The X100s is far a better camera than the X100, but...

Started Mar 25, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: The X100s is far a better camera than the X100, but...
In reply to aleS., Mar 25, 2013

Having also owned the X100 and X100S, I agree that the OOC jpeg renderings are slightly different between the X100 and X100S.  From my observation, the X100S (when using the same jpeg setting) photos have slightly less contrast (more dynamic range) than the X100.

When I was using the X100, I would tune the highlights to -1 (medium soft) sharpness +1 while keeping everything else as default.  I used Astia for people and Velvia if I wanted more vibrant photos of a scene.

For the X100S, using the same setting I find my photos not as punchy (lesser contrast) so now I adjusted the highlights to 0.  Now I use Astia for environmental portraits, Pro Neg Hi for more upclose portraits (avoid yellow skin tone) and Velvia for pure environmental shots for more color.  With mostly default jpg setting (noise reduction -1, sharpness +1) I find my photos pretty good as a starting point.  If I do need to do make any changes for more dramatic effects I can do so without any problems.

aleS. wrote:

­I have been shooting with my X100 for a year and a half. I bought an XE-1 with the 18-55 six months ago and realized that it wasn’t the photographic experience I would enjoy. I took me back to my SLR and the world of changing lenses. And that’s what the X100 did. It made me approach photography in a total different way. Besides, I didn’t like the rendering that the RAW files gave me compared to what I was getting from my X100 using Lightroom as my workflow.

I bought the X100S now and I was playing with it all weekend. I shot RAW + fine Jpgs.

Wow. What a better camera it is. Faster in every possible way. AF now caught my kids as fast as any camera. Manual focus is a dream.

Image quality, amazing. To me, besides how much I liked the look of the camera, bottom line it was all about the image quality. It’s soooo much about image quality that sometimes I prefer the X100 look than what I can get from a Nikon D800. A matter of taste.

But.

Is the IQ of the X100s better than the X100?

No. It’s not.

Is it worse?

No. It’s not worse. It’s just different. And the way I had to approach the correction in Lightroom is different.

You have to approach sharpening in a different way. If you abuse, like with any other camera, you get artifacts.

The jpgs OOC are very good by the way.

So. Is it a keeper?

I still have to see. I love so much my X100 and what it gives me that makes me think. On the other hand, what I could do this weekend with the X100s was a lot more versatile that what I would be able to do with my old X100.

Time will tell. So far, I’m keeping both and gonna give a good ride to the X100s this week in a trip to NY.

Cheers.

A.

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