My last day at Focus I decided that I needed to see what the files produced by a Fuji X-Pro1 and the OM-D looked like side by side. I knew how each camera handled, but what kind of a picture would they produce in the end? Would I be happy with one more than the other? What follows is by no means a scientific test of the sort you are use to seeing. Please excuse that. There were only 2 OM-D’s on the stand at Olympus so I couldn’t take one away for too long. Then, the Fuji couldn’t come off the stand without an escort. Two in fact. So I picked a well lit subject thanks to Damian Lovegrove and shot the OM-D image. Then I went to the Fuji stand and kindly procured the beautifully ‘vintage’ looking X-Pro1 and went to stand F31 again to take a similar shot. I did not have the same focal length on each camera though I had intended that. It didn’t work out that way. Nothing was the ‘same’. It doesn’t really matter. What I think this test clearly showed me is that both cameras are capable of providing an outstanding image. The choice of purchase comes down to preference and operational flow. If you’re looking for a camera that feels like a traditional rangefinder and has some of it’s benefits (like an optical viewfinder) then that Fuji X-Pro1 is something you should seriously look at. If you want something smaller, lighter, and faster to operate that is weatherproof and at the moment has a lens selection that would make anyone’s head spin, (Fuji will be bringing out more lenses for the X-Pro1 in the not too distant future) then go check out the OM-D.
There are of course other reasons to buy either camera. It depends on the kind of photography you are interested in creating and how you like to work. I like to say cameras are like shoes. I wear a different pair of shoes if I am ballroom dancing, climbing a mountain, running a half marathon, or just hanging around town. It’s not really that different with cameras. You really must try them on and walk around for a bit to find what is comfortable for you. There is no single one perfect pair of shoes or camera. But both of these are excellent choices.
The photographs are the OM-D EM-5 with the 45mm 1.8 lens at F5 1/200 800ISO and the Fuji X-Pro1 with the 35mm 1.4 at F2 1/125 200ISO taken by Damien Lovegrove. There are also 800x600px sections taken at 100% of each image. Both cameras at ISO 800 are amazing. I can’t really tell them apart a glance from 200ISO to 800. When does that happen? Personally I’d like one of each please.
Lighting by Damien Lovegrove Model is Chloe Jasmine Whichello