First Impressions: Fujifilm X20

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer CES 2013 Fujifilm X20 first impressions (4 of 5)ISO 16001-500 sec at f - 1.4

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.

Plus now it comes in Black and Silver.


Tech Specs

Specs taken from the B&H Photo listing of the camera.

Pixels 12 Megapixel
Sensor 2/3″ CMOS
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MOV
Audio: Linear PCM
Max Resolution 12MP: 4000 x 3000 @ 4:3
Other Resolutions 2816 x 2112 @ 4:3
2048 x 1536 @ 4:3
4000 x 2664 @ 3:2
2816 x 1864 @ 3:2
2048 x 1360 @ 3:2
4000 x 2248 @ 16:9
2816 x 1584 @ 16:9
1920 x 1080 @ 16:9
2992 x 2992 @ 1:1
2112 x 2112 @ 1:1
1536 x 1536 @ 1:1
11520 x 1624
11520 x 1080
5760 x 1624
5760 x 1080
3840 x 1624
3840 x 1080
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical
Lens 11 elements in 9 groups
3 Aspheric
EFL: 7.1-28.4 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28-112 mm)
Aperture: f/2 (W) – 2.8 (T) to f/11
Filter Thread None
Zoom Optical: 4x
Digital: 2x
Focus Range Wide: 1.64′ (50 cm) – Infinity
Telephoto: 2.62′ (80 cm) – Infinity
Wide Macro: 3.94″ (10 cm) – 9.84′ (3 m)
Tele Macro: 1.64′ (50 cm) – 9.84′ (3 m)
Super-Macro: 0.39″ (1 cm) – 3.28′ (1 m)
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-12800
Shutter 30 – 1/4000 sec
Exposure Metering Multi, Spot, TTL 256-zones
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 0.3 EV steps)
Shooting Modes Landscape
Night Scene
White Balance Modes Custom, Fluorescent, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (White), Incandescent, Kelvin, Shade, Underwater
Burst Rate Up to 12 fps for up to 11 frames
Up to 9 fps for up to 14 frames
Up to 6 fps for up to 20 frames
Up to 3 fps for up to 39 frames
Self Timer 10 Sec, 2 Sec
Flash Modes Auto, Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Off, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction
Built-in Flash Yes
Effective Flash Range Wide: 0.98 – 22.97′ (0.3 – 7 m)
Telephoto: 1.64 – 16.40′ (0.5 – 5 m)
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Built-in Memory Not Specified By Manufacturer
Memory Card Type SD
Video Recording Yes
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
Viewfinder Type Optical
Diopter Adjustment – 3.0 to +1.0 m
Viewfinder Coverage 85%
Screen 2.8″ LCD Rear Screen (460000 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
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


Chris Gampat The Phoblographer CES 2013 Fujifilm X20 first impressions (1 of 5)ISO 16001-30 sec at f - 4.0

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.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer CES 2013 Fujifilm X20 first impressions (2 of 5)ISO 16001-80 sec at f - 4.0

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.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer CES 2013 Fujifilm X20 first impressions (5 of 5)ISO 16001-600 sec at f - 1.4

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.

Build Quality

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

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer CES 2013 Fujifilm X20 first impressions (3 of 5)ISO 16001-500 sec at f - 1.4

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.

Image Quality

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.

First Impressions

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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