Fuji X-E1 RAW Versus JPG Versus Canon 5D Mk2 RAW

On a recent trip to the North Norfolk coast I thought I’d try and take the same shots with both the Canon 5D and The Fuji X-E1 and compare both.
This is not a scientific comparison but a test to give some indication of image quality of the RAW files and the Fuji JPG.

Images were taken with:
Canon 5D mk2 with Canon 24-105mm zoom lens.
Fuji X-E1 with Fujinon 18-55mm zoom lens.
Editing was done using Adobe Lightroom RC4.4.

This image shows a 100% crop from the Canon and Fuji RAW files with no editing and no sharpening (click for full size image).
Screen Shot 2013-03-24 at 09.44.52

This image shows a 100% crop from the Canon and Fuji RAW files with no editing and no sharpening (click for full size image).
Screen Shot 2013-03-24 at 09.47.45

I think the fuji RAW file holds up well against the larger sensor (and much bigger and pricier lens) of the Canon. The Canon has a little more detail but there’s not much in it.

This image shows both the RAW files and the Fuji out of camera JPG after post processing with Adobe Lightroom RC4.4.
The JPG was processed in camera to give a very flat low contrast file using the in camera sharpening and noise reduction. There was no sharpening applied to the JPG in post processing  (click for full size image).
Screen Shot 2013-03-24 at 10.12.24

Same for this image.
Screen Shot 2013-03-24 at 10.14.01

Conclusions:

  • The Fuji RAW files hold up well against the Canon.
  • The Fuji in camera JPG files are quite simply the best I’ve seen from any camera ever.
  • Processing the Fuji RAW files with Lightroom is generally good (good enough for most purposes) but the sharpening still needs to be improved.
  • The Canon will still be my go to camera for landscape work when I have access to the car and large tripod and don’t have to walk too far (lazy I know).
  • For walking, holidays and travel, the Fuji will be in my bag and the Canon will taking a vacation at home.
  • I’ll be shooting RAW+JPG (set to produce a low contrast file) and using the JPG most of the time and only using the RAW when I need to.
  • I’ll be keeping the RAW files for when (hopefully) Adobe improve their processing of the X Trans files.

I’ve also been testing a beta version of AccuRaw which produces some quite good results but do I want to end up with both 26MB RAW And 100MB TIFF files. Probably not for every shot but might be useful for a special one.
I’ll take a look at AccuRaw in more detail when it’s released to the public.

 

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2 Responses to Fuji X-E1 RAW Versus JPG Versus Canon 5D Mk2 RAW

  1. Laura Nagle says:

    Thanks for this information. Although I am as poor as dirt I am thinking of the newer and cheaper Fuji X – M1. I want to do everything, not to pro levels but satisfying to me, with one camera. I think the X trans will do serious photographic art, and with no OLPF it is astrophotography ready. There are few options, and i think I would far rather make an $800 god choice than a $500 error. I llove this image quality, and for telescope riding, the X – M1’s tilt display should be a boon.
    Again thanks, I emailed a link here to my sister so she can see what I am thinking of.

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