What you’re not seeing in the sample gallery so far is our video sample from the Fujifilm X-T20. I need to go out and shoot more video but thus far it has been quite impressive. The 4k video here is really something that I feel is going to make Fujifilm a big contender in the video realm partially because of the color renditions. Yes, lots of videographers love to shoot flat and then edit later on. But journalists that are pressed for time don’t often do that. We like to get things right in the camera, do a quick edit, export for YouTube, export the same video with captions for Facebook, upload to YouTube, upload to Facebook, do the metadata, etc. We understand that most of the work that we do isn’t designed to be a cinematic masterpiece. So for those folks, this is amazing.
The fact that I can get 4K video with an image stabilized lens, have a microphone attached to the Fujifilm X-T20 (though not really a standard port) and shoot video that will look similar to what the Fujifilm film stocks looked like is pretty awesome. I mean, cinematic Acros? Or Cinematic Velvia? Or Astia? Sign me up! If Fujifilm keeps pushing ahead they’re going to become a powerhouse that everyone will need to keep watching carefully.
Fujifilm XT20 video overview
As for the still images from the Fujifilm XT20, they’re every bit as impressive as you’d imagine they’d be. Fujifilm has always had great image quality though with the exception of some of their earliest bodies having a few flaws. But those have been ironed out.
At the moment though, I’m still scratching my head about the upgrade question. I still love my Fujifilm X Pro 1 and in some ways I argue that Fujifilm made a camera that was too good. More about the image quality though can be read in our first impressions of the Fujifilm XT20
Where Fujifilm really needs to take credit is in how small and beautiful the Fujifilm XT20 feels. If you attach a wrist strap to it, it’s almost like handling an old time SLR that was made from plastic and not metal. The dials feel right, the buttons are nicely placed, and the screen is good. My only qualm is that the EVF has a bit of a lag in powering itself up. But otherwise, there is very little to complain about here.
Please head over and check out our Fujifilm X-T20 first impressions to check out our first sample photos.