The results are in from the online photographic community’s universal pixel peeping site, DPReview. The Studio Test for the Fujifilm X100s is not looking good.
I realize these are static test results, done in a controlled setting, which do not always represent real world results. But these results look devastating. This will not dissuade the Fuji fans, I’m sure, but others many not be so forgiving. For the record, I had some high hopes for this new camera, even putting it on my list of cameras to watch. From the way I interpret the results, It’s no better than the Olympus OM-D. For RAW, the X100s is worse on detail and sharpness but has less noise than the OM-D.
I first got alerted to the results from Kirk Tuck’s blog. His little post touched off some online controversy. What’s clear from the test is the 3rd party RAW converters are not doing the new X-Trans sensor justice. You can tell something is amiss when the JPEG is clearer and sharper than the RAW image.
For people with big DSLRs that want a stylish small camera, the X100s might still scratch an itch. Its faux-ranger finder, retro look is certainly beautiful. Some even call it the Leica killer. I don’t think so. For me, since I already transitioned to a smaller camera system, this Fuji X100s gives me no size advantage. In fact, the camera is larger than my current Olympus, the E-PM2, which by the way, has the same image quality as the more expensive Olympus OM-D.
I have time to wait. I’m perfectly happy with my cameras. Perhaps the 3rd party RAW converters will eventually get it right. I need to wait until a RAW converter is available for Aperture 3 anyway (if it ever comes). I’m not going to change my workflow for this camera. And what if a new snazzy RAW converter gives me a 1 stop image quality improvement over my Olympus? Would that be worth paying $1299 for? Perhaps not. We will see.