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Noise and JPEG processing, low ISO sensitivities

Unsurprisingly, the Fujifilm X-E1's noise profile and image processing look very much like the X-M1's. In this case, it's really clean up through and including ISO 1600 in good light, with just a hair of detail degradation starting to appear at ISO 1600.

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Noise and JPEG processing, high ISO sensitivities

ISO 3200 still looks pretty good, although there's a jump in noise between ISO 1600 and ISO 3200. ISO 6400 is still usable in good light, but you can see how much detail is lost in the text under the currency and on it.

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ISO 200 JPEG

The camera and 18-55mm kit lens resolve detail very well.

(1/105 sec, f5.6, ISO 200, AWB, multi metering, 18-55mm lens at 48.4mm)

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ISO 400 JPEG

Detail resolution and noise at ISO 400 look as good as ISO 200.

(1/20 sec, f5, ISO 400, AWB, spot metering, 18-55mm lens at 18mm)

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ISO 800 JPEG

I was a little disappointed with the fuzziness of the edges (on the wood, at least) at ISO 800 in this and other ISO 800 shots, but overall they're still quite usable.

(1/60 sec, f3.6, ISO 800, AWB, multi metering, 18-55mm lens at 35.8mm)

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ISO 1600 JPEG

This is pretty clean for ISO 1600.

(1/60 sec, f4, ISO 1600, AWB, spot metering, 18-55mm lens at 55mm)

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ISO 1600, raw vs. JPEG

Shooting raw at higher ISO sensitivities can buy you just a little more sharpness, but only if you're willing to accept some grain. Compared with typical Bayer-array sensors, the X-Trans sensor's images require less traditional color noise reduction, but are less sensitive to luminance noise reduction. (Crop from preview image.)

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ISO 3200 JPEG

Though a little soft, this shot looks clean compared with most other cameras'.

(1/30 sec, f4.5, ISO 3200, AWB, multi metering, 18-55mm lens at 25.4mm)

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ISO 6400 JPEG

You can see the obvious noise reduction at ISO 6400, and 13x19 prints look soft, but acceptable.

(1/125 sec, f4, ISO 6400, AWB, multi metering, 18-55mm lens at 55mm)

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ISO 6400, hot pixels

The X-E1's JPEGs seemed a little more prone to hot pixels -- look at the white dots along his arm -- than the X-M1 at high ISO sensitivities. (Same image as previous.)

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Color

The camera's default color setting produces pleasing colors that aren't overdone.

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Film simulations

Fujifilm's default Provia setting boosts contrast and saturation, but not egregiously. The Pro Negative Standard profile is the closest thing I could find to neutral that wasn't overly soft (like Astia).

(1/400 sec, f4, ISO 200, multi metering, AWB, 18-55mm lens at 50.5mm)

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Bokeh, 18-55mm lens

The 18-55mm f2.8-4 lens is a step above the usual kit lenses, faster and a little sharper, with nice soft out-of-focus highlights.

(1/680 sec, f2.8, ISO 200, AWB, multi metering, 18-55mm lens at 18mm)

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