Light is Everything!

Nikon vs Fuji – Skin Tones

Ok, well, here’s my quick experiment. These comparisons are never ever 100% but it does give a good idea. I normalized the settings in camera and then adjusted the Dynamic Range in post. The D800 sensor is more sensitive to light than the Fuji is so I had to bring up the Fuji file and bring down the Nikon. These files are JPEGs that haven’t been adjusted (other than the Dynamic Range tweaks and exported to web size). Fuji was in Pro Neg Std. Nikon was in the default Portrait picture control. These are both the suggested portrait settings from the manufacturers.


Nikon D800 – Portrait Picture Control


FujiFilm X100s – Pro Neg Std. film simulation

To my eye, the Fuji file is much, much more pleasing in the skin tones and over all colour. I guess this is completely up to personal preference in the end. But I could easily shoot Fuji JPEG for people photos for the rest of my life and be happy.  To me the Nikon files almost always have a yellow undertone to the skin that must be overcome, which is why I always shoot Nikon in RAW. I don’t know for sure, but I’m wondering if Nikon colour was optimized for Asian skin tones. It would make sense to boost that skin colour’s tonality. But on caucasian skin it comes across almost jaundice to my eye. The Fuji files don’t seem to have that colour push. Maybe the X-Trans sensor is more precise in colour handling. Might just be a white balance tweaking question. Let me know what you think.

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2 responses

  1. I use a D800 and D750, I’ve owned an X100s and X Pro-1 in the past. If I’m shooting Nikon I always shoot in RAW and process and love the output from this work flow. Color balance is set during process so I feel that its accurate. Fuji is the opposite the JPEGS are really nice. If I’m shooting something important that really matters to me, I shoot Nikon. I sold the Fuji due to the terrible raw workflow in the past. I’m wondering if the X pro-2 will be better. I had DF and LOVED the color out of that camera.

    January 25, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    • Fuji RAW is still tricky to work with today I think. I seldom ever shoot RAF as the JPEGs are so nice. I’ve also got the Df and I like it but the yellow skin tones still seep through to my eye.

      January 25, 2016 at 1:42 pm

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