• APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 6400
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 204,800

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Differences

Fujifilm X-E1 advantages over Pentax K-1

  • Less expensive
    $599 vs $1897*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    38 mm vs 85 mm
    Thinner
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.5 fps vs 4.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    5.6 fps vs 4.6 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Pentax K-1 advantages over Fujifilm X-E1

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Fast startup
    ~1.20 vs 2.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 760 vs 350 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Newer
    3 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    1037k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Less shutter lag
    0.09 vs 0.44 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    36.4 vs 16.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    74 vs 16 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    17 vs 12 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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.

  • Unlocks the full potential of full-frame Pentax lenses; Excellent image quality; Great ergonomics and build; Very compact for full-frame; Decent performance; Fast autofocus with great low-light capabilities; Very wide sensitivity range; Bright, accurate viewfinder; Articulated LCD; Stabilization, Wi-Fi and GPS in-camera

  • No built-in flash strobe; Quite heavy compared to APS-C flagships; Somewhat soft images and blown highlights by default in JPEG mode; Warm Auto white balance indoors; Slow startup and buffer clearing; Small top-deck status display; Weak viewfinder illumination; Below-average battery life for DSLR

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
Pentax K-1
Samsung NX20
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash

Compared to Sony NEX-F3

Fujifilm X-E1
Sony NEX-F3
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
Pentax K-1
Sony NEX-F3
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Internal flash

Compared to Fujifilm X-E2

Fujifilm X-E1
Fujifilm X-E2
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • $574
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • On-sensor phase detect
Pentax K-1
Fujifilm X-E2
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $574
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Canon 5D Mark IV

Fujifilm X-E1
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $2799
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Pentax K-1
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $2799
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Pentax K-1 II

Fujifilm X-E1
Pentax K-1 II
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Pentax K-1
Pentax K-1 II
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Newer
  • Higher extended ISO
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