• APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 6400
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 100.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Fujifilm X-E1 advantages over Olympus TG-3

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.82 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Olympus TG-3 advantages over Fujifilm X-E1

  • Less expensive
    $349* vs $599
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    100 vs 16 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Produces superior image quality that's better than many DSLRs; Handsome and functional camera design recalls classic rangefinder models; Surprisingly good kit lens.

  • Mixed-bag operational performance, with sluggish startup and mediocre autofocus speed and shot-to-shot times; Video quality is only so-so.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung NX20

Fujifilm X-E1
Samsung NX20
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
Olympus TG-3
Samsung NX20
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Samsung Galaxy NX

Fujifilm X-E1
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Olympus TG-3
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Fujifilm X-E2

Fujifilm X-E1
Fujifilm X-E2
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • $574
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • On-sensor phase detect
Olympus TG-3
Fujifilm X-E2
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $574
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Ricoh WG-5 GPS

Fujifilm X-E1
Ricoh WG-5 GPS
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
Olympus TG-3
Ricoh WG-5 GPS
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus

Compared to Olympus TG-4

Fujifilm X-E1
Olympus TG-4
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $449
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
Olympus TG-3
Olympus TG-4
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $449
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Manual focus
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