main goal, you should not compare the sensor alone.

Use both cameras and compare your keeper rate.

It also has much to do with ergonomics, processing, shutter speed, lens speed and selection, etc.

I absolutely agree. These things are too often forgotten, because it's harder to do direct (numerical) comparison, especially about ergonomics in reviews. And good handling for one might be terrible for another, so it's definitely a personal thing. So yes, one shouldn't just stare at pixels and noise. Personal experience on the handling of the camera is crucial. (edit: noticed a typo

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