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Fujifilm X20



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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 – White balance and colour

Image: The Film Simulation Bracket option quickly processes a single image upon capture into three film simulation styles of the user’s choosing: here, the Provia, Velvia and Monochrome options were selected. It’s also possible to do this via in-camera raw processing, although it’s a shame this lacks the option to preview the image prior to processing

Straight out of the camera, images appear relatively lifelike in terms of colour, but curiously they are often more pleasing in raw files than in JPEGs captured using the standard Provia film simulation mode. Because of this, some scenes will benefit from using a different film simulation mode if images are to be printed immediately. Some users may find it useful to assign the film simulation option to the Fn button on the top-plate, where it can be conveniently accessed prior to an image being captured. Portraits captured on the default Provia option show faithful skin tones, while the Velvia film simulation mode brings a welcome boost to the colour of landscapes while keeping the overall scene realistic.

In natural light there appears to be no issue with colour casts from the auto white balance system, and even when challenged with scenes containing sodium street lamps or fluorescent sources, the camera appears adept at reproducing the scene with well-balanced accuracy.

  • 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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