I've been trying the Fuji X-A1 since Friday afternoon, and trying to write a comparison against the Nikon V1 that doesn't run 1,000 words. My first draft was 2,200 words. That's long even for my personal blog. An apt comparison finally occurred to me just now. But this will make sense only if you've driven a few different Porsches. Nikon V1 = Porsche 928 Fuji X-A1 = Porsche 911 I last drove those cars during the 1980s, so this is based on those models. The 928 was a brute - quick, fast, well built but with twitchy handling, especially in the wet. Exhilarating but not entirely satisfying. The 911 was built like a VW Beetle - a tinfoil car with incredible guts inside. Not nearly to the same quality of the 928 or 924. But it was so much nicer to drive. It wasn't as quick from a stop, but it was fast at the top end, tractable and an absolute charm to drive in any conditions - even snow and ice. For candid photography the V1 is better for my tastes, especially in decent lighting where the ISO is below 800. But even in dim light or at night I'd be tempted to rely on the V1 for the nimble reflexes, even if I had to compromise on IQ. The X-A1 has far superior low light, high ISO performance in terms of IQ, but the rear LCD is laggy, the AF can't compare with the V1 in dim light lock-on, and the multi-area AF isn't nearly as versatile or capable as Nikon's. If your candid photography scenarios and style leans toward a slower, more deliberate style and posed impromptu portraits, you'll probably prefer the Fuji's far better IQ above ISO 400. But if you're an intuitive, reflexive, action oriented photographer who enjoys the literally snap-shooting style (as I do), with little or no time taken to compose, you'll probably prefer the much quicker Nikon V1 or other 1 System model. If only someone would put together the V1's speed with the X-A1's image quality... for $500. Even if it was still as plasticky as the X-A1, which isn't bad - it's well made, just lightweight. Yeah, right. But, hey, a cheap photographer can dream. Incidentally, if you're on the fence about an X-A1 don't wait much longer. I'd been piddling around for two months before finally swapping some lenses and other gear toward an X-A1. Suddenly the past week or so the prices shot up for the X-A1 and X-M1 at some retailers. The advertised prices for the X-A1 shot up from around $450 to close to $600 some places, and the X-M1 from around $550 to around $700. The price changes may be due to MAP policies. Some dealers are advertising a "higher" price, but when you click the button to put it in the cart a lower price appears.