I rented an X-T1 to use for a portrait shoot but since our football season started yesterday, I took it along with me to see how the autofocus performed and what this vaunted auto white balance could do with changing daylight conditions. The weather started out partly sunny but quickly moved to overcast as the sun was setting so the light was changing fairly quickly. I had my Canon 7D + 200mm f2.8 L on a monopod and the Fuji X-T1 around my neck with the 18-55mm f2.8-4. I was switching back and forth trying to get a representative sample of the Canon versus the Fuji versus my GX7 (which is going to be tested next week since I have a full game to cover for a sports website). I didn't have a chance to use the GX7 but that's okay since I'll be sending the X-T1 back on Monday and I can use my GX7 any time this season. It's no secret that the 7D is a good performer. Even the high ISO noise is manageable. The colors are fantastic and the L lenses are, of course, high quality glass (except they're heavy and large, etc...all the reasons we choose to add or move to mu4/3). But I thought: what the heck, let's pit the Fuji against the Canon in a sports setting to see if the autofocus is as great as it's made out to be. Ignore the colors in this comparative screen grab as the automatic white balance in the X-T1 was so far off from the Canon (and real life, for that matter) that I gave up trying to get them to look the same. I set the white balance temperature in both to be 6050 because that's what the Canon said was the right value and I trust it. I applied a VSCO preset and monkeyed with the image a little to try and get them nearly the same. This is the 1:1 version, not the zoomed-out, web-friendly version. The thing I was frustrated by was probably more the lens than the camera or sensor itself, but nothing was ever sharp. I was shooting at 1/500s on the Canon and 1/400s on the Fuji, which should have been fast enough to stop action enough to get reasonably clear results. The Fuji gave me either out-of-focus or simply fuzzy results in almost every frame. I never got a single one that I would consider acceptable. The above example is about the best of the bunch. I have to say that I'm completely underwhelmed by the camera and the lens in this case. I've tried it in a number of situations that are fairly demanding and I find the Fuji sensor to be fine if looked at in isolation but I'm less happy with the results when compared side-by-side with my Canon. I wanted pretty hard to like the camera because the form factor, combined with the dials and the excellent viewfinder are very, very nice. I like those aspects of the camera a lot! But the IQ doesn't come close to my expectations based on the all the gushing I've heard from lots of people and the autofocus pales in comparison to the 7D (Fuji is wanting a sports shooter in the X-T1 so I thought it was fair to put it in that scenario). I'm not expecting the GX7 to perform a whole lot better at autofocus in this situation (fast action) but the IQ of the mu4/3 sensor, other than the high ISO noise, has IMO exceeded that of the Fuji in the various situations I've put it in. We'll see how the portrait session goes today, as that's going to be a whole lot less demanding. I expect the X-T1 to produce acceptable results in that situation (though I'm frankly taking my other cameras along as well, in addition to the RB67 to shoot some B&W film).