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Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm X-T1


The X-T1 is supported by a superb Fujifilm Camera Remote app for wireless Wi-fi control from a smartphone or tablet

Available lenses

There are currently 10 XF lenses available for the X-T1, seven of which are fixed focal length primes.

Battery Life

The X-T1's battery is fractionally smaller than E-M1's and has a claimed battery life of 350 shots.


Sensor: 16.3-million-effective-pixel X-Trans CMOS II

Output Size: 4896x3264

Focal Length magnification: 1.5x

Lens Mount: X Mount

Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec, plus bulb

ISO: 200-6400, extendable to ISO 100-51,200

Metering System: 256-zone TTL metering system

Exposure Compensation: +/-3EV in 1/3 steps

Drive mode: 8fps

LCD: 3in, 1.04 million dots

Viewfinder: 2.36-million-dot OLED colour EVF

AF Points: 49

Video: 1920 x 1080 pixels (at 60p or 30p), 1280 x 720 pixels (at 60p or 30p)

External mic: Built-in 2.5mm input

Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-II)

Power: Rechargeable Li-ion NP-W126 battery

Dimensions 129 x 89.8 x 46.7mm

Weight 440g (including battery and memory card)

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M1


The E-M1 can be comprehensively controlled via Wi-fi using the Olympus Image Share app

Available lenses

Olympus produces 15 Micro Four Thirds optics, but many Panasonic and third party options are available too

Battery Life

Olympus claims a battery life of 350 shots from its rechargeable Li-ion battery, but we achieved more in use.


Sensor: 16.3-million-effective-pixel, micro four thirds Live MOS

Output Size: 4608 x 3456 pixels

Focal Length magnification: 2x

Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds

Shutter Speeds: 60-1/8000sec + bulb up to 30 minutes

ISO: 100-25,600

Metering System: 324-zone multi-pattern TTL

Exposure Compensation: +/-3EV in 1/3 steps

Drive mode: 10fps

LCD: 3in, 1.037-million-dot tilting LED

Viewfinder: 2.36-million-dot

AF Points: 81-point system, 37-point phase detection, touch focus

Video: 1080 HD at 30p, 720P at 30p, AVCHD, AVI Motion JPEG

External mic: Yes

Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I

Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion BLN-1 battery

Dimensions 130.4x93.5x63.1mm

Weight 497g (including battery and card)

Sony A7

Sony Alpha A7


Wi-fi compatible, Sony's play memories app allows key apps like Smart Remote Control to be used

Available lenses

So far there are five Sony FE lenses available with focal lengths ranging from 24-200mm

Battery Life

Expect to shoot up to 340 shots on a single charge when using the LCD monitor and 270 shots using the EVF


Sensor: 24.3-million-pixel, full-frame CMOS sensor

Output Size: 6000 x 4000 pixels

Focal Length magnification: 1x

Lens Mount: Sony E Mount

Shutter Speeds: 30-1/8000sec plus bulb

ISO: 100-25,600 (extended to ISO 50)

Metering System: 1,200-zone evaluative, centreweighted, spot

Exposure Compensation: ±5EV in 1/3EV and 1/2EV steps

Drive mode: 5fps (2.5fps with AF and AEL)

LCD: 3in TFT with 921,600 dots

Viewfinder: 2.4-million-dot OLED display

AF Points: 117 points for phase-detection, 25 points for contrast-detection

Video: 1920 x 1080 pixels at 60p or 25p

External mic: Yes

Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC, MS Pro Duo

Power: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery

Dimensions: 127 x 94 x 48mm

Weight: 416g