x10 vs. Nikon D40

Started Jun 19, 2012 | Discussions thread
Wellington100 Forum Pro • Posts: 10,442
Re: gotta disagree ...

Kim Letkeman wrote:

Wellington100 wrote:

I too am a long time D40 owner and also a long time Fuji compact user so this is an interesting question to me.

In terms of DR, the IQ of the Fuji will be much better especially in daylight if you use 400%DR. To me this one fact alone is worth buying the Fuji for, especially for travel, because outdoors in good light, high DR makes images look so much better. This is because the skies don't blow, whilst at the same time shadow detail is better exposed, so at less than 100% the images invariably look classy, as in pro camera classy.

The X10's small sensor plus DR400 only makes it competitive with dSLRs ... there is no way that it is actually better for DR. Even against older cams like the D40. My D70s, for example, had a less refined version of that D40 sensor and yet was able to shoot this image with white silo domes and blue skies and a midsummer day ...

The X10 would not do that any better, and in fact would really suffer against this image for sharpness because of the halo issue on these sensors. This was shot with a $95 used Sigma 70-300 lens that packed it in almost right after this was shot. The shot before this one had the aperture stuck open and even that shot could have easily been saved.

A used D70s with this lens costs about 1/2 the X10's price tag ...

I take on board all of your points about the absolute IQ of the DSLR versus the X10. I was limiting my observations to DR because many users do not expose shots carefully for contrasty conditions in order to prevent blown highlights. I used to be like that myself, though of course this may not be the case for the OP.

The great thing about the EXR cameras is that they so effortlessly deliver well exposed shots that don't have blown highlights, with a minimum of exposure compensation and PP (compared to my Nikon D40 and Samsung EX1, where much more -EV and shadow recovery is needed). At less than 100% (typical screen sizes), these well exposed shots usually look good to me.

In a nutshell, I would summarise my opinion by saying that it is easier to get a good looking result from an X10 than from a D40 (at less than 100%).

The next question I would ask is whether the result from the X10 is good enough for ones purposes? As I don't print, I don't know how a D40 file comes out compared to an X10 file.

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