Fujifilm X-E1 review

Dynamic range


Image: A dark exposure here was needed to capture the dramatic sky. Shadow detail in the JPEG image is crisp even at +3EV

The Fuji X-E1 is able to capture a wide range of tones in its standard exposure mode. Thanks to a good control of shadow noise, it is possible to shoot darker exposures and then bring them back (brighten them) without compromising the image quality too much. This is ideal for high-contrast scenes where one needs a dark exposure to preserve highlight detail.

Additional options are designed to enhance the dynamic range of an image. D-Rng (dynamic range mode) offers 100%, 200% and 400% settings, each designed to boost detail across a range of tones to make it more visible.

The difference between the regular exposure mode and the 100% setting is subtle, while the 400% setting provides a satisfactory recovery of some highlight and shadow details.

There are times when this setting goes a little too far and produces more HDR-like effects, which is no good for people like me who prefer images with strong contrast. Highlight and Shadow Tone modes adjust the contrast curve, and are ideal for making contrast changes in-camera rather than on the computer.