X-E1 vs X-M1 for novice

Started Feb 25, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Re: X-E1 vs X-M1 for novice
In reply to vargan8, Feb 25, 2014

If you're looking to replace your P&S, maybe the X-M1 is for you. It's compact and geared towards the consumer audience, but still has similar functionality and quality as higher end bodies. Seems like the only advantage the X-E1 has is the viewfinder, which if it doesn't matter to you, then is probably not a factor.

Nothing wrong with a big jump from P&S to X-E1 or even DSLR. Before the mirrorless craze, it seems like P&S and DSLR were the only options so many of us had to make the big jump at some point. Full manual can be done on both X-E1 and X-M1, just handled a bit differently. Same principles will apply no matter what camera you use.

The bodies alone, right now, are probably about the same price -- that is, new X-M1 and used X-E1. Personally, I went with the X-M1 because size/weight was a major factor for me. I have a DSLR if I need all the bells and whistles. In addition, the X-M1 has a newer processor, tilting screen, and coming from the EOS M, the lack of viewfinder didn't bother me either (although, ironically, when I opened up my X-M1 for the first time and tried to take a picture, my eye naturally went up close as if there was a viewfinder...same thing happened when I first opened my EOS M! Haha. But I quickly adjusted).

Try out both cameras again and hopefully to a place that will let you power them on. I've never held an X-E1 so I don't know the button/layout/feel differences but try it all if you can.

Honestly, I don't think you can go wrong with either camera!

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