• APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 6400
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Fujifilm X-M1 advantages over Sony A5100

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.82 vs 3.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 230k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
    Yes vs No
    A unique sensor design provides sharp photos without moiré

Sony A5100 advantages over Fujifilm X-M1

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Less shutter lag
    0.23 vs 0.38 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 16.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    67 vs 16 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    25 vs 11 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • 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
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Very small and comfortable form factor; Very good image quality for its class; New dual video record function; Quick autofocus and good dynamic range.

  • Lacks an EVF and external mode dial; No hot shoe; JPEG processing at higher ISOs not as good as some competing mid-level models.

The Competition

Compared to Sony NEX-3N

Fujifilm X-M1
Sony NEX-3N
  • $385
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Higher-res screen
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Longer stills battery life
Sony A5100
Sony NEX-3N
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Samsung NX1100

Fujifilm X-M1
Samsung NX1100
  • $385
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Shoots 24p video
  • More pixels
Sony A5100
Samsung NX1100
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Higher-res screen
  • Hot shoe

Compared to Sony NEX-5T

Fujifilm X-M1
Sony NEX-5T
  • $385
  • APS-C
  • Internal flash
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
Sony A5100
Sony NEX-5T
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Higher-res screen

Compared to Fujifilm X-A1

Fujifilm X-M1
Fujifilm X-A1
  • $385
  • APS-C
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Sony A5100
Fujifilm X-A1
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Higher-res screen

Compared to Sony A5000

Fujifilm X-M1
Sony A5000
  • $385
  • APS-C
  • Higher-res screen
  • Hot shoe
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • NFC
Sony A5100
Sony A5000
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $448
  • APS-C
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