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Noise for Headroom: Fuji’s X-Trans Sensor | Kevin Purcell

I raise the now traditional issue that “the X-Trans sensor is a Sony sensor.” And an “old” Sony sensor, too. It’s the same one as in the Nikon Coolpix A, D7000, D5100, Ricoh GR, Pentax K-01 and many more 16-megapixel APS-C cameras, including some of Sony’s. It’s still a very good sensor. Has low read noise and high quantum efficiency; but that’s not Fuji magic. It just has a custom color filter array specified by Fuji. The X-Trans color filter array actually reduces acuity. Yes, really it does! So, as many people have found out, it’s not great for images with lots of very fine repetitive detail (such as leaves in landscapes). Take a look at the dpreview studio comparison (the playing card) for a Fuji 16-MP X-Trans camera and an equivalent 16-MP Bayer-array camera (e.g. the D7000 and the K-01). I do wonder if some people like this because it makes them think it looks more “film like.” They could have left the optical low-pass filter (OLPF) in place and still got the same effect…….

Source: theonlinephotographer.typepad.com
 


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