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Fujifilm X20 Hands-On Preview

Fujifilm X20 Hands-On Preview - We take a hands-on look at the new Fujifilm X20 - the premium compact camera with RAW shooting and 12 megapixel sensor.

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Category : Compact Cameras
Product : Fujifilm X20
Price : £500
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Fujifilm X20 (1)

The Fujifilm X20 is this years update to the popular Fujifilm X10, with a bright f/2.0 - f/2.8 4x optical zoom lens, with manual zoom control that is also used to switch the camera on and off. The camera has a number of new features, with the new optical viewfinder being the most noticeable, which overlays the shooting information over the view, although the optical view only gives 85% coverage. The Fujifilm X20 is expected to cost £499 when released in Mid-February.

Fujifilm X20 (8)

Key Features

  • Optical Viewfinder with a Digital Trans Panel
  • 12 million pixels 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor
  • Intelligent Hybrid AF in 0.06 seconds***
  • Improved EXR Processor II
  • 4x FUJINON manual barrel zoom, f/2.0-2.8 lens
  • 2.8-inch High Contrast LCD monitor (460K dots)
  • Pop-up Flash
  • Fast start-up time of 0.5 seconds*4, shutter time lag of 0.01 seconds
  • Super Macro mode (1cm)
  • Motion Panorama360
  • 8 Advanced Filters, including ‘Pop Color’ for boosting saturation and ‘Toy Camera’ for a retro look
  • Q button for frequently used menu items
  • Function (Fn) button
  • Multiple Exposure
  • NEW GUI showing the focal distance, aperture value and shutter speed in sync with the zoom ring or command dial rotation.
  • ADVANCED SR AUTO mode with 64 shooting patterns
  • Full HD movie (60fps), stero sound, manual focus
  • Focus Peak Highlight function on the LCD screen
  • Available in all black or two-tone black and silver
  • 4 types of shutter sounds — Lens Shutter, Focal Plane Shutter, Mirror Up and Silent Shutter.
  • Film Simulation mode
  • Electronic level, Live histogram
Fujifilm X20 (5)

The camera comes with updated menus, and the Q button gives quicker access to controls on the rear screen. The new menus are neatly arranged and the camera features an electronic level, as well as the option to choose from four different shutter sounds.

Fujifilm X20 Screens (3) Fujifilm X20 Screens (2)

While we only had a short amount of time with the camera, the build quality and handling were excellent, with a solid feel and gorgeous design, with the silver and black two tone colour scheme looking particularly attractive. Focus and shutter response seemed quick in use, and the menus were easy to navigate. We look forward to testing a full production version when available.

Fujifilm X20 Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Fujifilm X20 Specifications

Max Aperturef/2 - f/2.8
35mm equivalent28mm - 112mm
Optical Zoom4x
Image Sensor
Pixels12Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4000
Pixels (H)3000
Sensor TypeBack-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor Size2/3
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor2.8in
Screen resolution460k
Touch ScreenNo
Min Focus1cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 12800
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting12fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS60fps
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLi-ion battery NP-50
CIPA Rating270
Box Contents
Box ContentsLi-ion battery NP-50, Battery charger BC-50B, Shoulder strap, Lens cap, USB cable, CD-ROM (Viewer software, RAW File Converter etc.*4) Owner's manual

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    Paul Morgan Plus
    14 17.4k 6 England
    8 Jan 2013 5:54PM
    The price is as expected and worth every Penny.

    The main changes are with the sensor, the auto focusing, and viewfinder, the biggest plus for me would be the focusing speed, not that the x10 is slow.

    The new viewfinder information is handy but not a deal breaker, at least this will save on battery power.

    Looks like they have included the firmware updates such as the Q menu and filters found in the x10 as well.

    Pleasing to find the build is identical to the x10.

    More info here


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