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So here is a quick photo comparison comparing the close up / macro features of the Fujifilm X100 with the Olympus E-P1's recent replacement, the E-P2.
What we wanted to do is see how well each camera focused at close range and compare accuracy of focus, sharpness and rendition at the widest aperture, the optimum aperture and the smallest aperture. The shots are at ISO100. It's obviously not an all inclusive test but will add further evidence to help you decide which of these deluxe compact cameras to buy.
EDIT Please note I state above that it's not an inclusive test. Comments below have suggested we should be looking at other aspects and not close focusing as the cameras are not designed for this sort of use. If not why does one have a "macro" mode! And both offer extremely close focusing. So while not conclusive it will help you assess one aspect of the camera and I'm sure some street photographer will post a review sometime soon.
The shot is an old camera, in fact the grandfather of mechanical cameras, the Leica rangefinder. It's placed on its back on a cushion with sequins. This gives you an idea of the quality of the rendition of the subtle out of focus bits as well the main sharpest point. The cameras were mounted on a tripod and the same position was used for both. The Fuji has a fixed 23mm lens (and a 1.5x crop factor) , the Olympus has an interchangeable lens and was fitted with the 17mm (and a 2x crop factor). So we end up with a similar crop. The focus point was the Leica's slow shutter speed dial bang in the centre of the frame.
The illumination is a large patio door with a silver reflector on the other side to throw some light into the shadows.
The cameras were set to the correct exposure and a bracket was done. A shot at 1/3 under exposure proved to be about right.
Interestingly the Olympus was a much more decisive about what it was focusing on and snapped instantly into place, while the Fuji hunted around a bit. At one point I didn't think it was going to make it, but once locked on it was quick for each of the shots. SEE VIDEO OF OUR FOCUSING TEST HERE
The results speak for themselves. Click on the full frame shots to see the full size original photos for detailed comparison.
|Fujifilm Finepix X100 1/10sec at f/8 ISO100
||Olympus E-P2 1/10sec at f/8 ISO100|
|Crop of above shot on Fuji (actual size)
||Crop of above shot Olympus (actual size)|
|Fujifilm X100 1/140sec f/2 ISO100
||Olympus E-P2 1/50sec at f/2.8 ISO100|
|Fujifilm X100 0.5sec f/16 ISO100||Olympus E-P2 0.5sec at f/18 ISO100|
What do you think? Add your comments below
We also have a RAW file available for you to download and play with here:
Olympus E-P2 1/30sec at f/8 ISO400
Fujifilm Finepix X100 1/18sec at f/8 ISO400
(We just need to do some changes to our database to get the new file format of the Fuji uploaded). Adobe Raw doesn't have a converter yet so please bookmark and return to this page soon.
ADDED INFO: 22 Mar 2011
Thanks for the feedback (see comments below)
As a result of this I've done two more comparisions. Both on aperture prioirty at the indicated meter reading.
1 With both cameras set to f/2.8 rather than their lens' maximum. (Good point)
2 With both cameras set to ISO6400.
|Fujifilm Finepix X100 1/45sec at f/2.8 and ISO200||Olympus E-P2 1/100sec at f/2.8 and ISO200|
Extreme noise test using same subject and f/8 aperture. Both cameras set to low noise reduction. The Fuji, as we reported in the Fujifilm Finepix X100 digital camera test is outstanding!
|Fujifilm Finepix X100 1/250sec at f/8 and ISO6400||Olympus E-P2 1/320sec at f/8 and ISO6400|
|Fujifilm Finepix X100 shot of rust||Olympus E-P2 shot of rust|