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Fujifilm XM1 Ken McMahon, July 2013
 
 

Fujifilm XM1 vs Olympus EP5 vs Panasonic Lumix GF6 JPEG quality

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To compare real-life performance I shot this scene with the Fujifilm X-M1, the Olympus PEN E-P5, and the Panasonic Lumix GF6 within a few moments of each other using their best quality JPEG settings; RAW results will follow on the next page.

The X-M1 was fitted with the new Fujinon 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OIS kit lens. To eliminate quality differences due to lens factors I used the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II on both the PEN E-P5 and the Lumix GF6.

For the PEN E-P5 and Lumix GF6 the lens was set to its 14mm (28mm equivalent) wide angle setting. At its wide angle setting, the 16-50mm Fujinon lens has an equivalent focal length of 24mm and the X-M1 sensor has a 3:2 aspect ratio compared with 4:3 on the Micro Four Thirds models. I zoomed in marginally with the X-M1 to produce an equivalent vertical field of view.

All three cameras were set to Aperture Priority exposure mode with the senstivity set manually to the base ISO sensitivity setting.

  Fujifilm X-M1 results
1 Fujifilm XM1 Quality JPEG
2 Fujifilm XM1 Quality RAW
3 Fujifilm XM1 Noise JPEG
4 Fujifilm XM1 Noise RAW
5 Fujifilm XM1 Sample images

The image above was taken with the Fujifilm X-M1. The X-M1 was mounted on a tripod and the stabilisation was turned off. Aperture priority mode was selected with the aperture set to f5.6 With the sensitivity set to 200 ISO the X-M1 metered an exposure of 1/900. Also at 200 ISO, the PEN E-P5 selected 1/1250 and, at its base 160 ISO setting, the Panasonic Lumix GF6 selected 1/1000 at f5.6.

The cameras were left on their default settings for this test. On the Fujifilm X-M1, Film Simulation was set to Standard, White balance was set to Auto, Dynamic Range was set to Auto, Noise reduction, Highlight tone, Shadow tone, Colour, and Sharpness were all set to 0. The PEN E-P5's Picture mode was set to Standard, White balance was set to Automatic, Keep Warm Colour was turned on and Gradation was set to Normal. On the GF6, the Photo Style was set to Standard, White balance was set to Auto and i.Dynamic and i.Resolution were turned off. The X-M1 JPEG file measured 6.62Mb and, as usual, the crops are taken from the areas marked by the red rectangles.

The first crop from the Fujifilm X-M1 looks a little soft compared with those from the PEN E-P5 and the Lumix GF6. You can make out more detail in the grassy foreground in both the PEN E-P5 and Lumix GF6 crops. The second crop also looks to have slightly softer edges, but I think the APS-C sensor in the X-M1 is recording as much detail as the Micro Four Thirds models, possibly these differences are more a consequence of slightly less punchy processing of the X-M1 JPEGs.

The XC16-50mm lens produces consistently good quality across the frame and the detail in the third crop from the edge of the frame is almost as sharp as in the centre with no distortion or fringing. The final crop from close to the centre of the frame shows nice clean edges with a high level of detail, but it still looks just a tad softer than the crops from the PEN E-P5 and Lumix GF6. I wouldn't be too concerned about this though. You still can't see more detail in the crops from the Micro Four Thirds models and the difference, particularly on the PEN E-P5 crops looks like processing rather than the sensor.

The only sensible conclusion to be drawn form this comparison is that there's very little little to choose between these three sensors in terms of image quality at lower sensitivities. If you prefer a slighter punchier look, the PEN E-P5 will give it to you, but you could probably achieve something quite similar by increasing the sharpness on the X-M1. Alternatively, shooting RAW will give you even more control.

To see how the results from RAW given the same processing shape up take a look at my Fujifilm XM1 RAW quality results on the next page. Alternatively you can see how these models compare at higher sensitivities in my Fujifilm XM1 Noise results.

 

Fujifilm X-M1
 
Olympus PEN E-P5
 
Panasonic Lumix GF6
f5.6, 200 ISO
f5.6, 200 ISO
f5.6, 160 ISO
f5.6, 200 ISO
f5.6, 200 ISO
f5.6, 160 ISO
f5.6, 200 ISO
f5.6, 200 ISO
f5.6, 160 ISO
f5.6, 200 ISO
f5.6, 200 ISO
f5.6, 160 ISO


Fujifilm X-M1
results : Quality / RAW quality / Noise / RAW Noise


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