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Fuji X100S Comparison Results

UPDATE: Please see the wedding I photographed entirely on the X100S!

Thanks for playing along! A lot of people said they had fun trying to guess. I certainly thought it was a fun exercise. And now for the results of the head-to-head comparison guessing game between the X100S vs X100 vs Canon 5D Mark III (Canon 35L). If you haven’t testing your skills yet, click the link to the test, then come back here to see the answers!

The correct answer is:

#1 Fuji X100S

#2 Canon 5D3

#3 Fuji X100

And the experimental/statistical psychology major in me wanted to look at the results of what people guessed… no… not just ordinary people… but photographers! The results may surprise you!

So, 65 people guessed in total and every possible combination was offered up.

And, less than 1/2– 46% got it correct!! And several people that got it wrong included a confidence measure along with their incorrect answer, using terms like “obviously,” “definitely,” “clearly.”

57% of the incorrect respondents got the X100S and the 5D3 mixed up.

26% of the incorrect respondents got the X100S and the X100 mixed up.

A couple of people thought that #3 (the X100) was a little out of focus, when it actually is not. When you consider it’s a 12mp sensor, compared to a 16mp and a 22mp sensor, both of which have been downsized to match the size of the X100 (therefore not presented at 100% views, but rather less than that) , you’ve just got the superior resolving power of those two cameras. That, in combination with the X100S’s and Canon’s newer/better sensor technology, the Canon’s sharp-ass L lens, among other factors– it just leaves the X100 looking a little dull in the details in comparison.

Another thing to note is that Fuji is definitely inflating the numbers in the X100S in terms of the ISO rating–hence the darker image in #1. Maybe we should just leave the “S” out of ISO.

And one final item of interest is the WB of these 3 cameras. They were all set at the same Kelvin temperature, yet they all clearly have distinct coloration differences. Not sure what to make of that, I just find it interesting.




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12 Responses

  1. stacid

    could you share fullsize images?

    March 8, 2013 at 1:41 pm

  2. I was pretty sure #2 is the Canon because the details are so much sharper with the L lens. Since x100s has an upgraded sensor and #1 looked better than #2, I figured #1 was the 100s..had it been #3, I am canceling my x100s and getting the x100 instead :-). Thanks for the fun exercise. I don’t know why some people get all upset about it. Just move on to another web site if you don’t like it.

    March 10, 2013 at 11:21 am

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  9. marklondon

    Couldn’t resist.
    It was so obvious that #2 was the 5D3. I didn’t really understand the point of your ‘test’. The other pics looked muddy.
    And while the processed wedding pics are ok, they are nothing ‘better’ that you could achieve with a 5D3. I imagine for YOU it feels different – smaller camera, leaf shutter – for us as the audience: not so much.
    And some of those skin tones are just not flattering.

    I was just about to order an X100S. Now I’m not so sure!
    So maybe not the effect you wanted?

    March 14, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    • You say it was obvious, but the stats of the ‘test’ show that it was not obvious to most. And nobody is claiming the photos are ‘better’ than the 5D3 with 35L lens. In addition to those things you list that feel different, the price difference can feel very different to many as well ($1,200 versus almost $5,000). All of those things together are a HUGE consideration for a photographer. The skin tones from the wedding may not be all flattering, but I think the low light, lighting/wall color in the venue which was horrible, plus my own personal take on the processing (which not everyone likes) must all be factored in. The effect I wanted did not consider how it would influence you, Mark. So, I don’t think I failed with that. For a more varied look at what the camera is producing, you can look at my ‘First 100 Days’ with it- /personal/the-first-100-days-with-the-x100s/ or look at the thousands of other great photos being produced by other photographers out on the internet. Or just don’t get the camera.

      March 15, 2014 at 8:34 am

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  11. Which of the three cameras rendered the most faithful colors (e.g. wall color?)
    Thank you

    November 1, 2014 at 1:41 pm

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