Fujifilm is said to be capable of delivering uniquely magically cool JPGs that don't need any processing. It was interesting for me to check this thesis. At the same time, most Fujifilm cameras have APS-C crop sensors. About Fujifilm medium format I wrote separately, here we do not touch on this topic. I was interested in comparing whether JPG photos from Fujifilm really outperform JPG photos from other cameras and even from full-frame cameras.
For this test, I took mine Fujifilm X-S10 and Nikon Z6 II, which they gave me for the test.
I will show you 2 photos, one for crop, the other for full frame:
Try to guess where what was filmed. Both there and there - in-camera JPG without additional processing. In full frame nikon and cropped fuji, I set the settings for maximum dynamic range right from the camera. The answer will be in my video.
The following photos are already the result of processing raw files from both cameras. Try to determine where is the crop and where is the full frame.
I deliberately chose a challenging backlit scene. I must admit, in web resolution, I myself do not see any difference after processing. But there is a difference when you process these raw files. It will also make a difference if you want to print these photos in large sizes (from A2).
Considering the difference in price between a good full frame with optics and a crop camera with crop optics, an APS-C camera would be the rational choice. But for those who still want the maximum (which is hardly distinguishable when viewed at incomplete resolution), of course it is worth looking towards cameras with large matrices.
I told you more about my experiment in this video:
Also read: is it worth going to full frame?