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The Fujifilm FinePix XP20 was released in January 2011 at the same time as the XP30, which is identical to the XP20 except it has GPS and is an upgrade to the XP10. The XP20 is available in black and blue for around £120.
Motion Panorama mode makes it easy to shoot panoramic images, similar to Sony's method, you just press the shutter and sweep the camera in the correct direction. The camera then stitches the images together to create your panoramic image.
In SR auto the camera automatically selects the correct settings based upon siz scenes including Portrait, Landscape, Night, Macro, Night Portrait and Backlit Portrait. Other scene modes which can be selected by the user are Program, Natural Light & with Flash, Natural Light, Portrait Enhancer, Sport, Snow, Sunset, Night (Tripod), Beach, Underwater, Underwater (Wide), Underwater (Macro), Party, Flower and Text.
The XP20 is also armed with a range of features for taking pictures of people. Face Detection, recognising up to six faces, optimises peoples faced by automatically adjusting focus and exposure. Red-eye removal will also remove red-eye when detected.
Face Detection optimizes people pictures by identifying faces and adjusting focus and exposure to ensure bright, clear results. To take an automatic group shot there is Face Detection Timer Function which automatically releases the shutter when number and position of faces in a scene are detected. If there is just the two of you then there is Couple Timer, where you can select from Near, Close Up and Super Close.
Other features include One Touch Underwater Movie Recording, Tracking Auto Focus, Tagging Technology, Favorites Rank and easy uploading to Youtube & Facebook via MyFinePix Studio.
Videos can be recorded at 720p HD and 640 x 480 at 30 fps with the use of optical zoom.
- 14.2 megapixel resolution
- 5x wide optical zoom covering 28-140mm (35mm equivalent)
- CCD shift image stabilisation
- Waterproof to 5 metres
- Shockproof up to 1.5 metres
- Freezeproof to –10°C
- Motion Panorama
- Available in 2 colours: Black and Blue
- 2.7 inch rear LCD with 230,000 pixels
Olympus Tough TG-610 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3, which have more of a metal construction. Beginners to photography will have no problems navigating the XP20's menu system.
The battery has a CIPA rating of 200 shots which is fairly good, although it may struggle to last a full day of shooting. Once you get the camera to switch on it is ready to take pictures within a couple of seconds. The camera is a little sluggish at focusing and has a modest continuous shooting rate of just 0.8 fps.
Fujifilm FinePix XP20 Lens test images
Wide-angle | 1/300 sec | f/6.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Full optical zoom | 1/400 sec | f/8.0 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100
Digital zoom | 1/550 sec | f/8.0 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100
1/14 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Even at ISO 100 noise is clearly affecting image quality. It steadily worses through ISO 200 and ISO 400, with ISO 800 producing the kind of images you are only going to use for sharing on the web. Noise is terrible at ISO 1600 and it's amazing that Fujifilm included ISO 3200 as the images are awful even when viewed small.
Fujifilm FinePix XP20 ISO test images
ISO 100 | 1/7 sec | f/4.6 | 9.5 mm
ISO 200 | 1/12 sec | f/4.6 | 9.5 mm
ISO 400 | 1/25 sec | f/4.6 | 9.5 mm
ISO 800 | 1/50 sec | f/4.6 | 9.5 mm
ISO 1600 | 1/105 sec | f/4.6 | 9.5 mm
ISO 3200 | 1/210 sec | f/4.6 | 9.5 mm
Below are example images using some of the scene modes available. In sunny conditions the camera takes a very pleasant landscape shot, with superb blues and greens. The camera also takes good portrait shots and although there is some red-eye, it is quite dark.
Fujifilm FinePix XP20 Scene modes
Landscape | 1/480 sec | f/6.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Landscape with building | 1/550 sec | f/6.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.6 | 9.5 mm | ISO 100
Sport | 1/250 sec | f/4.5 | 8.6 mm | ISO 160
Text | 1/400 sec | f/4.6 | 9.5 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/350 sec | f/6.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Panoramic | 1/500 sec | f/6.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Under our incandescent lighting in the studio the auto white-balance gives a slight magenta cast in the image, with the incandescent preset producing the better image. When switching to the fluorescent lights, the AWB performs much better than any of the fluorescent presets.
Fujifilm FinePix XP20 White-balance test images
AWB - incandescent lighting | 1/10 sec | f/4.2 | 6.2 mm | ISO 100
Tungsten preset - tungsten lighting | 1/10 sec | f/4.2 | 6.2 mm | ISO 100
AWB - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/4.2 | 6.2 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset 1 - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/4.2 | 6.2 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset 2 - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/4.2 | 6.2 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset 3 - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/4.2 | 6.2 mm | ISO 100
As well as Standard, the XP20 can shoot pictures using Chrome, Sepia and Black and White filters.
Fujifilm FinePix XP20 Digital filters
Chrome | 1/10 sec | f/4.2 | 6.2 mm | ISO 100
Black and white | 1/10 sec | f/4.2 | 6.2 mm | ISO 100
Sepia | 1/10 sec | f/4.2 | 6.2 mm | ISO 100
Video ModeVideos can be shot at 720p HD and 640 x 320 VGA, both at 30 fps. Optical zoom is available during recording, an example can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page.
Value For MoneyThe XP20 is one of the cheapest waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof compact digital cameras on the market. The XP30 is more commonly available, and only costs around an extra £10 and has GPS.
|Fujifilm FinePix XP10||3m||1m||-10°C||£108.99|
|Fujifilm FinePix XP20||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£119.99|
|Olympus Tough TG-310||3m||1.5m||-10°C||£128.99|
|Fujifilm FinePix XP30||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£128.99|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10||3m||1.5m||-10°C||£149.99|
|Olympus Tough TG-610||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£188.00|
|Canon PowerShot D10||10m||1.2m||-10°C||£214.99|
|Olympus Tough TG-810||10m||2m||-10°C||£224.99|
|Pentax Optio WG-1 (GPS)||10m||1.5m||-10°C||£208.99 (£228.99)|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2||10m||2m||-10°C||£248.99|
|Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£294.99|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3||12m||2m||-10°C||£298.99|
Fujifilm FinePix XP20 ProsGood colour reproduction
Good value for money
Fujifilm FinePix XP20 ConsDifficult to switch on
Poor noise performance
Detail in images isn't good
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Fujifilm FinePix XP20 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.9 - f/4.9|
|35mm equivalent||28mm - 140mm|
|CCD pixels||14.2Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.16mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.62mm|
|Screen resolution||230,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 3200|
|Video FPS||30 fps|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||NP-45A rechargeable battery|
|Box Contents||Battery NP-45A, Charger BC45B, USB cable, Hand strap, Manual booklet, Warranty card, CD-ROM|