Overall Rating:

4

Fujifilm X20


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Price as Reviewed:

£499.00

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

Fujifilm X20 review – Noise, resolution and sensitivity

Image: The ‘low’ noise reduction has removed the faint cast of chroma noise in this image, but has also removed fine details

Resolution charts from the X20 show impressive results. In contrast to models that show a more defined point beyond which the camera is unable to resolve any more detail, the X20 continues to resolve details in much finer areas, albeit with less consistency. The camera comfortably resolves detail up to around 24lppm – as we’d expect from such a camera – although even at around 30lppm the chart is still being resolved. This is around the same level of detail as the Nikon D5200 DSLR can resolves, and this has 24.1-million-pixel sensor, although here there is more consistency.

The camera’s noise reduction system proves why shooting raw images and taking processing into your own hands is often advisable. On the lowest of three settings, images are left free from chroma noise but an unappealing texture tends to be left behind, possibly one that has been exacerbated by sharpening. With care and attention it is easy to improve on this through manual processing.

These images show 72ppi (100% on a computer screen) sections of images of a resolution chart, captured with the lens set to around 50mm (equivalent) and f/5.6 . We show the section of the resolution chart where the camera starts to fail to reproduce the lines separately. The higher the number visible in these images, the better the camera’s detail resolution is at the specified sensitivity setting.

  • 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

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