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.
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).
- 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.