When I first got my Fujifilm X-T3, I tried using RAW files in the camera and then using the Fuji camera settings in Adobe Lightroom. Adobe’s versions of Fuji’s film simulations were close, but didn’t quite match the Fuji tones and colours. Especially for Classic Chrome, which is my favourite setting. So I used JPG files in the camera after that.
Today, however, I tried using RAW again and noticed that Adobe had updated Fuji’s camera profiles to version 2. I made a few test photos using RAW + JPEG in the camera and then using Adobe’s profiles to see if I could get the RAW photos to match the X-T3’s JPEG photos. To my surprise, they matched almost exactly. The colours are certainly indistinguishable to my eye, and Fuji’s RAW photos include lens corrections that are automatically applied in Lightroom. The only difference I can notice is that the RAW photos are ever so slightly darker than Fuji’s JPGs. Not even enough to bother adjusting. There might be a very slight difference in white balance, but I really had to stare while flicking back and forth between photos and it might have been my eyes.
Here are the photos so you can see for yourself.
This is the RAW file as Adobe displays it at default settings. It’s good, but I prefer the lower saturation of Classic Chrome.
And here is the RAW file with Adobe’s Fuji Classic Chrome profile applied. Close enough as damnit.
Until I start to spot differences that I didn’t see from my basic test today, I’m going to use RAW in the camera and adjust (just one click, really) in Lightroom. The only disadvantage to using RAW in the camera is that you can only select 3:2 format. To use 1:1 or 16:9 formats you need to select RAW + JPG. Not a big problem.