Got one of Fujifilm’s shiny new X100S rangefinder-style cameras? Or another of the company’s digicams with the fancy X-Trans sensor inside? Then go hit up your Software Update and install the new Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update.
Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.05
- Fujifilm X20
- Fujifilm X100S
- Fujifilm X-E1
- Fujifilm X-Pro1
The X-Trans sensor is notable in that it doesn’t lay out its red, green and blue pixels in the standard Bayer pattern found in almost every other digital camera sensor. Fujifilm’s reason for this is to avoid the regular distribution of color pixels which can interfere with patterns in the subject, causing a moiré effect (the effect you’ve see when somebody wheres a particulary loud stripy tie on a TV show).
Usually this is cured by putting an anti-aliasing filter in front of the sensor, but as this is essentially just a filter that blurs the image, it’s not that great for the rest of the picture.
The X-Trans does away with this filter to deliver some remarkably sharp RAW files, but the odd layout of the sensor has meant extra work decoding it. Adobe did it already with Lightroom 4.4, and now you can view and edit the files in OS X.
Interested to see how Aperture and Lightroom handle the files? Then check out Derrick Story’s quick comparison (his picture is the one you see above. Is it LR or Aperture?)