A few days ago, I published my thoughts about a pre-production X-E1 (click here to read it) that Fujifilm was kind enough to lend to me for a couple of weeks. Overall, it seems that most people who read my article were intrigued by this camera and quite a few people actually pre-ordered it.
Of course, there are some (a very small minority) who simply aren’t happy no matter what they see or read. There is no need to flame people in online forums or (anonymously) send inflammatory messages to me. That is such a waste of time and energy. My advice to them – if a camera makes you that unhappy, move on and find another one that you can enjoy. Life is just too short to get that worked up over a camera.
A number of people did ask me if I could provide some high ISO shots from the X-E1. I plan to do some more shooting with it over the next few days, but I wanted to give you a few images to look at before the weekend. So as promised, here are a few more images …
This series of eight images are shot from ISO 200 to 25600, in one stop increments. I chose this scene because of the following:
I used the X-E1, 60mm f/2.4 lens (set at f/4) with the following in camera settings:
These images have had no post processing (i.e. straight out of camera) with the exception of re-sizing in Lightroom. If you click on an image, you can see a larger version of it.
Keep in mind that this is a pre-production camera – and the image quality is nothing short of amazing.
When I first viewed these images on my 27 inch calibrated monitor, I have to admit I was taken aback. They are better than I thought they would be. Here is what my eyes are telling me:
Sharpness and colour fidelity are also excellent.
What really surprised me were ISO 12800 and ISO 25600. There is some smearing in the shadow areas due to the noise reduction, however, these images are still good (and quite useable) in terms of noise, detail and colour fidelity. This is remarkable considering the extremely high ISO values.
I also checked my X-Pro1 (with the latest firmware V2.00) and its image quality is the same. It seems that Fujifilm has improved the image processing engine in both the X-Pro1 and X-E1 to produce even better JPEG images.
This was totally unexpected and nothing short of amazing. If someone told me a few years ago that I could get this kind of image quality from a 300 gram (10.5 ounce) camera that used an APS-C sensor, I would have laughed them out of the room. To say that I am blown away (and humbled), is an understatement.
I haven’t tried any RAW conversions yet – and hopefully that will come in the next week.
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