So right now I own both of these cameras, but I have to return one. The problem is I am having one hell of time deciding which one to keep and which one to send back to the point in which I am very stressed out. I have been using both cameras on and off, pixel peeping until my eyes bleed and just can't decide. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.
So here is where I am at. First, I want to be up front, I shoot JPEGs. I shoot RAW as well, but these days I prefer sending JPEGs to my phone via WiFi and sharing them with friends and family via iCloud (I don't resize or post to the web). I also print at times. I shoot mainly portraiture so DoF is important to me.
I like the compact size of the Fuji, but then again the handling of the Canon is nicer (just feels better, albeit way heavier).
Canon has a much nicer touchscreen implementation and better menu system.
As far as external controls go, the Fuji does get praise for the dials, but I don't use them, I am more of a menu / touch screen person. I greatly prefer Canon's fold out flip screen to the titling of the Fuji.
Focus Performance is kinda of a toss up. On one hand the Fuji is blazing fast and more accurate and has a better layout of focusing points, on the other the Canon is better in focusing in the dark or more tricky situations. The Canon is hit or miss on focus accuracy unless I use LiveView, maybe this is user error ?
The Fuji has an electronic shutter that allows me to shoot wide open outdoors, something I enjoy doing to get more shallow DoF with portraiture considering it's a crop body.
Image Quality is also a toss up. They both produce rock solid JPEGs with outstanding color and similar levels of detail. There are times in which the Canon will render a more lovely image than the Fuji and vice versa, they just have slightly different approaches to certain colors and tones - very hard to decided. The Canon has better high ISO performance. I am not sure about the dynamic range issues between them as I have not really tested it.
I like the longer battery of the Canon, the Fuji does eat batteries.
On the flip side the Canon was about $600 more than the Fuji and I am just not sure whether or not it's $600 more camera.
Looking down the road the Canon has a bigger arsenal of lenses and more affordable price points however some of these designs are also aging (85 1.8, 50 1.4 for example), on other hand Fuji lenses typically cost a bit more, but perform at L series levels without the L series price tag (correct me if I am wrong).
I would consider Sony, but I just can't get past Sony color.