Studio Test Scene

Our latest test scene is designed to simulate both daylight and low-light shooting. Pressing the'lighting' buttons at the top of the widget allows you to switch between the two. The daylight scene is shot with manually set white balance, but the camera is left in its Auto setting for the low-light tests.

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The 16MP X-E2 can't compete with Nikon's 24MP cameras in terms of pure resolution, though it does a good job of avoiding the slight moiré that can creep into the D7100's images if used in conjunction with a sharp-enough lens. However, the X-Trans design does appear to keep it within touching distance of the 20MP Canon EOS 70D's resolution. As you'd expect, it's a much closer match for the 16MP Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7, in terms of detail capture.

Low Light

Switch to Tungsten lighting and the camera's Auto White Balance will capture an image with a subtle color tint - a touch more neutral than the also-good Nikon D7100, and certainly more so than the Canon EOS 70D. By default the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is the least convincing of these cameras - it does have an option for a more neutral Auto White Balance but this can be overly neutral, for our tastes.

At higher ISO settings, the X-E2 produces cleaner images than the D7100, even when compared at a common output size. However, given the longer exposure the Fujifilm requires, it's also telling to compare its performance to the D7100 set one ISO setting lower, where the difference is much smaller. It's a similar story with the EOS 70D, with more comparible results if you drop the DSLR's ISO by 1EV to more closely match the exposures.

The X-E2 shows very little chroma noise at ISO 6400 but, if you hunt around, you'll see some signs that some hard work is going on to produce these results. So, while the X-E2's results are pretty impressive, they're a fraction behind the stronger cameras in the class, if compared on a like-for-like basis.