Fujifilm claims that this successor to the X10 carries 50 improvements. In our Fujifilm X20 review Matt Golowczynski investigates whether they add up to a significantly better camera

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Fujifilm X20

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Fujifilm X20 review

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Fujifilm X20 review – Our verdict

The X20 stands out from other enthusiast compacts for many positive reasons, not least of which is a design marred only by the placement of its exposure compensation dial. Although it may be difficult to distinguish any extra detail in real-world images from those of other enthusiast compacts, lab testing confirms the sensor’s ability to record detail beyond what would ordinarily be expected for a 12-million-pixel compact. Furthermore, the inclusion of a viewfinder immediately heightens its appeal, with the addition of the Digital Trans Panel making it considerably more useful in low-light. Despite its shortcomings, it’s still the best optical viewfinder to be found on such a camera.

Naturally, the X20 is not perfect. Its noise-reduction system illustrates why shooting and manually processing raw images is often the best approach in terms of image quality, and it’s a shame that the LCD screen’s resolution hasn’t improved since the X10. Lacklustre video footage also disappoints, although these aren’t significant issues when the camera’s plus points are considered.

Fujifilm X20 – Key features

Viewfinder
The X20’s optical viewfinder provides 85% coverage and has a sensor at its rear that can be used to activate the Digital Trans Panel inside it.

Burst mode
The X20 is capable of capturing full-resolution JPEG images at 12fps, for up to 11 images. Further options allow a longer burst depth at a slower pace.

Exposure compensation dial
This is positioned directly above where the thumb naturally rests, and provides compensation over a
-2 to +2EV range.

Film simulation bracketing
The camera allows images to be bracketed with film simulation modes of the user’s choosing, such as Provia (standard), Velvia (vivid) and Astia (soft).

Image stabilisation
The camera’s lens is stabilised by an element-shifting system, which promises an improvement of up to 4 stops.

Q button
This button replaces the X10’s ‘raw’ button, its purpose being to bring up commonly used settings such as ISO, noise reduction and image size.

Details

White Balance:Auto, 7 presets, custom, manual, WB shift
Built-in Flash:Yes
Memory Card:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Output Size:4000 x 3000
Viewfinder Type:Optical viewfinder with Digital Trans Panel and eye sensor
LCD:2.8in, 460,000-dot LCD
Sensor:12-million-effective-pixel X-Trans CMOS II
Exposure Modes:Auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, scene
Power:Rechargeable NP-50 Li-ion
Weight:353 g / 12.4 oz. (including battery and memory card)
Lens:28-112mm f/2-2.8 (35mm equivalent)
File Format:JPEG, RAF (raw), JPEG+raw, MOV
Shutter Speeds:30sec to 1/4000 (at small apertures, minimum 1/1000sec at full aperture)
Colour Space:AdobeRGB, sRGB
Drive Mode:Approx. 12 fps (max. 11 frames); approx. 9 fps (max. 14 frames); approx. 6 fps (max. 20 frames); approx. 3fps (max. 39 frames)
Compression:2-stage JPEG
Focusing Modes:Single, continuous, manual
ISO:100-3200 (12,800 expanded in JPEG only)
Exposure Comp:±2EV in 1/3EV step
RRP:£499.99
DoF Preview:No
Dimensions:117 x 69.6 x 56.8mm
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0, HDMI, microphone input with optional MIC-ST1 adapter
Metering System:256-zone TTL, multi, spot, average
External mic:Yes
Video:1080p HD, 60/30fps
  1. 1. Fujifilm X20 at a glance:
  2. 2. Fujifilm X20 review - Advanced optical viewfinder
  3. 3. Fujifilm X20 review - Build and handling
  4. 4. Fujifilm X20 review - Metering
  5. 5. Fujifilm X20 review - Autofocus
  6. 6. Fujifilm X20 review - Dynamic range
  7. 7. Fujifilm X20 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  8. 8. Fujifilm X20 review - White balance and colour
  9. 9. Fujifilm X20 review - Viewfinder, LCD and video
  10. 10. Fujifilm X20 review - The competition
  11. 11. Fujifilm X20 review - Our verdict
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