I replaced my Fujifilm X100t with the Google Pixel 2 camera, and I haven’t missed a beat.
Let me start by saying that this post is not a “Pixel 2 camera is better than a X100t” post. I understand that you really can’t compare two different devices.
I suppose a more appropriate way to describe this post is how the “Pixel 2 camera was able to replace my X100t.”
I absolutely loved my Fujifilm X100t. I loved the look, the feel, the images it produced, and most importantly I loved how it made me feel carrying it around.
As a self-proclaimed photography-junkie it was an amazing camera to have. And back when I saw myself as a closet hipster, pulling out such a retro and Leica-esque camera made me feel infinitely cooler than the giant lens and lens carrying dude.
So why did I get rid of the camera?
Like all things in life, situations and circumstances change.
I became a Dad, and my hobbies shifted along with my priorities.
Gone were the days where I would roam the city streets taking candid street shots of people and places. My new photography pursuit was chasing around a baby, or staging monthly shots of my growing toddler.
Because of this shift in lifestyle, the X100t became less compatible with the type of photos I took.
As much as I loved my X100t, there were some areas that just didn’t cut it for me anymore for the photos that I needed to take. I’ll spare the details — as you can read it here in a previous post — but it occurred to me that now was the best time to make a drastic decision.
From a financial standpoint (and that’s something I try to consider now as a dad), it was a great time to part with the X100t. With the X100f out for a while now, every day I held onto the X100t was another day it lost it’s value.
Why the Pixel 2?
Back in October, I was due for a cell phone upgrade. While my Note 5 served me well for the past two years both as a quick camera and daughter doodling tool, I was in the market for a new phone.
With the Pixel 2 being touted as having highest rated score for a smartphone camera, it got me thinking whether or not it was possible to replace my X100t.
Obviously there are differences when comparing a $1300 compact camera to a $1000 smartphone.
But looking at the total package, I really felt I was onto something with making this choice. Keeping in mind this is a dad blog, and all of my choices and decisions tend to circle back to being a dad/parent, here are the key things that I look for in a camera:
- Good image quality
- Compact and versatile
- Capable video
Nice to haves:
- Ability to quickly share and upload to social media
- High capacity storage
All of these factors above were satisfied by the FujiFilm, however, one thing that presented an issue was mobility.
Yes, the X100t was compact compared to other cameras, but what I needed was something that could easily be put away as I’m chasing down my toddler around a restaurant. With a phone, this made it possible and with the Pixel 2, I felt I wouldn’t have to compromise too much photo quality for this much needed mobility.
On the topic of image quality, take the following similar shot for example: Can you tell which one is which?
Which one looks better? Or the better question, do they look close enough?
Since the advancement of smartphone cameras over the past 3-4 years, there’s plenty of debate over whether we need DSLRs or mirrorless cameras.
While I’m no expert, I can say that the smartphone camera has at least solidified it’s case for being “good enough” in almost any photography situation.
For everyday use, smartphone cameras now go even beyond just good enough and do a fantastic job in capturing images. For me personally, the everyday images were the ones that I was capturing with the Fujifilm, however, having to carry the X100t, as well as all the other junk that I carried became more of a chore.
Seriously, look into any diaper bag and you’ll see it bursting with things you didn’t know were essential. Adding a dedicated camera (albeit a relatively small one) was just didn’t make practical sense as a parent.
At the time of writing this, I have had the Pixel 2 for three months and have used it daily for most of my photography related activities. I still have a Canon 6D for professional work, but otherwise the Pixel 2 has been my go to camera for pretty much everything.
And while I can go on and share my inner dialogue of whether or not the Pixel 2 fills the x100t void, I’ll just let the photos do the talking.
One final thing I would say is this: the fact that I have a capable camera so easily accessible, I’ve been encouraged to take even more photos than before.
Previously with the X100t, I almost felt guilty that I was wasting the camera by not bringing it out to take pictures. Since having a daughter, almost half of the time the FujiFilm just sat inside the diaper bag, simply because I was too busy to take it out.
Again, I understand that the at the end of the day the image quality on the Pixel 2 is no match for the X100t, but factoring everything: being just good enough is still pretty darn great for a camera phone.
Here are my favourite straight out of the phone Pixel 2 shots from the past few months:
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