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| p.3 #10 · New X-E1 owner joins the forum |
This suggests that the new X-Trans sensor with its 6x6 matrix array and no AA filter is just a marketing hype, i.e. something to convince people they can take pictures with higher quality than other APS-C 16 Mpix sensors (D7000, Nex, etc.)
It is true, experiences so far indicate that this new sensor is currently not resolving better than the stock Sony sensor with normal Bayer pattern array.
The reason however for buying in to the Fuji X system is not detail, but noise performance and useability over a wide range of light situations in a relatively small packet with low weight and great optics, and, for many the unsurpassed Fuji colours.
There is something in Fujis color balance/ palette that speaks to me. Not necessarily in every image, but in many, and when I see it it is almost causing me shivers down my spine. Fuji images can have a strong emotional impact, or "character". If I had this with my Canon, I'd forget about the XP1 or the X-E1, but so far I only see this with Fuji.
Detail rendition is generally overrated, the Sigma dp2-merrill samples even suggest (to me) that too much small and smallest micro detail can almost destroy the general impact of an image.
I tested the X-E1 today in a shop. My impressions were that the AF (camera apparently still had not the latest firmware) is better than it's reputation, the EVF while flickering at times (inside the store with artificial light) is of good quality. The files had - as far as I can tell from the 20 samples made in crappy light - good colour and sharpness (specially the skin tones of the sales person under artificial light came out gorgeous!!), but detail is certainly not better than my little Nex-5n, maybe even slightly lesser.
Does that devalue the camera for me? Not the least bit. Marketing is what it is, and Fuji marketing has become much better than what it used to be in the days of the S3pro and S5pro (which I still have and which deliver - inside their limitations, gorgeous files with lovely colours!). This camera delivers very photogenic images with strong colour and a strong emotional impact when used right. That alone grabs my attention and makes me wish to buy that camera...