Fujifilm X20 Compact Camera

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77% Silver Award
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.”

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Key Features

  • 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

Product Description

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.

Specs

Body type
Body type Compact
Sensor
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)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor EXR Processor II
Image
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
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 28–112 mm
Optical zoom 4×
Maximum aperture F2.0 - F2.8
Autofocus
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (2x)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range 1 cm (0.39)
Focal length multiplier 3.94×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 2.8
Screen dots 460,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT color LCD monitor
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel)
Viewfinder coverage 85%
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
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 12 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Average
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Format H.264
Videography notes High Speed Movie (80/150/250 fps.)
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini connector)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
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)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

Score Breakdown
Poor Excellent
Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Features
Exposure and focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
Image quality (jpeg)
Flash performance
Low light / high ISO performance
Optics
Performance (speed)
Movie / video mode
Value
Silver Award
Silver Award
77 %
Overall Score

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.

Good For

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.

User Reviews

3.9375 out of 5 stars
  • arqomx, Mar 21, 2013 GMT:
    Love it, with a minor drawbacks..

    Pros: - Excellent color rendition - Focus is fast for walk-around photography - High-ISO noise performance is great, ISO-3200 still looks good - The silver-black model is eye-catching - in JPEG mode, you can have ISO bracketing, Film Simulation bracketing, and Dynamic Range (DR) bracketing. Handy for landscape/product/portrait photography Cons: - Battery is not powerful enough, keep a spare handy if you planned for whole-day shooting - It is not too compact - Auto-bracketing is only +/- 1 EV ...

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  • depscribe, Mar 23, 2013 GMT:
    Typically Fuji, will be fine with improved firmware

    First off, after about a day I can say unequivocally that as a picture-making machine producing 12mp pictures and RAW files understandable by computer software, the X20 is a huge advance over the X10. I can also say unequivocally that in typical Fuji fashion it ought to be right by about the second firmware upgrade. As shipped, it has some operational issues that do not make it useless but certainly make it a lot less useful than it could be, at least for me. The widely touted information ...

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  • HENNIGArts, Mar 23, 2013 GMT:
    Fujifilm X20 first impressions and pictures

    I'm still testing my new Fujifilm X20, so these are just some first impressions. Pros: + Fast, high quality lens + Feeling of manual zoom and all other manual controls + 3:2 mode uses top of display, exposure data in underneath it on black margin + 16:9 "grid" available + Build quality Cons: - Noise at long exposure images - RAW write times are a bit long - at least with my SD-card - You have to wait before you switch into playback mode - Image playback is just a short display of the picture, ...

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  • R Neuschul, Mar 27, 2013 GMT:
    Small, but important issue: USB and standards compliance.

    As with other Fuji cameras, Fuji advertise the X20 as having a USB port. This is not true; what the camera has is a port that looks similar to a mini-USB port but is in fact totally different. No standard mini USB plugs will fit. There's tacit acknowledgement of this on the supplied so-called "USB" cable - which does not bear the required USB Standards compliance logo at the camera end. This USB issue may not seem important, but it can be, and will become increasingly important in the future ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

I might cross to the bag dark side

Just some additional info requested on the Billingham Small or Pro for the following. Anyone have a like set up (1) XE-1 with RRS grip (2) 18-55 (3) 55-200 (4) 60 mm macro (5) 35 mm 1.4 (6) 14 mm 2.8 (7) EF-42 flash (8) a couple batteries with XE-1 charger (9) maybe one more Prime lens TBD (10) Fuji X20 compact/p&s I have to add I prefer not to stack lenses rather a compartment for each. Thanks

ryan2007 asked
7 months ago

ANSWERS

I know this is "old school" but I buy some additional rear lens caps and epoxy them together (epoxy -- not crazy glue). Then two lenses, as long as they're not too long physically, can drop into a cell. I find that many bags are fairly deep, and if I "single" the lenses in the cells, there ends up being too much wasted space. (For the X-mount, I found some cheap rear lens/body cap pairs, so now I have lots of body caps around the house.) Continue Reading

ljclark answered
7 months ago

Hadley small here too. It's my travel as light as you can bag, either 7D+15-85 or X100 with future flash. Continue Reading

Limburger answered
7 months ago

Very interested as well. don't have X-E1 - now X-E2 plus grip Don't have 18-55 or 60mm or X20. May get the new f1.2. Do have 23mm. So about the same requirement. Brian Continue Reading

flbrit answered
7 months ago

QUESTION

[Question] Should I buy a X100s in Japan

Hi everyone, I have recently thought about buying a Fuji camera (since my dad is a fan of Fuji since he was young too). I am going to Japan this February (yoohoo!) and I have a friend who live there. The question is from the link in kakaku (kakaku.com/item/K0000453301) which sell the beloved X100s by around 900$ CAD, so is it worth it to buy a camera in Japan ? (Like the button, the manual in Japanese ? The guarantee ?) And if anyone have experience buying the Fuji camera before, is kakaku the best place than amazon.jp, other retailer in Japan ? Should it must be my friend who has an address in Japan can buy stuff from Kakaku or I can buy it online by my credit card and ship it to my friend's house ? (I am kind of new with buying stuff online T____T) I heard some rumours about the Full Frame Fuji X200 in 2014 ? So should I wait till Summer ? Thank you guys for reading my concern :-P

eragonngo asked
6 months ago

ANSWERS

You can send your local Fuji repair center an email about eventual warranty repair. Fuji wants to sell camera's so from a business perspective it would be odd not to be liable. Worst case scenario you put the money you saved from buying in Japan to your repair, well is it worth it? Your call. A manual you can find online in PDF format, I got manuals of my camera's on my phone. As the previous poster pointed out. Go to the store and try it. I did the same with my X100 I bought in Germany and I could even pick the SN I wanted and handle the very camera I was buying. Rumour has it...just buy when you need a camera is my vision. Bought the X100 when the X100s was out, I don't always buy the latest and greatest. Continue Reading

Limburger answered
6 months ago

I was in Japan in July and visited some of the large camera stores in Osaka and Shinjuku, I'd reccomend waiting until your over there to buy a camera if the whole warranty issue does not concern you. I recccomend waiting because then you can have hands on experience with every camera, not just the x100s before buying as something might just fit better for you than the x100s. This also depends on the postage speed from the store you mentioned and whether you need the camera on arrival. As for the successor to the x100s if you have the extra $$ for a freshly released camera I'd wait, otherwise I'd just stay with the x100s as $900 seems like a pretty good price. Continue Reading

agc73 answered
6 months ago

QUESTION

What camera gives the most publishable results in the smallest package?

Hello! This is my first post even though I have been following dpreview for years now, on and off. I'm currently looking for a replacement for my Canon 40D. I'm in the market because I wan't to shoot video and pics of my future dog that will be born sometime in april onwards. The 40D doesn't have video and that's the main reason I need a new camera. I don't want to shoot crappy Samsung Galaxy S3 video. I'm also an artist, and although my photography has been on a break, I would like to have sufficient gear to shoot high qualiity art photography with. The 40D is a fine camera, but I'm not completely satisfied with the low accuracy for larger prints. Story of What I've Already Considered: I'm somewhat on a budget and at first I was considering a compact, like Canon Powershot S110 or Olympus Stylus XZ-2. I was debating the size. Then I went camera crazy and upped my budget. There came the Canon S120, G15 and G16. Fujifilm X20 etc. Then I found sony cameras, the Sony RX100 and RX100 II. ...

JMC Art asked
5 months ago

ANSWERS

For what you are looking for I think you should take a close look at micro four thirds cameras. The former Sony NEX line/new a6000 and similar apsc sensor mirrorless cameras are really nice. However, you are still essentially using lighter versions of apsc sized lenses. With micro four thirds you are getting a slightly smaller sensor but the lenses are also much smaller. This gives you a smaller overall package. The Panasonic GM1 is tiny. The system is also pretty mature so there are tons of lens options at various price points and a large market for used lenses compared to other mirrorless systems. I would take a look at the Panasonic GX7. It has great image quality in a small package and the auto focus is fast. All photos taken with a modern digital camera are publishable. In fact, you probably don't need more that 5 megapixels for enough resolution to publish something in a good sized print. Always remember, it is really the photographer that makes the photo, not the ... Continue Reading

John Carb answered
5 months ago

What camera was this taken with??? (or cell phone) If you want publishable results, ask yourself, what kind of theme's are you shooting? Nature, people, create your own (studio/outdoors) scene, action, close, far, National Geo, travel pics, social pics, product pics, and so on. I have a feeling that you may be happiest with the RX10, even though it is not the smallest - but it seems to bring together most of what you desire. It certainly has the best video quality. The RX100-II and Nex-6 with kit lens perform similar - you have to consider the Nex-6 with higher IQ (faster) lenses to make a difference. If so, the Nex-6/A6000 is a good choice. I have not looked at the G1X-II - it is RX10 like, but smaller (less reach), and it incorporates a larger (but Canon) sensor. Something else to consider. I would not consider anything with a smaller than 1" sensor. Continue Reading

blue_skies answered
5 months ago

Yeah, and I haven't seen a better sensor score in a smaller package. You really don't know what you want... as evidenced by your own responses to YOUR thread. You have successfully "milked" this thread for all it's (its) worth. Get a camera, take some pics, and get a life! Continue Reading

KwhyChang answered
5 months ago

Warranty Information

"Your Fujifilm equipment has been manufactured to precise standards, and with rigid quality control through every process of manufacturing. It is warranted by Fujifilm U.S.A. against defective workmanship or materials for one full year from date of purchase. Fujifilm U.S.A. will, at its option, either repair or replace (with a reconditioned unit of like condition) free of charge equipment which is returned either in person or postpaid and insured to one of the Fujifilm U.S.A. Repair Centers listed on the reverse side. The product must be accompanied by some proof of date of purchase, such as the original sales slip. This warranty does not cover batteries or flash equipment and accessories not manufactured by Fujifilm Holdings Corp. This warranty does not apply if the equipment has been damaged by accident, abuse (including, but not limited to, sand, dirt, water, liquid, impact battery corrosion, etc.), failure to follow operating or maintenance instructions or if the equipment has been modified or serviced by anyone other than a Fujifilm U.S.A. Repair Center. This warranty cannot be resold or transferred."

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