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Fuji X-T1 Versus Olympus OM-D E-M1


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.
Winner: Fuji


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.
Winner: Fuji


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.
Winner: Tie



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.
Winner: Tie


Best camera for the inebriated or overly caffeinated

Olympus offers 5-axis, 4 cocktails image stabilization. Fuji requires sobriety and no caffeine.
Winner: Olympus


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.
Winner: Fuji


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.
Winner: Fuji


Best camera to impress your father-in-law, who happens to be a professor in Greek mythology

No contest.
Winner: Olympus


Best camera to impress your father-in-law, who happens to be a world famous volcanologist

Likewise, no contest.
Winner: Fuji


Best camera for, you know, taking pictures

Both the Olympus and Fuji can take pictures. Huzzah!
Winner: Tie


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’).

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    • Both Cameras are from Japan. Olympus made use of the brand name, better than the Greeks would ever do.
      (Olympus mountain, home of the Gods according to Greek Mythology, since.. well, ever!)

  1. I know it’s damn stupid to post this, but you actually are very wrong on two accounts: if your father in law was a famous volcanologist, he’d know about Olympus Mons in Mars, actually the highest summit in the solar system and one hell of a supervolcano, many, many times larger than anything on Earth. Which is, BTW, almost 70 THOUSAND feet high – the venerable Fujiyama wouldn’t even qualify as a pimple compared to that mountain.

    Good job and funny article anyway ; )

    -Trainee Geologist

    • You’re right, the intern that missed that obvious fact thought it was damn stupid to point out his error, especially since we’ve handed him over to the aliens. They say that they’re going to bring him to Mars and show him.

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