The X20 is a substantially upgraded re-working of the X10, Fujifilm's previous flagship enthusiast compact. The biggest changes over the X10 are the adoption of the X-Trans color filter pattern from the company's mirrorless cameras, along with an LCD added to the optical viewfinder to allow shooting information to be overlaid. A faster processor and on-chip phase detection elements promise fast focusing while the addition of a 'Q' quick-menu button improves the camera's usability. The X20 retains the same excellent 28-112mm F2-2.8 zoom lens as its predecessor.
Fujifilm X20 Compact Camera
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“ It's a capable enthusiast compact that offers just about everything that an advanced user would want, but Fujifilm has left enough automatic features to please the point-and-shoot crowd, as well.”
- 12MP 2/3-inch CMOS sensor
- 28-112mm equivalent F2.0-2.8 lens with manual zoom (4x optical zoom)
- ISO 100-3200 (expandable to 12800)
- 2.8" LCD with 460,000 dots
- 1080, 60 fps HD video
- Advanced optical viewfinder with 85% coverage with shooting information and eye sensor
- PSAM control with automatic and scene modes
- Lens shift type image stabilization
- Accepts 52mm filters
- Motion panorama mode up to 360-degrees
- RAW + JPEG
|Max resolution||4000 x 3000|
|Other resolutions||4000 x 2664, 4000 x 2248, 2992 x 2992, 2816 x 2112, 2816 x 1864, 2816 x 1584, 2112 x 2112, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1360, 1920 x 1080, 1536 x 1536|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||12 megapixels|
|Sensor size||2/3" (8.8 x 6.6 mm)|
|Processor||EXR Processor II|
|ISO||Auto (Up to ISO 3200), 100, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 12800|
|White balance presets||7|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Normal|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||28–112 mm|
|Digital zoom||Yes (2x)|
|Normal focus range||50 cm (19.69″)|
|Macro focus range||1 cm (0.39″)|
|Focal length multiplier||3.94×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT color LCD monitor|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (tunnel)|
|Maximum aperture||F2.0 - F2.8|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||7.00 m|
|External flash||Yes (hot-shoe)|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync|
|Continuous drive||Yes (12 fps)|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 sec)|
|Exposure compensation||±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||(at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Videography notes||High Speed Movie (80/150/250 fps.）|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (Mini connector)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion NP-50 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||270|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||353 g (0.78 lb / 12.45 oz)|
|Dimensions||117 x 70 x 57 mm (4.61 x 2.76 x 2.24″)|
Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.
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The Fujifilm X20 is a true enthusiast's compact, with solid build quality, a fast lens, unique optical viewfinder, and sharp, high resolution photos. It offers a wide selection of manual controls, easily adjustable settings (thanks to twin control dials, the Fn button, and Quick Menu), and 1080/60p video recording. Downsides include a mediocre, hard-to-access movie mode and sub-par battery life.
Enthusiasts and low light shooters who want a compact camera with high-end build quality and features.
Not So Good For
Users who want to get a full day of shooting out of one battery. Movie enthusiasts.
Love it, with a minor drawbacks..
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Best hood for silver X20?
I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a nice lens hood for the X20, preferably silver. I bought the JJC hood for my X100 and am happy with it but that company doesn't seem to make one for the X20. There's a really cheap one here that they say bayonets on but they don't say if it's metal or not. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007VVBY4M/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATJ1HHEILSBYQ. Any suggestions are appreciated! Thanks, Gus
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Yeah, that is nice with the black hood but I think I still prefer the silver. I expect JJC will be coming out with a silver hood so I'll probably wait for that. I have a really cheap one ordered but I'll be surprised if it's any good for $5! Thanks, Gus Continue Reading
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