Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Fujifilm X-E1 belongs to a Entry-Level Mirrorless category, the other model, Fujifilm X-E1 is a Large Sensor Compact camera. Both models feature different types of sensors. Thus, Fujifilm X-E1 comes with CMOS X-TRANS I sensor that has a resolution of 16.0 MP resolution, while our second compared model Ricoh GR II features a 16.0 MP CMOS sensor.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - MirrorLess and Compact. Keeping in mind all the distinctive features of each category, it will be hard to make a detailed comparison of these two models. However, we will do our best to make this review as unbiased and detailed as possible.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Fujifilm X-E1 and Ricoh GR II and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Fujifilm X-E1 Key Features:
Ricoh GR II Key Features:
|Continuous Shooting||6 fps vs 4 fps||2 fps faster|
|Battery Life||350 shots vs 320 shots||30 more frames with a single charge|
|Microphone Port||Yes vs No||High quality audio recording option|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.62 vs No||0.62 better magnification|
|Wireless Connectivity||Built-In vs No||Better connectivity|
|NFC||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Sensor Area||372.09 mm2 vs 368.16 mm2||1.1% larger pixel area|
|Flash Range||3 vs No||3 better flash range|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes vs No||Very handy for portraits|
|Screen Size||3″ vs 2.8″||0.2" larger screen|
|Screen Resolution||1,230k dots vs 460k dots||62.6% higher resolution screen|
|Weight||251 g vs 350 g||99 g lighter|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Optical (optional)||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type | Fixed Type||No flexible viewing angles|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP | 16.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Timelapse Recording||No | No||No timelapse recording|
|Continuous Shooting||6.0 fps | 4.0 fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Image Stabilization||No | No||No image stabilization|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Fujifilm X-E1 and Ricoh GR II from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Ricoh GR II is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 99g less than the Fujifilm X-E1. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Fujifilm X-E1 and Ricoh GR II any different in terms of sensor type?
Take a look below to find the comparison of Fujifilm X-E1 and Ricoh GR II by the size of their sensors.
Fujifilm X-E1 and Ricoh GR II are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Fujifilm X-E1 and Ricoh GR II in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Fujifilm X-E1||Ricoh GR II|
No Significant Advantages
No Significant Advantages
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Fujifilm X-E1 or Ricoh GR II, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Fujifilm X-E1 and Ricoh GR II here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Ricoh GR II deserves a higher Total Score than the Fujifilm X-E1. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Fujifilm X-E1||Ricoh GR II|
|Announced||Feb 28, 2013||Jun 17, 2015|
|Body Type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless||Large sensor compact|
|Sensor Type||CMOS X-TRANS I||CMOS|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.6 x 15.6 mm||23.7 x 15.7 mm|
|Sensor Area||368.16 mm2||372.09 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP||16.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4896 x 3264||4928 x 3264|
|Max Native ISO||6,400||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||25,600||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Fujifilm X||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||43||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||10|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a||9|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||0||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots||1,230k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,360k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||300 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||6.0 fps||4.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear-curtain||Auto, Flash On, Flash Synchro., Manual Flash, Red-Eye Flash Auto, Red-Eye Flash On, Red-Eye Flash Synchro, Wireless|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (24 fps)||1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p, 24p)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||H.264||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||350 g||251 g|
|Physical Dimensions||129 x 75 x 38 mm||117 x 63 x 35 mm|
|Battery Life||350 shots||320 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|