What Fuji camera to purchase with best JPEG?

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Re: What Fuji camera to purchase with best JPEG?

Magic777 wrote:

saltydogstudios wrote:

Magic777 wrote:

Using both FX and DX Nikon cameras for last 15 years, I would like to add a Fuji system.

Good choice - I made the same transition and I'm happy.

I am shooting RAW+JPEG.

With all my Nikon cameras ability to fine tune the images inside the camera and by using different Picture Controls etc, I still not able to get JPEGs which will be good enough (al least for my taste). Still need to proceed RAW files to get intended results.

Hmm. I always enjoyed Nikon's JPG output. And the small file sizes I can get too without any serious loss in quality.

Due some reasons I can't spend a hours against computer monitor and proceed my RAW files so I need to get a best JPEG imaged straight from the camera with no post-processing (or with as less as possible).

After reading some reviews and opinions on the forums I see that many people highly valuated Fuji cameras exactly for good quality JPEG photos.

So my question- what is the best Fuji body/lens to get good IQ photos straight from the camera?

You asked two questions - let's address them both.

Which Fuji offers the best SOOC JPGs?

Fuji has 3 generations of sensor near as I can tell. The 16 megapixel X-Trans, the 24 megapixel X-Trans and the 26 megapixel X-Trans. They have some Bayers in there as well.

Find the 16 megapixel generation to have a ... less punchy and saturated output, which I prefer depending on the situation. The 16 megapixel generation is very Nikon-esque and reminds me of the Nikon D7000 (but sharper because of the lack of AA filter).

Which Fuji offers the best JPG controls?

I can't speak to every camera model, but they generally give you the ability to control (for a given color mode)

  • Highlight
  • Shadow
  • Color
  • Sharpness

From -2 to +2

The 24 megapixel sensor gives you the ability to re-process RAW files in camera, which is incredibly useful. You can process a single RAW file to a number of different settings, bring them into your computer to compare.

Then you can keep those settings forever.

I suppose you could do that just by taking the same photo with every different setting you want, but it really depends on your subject. Landscapes? Sure. Humans? You would test their patience.

Photography is my serious hobby and I intend to buy different Fuji lenses as well.

I am shooting a lot during travels (means landscapes and street photography) and some events.

Not interested in video.

Low weight and small size of camera are secondary. Most important is IQ of JPEG files SOOC.

User's practical recommendations will be highly appreciated.

PS. I put same question on the Forum "Camera...buying Advice" and got recommendation to ask directly on the Fuji X-System Forum

The more modern the camera, the more options you get. The 24 megapixel generation adds faux grain for example. Each generation adds a new film simulation mode (or two).

So I would go for the most recent (26 megapixel) generation for maximum control. I actually quite like the look of Classic Negative - it's the film sim I'd been waiting for since they first launched film simulations.

A non-Fuji option, the Olmypus Pen-F has the most control over colors of any camera on the market (that I know of). They give you a color wheel where you can dial in the saturation of any of a dozen individual tones.

The one thing holding this back from being perfect for dialing in just about any color tone you want is that you can't also shift the tones (moving blues more towards cyan for example).

But that's a whole other lens ecosystem & the Pen-F isn't weather sealed etc.

Thank you very much for your detailed explanation and recommendations.

One note about Nikon JPEGs. I was also satisfied with them in the past- got better JPEGs from Nikon D7000 (16 Mp) than from current D750 (24 Mp) or D5xxx cameras.

I love the JPGs from the Nikon D7000 - I've posted many of them to social media without a single edit. I'm less familiar with the newer generation cameras.

FWIW Fuji's colors are very different from Nikon's - which you may or may not like. Even converting from RAW I find their colors to be very different. Nikon has a very muted red, which produces a sort of warm soft tone (rather than a rich tone). Photographing fall leaves, you get more of the yellows and less of the vibrant reds - for example.

This is why I said it's easier to move Fuji colors towards the Nikon than the other way around - it's hard to add something that's lacking.

To summarize all recommendations and opinions I have received so far- my initial thoughts to start with X-T30 were correct. As you said- last generation with 26 MP sensor and added film simulation modes.

Best regards!

Yes - Fuji adds new film sim modes with each new generation sensor. They also add new controls to those film simulation modes. They tend to launch with new cameras and then work their way into the rest of the lineup.

The monochrome "Acros" was added with the 26 megapixel sensor. The "Eterna" film simulation was launched with X-T3, and now they're launching "Classic Negative." These is how each of these film simulations (except for the new Classic Negative) fits on a graph of saturation vs "tonality" (whatever that is - probably contrast).

That said - I find the 16 megapixel sensor gives me an output closer to that of my Nikon D7000, so I keep it around for when I want that look....

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