A Blind Test of X-Trans Versus Bayer Sensors: Which Do You Prefer?

A debate has raged, particularly in the Fujifilm community, over which type of sensor is better. So, here's a blind test. Do you have a preference before you know on which sensor the image was taken?

I walk the line of camera nerdery. The science and depth of the conversation fascinates me, but the way in which I decide which camera I want to use is vastly unscientific. Which cameras are in the ring for my money is decided by spec and features, but once I've got a shortlist, I decide with my eyes and I'm not convinced I'd even notice the difference between X-Trans and Bayer sensors. That said, I've read a fair amount on this discussion over the years and can summarize the rough difference, though these are not directly my opinions.

Generally, the X-Trans sensor is said to be better for image quality than the Bayer sensor. The Bayer requires less processing power from the camera (a problem becoming less and less relevant for these specific sensors) and is allegedly cheaper to produce, which passes the savings on to the consumer. With that said, a better discussion is whether the increased cost of the X-Trans sensor is worth it.

This isn't the first blind test of these two sensors and I'm sure it won't be the last. You can view another one here. If the discussion interests you, there is a lot more information on the topic. But the question is, which images in the video did you prefer and why? Did you notice a difference in colors? Did one have more color noise than the other? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Robert K Baggs is a professional portrait and commercial photographer, educator, and consultant from England. Robert has a First-Class degree in Philosophy and a Master's by Research. In 2015 Robert's work on plagiarism in photography was published as part of several universities' photography degree syllabuses.

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I don't understand, but where are the links to the files to be compared ?
I hope you don't expect us to make any serious comparison through a poor Youtube compression on our 30 bits monitors !!

The video is just being re-posted on F-stoppers from YouTube. The YouTube page for this video has the links for the images:

The comments on that YouTube video confirm one thing over everything else, there are loads of people who love talking bullshit about photography.