Just a few quick shots to give you an idea of the Fuji X-T1's size. I think it's quite possible to be misled by Internet pictures of the Fuji; seen alone, it look chunky and robust (kinda reminds me of the old Nikon EL, which was a brick) and it's easy to "see" it as being larger and heavier than it actually is. It's actually quite small.
The X-T1 also seems a bit more delicate than you might expect. It's hardly fragile, but it's not particularly heavy even for its size, and in person it seems quite compact.
And here it is next to the Olympus OM-D E-M1. This would be a little bit more fair if the Fuji were sporting its own pancake lens, the XF 27mm, but I don't have one here. The Fuji's fast 23mm (35mm-e) lens is on the large side for the camera but it isn't large or heavy in any absolute sense. It only weighs in at a little over 10 ounces. Back in film SLR days, I used to consider that about average for an ordinary mainstream single-focal-length lens.
Both of these cameras strike me as being distinctly "right sized" for reduced-sensor mirrorless cameras (and, honestly, given my tastes, for cameras in general). Wouldn't be an improvement for them to be any smaller; wouldn't be an improvement for them to be any bigger. (Of course, tastes in that regard differ.) The Fuji is a little bigger than the Olympus, but both are notably comfortable, both in the hand and for carrying.
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Fabio Riccardi: "It has been a while since I have made any contribution to TOP. I wanted to say something about the X-T1, since I just got one too. :-)
"I sold all my Canon lenses and bodies (5D Mk[x]) a couple of years ago. They were just accumulating dust somewhere in a closet. All my recent photos were coming from my iPhone, which gets kind of limited after a while.
"I bought a Fuji X100s about a year ago, and I just got a X-T1. Life is fun again. I took countless really fun and interesting photos with the X100s, but I felt I wanted Big Lenses again in my life.
"The reason I'm writing this is that I also have recently bought a Sony A7, which in many regards is a very similar animal to the X-T1: similar size, weight, form factor, and IQ promises.
"Both cameras have very high quality EVF systems, which at this point I find more useful than the best OVFs: much better to use in low light, and much better focus accuracy (you can magnify the image, on the Sony the focus point magnification is specially impressive).
"The issue here is Full Frame versus APS-C: Which one makes sense for this camera size?
"To make a long story short, I find that the Sony body is better than the Fuji. The Sony is more polished and refined in many ways, the autofocus system and the metering just work better, and the viewfinder is actually better on the Sony.
"Fuji's viewfinder is optically superior, slightly larger and really crisp from corner to corner. The Sony is a little fuzzier in the corners, and a tad smaller. The actual 'view quality' of the EVF is better on the Sony though: the image is less contrasty, shadows are more open and highlights are never blown out (Sony's less aggressive metering system also makes quite a difference here). Fuji's EVF also becomes significantly more noisy in the shadows and in low light images, with a quality of noise that is more ugly and distracting.
"Where the Sony fails is on the lenses. There are only four lenses available at the moment for the A7, and I bought the 35mm ƒ/2.8, 55mm ƒ/1.8, and the 24–70mm ƒ/4. The 55mm ƒ/1.8 is pretty amazing, the 35mm ƒ/2.8 is OK, and the 24–70mm ƒ/4 is quite disappointing. The issue is really the size of the lenses: to cover a FF sensor and still keep the lenses small is not easy.
"In fact the Fuji 18–55/2.8–4 kit zoom lens is optically quite a bit better than the Sony's 24–70mm ƒ/4, at less than half the size, and half the price.
"As an advantage to the Sony, the sensor is just better: more resolution, comparable noise characteristics (with less color smudge), and better dynamic range (about 1 EV more headroom).
"I'm not sure which camera I will eventually keep, I've had the A7 for a few weeks already, and I just got the X-T1 a few days ago. I have the impression that I like the pictures coming from the Sony better, but it might just be a matter of getting to know the Fuji better. I really like them both for different reason, and they both have quirks that irritate me quite a bit.
"I'll keep you posted about which one I will eventually keep. :-)