Studio scene comparison (Daylight)

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.

Note: this page features our new interactive studio scene. Click here for instructions on the widget.

The first thing you'll probably notice at the center of the scene is a bit of moiré, which is visible on the Olympus OM-D E-M1, as well. Otherwise you'll find the vivid color and impressive sharpness that Fujifilm X-series cameras are known for. Images stay noise-free for a quite a while, and at ISO 1600 the X-T1 is still producing impressively clean and detailed images. Remember though that the X-T1 gains some advantage in this comparison by over-stating its ISOs compared to its peers, by around 0.5 EV.

That said, at ISO 6400, the X-T1 is still performing remarkably well, with plenty of detail and hardly any chroma noise. Image quality deteriorates at higher sensitivities, but even ISO 25600 should be usable for small prints (and perhaps more). ISO 51200 is probably a step too far though - the fewer users who find it, the better...

The ISO range for Raw images is 200 - 6400, and the X-T1 keeps luminance noise at bay until ISO 3200. You then get just a slight hint of color noise at ISO 6400. The X-T1 looks far ahead of its peers in this comparison, but the same caveats apply as we mentioned before; in effect there's some additional, non-optional noise reduction going on as part of the Raw conversion for the X-Trans sensor, which substantially eliminates chroma noise.