Sunday, 1 May 2011

FujiFilm HS-20 EXR - Raw Conversion Comparison

The PhotographyBlog site has a review of the new FujiFilm HS-20 EXR and there are many sample images available for download.

To see the review - Click here

One which caught my eye was a Raw file which shows a glass roof covered area. I downloaded this and decided to convert/process it in both the Fujifilm supplied RFC EX Raw converter, and also in Lightroom 3.4.

The editing goal was to retain dynamic range, have realistic colour, and to have an image which is sharp and with low noise. For this exercise, I did not adjust perspective, lens distortion or crop the image.

I am not going to offer an opinion on which works better but I will make a few observations. The first being that adjusting chromatic aberration (CA) was easier and more accurate in Lightroom. The second being that adjusting sharpness and noise was easier and more accurate in RFC EX. The last being that the overall retention of colour tonality is easier to control and more accurate in RFC EX.

All that being said, the images shown below are simply my view of how the finished product could look. Both editors have enormous amounts of adjustments available, and I am sure that either could be tweaked better than what I show here.

Anyway, first off here is the file as opened in Lightroom and, with no adjustments made, simply saved as a Jpeg file.

Note : Clicking on any image will take you to the full size image




The second image is the file as opened in RFC EX and, with no adjustments made, simply saved as a Jpeg file.



The image now adjusted in Lightroom.



The image now adjusted in RFC EX.



Well, that's all there is. I am simply showing the outcome of using either editor.

For more information on how to use Lightroom - Click here and for using the RFC EX - Click here



Cheers


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