Fuji gets the wooden spoon in Steve's battle of the mirrorless cameras

Posted on by Mike Evans

There are three major players in mirrorless systems field in the minds of enthusiasts. They are Fuji, Olympus and Sony (in alphabetical order, I should point out). I don't include Leica because, strictly speaking, the M is not a mirrorless camera in the new meaning of the term. As a rangefinder it is unique. But the three Japanese manufacturers are ploughing their furrows with three different sensor sizes, Four Thirds, APS-C and full frame. Sony, of the three, is the only company with a presence in both APS-C and full-frame, but it is the full-frame A7 models that are currently tickling the fancy.

Reading the small print: Steve Huff doesn't care much for the Fuji X Series but I'm not so sure. I like the rendering from the X-Trans sensor and, as here with the f/1.2 56mm lens, the X-T1 produces the goods. Above all, it is a mature system with excellent lenses (Photo Mike Evans)

So which of these three systems is best? Steve Huff has pronounced Olympus the winner, followed by Sony and Fuji in last place with the wooden spoon. You can make up your own minds on this from his article. He has a lot of facts and many photographs to back up his conclusion and he makes some compelling arguments.

I feel some of his comments on Fuji are a little unfair, although I agree with him that the Sony A7 is a more solid, better-made camera. The Olympus is the one system I have not had the chance to try, but I hope to remedy that soon. Micro Four Thirds, as a system, has a lot going for it, not least in the extent and quality of its lenses from several different manufacturers.

This is definitely a bonus for the Olympus EM-1 as tested by Steve. The Sony has the benefit of the full-frame sensor with much greater opportunity to use narrow depth of field; and in terms of image quality is superb. But the Fuji, despite Steve's apparent dislike, is part of a very mature system with a comprehensive range of first-rate lenses. As a system, it beats the Sony which, apart from possessing a couple of good primes (but more coming this month), is lacking overall. However, I know many experienced photographers, such as my colleague Bill Palmer, who are messianic in their adherence to the Fuji X Series and I shall be interested to hear their reactions to Steve Huff's verdict. 

Find Steve Huff's Fuji/Olympus/Sony comparison here.