Choosing a camera is hard. Why else would you spend all this time of the Internet? To help you find the right camera, NCN introduces “This, That, or That Other Thing” (NCN TTOTOT), where we cut through all the hype to identify the best cameras in the world.
This week, we look at two of the hottest new releases, the Fuji X-T1 and Olympus OM-D E-M1. Which one is best for you? Read on…
Camera most likely to be used by a super hero or villain
The OM-D E-M1 has too many hyphens. Fuji has the “X” factor.
Best camera for the person that misses rotary dial telephones
X-T1 has more knobs and they look more retro. Plus the lenses have aperture rings.
Best camera for Egypt, the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza, and the Louvre
The hump on the Olympus looks like a pyramid wearing a fez, The pyramidal hump on the Fuji looks like it was hit with a mallet. Neither matches the grace or elegance of SLR days gone by.
Best camera for a summer outdoor barbecue
Fuji has a crinkly black finish, just like a Weber grill. Olympus doesn’t.
Winner: If you want your camera to match your Weber grill-Fuji. If you’re a vegetarian-Olympus.
Best camera for bragging to non-camera people
The only thing that non-camera people seem to care about is megapickles. Both cameras have the same number of megapickles. The X-T1 has bigger pickles. The Olympus doesn’t need special software to eat its pickles.
Best camera for the inebriated or overly caffeinated
Olympus offers 5-axis, 4 cocktails image stabilization. Fuji requires sobriety and no caffeine.
Best camera to wear with a cardigan or blazer with elbow patches
Fuji offers a genuine leather case and strap. Olympus only has leather straps; brown strap is (gasp!) synthetic leather.
Best camera to take a Sunday drive with in a restored Triumph TR-6
OM-D E-M1 will make Triumph look old. X-T1 will make Triumph look new.
Winner: Depends on what you want.
Best camera for the hipsters of Williamsburg, Brooklyn
X-T1 can almost be mistaken for a film camera bought at a garage sale. OM-D E-M1 is not ironic enough.
Best camera to impress your father-in-law, who happens to be a professor in Greek mythology
Best camera to impress your father-in-law, who happens to be a world famous volcanologist
Likewise, no contest.
Best camera for, you know, taking pictures
Both the Olympus and Fuji can take pictures. Huzzah!
The results are indeed close, but at the end of the day we have to give the victory to Fuji, because Mount Fuji is higher than Mount Olympus (12,388’ vs. 9,573’).