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Austin Rodeo Compares the Fuji X100s Vs. Olympus OM-D E-M10

The ATMX Blog is a fantastic look at Austin, Texas through the lens of a camera. Blogger Andy has a terrific eye for colors and details and we’re big fans of his work. Follow along with him on his blog and his excellent portfolio.

In this blog post, Andy compares Fuji X1000s vs. Olympus OM-D E-M10 in a full-on battle. Shooting both day and night, Andy’s images—from both cameras—are brilliant. That’s both literal and figurative, as the photos in this blog post are some of the brightest, sharpest and most vibrant we’ve seen.

Despite the final result being so brilliant, Andy had some issues with both cameras, noting that he only posted images from the Fuji system because “[b]y all measures the Olympus is faster and easier to shoot but without that proper concentration, none of my E-M10 images deserved to be posted. The just weren’t good enough.”

Let’s do some comparisons. I shot the Olympus E-M10 in JPEG + RAW. Since I don’t have a RAW processor for the camera, we get to compare the Olympus JPEG vs the Fujifim JPEG. On the left, we have the unprocessed JPEGs. On the right, the results after post processing in Aperture 3. I tried to make the colors match as closely as possible. You can see that Fuji’s auto white balance did a better job here — my post processed image only slightly sharper and more colorful. The Olympus required more work. But all is not perfect with the Fuji either. I mentioned before that reds on the X100S JPEGs are weak — they look more orangish. You can see it when you compare the red candy apples. Click on the photos to see a larger view.

Of course the OM-D E-M10 is no longer the king of the Olympus world, with the OM-D E-M5 II having long replaced it. This makes the comparison less contemporary and less accurate for modern day shooting, but it’s a great showcase of the Fuji system and a look at how Fuji has evolved as well—today’s interchangeable lens cameras like the new X-T10 and the Fuji X100T have long eclipsed the X100S. That means that as good as the images are in this article, they’ve gotten even better with more recent camera iterations.

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