Fujifilm X-E1 Versus X100 comparison at TR, and the winner is...the Olympus E-M5?

Fujifilm X-E1 Versus X100 comparison at TR, and the winner is...the Olympus E-M5?

Well, that was distracting, but the darn OM-D keeps turning up in places it shouldn't. This time its in Tech Radar's Fujifilm 2 flagship cameras comparison, and their place among the top competitors, the NEX7, the GH3, and the E-M5. Things look pretty normal until the Raw performance comparison charts. Also noteworthy, the rather unimpressive results given by the GH3:                                                                  

"The signal to noise ratios of the TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Fuji X-E1 don't compare quite as well for signal to noise ratio as the JPEGs did, coming behind the Olympus OM-D at all sensitivities and below the Panasonic GH3 at ISO 200 and 400. The Fuji X-E1 beats the Panasonic at higher sensitivities though, and beats the Sony NEX-7 andFuji X-Pro1."

This chart indicates that TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Fuji X-E1 show weaker dynamic range than the JPEG images, compared with the other cameras. The Olympus OM-D comes out top, followed by the X-E1, then the Sony NEX-7, Fuji X-Pro1 and Panasonic GH3.

No more comments from me, check out the other details over at the Tech radar.

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Company Fujifilm FujiFilm Olympus
Model X-E1 X-Pro1 OM-D / E-M5
Fujifilm X-E1 silver Front View Olympus OM-D / E-M5 front view
Release Date 09/2012 01/2012 02/2012
Initial Price $1000 $1700 $1000
DXO Color Depth 0.0bits 22.8bits
DXO Dynamic Range 0.0Ev 12.3Ev
DXO Low Light Performance 0 ISO 826 ISO
Lens Mount Fujifilm XF bayonet Fujifilm XF bayonet Micro Four Thirds Mount
Type APS-C Micro Four Thirds
Effective Pixels 16.3 Megapixels 16.3 Megapixels 16.1 Megapixels
Sensor Dust Removal Ultra Sonic Vibration Ultra Sonic Vibration dust reduction system Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)
Stabilization details No No Built-in (Image sensor shift type for movie & still, 5-axis image stabilization) -> yaw/pitch/vertical shift/horizontal shift/rolling. Effective compensation range maximum 5 EV steps
ISO Sensitivity Equivalent to ISO 200 - 6400 (Standard Output Sensitivity)
AUTO mode: AUTO (400) / AUTO (800) / AUTO (1600) / AUTO (3200) / AUTO(6400)
Extended output sensitivity equivalent ISO 100, 12800 and 25600
Equivalent to ISO 200 - 6400 (Standard Output Sensitivity)
AUTO mode : AUTO (400) / AUTO (800) / AUTO (1600) / AUTO (3200)
Extended output sensitivity equivalent ISO 100, 12800 and 25600
AUTO: ISO 200 - 25600 (customizable, Default 200-1600)
Manual ISO 200 - 25600, 1/3 or 1 EV steps selectable
Image Processor Type EXR Processor Pro EXR Processor Pro TruePic VI
Memory Card Type SDXC SDHC
Metering Mode TTL 256-zones metering
Multi
Spot
Average
TTL 256-zones metering
Multi
Spot
Average
Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering),
Center weighted average metering,
Spot metering,
Spot metering with highlight control,
Spot metering with shadow control
Metering range 0.0 - 20.0 EV
Shooting Modes Programmed AE
Shutter priority AE
Aperture priority AE
Manual exposure
Motion panorama
Multiple exposure
Programmed AE,
Shutter priority AE,
Aperture priority AE,
Manual exposure
i Auto,
P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed),
A: Aperture priority AE,
S: Shutter priority AE,
M: Manual, Bulb,
Time, Scene select AE,
Art Filter, Underwater wide / macro*
* Selectable from menu as a function on Fn-1/Rec button
Exposure Compensation Braketing AE Bracketing (±1/3 EV, ±2/3 EV, ±1 EV) Film Simulation Bracketing (Any 3 type of film simulation selectable) Dynamic Range Bracketing (100%, 200%, 400%) ISO sensitivity Bracketing (±1/3 EV, ±2/3 EV, ±1 EV) AE Bracketing (±1/3 EV, ±2/3 EV, ±1 EV) Film Simulation Bracketing (Any 3 type of film simulation selectable) Dynamic Range Bracketing (100%, 200%, 400%) ISO sensitivity Bracketing (±1/3 EV, ±2/3 EV, ±1 EV) 2, 3 or 5 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps
Shutter Type Focal Plane Shutter Focal Plane Shutter Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed (P mode) 1/4 sec. to 1/4000 sec., (All other modes) 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec. Bulb (max. 60 min.) (AUTO mode) 1/4 sec. to 1/4000 sec., (All other modes) 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec. Bulb (max. 60 min.) Time 1/2 to 30 sec. Shutter speed 1/4000 - 60 sec. (1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable.) Bulb: default setting 8min. (1/2/4/8/15/20/25/30 min. selectable.)
Drive Modes Single, Continuous Single, Continuous Single, Continuous
Continuous Shooting Details Max 6 / 3 fps selectable Max 6 / 3 fps selectable maximum speed [Sequential shooting H mode] 9.0 fps
[Sequential shooting L mode] 3.5 fps / 4.2fps  
in case of "I.S. OFF". Max. recordable pictures on sequential shooting [RAW] Max. 17 frames (in seq. shooting L),
Max. 11 frames (in seq. shooting H) [JPEG] Up to full extent of data strage capacity (in seq. shooting L),
Max. 17 frames ( in seq. shooting H)
Self Timer Time 1/2 to 30 sec. Approx. 10 sec. / 2 sec. Delay 12 sec., 2 sec.
Focusing Type Contrast detect Contrast detect
AF Modes Single AF / Continuous AF / MF Distance Indicator / Face Detection Single AF
Continuous AF
MF Distance Indicator
Full-time AF Available Maginified frame AF Selectable from over 800 AF points Enlarged view check by magnify button Magnification x5, x7, x10(Default), x14 selectable Face detection AF
Eye detection AF Available
Available Eye Detection AF mode : OFF
Nearer-eye priority
Right-eye priority
Left-eye priority
AF Working Range
AF System Points 49 points 35 points
AF Assist Beam Yes AF assist illuminator available Yes
AE Lock Yes Yes AE lock Locked at 1st release of shutter button (can be set to Fn1/Rec button)
AF Fine Adjustment
Closest Focusing Distance
Depth of Field Preview Yes -
Flash Hotshoe Yes Yes Yes
Built in Flash Yes No No
Guide Number Guide number: approx 7 (ISO200 · m)
Flash Modes Red-eye removal OFF:
Auto, Forced Flash,
Suppressed Flash,
Slow Synchro.
Rear-curtain Synchro,
Commander

Red-eye removal ON:
Red-eye Reduction Auto,
Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash,
Suppressed Flash,
Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro.
Red-eye Reduction & Rear-curtain Synchro,
Commander

Hot shoe with TTL contacts;
sync terminal Red-eye removal OFF:
Auto,
Forced Flash,
Suppressed Flash,
Slow Synchro,
Rear-curtain Synchro.
Red-eye removal ON:
Red-eye Reduction Auto,
Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash,
Suppressed Flash,
Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro,
Red-eye Reduction & Rear-curtain Synchro.
Auto, Redeye
Fill-in
Flash Off
Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain)
Slow sync.(1st curtain)
Slow sync.(2nd curtain)
Manual(1/1(FULL)~1/64)
Flash Xsync 1/180 sec or slower X terminal, synchronized Shutter speed: 1/180 sec or slower 1/250sec. or less* (using the bundled flash)
External Flash Wireless Sync
Viewfinder Type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage ~100.0% ~100.0%
Viewfinder Eyepoint 23.0mm 18.0mm
Viewfinder Magnification ~0.6% ~0.9%
Rear Screen Details 2.8-in, approx. TFT color LCD monitor 3.0-inch RGBW (White) LCD monitor 3.0-inch tilting OLED monitor Touch control in electrostatic capacitance Type Touch control Touch shutter release, Touch enlargement<br> Touch Live Guide, AF area selection, AF area enlargement, Frame advance/backward, Enlargement playback, Touch Super Control Panel Tilting angle Upward tilting angle : up to 80 degrees / Downward tilting angle : up to 50 degrees
Resolution 460000 dots 610000 dots
Live View Autofocus
Live View Frame Rate
Live View Metering
Liveview Details Yes Yes Yes
Image Sizes L : (3:2) 4896 x 3264 / (16:9) 4896 x 2760 / (1:1) 3264 x 3264
M : (3:2) 3456 x 2304 / (16:9) 3456 x 1944 / (1:1) 2304 x 2304
S : (3:2) 2496 x 1664 / (16:9) 2496 x 1408 / (1:1) 1664 x 1664


L Vertical: 7680 x 2160 Horizontal: 7680 x 1440
M Vertical: 5120 x 2160 Horizontal: 5120 x 1440

L :
(3:2) 4896 x 3264
(16:9) 4896 x 2760
(1:1) 3264 x 3264

M :
(3:2) 3456 x 2304
(16:9) 3456 x 1944
(1:1) 2304 x 2304

S :
(3:2) 2496 x 1664
(16:9) 2496 x 1408
(1:1) 1664 x 1664


L
Vertical: 7680 x 1440
Horizontal: 7680 x 1440
M
Vertical: 5120 x 1440
Horizontal: 5120 x 1440

[RAW] 4608 x 3456 pixels
[JPEG] 4608 x 3456 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels

File sizes
RAW: 4608(H)x3456(V) (approx. 1/1.5 lossless compressed) Approx. 17MB
Set1(LF): 4608(H)x3456(V) (1/4 compressed) Approx. 7.5MB
Set2(LN): 4608(H)x3456(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 3.5MB
Set3(MN): 2560(H)x1920(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
Set4(SN): 1024(H)x768(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB

Still Image Format JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3)*2, RAW (RAF format), RAW+JPEG
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3)*2,
RAW (RAF format),
RAW+JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG, MPO(3D still)
Movie 1920 x 1080 pixels,
1280 x 720 pixels (24 frames/sec.) with stereo sound
1920 x 1080 pixels,
1280 x 720 pixels (24 frames/sec.) with stereo sound
Full HD:
1920(H)x1080(V), 59.94i Recording *3
20Mbps(Fine) *4 / 17Mbps(Normal) *4 : Aspect 16:9

HD: 1280(H)x720(V), 59.94i Recording *3,
13Mbps(Fine) *4 / 10Mbps(Normal) *4 : Aspect 16:9

*3 : Sensor output 30fps
*4 : bitrate

[AVI Motion JPEG]
HD: 1280(H)x720(V), 30fps *4, Aspect 16:9
SD: 640(H)x480(V), 30fps *4, Aspect 4:3
*4 : Except for some of the Art Filters

Movie Length Individual movies cannot exceed 29 minutes in length. Individual movies can not exceed 29 minutes in length. Full HD : Approx. 29min(Fine) / Approx. 22min(Normal)
HD : Approx. 29min(Fine) / Approx. 29min(Normal)
Movie Format H.264 (MOV) with Stereo sound H.264 (MOV) with Stereo sound MOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264), AVI(Motion JPEG) with audio
Power Source NP-W126 Li-ion battery (included) NP-W126 Li-ion battery (included) BLN-1 Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Life approx 350 frames (When XF35mmF1.4 R is set) approx 300 frames Approx. 360 shots [IS ON, CIPA test standard] (with BLN-1 and TOSHIBA super high-speed Class 6 SDHC 4GB card)
Width 129mm 139mm 122mm
Height 75mm 82mm 89mm
Depth 38mm 42mm 43mm
Weight Approx. 350g / 12.3 oz. (including battery and memory card) Approx. 300 g / 10.6 oz. (excluding accessories, battery and memory card) Approx. 450 g / 15.9 oz. (including battery and memory card) Approx. 400 g / 14.1 oz. (excluding battery and memory card) 425 g
Weather Sealing Details No No Dust-Proof & Splash- Proof Construction
Body Materials Magnesium alloy Magnesium alloy Magnesium alloy
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