Fujifilm X-T20 AE and JPGs for Landscapes

 This study checks into the exposure programming and other JPG attributes for the new Fujifilm X-T20 against my old Olympus E-M5. In the photo above the E-M5 /w Panasonic 12-60 f/3.5-5.6 is on the left, Fuji X-T20 /w 18-55 “kit” lens center, and an old Canon 50D DSLR /w 18-55 kit lens on the right.  All examples are SOOC JPGs (Straight Out Of the Camera).  Downsizing was useful for uploading to this blog and some sharpening was applied to correct the softening that goes with resizing an image.


First case will be full on Auto mode. Both the Fuji and Olympus attempt auto-scene setting. Which sometimes works and often makes little difference for landscape subjects.

Make = FUJIFILM . . . Model = X-T20
Exposure Time = 1/350″ . . . F Number = F8
Mode = Auto (no scene) . . . ISO = 200
Exp Bias = ±0EV . . . Metering = Pattern
Focal Length = 18mm . . . WB = Auto WB
Fuji film = Provia . . . Fuji DR = DR100
Make = Olympus . . . Model = E-M5
Exposure Time = 1/400″ . . . F Number = F8
Mode = Auto (no scene) . . . ISO = 200
Exp Bias = ±0EV . . . Metering = Pattern
Focal Length = 12mm . . . WB = Auto WB
Picture mode = i-Enhance
Make = FUJIFILM . . . Model = X-T20
Exposure Time = 1/550″ . . . F Number = F8
Mode = Auto (Landscape scene) . . . ISO = 400
Exp Bias = ±0EV . . . Metering = Pattern
Focal Length = 18mm . . . WB = Auto WB
Fuji film = Provia . . . Fuji DR = DR200
Make = Olympus . . . Model = E-M5
Exposure Time = 1/400″ . . . F Number = F8
Mode = Auto (no scene) . . . ISO = 200
Exp Bias = ±0EV . . . Metering = Pattern
Focal Length = 12mm . . . WB = Auto WB
Picture mode = i-Enhance
Make = FUJIFILM . . . Model = X-T20
Exposure Time = 1/1000″ . . . F Number = F8
Mode = Auto (Landscape scene) . . . ISO = 400
Exp Bias = ±0EV . . . Metering = Pattern
Focal Length = 23mm . . . WB = Auto WB
Fuji film = Provia . . . Fuji DR = DR200
Make = Olympus . . . Model = E-M5
Exposure Time = 1/400″ . . . F Number = F10
Mode = Auto (Landscape scene) . . . ISO = 200
Exp Bias = ±0EV . . . Metering = Pattern
Focal Length = 17mm . . . WB = Daylight
Picture mode = i-Enhance
Make = FUJIFILM . . . Model = X-T20
Exposure Time = 1/450″ . . . F Number = F8
Mode = Auto (Landscape scn) . . . ISO = 400
Exp Bias = ±0EV . . . Metering = Pattern
Focal Length = 18mm . . . WB = Auto WB
Fuji film = Provia . . . Fuji DR = DR200
Make = Olympus . . . Model = E-M5
Exposure Time = 1/320″ . . . F Number = F8
Mode = Auto (no scene) . . . ISO = 200
Exp Bias = ±0EV . . . Metering = Pattern
Focal Length = 12mm . . . WB = Auto WB
Picture mode = i-Enhance

There is an explanation for the ISO 400 shown for most of the Fuji shots. The auto scene selection for Fuji chose the Landscape case for each of those. The Fuji DR setting for the Landscape scene is DR200. This DR setting allowed the ISO to boost up to 400 to provide the headroom for the DR expansion to do its thing. The result can best be seen in the last Fuji shot. Notice how the shadows for the big rocks are lightened, compared to the Olympus shot.


Next case will be each camera’s Landscape Scene. This time the Landscape setting is forced, there is no reliance on the camera’s Auto mode to find the Landscape scene.

Make = FUJIFILM . . . Model = X-T20
Exposure Time = 1/350″ . . . F Number = F8
Mode = Landscape scene . . . ISO = 200
Exp Bias = ±0EV . . . Metering = Pattern
Focal Length = 18mm . . . WB = Auto WB
Make = Olympus . . . Model = E-M5
Exposure Time = 1/320″ . . . F Number = F9
Mode = Landscape scene . . . ISO = 200
Exp Bias = ±0EV . . . Metering = Pattern
Focal Length = 12mm . . . WB = Auto WB
Picture mode = Vivid
Make = FUJIFILM . . . Model = X-T20
Exposure Time = 1/550″ . . . F Number = F8
Mode = Landscape scene . . . ISO = 400
Exp Bias = ±0EV . . . Metering = Pattern
Focal Length = 18mm . . . WB = Auto WB
Make = Olympus . . . Model = E-M5
Exposure Time = 1/320″ . . . F Number = F9
Mode = Landscape scene . . . ISO = 200
Exp Bias = ±0EV . . . Metering = Pattern
Focal Length = 12mm . . . WB = Auto WB
Picture mode = Vivid
Make = FUJIFILM . . . Model = X-T20
Exposure Time = 1/680″ . . . F Number = F8
Mode = Landscape scene . . . ISO = 400
Exp Bias = ±0EV . . . Metering = Pattern
Focal Length = 22.3mm . . . WB = Auto WB
Make = Olympus . . . Model = E-M5
Exposure Time = 1/320″ . . . F Number = F8
Mode = Landscape scene . . . ISO = 200
Exp Bias = ±0EV . . . Metering = Pattern
Focal Length = 15mm . . . WB = Daylight
Picture mode = Vivid
Make = FUJIFILM . . . Model = X-T20
Exposure Time = 1/500″ . . . F Number = F8
Mode = Landscape scene . . . ISO = 400
Exp Bias = ±0EV . . . Metering = Pattern
Focal Length = 55mm . . . WB = Auto WB
Make = Olympus . . . Model = E-M5
Exposure Time = 1/320″ . . . F Number = F9
Mode = Landscape scene . . . ISO = 200
Exp Bias = ±0EV . . . Metering = Pattern
Focal Length = 55mm . . . WB = Daylight
Picture mode = Vivid
Make = FUJIFILM . . . Model = X-T20
Exposure Time = 1/1000″ . . . F Number = F8
Mode = Landscape scene . . . ISO = 400
Exp Bias = ±0EV . . . Metering = Pattern
Focal Length = 22.3mm . . . WB = Auto WB
Make = Olympus . . . Model = E-M5
Exposure Time = 1/400″ . . . F Number = F10
Mode = Landscape scene . . . ISO = 200
Exp Bias = ±0EV . . . Metering = Pattern
Focal Length = 17mm . . . WB = Daylight
Picture mode = Vivid
Make = FUJIFILM . . . Model = X-T20
Exposure Time = 1/680″ . . . F Number = F8
Mode = Landscape scene . . . ISO = 400
Exp Bias = ±0EV . . . Metering = Pattern
Focal Length = 31.5mm . . . WB = Auto WB
Make = Olympus . . . Model = E-M5
Exposure Time = 1/250″ . . . F Number = F8
Mode = Landscape scene . . . ISO = 200
Exp Bias = ±0EV . . . Metering = Pattern
Focal Length = 22mm . . . WB = Daylight
Picture mode = Vivid
Make = FUJIFILM . . . Model = X-T20
Exposure Time = 1/800″ . . . F Number = F8
Mode = Landscape scene . . . ISO = 400
Exp Bias = ±0EV . . . Metering = Pattern
Focal Length = 22.3mm . . . WB = Auto WB
Make = Olympus . . . Model = E-M5
Exposure Time = 1/320″ . . . F Number = F9
Mode = Landscape scene . . . ISO = 200
Exp Bias = ±0EV . . . Metering = Pattern
Focal Length = 17mm . . . WB = Daylight
Picture mode = Vivid

We will finish up with the cameras’ Sunset Scenes. The Sunset setting is forced. The camera’s Auto modes were tried, but neither one selected the Sunset scene!!!

Make = FUJIFILM . . . Model = X-T20
Exposure Time = 1/160″ . . . F Number = F8
Mode = Sunset scene . . . ISO = 200
Exp Bias = ±0EV . . . Metering = Pattern
Focal Length = 18mm . . . WB = Auto WB
Make = Olympus . . . Model = E-M5
Exposure Time = 1/250″ . . . F Number = F8
Mode = Landscape scene . . . ISO = 200
Exp Bias = ±0EV . . . Metering = Pattern
Focal Length = 12mm . . . WB = Auto WB
Picture mode = Vivid

Both cameras boosted the saturation for this scene. Clearly the Oly more so than the Fuji.