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The Fujifilm X-E1 reads like a smaller size camera on paper, but when the 18-55mm lens is added, it becomes the size of a small DSLR. Even with a Really Right Stuff L-bracket, the Sigma DP2 Merrill still is a lot more compact setup that could go into a cycling jersey pocket, an impossibility for the Fujifilm X-Pro1 until such time as Fuji develops a “pancake” lens.
Why compare two quite different cameras? Precisely because the two are very different in form factor and design approach, yet both have the same size sensor and nearly identical finished image size. Some readers might desire the flexibility of an interchangeable lens camera, while others might like the compactness and much lighter weight of the Sigma DP2 Merrill. This page is really about posing that question for readers to answer according to their own priorities (another comparison would be with the Olympus OM-D E-M5, which is much more similar in size to the X-E1).
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