Value Angle of Mirrorless Cameras Explained and Compared

At the last Fujifilm X summit (which we covered and sumed up for you here), Fujifilm talked to us about the “value angle”.

The value angle is not a weird concept invented by Fujifilm, but a factor that influences the whole design and development of a camera system, as well as image quality.

In short: the wider the value angle, the more precise and easier a lens can send light to the sensor. A wider value angle gives more flexibility for lens design and allows for more light and less digital correction.

As you can see below, Fujifilm X has a huge value angle and Sony Full Frame an extremely small value angle, which is why Sigma said that it is a challenge to develop full frame lenses for Sony, especially high quality ones.

Chart below provided by the German site docma.

In German we refer to Full Frame as "Kleinbild" (small format)

In German we refer to Full Frame as “Kleinbild” (small format)

If you want to get an anology with a soccer player hitting the ball, in order to understand it better, we can get the help of an article appeared at the German site docma many months ago.

Google translated version down below.

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Fujifilm GFX100 Lab Test Images vs Phase One XF IQ3, Sony A7rIII, GFX50S, Nikon D850

Fujiflm GFX100 Lab Test

We love photography, because…

… we love the art of painting with light, the creative process of composing a story, of freezing fugitive moments and capturing ephemeral beauty in an image forever.

The camera specs are the last thing we care about.

Ok, now let’s get serious and have an exciting pixel peeping time! :D

Let’s compare the Fujifilm GFX100 with other high-resolution cameras like the Phase One XF IQ3 100MP, Sony A7rIII, Fujifilm GFX50S and Nikon D850.

Keep in mind that these are JPEGs from a pre-production Fujifilm GFX100. We can’t really make final conclusions, until we finally have standardized tests using RAW files developed in the same RAW converter.

Anyway, judging from the JPEGs, the Fujifilm GFX100 beats them all in terms of sharpness and high ISO performance, including the $30,000 (or is it $50,000) Phase One XF IQ3 100MP.

However, the there are some problems: for example, GFX100 sample was shot at f/8, whereas GFX50 at f/9. Let’s hope their RAW comparison will be more accurate.

Holy Crop! The Fujifilm GFX100 is pixel peeper paradise!

Down below I share some samples available at the imaging-resource comparometer here, where you can compare the Fujifilm GFX100 to any other camera in their database.

We love photography, because we can experience a childish joy of discovery, sometimes also by digging deep into the most technical aspects of it. :)

Fujifilm GFX 100: B&H Photo, AmazonUS, Adorama, Focuscamera

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Lab Tests Samples

Fujifilm GFX100 vs Phase One XF IQ3 @ ISO100

Fujifilm GFX100 vs Phase One XF IQ3 @ ISO100

Fujifilm GFX100 vs Phase One XF IQ3 @ ISO12,800

Fujifilm GFX100 vs Phase One XF IQ3 @ ISO12,800

GFX100 vs a7rIII @ ISO200

GFX100 vs a7rIII @ ISO100

Fujifilm GFX100 vs Sony A7rIII @ ISO 51,200

More Image Comparisons Below

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Customer Service Compared: Fujifilm keeps up with Canon, Sony is Worst – How Good is the Fuji Service in Your Country? (POLL)

Tony Northrup investigated in a poll, which camera service is the best. The results:

  1. Olympus: 90.5% satisfaction
  2. Canon: 84.6% satisfaction
  3. Fujifilm: 84.6% satisfaction
  4. Nikon: 80.5% satisfaction
  5. Sony: 70.6% satisfaction

Speaking of Fujifilm service…

I am curious to know how satisfied you are with the service in your country.

According to feedback I got so far, I have the impression that the service in UK is probably the best in the Fujifilm world. But I also hear stories that are pretty frustrating coming from other countries.

In order to let Fujifilm know, I decided to launch a poll, which might help them to see, where there is still room for improvement.

Of course I can’t include all countries, so I will select the top 10 countries amongst FujiRumors readers.

NOTE: I have just been informed that Fuji professional service (FPS) has been launched also in Australia. Register here

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Adobe is Confused and Promotes Faster Tethering on Nikon Cameras with a Fujifilm X-T20 :)

There is a bit of confusion at Adobe, who, with the launch of Camera Raw 11.2, promotes faster tethering on Nikon cameras using a Fujifilm X-T20 :). Check it out here.

And speaking of PR that goes wrong, back in 2016 Nikon used the Fujifilm X100 on posters to promote the “Nikon heritage”.

Or maybe… is this just another sign that Fujifilm is acquiring Nikon? ;)

On a more serious note, the latest Adobe Camera RAW updated introduced a new “enhanced details” features, which also improves X-Trans file rendering. Huge feedback in the following three articles:

  • click here – First Looks at ADOBE’s New Enhance Details Feature for Sharper Fujifilm X-Trans files
  • click here – ADOBE Improves Detail Rendering for FUJIFILM X-Trans RAW Files in Camera RAW 11.2
  • click here – Fuji Users Beware, Wormy Artifacts Fixed?

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Tony Northrup Color Sciene Comparison: Fujifilm vs Canon vs Sony vs Nikon – “Fujifilm Most Hated Brand. Sony Wins, Fuji Second”

Color Sciene

Tony Northrup launched a poll, where people voted which images they considered had the best colors.

He starts off analysing, if we just think a certain camera has the best colors because of brand loyalty.

So what he did is the following: sometimes he labeled pictures with numbers, and sometimes he put the fake brand names on the same images that don’t even match up to the pictures.

The results:

  1. Canon has the highest brand loyalty. Canon users picked an image 3.1 times more likely if marked with “Canon” than with a number, even though it was not a Canon image
  2. Sony 2.2x
  3. Nikon 1.5x
  4. Fujifilm 1.4x – the lowest brand loyalty. Tony says “maybe Fujifilm users are the most rational people

92% of people picked a different image when numbered or marked with brand name, showing that there was no consistency.

Interestingly, the most popular image when it was numbered (the Nr.1) suddenly became the least popular, when Tony wrote “Fujifilm” on it, even though it was exactly the same picture. It seems there is a lot of hate for Fujifilm by Sony, Canon and Nikon users out there.

Tony speculates that this is because Fujifilm users tend to be the meanest of all and can be very hostile, and kind of give “the whole brand a bad name“.

On the contrary, Fujifilm users downvoted only Sony, and not Canon and Nikon, which tells us about the brand rivalry.

Then back to the colors. He says “fake colors” are ok. People don’t upvote the most realistic colors, which is normal. In one example, the Nikon got the colors completely wrong, much to warm, and people voted it the best.

Color science is overblown, because if you see pictures individually, they are just fine. But photographers tend to compare.

White balance is more important than color science. When he adjusted white balance in post, results where much more balanced.

Tony says he adjusts colors in post anyway, so he never really cared much about “color science”.

The results for the best colors:

  1. Sony (1,336)
  2. Fujifilm (227)
  3. Nikon (-518)
  4. Canon (-605)

Read also

  • fujirumors.com – Sony A9 Vs. Fujifilm X-T2: Who Has Better Colors?
  • fujirumors.com – Fujifilm X-T2 vs Nikon D500 Shootout: Fujifilm X-T2 Wins Overall… and The Fuji Colors Rock Again (at Least For Me)
  • fujirumors.com – The Great JPEG Shootout by TheCameraStoreTV

NOTE – Film Simulations Anyone?

I hope I will not pass for hostile and mean if I point this out, but what about film simulations?

Fujifilm is renown and loved for its color science, not because they created the universal profile that is best for everything, but because they offer the film simulations, which are created to give the best results in different shooting situations or to create a certain mood. Velvia for landscapes, Astia for skin tones, Acros for black and white, Classic Chrome for a vintage touch and when the story should stand out more than the colors, Sepia for nothing ;) etc…

And while I get the point that you can change colors in post, if the camera itself offers you a great starting point, then you simply have less work to do in post, which can save you a lot of time. We should not underestimate the value of passing less time on the computer editing images ;).

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