Quick Autofocus Test: Fujifilm X Pro 1 (Firmware 2.0) vs Olympus OMD EM5

Fujifilm recently updated their X Pro 1 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera’s firmware to deliver blazing fast results. Indeed, the camera is much improved over its past performance. But to see just how far it has come, I decided to put it up against the current autofocusing king: the Olympus OMD EM5 with an MSC Fast AF system lens.

Check out the quick, informal video after the jump. Which one would you use?

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The Olympus OMD EM5 is a clear and undisputed winner in my opinion. Despite this being said, the Fujifilm X Pro 1 is now fast enough for the candid nature of street photography.

Now here’s the interesting part: in some situations, I still actually consider my Canon 5D Mk II to be faster than the X Pro 1’s focusing with my 35mm f1.4 L lens attached. And with a lighter and faster lens like Canon 85mm f1.8, the X Pro 1 is blown out of the water. To be fair, it still isn’t bad; but it cannot catch up to the rapid fire speeds of Olympus’s OMD, Sony’s NEX line of cameras, or higher end DSLRs.

At times though, the X Pro 1 can outperform the 5D Mk II.

But the X Pro 1 still beats many of these cameras in one particular category: and that is pure image quality. We put the X Pro 1 against the 5D Mk II and 5D Mk III in an image quality test, and many of you either were not able to tell the difference between the images or really favored the X Pro 1’s quality.

I’m going to do more tests with the X Pro 1 over time, but from today’s test it still seems that the company has some ground to cover.

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Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.