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Fujifilm X-T20 Expert Review - Verdict

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Fujifilm X T20 Silver (4)

Value For Money

The Fujifilm X-T20 is available for £799 body only, which makes the camera good value for money, although you'll have to factor in the cost of lenses, as the majority of Fujinon lenses are premium models. Alternative cameras include the following:

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, 16mp, 10fps, FullHD video, weather-sealed, £849 body only
Canon EOS M5, 24mp, 9fps, FullHD video, £999 body only
Panasonic Lumix G80, 16mp, 9fps, 4K video, weather-sealed, £629 body only
Sony Alpha A6300, 24mp, 11fps, 4K video, weather-sealed, £849 body only

Have a look at more Premium Mirrorless cameras. You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Fujifilm X-T20 Verdict

The Fujifilm X-T20 offers a number of features from the more expensive X-T2, but at a lower price point, and without the weather-sealed camera body. For those that want the image quality from the 24 megapixel Fujifilm sensor, then the X-T20 certainly delivers, with excellent image quality and great noise performance. You also have the option to shoot at up to 14fps using the electronic shutter, as well as record 4K video (for up to 10 minutes). 

The most noticable difference between the X-T20 and X-T2, if you've used both, is the smaller size of the electronic viewfinder on the X-T20. However, the 3inch touch-screen certainly helps make up for this. Focus is rapid, and you have a camera that feels good in the hand with great external controls, making it a desirable choice for many. The camera offers good value for money, for a very capable digital camera. 

Fujifilm X-T20 Pros

  • Improved AF performance
  • Great handling and design
  • Excellent noise performance
  • Excellent image quality
  • 4K video recording
  • MyMenu can be customised

Fujifilm X-T20 Cons

  • 10 minute limit on 4K video recording
  • Viewfinder size 

Features5/5
Handling5/5
Performance5/5
Value4.5/5
Overall Verdict


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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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