• APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 6400
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Fujifilm X-T1 advantages over Olympus E-PL8

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    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 3.75 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • 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
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
    Yes vs No
    A unique sensor design provides sharp photos without moiré
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Olympus E-PL8 advantages over Fujifilm X-T1

  • Less expensive
    $599 vs $1499
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Newer
    2 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    487g vs 771g
    Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

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
  • 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
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • 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

  • Excellent image quality; Solid, weather-sealed body; Retro design that actually makes sense in a digital camera; Very low viewfinder lag for single-servo shooting; Fast burst shooting with great buffer depths; In-camera Wi-Fi connectivity

  • Exposure compensation dial is easily bumped; Four-way controller buttons are hard to press; Significant viewfinder lag for burst shooting; No raw files above ISO 6,400; Default settings strongly limit JPEG dynamic range

The Competition

Compared to Samsung Galaxy NX

Fujifilm X-T1
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $1299
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Olympus E-PL8
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Samsung NX30

Fujifilm X-T1
Samsung NX30
  • $1299
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • $873
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Olympus E-PL8
Samsung NX30
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $873
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Fujifilm X-T10

Fujifilm X-T1
Fujifilm X-T10
  • $1299
  • APS-C
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $571
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
Olympus E-PL8
Fujifilm X-T10
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $571
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Fujifilm X-T1
Panasonic GX85
  • $1299
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $531
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Olympus E-PL8
Panasonic GX85
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Longer stills battery life
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $531
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Olympus E-PL9

Fujifilm X-T1
Olympus E-PL9
  • $1299
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Olympus E-PL8
Olympus E-PL9
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
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