How will the affordable X-E2 compare in iso performance to the 6d?
I'm seriously considering a Sony A7s or A6300 as a casual camera for family documentation.
I'm currently shooting a Panny GH3 as a video/stills camera for good light outings. I even wished the GH4 would have clean high iso images at ISO 5000 in challenging light but the Raw files fall apart. Any sort of aggressive noise reduction makes plastic skin texture. My Oly E-m5 is a very nice stills camera great for "good light shooting". I let my 6, 9 yrs old daughters use my M43 gear as a learning tool for photography. The new M43 20mpx sensor seems to hit a wall in the physical limitations for ISO performance. Economically I may just buy a Panny GX8 for a new casual video rig that does not overheat shooting 4k.
My problem is that I want a decent video rig as well as good high ISO performance. This is where an A7s or A6300 seems to outperform the fuji system's AF tracking.
If I just settle for a stills camera what am I to expect with an X-E2? I highly doubt it can even match or even be close to a 5dmk2 high iso performance. Cost wise the X-pro2 is still well over 2 grand so this is quite an investment for a casual kick around camera. I'd really like to play with a fuji raw file to see how well I can push and pull the file. If the X-E2 cant truly hold it's own well over ISO5000 without falling apart I'll consider the fuji.
What's acceptable for high ISO ability is somewhat subjective, but I'm completely comfortable shooting with my X-E2 at 6400 ISO and even pushing the files somewhat beyond that in post (6400 is max for RAW). With my a7S I'm completely comfortable all the way up to 25k ISO and sometimes beyond that depending on the subject and light, I've kept shots that I'm happy with all the way up at 100k ISO with that camera, that's the main reason I'm not ready to go full Fuji yet. For just about any daily needs from a camera the X-E2 is more than enough in my opinion.