The Fuji X-T1
Yes, I’ll admit, I’ve been gushing heavily about the Fujifilm X-T1 ever since it hit my doorstep back in February. Since then, I’ve used it almost exclusively for an incredibly wide range of photography, and it’s tackled everything I’ve thrown at it, from action, adventure, travel, landscapes, people, and even high-end assignment work.
However, don’t just take my world for it. This week, National Geographic posted a list of their Top 10 Compact Cameras for Travelers and featured the X-T1 at the top of the list.
Citing its quick autofocus, fast image review, high frame rate, solid, lightweight styling and “one of the best electronic viewfinders yet,” NG Travel’s Director of Photography Dan Westergren sums it up by saying that with the X-T1, he can leave the DSLR at home without a second thought.
Whereas Dan felt that when compared to a DSLR, using some of the other Fuji X cameras was like walking through mud, the X-T1 is responsive and capable enough to keep up with the demands of serious shooters. This echoes my sentiments about camera. As an outdoor, adventure and travel shooter, I feel that it’s the camera I’ve been waiting for during my entire career.
The Fuji X-E2
If that isn’t a high enough accolade for the Fuji X series, NG also included the Fuji X-E2 on the list. Since it has the same 16MP X-Trans CMOS sensor as the X-T1, the X-E2 has amazing picture quality that rivals many full-frame cameras.
Jonathan Irish, program director for national Geographic Adventures remarked about just how good the JPEGs are straight out of the camera and how little he has to correct them on the computer.
In addition to the quality, I particularly love the different film simulations that Fuji built into these cameras, they allow you to experiment with different looks depending on what kinds of subjects you’re shooting. Lately, my favorite is the ProNeg Standard, which emulates the slightly lower contrast and soft look of print film. It’s awesome for portraits!
With its cool rangefinder style, the X-E2 is small, very compact and incredibly classy. It’s not weather sealed and it doesn’t have some of the top end features of the X-T1, like predictive focus tracking, but for many travel subjects, people and landscapes, it definitely gets the job done with great results. Combined with the awesome lenses that Fuji keeps coming out with, both of these models offer incredible, creative and fun solutions for outdoor and travel photographers.
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I’d like to congratulate Fujifilm on this honor. They’ve done an amazing job with their X line and I think it’s great to see them get such high praise from someone like National Geographic. If you’ve been on the fence about whether a small camera will give you the quality and features that you need in your photography, I’d say that this is a pretty good testimonial.