Image Comparisons: X-T1 vs. E-PL7 vs. iPhone 6

While evaluating my Olympus micro 4/3 camera, I decided to take similar pictures, one right after the other with three different camera-lens combinations.  I did not attempt to do anymore that take pictures as I would with any of the cameras.   I didn’t take multiple pictures.  I used my Fuji X-T1 with the Fuji 18 mm lens, my iPhone 6, and my Olympus E-PL7 with the Olympus 14 – 42 mm EZ lens (at the 14 mm focal length).  The subjects are sitting on a white board in front of a south-facing window.  No flashes were used, all were handheld, and were taken in program mode for the Fuji and Olympus, and in auto for iPhone 6.  I wanted to see how each camera handled the situation without my intervention.

To eliminate any confusion, or errors, in which camera was used for each picture, I included the cameras in the image.  The camera used to make the picture is the one you don’t see.  For the first set of pictures I’m showing, I made no changes to the images.  The pictures taken with the Olympus and the Fuji were raw files and are as processed using the standard Adobe settings in LR6 … just like I always do.  The iPhone 6 is a jpeg straight out of the device.  The pictures were then cropped to 1:2 ratios, resized to my blog standard of 2100 pixels on the long side and saved as jpegs.

The first picture below was taken with the Fuji X-T1 which chose ISO 200, f/4.5, 1/140 sec.


The next picture below was taken with the iPhone 6 at ISO 32, f/2.2, 1/120 sec.


The following picture was taken with the Olympus E-PL7 which chose ISO 200, f/4.5, 1/125 sec.


You should have noticed that the exposures and white balances and colors were different.  I am at a loss to explain the exposure differences.  My first thoughts were that the iPhone 6 was the most realistic and most pleasing, and the Fuji was the worst.  This was not what I expected.

The following images have been tweaked.

I then used the LR6 eyedropper to set the WB by selecting a point on the white board below the magazine in each picture.  I then increased the exposure taken by the X-T1 by +1, and auto set the white and black points on each image using LR6.  The results are as shown below and are not in the same order as above.




I was reluctant to do anymore adjusting of the images for this quick comparison.  I am sure that with careful comparisons I could adjust the raw images made with Fuji and Olympus cameras by tweaking colors, clarity, exposures, etc. and make them more similar, but I’m not sure that it would prove anything for this initial quick comparison.

At this moment, I’m not sure about what to do next.  I may take an outdoor set of comparisons to get a better handle on sharpness, dynamic range, etc. and I might do another set of comparisons at longer focal lengths and/or with subjects at a greater distance.