Fujifilm’s X10 got a lot of flack because of a blooming sensor issue that quite honestly was no major big deal except to lonely forum-goers that masquerade as drama queens. Fujifilm looked at the camera and tried to figure out how they could improve it with the announcement of the X20. On the outside, there was very little. On the inside, there is a new X Trans II sensor and a new processor. Plus, the optical viewfinder will now display information upon AF confirmation.
Specs taken from the B&H Photo listing of the camera.
|Built-in Memory||Not Specified By Manufacturer|
|Memory Card Type||SD
|Resolution||1920 x 1080: 60 fps
1280 x 720: 60 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps
|Video Clip Length||Not Specified By Manufacturer|
|Audio Recording||With Video, Stereo|
|Diopter Adjustment||– 3.0 to +1.0 m|
|Screen||2.8″ LCD Rear Screen (460000 pixels)|
|Connectivity||HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0|
32 to 104 °F (0 to 40 °C)
Humidity: 10 – 80%
|Waterproofing||Not Specified By Manufacturer|
|Battery||1x NP-50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.7VDC, 1000mAh|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||4.6 x 2.7 x 2.2″ / 117 x 69.6 x 56.8 mm|
|Weight||12.45 oz / 353 g|
The X20 retains very much the same chassis as the X10 had; and with that said there is very little to the front of the camera. The lens still unlocks to turn the camera on and the focusing selector switch is still on the front.
The top of the camera contains the pop-up flash, hot shoe, mode dial, threaded shutter release, function button (which I’ve often set to ISO control) and the exposure compensation button.
The back of the camera contains all of the previous controls: shutter adjustment, aperture adjustment, four way control, AELock, AFLock, quick menu, display, playback, metering mode, white balance, and the pop-up flash control amongst others.
The X20 is extremely well built for a point and shoot. There were no real problems at all with the X10 and the X20 continues to have a solid and sleek body. With that said, it seems that the same ergonomic kit that X10 users had will work with the X20.
The X20 has a fast autofocus for a point and shoot and the visual confirmation in the viewfinder is absolutely wonderful. When I heard Fujifilm say this during the keynote, I became super excited.
If anything, that may be why someone might upgrade to this camera.
Ease of Use
The X20 was simple to use as the X10 was; but there is a different control layout that you’ll need to familiarize yourself with if you’re used to a DSLR. Thankfully, when the camera to up to your eye and you’re looking through the viewfinder, controls are easily manipulated with your thumb.
Oh, and there is now focus peaking.
We saw a couple of prints from this camera, and they were really very impressive. But we weren’t allowed to put a card in the camera to gauge the image quality: we will just have to wait until a review unit comes in.
The X20 is very much the same camera as the X10 was with some very minor upgrades to the inside. We loved the X10 and in my own mind, I really have to wonder how the X20 will be able to compete with the rest of the point and shoot world in the future. Many camera manufacturers will probably be releasing large sensor point and shoots sooner or later, and the X20 may eventually be swimming with a bit too many sharks.
The final verdict will come when a review unit arrives.
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