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Fujifilm X-T20 Expert Review - Performance

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Fujifilm X-T20 Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

 

Fujifilm X-T20 Sample Photos

Sample Photos - Dynamic range options include Auto, DR100, DR200 and DR400 and the differences are quite subtle, but with DR200 and DR400 images retain more highlight detail, although unfortunately these settings don't boost shadow detail. On default settings the camera delivers excellent results straight from the camera, thanks to images that are quite contrasty, with bright saturated colours, and dark shadows. It's possible to adjust the camera's settings, so that you can tailor this to your own personal preferences.

 

Fujifilm X-T20 Lens test images

Lens Performance - The camera produces excellent JPEG results straight from the camera, and raw files can be opened in the latest version of Adobe Photoshop CC 2017. We used the X-T20 with the Fujifilm 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 lens, and the lens is quite resistant to flare, although we wish macro performance was better. The camera is also available with the Fujifilm XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. Both lenses offer optical image stabilisation (OIS), which will help with low-light, and video recording. 

 

Fujifilm X-T20 ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - Noise performance on the Fujifilm X-T20 (like the Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2) is excellent, with low levels of noise up to ISO6400, and even ISO12800 could produce usable images. The only APS-C camera to better the noise performance of these cameras is the 20 megapixel Nikon D500. Noise reduction options can be set from -4 to +4, with the default being 0. We took these shots on the default setting, and used +0.3 exposure compensation, as the camera has a tendency to under-expose our test charts. 

 

Fujifilm X-T20 White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - The camera gives a warm result under tungsten lighting, whether using the auto white balance or tungsten preset. The camera does reasonably well under mixed light, but better under fluorescent lighting. Using one of the fluorescent presets, there is a pink colour cast to the image. For the best results, manual white balance may be necessary. 

 

Fujifilm X-T20 Digital filters

Digital Filters - There are 15 Film simulation modes: PROVIA / Standard, Velvia / Vivid, ASTIA / Soft, Classic Chrome, PRO Neg.Hi, PRO Neg.Std, Black& White, Sepia, ACROS. The monochrome and ACROS modes let you apply a red, yellow or green filter as well. There are a number of advanced filters including: Toy camera / Miniature / Pop color / High-key / Low-key / Dynamic tone / Soft focus / Partial color (Red / Orange / Yellow / Green / Blue / Purple). The panoramic mode can produce a reasonable photo, however, the resolution is fairly low, at 2160 x 9600 (Horizontal : 9600 x 1440).

 

Fujifilm X-T20 Other sample images

Video - The camera can record 4K UHD 3840x2160 resolution video at 30, 25, 24, and 23.98fps, at 100mbps for up to 10 minutes. When recording FullHD you can use the same frame rates as above, plus 50 and 60fps, with the record time extending up to 15 minutes. You can record HD (720p) video up to 30 minutes. There is a 2.5mm microphone socket. +/- 2.0 ev exposure compensation is available in video mode. Video quality is good, with a good level of detail recorded:

 

 


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Comments


josa 8 25 Czech Republic
2 Jun 2017 8:14PM
Beautiful camera, if only it had Bayer sensor...
redhed17 15 881 England
6 Jun 2017 11:11PM
I have to disagree that the X-T20 is intuitive to use. I've had SLRs for 30+ years, DSLR's and various compact cameras for almost 15 years. I've also had lots of different cameras come into Photography classes over the last ten years, and when somebody brought a X-T20 into a class a couple of months ago, asking me how to use the Aperture Priority 'mode', it had me stumped. I downloaded the manual, and was still stumped. All the mentions of Aperture Priority in the manual point to setting a button on the lens, (unless I missed something) which the lens the owner of the X-T20 didn't have. Sad I think if memory serves, I had to press one of the adjustable wheels to activate the Aperture, whilst the Shutter set to A (Auto) to be able to adjust it. I found that by trial and error, as I found the manual very poor. Some may find it easy to use, I, and the owner of the X-T20 did not.
ThomasT 7 2 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2017 12:29PM
Josa.. I reckon I get the same color as the Bayer sensor, or even the Foveon.. in fact very close to fuji velvia 50 which i just gave up to go digits for the 1st time. Lumix FZ1000, setting vivid MAX and 81B warming filter. Heck for my 600$ I got a mint one from KEH. It has a Leica 24mm f2.8 to 1600mm F4(!!!) lens..at just over one pound weight!
themak 7 1.0k Scotland
11 Jun 2017 2:18PM

Quote:how to use the Aperture Priority 'mode', it had me stumped. I downloaded the manual, and was still stumped. All the mentions of Aperture Priority in the manual point to setting a button on the lens, (unless I missed something) which the lens the owner of the X-T20 didn't have

If the lens had no switch, it must have had an aperture ring with an A for Auto and full range of manual aperture settings just like your old-school SLR lenses. No button pushes are necessary as there is no AP mode as such. Alternatively, if the lens had an aperture switch - when it's set to manual, aperture is set using the thumbwheel on the back of the camera - again no additional button pushes necessary. It's logical, but the user needs to get away from the idea that PASM is the only way to do things.
13 Jun 2017 1:51AM
I miss Fuji Velvia film. What a joy to spill out the transparencies onto the light table to see what exciting images awaited me.
redhed17 15 881 England
13 Jun 2017 11:01PM

Quote:If the lens had no switch, it must have had an aperture ring with an A for Auto and full range of manual aperture settings just like your old-school SLR lenses.
It didn't.


Quote:Alternatively, if the lens had an aperture switch - when it's set to manual, aperture is set using the thumbwheel on the back of the camera - again no additional button pushes necessary.
I could find nowhere in the manual where it said this. :-/ All mentions of the Aperture Priority Mode were demonstrated with a picture of a switch being changed on the lens, which the camera I was using did not have. It also had no manual control of Aperture on the lens.


Quote:It's logical, but the user needs to get away from the idea that PASM is the only way to do things.
It may seem logical to you to not work the same way as almost every (D)SLRs and many types of digital camera, and away from all the mentions of the A, S and M modes in the manual, but not to me. :-/ In this case, logical to me is very similar to what is the prevailing method in common use, or is pretty easy for a layman to work out without recourse to manuals or guides. I don't believe this camera is. YVMV. Smile I would advise anyone to try before they buy. Wink
themak 7 1.0k Scotland
14 Jun 2017 12:46AM
Again, you're still talking about modes. The manual doesn't mention modes because there are none - aperture is auto or manual, shutter is auto or manual (as is sensitivity). 'Modes' are just permutations of these settings. If PASM was all that irrefutably logical, auto/manual ISO would also be included, when the number of modes would be unmanageable.
themak 7 1.0k Scotland
14 Jun 2017 12:22PM

Quote:All mentions of the Aperture Priority Mode were demonstrated with a picture of a switch being changed on the lens, which the camera I was using did not have. It also had no manual control of Aperture on the lens.

I'm not aware of any lenses for Fuji X that have neither.
joshwa Plus
10 924 1 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2017 12:35PM
themak 7 1.0k Scotland
14 Jun 2017 12:46PM
Must be that, then. So how is auto or manual aperture chosen?
redhed17 15 881 England
14 Jun 2017 9:54PM

Quote:Again, you're still talking about modes. The manual doesn't mention modes because there are none - aperture is auto or manual, shutter is auto or manual (as is sensitivity). 'Modes' are just permutations of these settings. If PASM was all that irrefutably logical, auto/manual ISO would also be included, when the number of modes would be unmanageable.

You have seen the manual haven't you? Page 'x' of the Introduction in the manual, Section 5.
Choosing a Shooting Mode.....62
Mode P: Program AE.....62
Mode S: Shutter-Priority AE.....64
Mode A: Aperture-Priority AE.....69
Mode M: Manual Exposure.....72
Auto Mode.....74

The way Fuji have designed the user interface is not logical to me, or to the owner of the camera I was looking at. Reading the manual didn't make it clearer either with the constant reference to a switch on the lens for 'Aperture Priority', which the camera I was using didn't have.

I have been using cameras for over 30 years. I have been teaching Digital Camera / Photography classes for about 10 years, so have seen quite a few different types of camera, and imho the user interface of this camera is not logical or intuitive. YVMV, which is fine. Smile And the manual is very poor imho.

redhed17 15 881 England
14 Jun 2017 10:01PM

Quote:Must be that, then. So how is auto or manual aperture chosen?

You should know, it's logical. Wink

Seriously, if memory serves, the Shutter Speed dial is set to 'S', and I had to press one of the Command Dials to activate that dial, highlighting an 'A' on the screen/viewfinder, to adjust the aperture. I may be wrong though, it was about 2 months ago that I last touched the camera.
themak 7 1.0k Scotland
14 Jun 2017 10:48PM

Quote:
Quote:Must be that, then. So how is auto or manual aperture chosen?


You should know, it's logical. Wink


Clearly from the above I was unaware of the lack of switching on these entry-level lenses, and the manual appears to ignore them as well - the test linked to above doesn't say either, hence the question - not aimed at you.
I've been using these cameras with a number of lenses for 2 years now and had no difficulty adapting to the lack of PASM dial, but those XF lenses have either switch or aperture ring.
I agree the manual is deficient if it doesn't account for these XC lenses, particularly as the 16-50 is sold as kit lens with the X-T20 - maybe it's in the lens manual.
5 Oct 2017 4:16PM
I own one and I am very happy with it so far. I have been experimenting with the various modes, and they all work fine.... The only problem is some of the documentation on the Manual is not complete. I will tell you all exactly how to switch to Aperture Priority (A) and Shutter Priority (S) which is not clearly explained in the manual.

First, my X-T20 came with two kit lenses (XC ) that don't have an aperture ring on the lens. So, you don't do anything to the lens when switching to the A or S mode.
Go to the manual:--> Mode A: Aperture-Priority AE.....69. follow the instructions. Disregard the Lens settings if you have the XC lenses. Now when you have the camera on, the display will show Program(P) or (A) Mode on the bottom of the display. If it says A, then you are on Aperture mode and you can change your F stops by moving the FRONT command dial. If it says Program (P), as soon as you move the front command dial to change the F stops (aperture), it will change to Aperture Mode (A). To switch back to Program Mode P, you need to stop down to the highest F stop, and then with one more click on the front command dial you will be on the Lowest F stop, and the camera will change to the Program Mode(P)

I hope that helps

Actually setting the camera to Shutter Priority (S) is also a little tricky as well depending on what mode you were before. Let me know if you need help



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