Jericho Beach, Vancouver BC

Jericho Beach 1Panasonic GX1+45-150mm

Jericho beach is the opposite side of Downtown Vancouver.
It is known for the spectacular  skyline of Downtown.

Jericho Beach 2Fuji X-A1+16-50mm

When you look at your left hand, there is a breathtaking view of Mountains in North Vancouver.

DSCF1112sFuji X-A1+16-50mm

It is the most relaxing time of the day…¬† It is nice to have zoom which start from 24mm equivalent in this kind of situation.


Bunnies are hanging around the beach. Seems like they are well treated by tourists…

These days, I use Fuji X-A1 with 16-50mm standard zoom and Panasonic GX1 with 45-150mm Telephoto zoom.

Fuji 16-50mm is equivalent to 24-75mm… it is a bit too short on telephoto side for me… but it is very good to have 24mm on wide side.

If you compare the telephoto zoom lenses… Micro Four-thirds system makes much smaller and also have better auto focus system. So, I think it is a kind of the best way to use these 2 cameras.

Fuji X A-1 review

kitsulano beach, Vancouver, BCIt has been a month since I purchased Fuji X A-1.

The biggest reason was…¬† H iave been using Micro Four -thirds and I wanted to use bigger APS-C format to improve quality of image especially in bad environment.

I could not upload images until now… the reason is… simply I could not take nice photos.

Look at the image above! People says it is beautiful… but I just think it looks cheap!
It just does not look real. It is just clear, crisp, high saturation and noiseless… It just reminds me when I first listened to CD 30 years ago.

Kitsulano beach 2

This is the same…I just can’t believe people think this is the real color of sky today.

Hope, BC, Canada

This is taken at Downtown Hope BC. Again, this is clear and crisp, but It just look fake.

Princeton, BC, Canada

When I took this, Auto focus did not work and so as AE. Some AF are quite poor at dark… it is understandable, but even AE did not work… it was surprising.


It seems reasonably strong under back light.

Granville Island Market

Fuji is famous for image quality @ high ISO speed.

This is taken by ISO1250… well… it looks quite good at glance…. but, soon you will realize it is just painting off all the noise by extremely strong default noise reduction.

As you know, X A-1 is is the entry level, so it is not good idea to say how Fujifilm cameras are… but at this stage, I will have to say their images are just crisp, high saturation with extremely strong noise reduction.

Also people think Panasonic images are not good because their noise reduction is much weaker. But at the same time, they looks real.

People who started photography with digital camera would like this kind of images… but not me.

Today, people just check full-size image on monitor and that is the only way to review image quality. That is how, manufactures are depending on strong noise reduction and unsharp mask.

Good thing is… this camera is quite adjustable. I will have to set the noise reduction to weakest and lower saturation.

I have been using Four-thirds and Micro Four-thirds for many years. But at this point, I can’t see advantage on this camera at all.

My old Panasonic GX1 performs much better most of the way. Even high ISO like 6400, I could not find dramatic difference when I took RAW.

This is showing size of image sensor is not the most important thing and Micro Four-thirds is a quite reasonable system… this is what I realized now.