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-T1 belongs to a Semi-Pro Mirrorless category, the other model, Fujifilm X-T1 is a Pro Mirrorless camera. Both models feature different types of sensors. Thus, Fujifilm X-T1 comes with CMOS X-TRANS II sensor that has a resolution of 16.0 MP resolution, while our second compared model Leica SL features a 24.0 MP CMOS sensor.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Fujifilm X-T1 and Leica SL and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Fujifilm X-T1 Key Features:
Leica SL Key Features:
|Flash Range||8 vs No||8 better flash range|
|Weight||440 g vs 847 g||407 g lighter|
|Gps||Built-in vs Optional||Has GPS|
|Storage Slots||2 vs 1||Extra storage slot|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP vs 16.0 MP||33.3% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||864 mm2 vs 368.16 mm2||57.4% larger pixel area|
|Continuous Shooting||11 fps vs 8 fps||3 fps faster|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 vs 1/4000||Faster shutter speed|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Battery Life||400 shots vs 350 shots||50 more frames with a single charge|
|Max Video Resolution||4096 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080||Higher Resolution Video|
|Headphone Port||Yes vs No||Has headphone port|
|Viewfinder Resolution||4,400k dots vs 2,360k dots||46.4% higher resolution|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.8 vs 0.77||0.03 better magnification|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots | 1,040k dots||High resolution screen|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Electronic||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Microphone Port||Yes | Yes||High quality audio recording option|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes | Yes||Creative shooting|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Continuous Shooting||8.0 fps | 11.0 fps||Nice continuous shooting|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes | Yes||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Built-In Flash||No | No||No built-in flash|
|Image Stabilization||No | No||No image stabilization|
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-T1 and Leica SL 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, Fujifilm X-T1 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 407g less than the Leica SL. 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-T1 and Leica SL any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Fujifilm X-T1 features a 16.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS X-TRANS II sensor and boasts of a EXR Processor II processor . Leica SL, in its turn, comes with a 24.0 MP Full frame sized CMOS sensor and Maestro II processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Fujifilm X-T1 and Leica SL by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Leica SL is equipped with a sensor that is 0.4x larger than the one featured in Fujifilm X-T1. Compared to the cameras with smaller sensor area, the ones with larger sensors ensure more control on the blurry background and depth of field if you shoot in the same aperture and focal length. Thus, the first model has a significant advantage here.
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-T1 and Leica SL 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-T1||Leica SL|
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-T1 or Leica SL, 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-T1 and Leica SL here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Leica SL deserves a higher Total Score than the Fujifilm X-T1. 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-T1||Leica SL|
|Announced||Apr 14, 2014||Oct 21, 2015|
|Body Type||SLR-style mirrorless||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Type||CMOS X-TRANS II||CMOS|
|Sensor Size||APS-C||Full frame|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.6 x 15.6 mm||36 x 24 mm|
|Sensor Area||368.16 mm2||864.00 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP||24.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4896 x 3264||6000 x 4000|
|Max Native ISO||6,400||50,000|
|Max Boosted ISO||51,200||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||200||50|
|Lens Mount||Fujifilm X||Leica T|
|Number of Lenses||43||3|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x||1x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a||49|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||0||n/a|
|Screen Type||Tilting||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots||1,040k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,360k dots||4,400k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||8.0 fps||11.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Activated when external flash is connected Red-eye removal OFF: Auto / Forced Flash / Slow Synchro / Suppressed Flash / Rear-curtain Synchro / Commander Red-eye removal ON: Red-eye Reduction Auto / Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash / Suppressed Flash / Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro / Red-e||no built-in flash|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30, 60p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 60p)||4096 x 2160 (24p), 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (120p, 60p, 30p, 24p)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||4096 x 2160|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 3.0|
|Weight||440 g||847 g|
|Physical Dimensions||129 x 90 x 47 mm||147 x 104 x 39 mm|
|Battery Life||350 shots||400 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-II)||Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported on slot 1)|