Does the junior model to the award-winning X-T2 pack a punch? Michael Topham finds out if the Fujifilm X-T20 advances enough on the X-T10
Fujifilm X-T20: Verdict
Fujifilm had good foundations on which to build the X-T20. What you essentially get are many of the great features from the company’s flagship models in a body that’s more or less identical to the X-T10. You could look at the X-T20 as a baby X-T2 and for all intents and purposes that’s what it is and was always designed to be.
Fujifilm had to prioritize what features they’d carry across to the X-T20 and what they’d leave out. Most importantly, the X-T20 adopts the superb 24.3-million-pixel X-Trans CMOS III sensor, which means it’s capable of producing image quality that’s on par with the X-Pro2 or X-T2. It’s great to see such a fast and responsive AF system on a camera at this level too. It makes the two-year-old X-T10 feel sluggish and somewhat dated when you go back to using it.
As well equipped as the X-T20 is for novices and aspiring enthusiasts, more advanced photographers will question whether it’s worth spending the £600 extra for the X-T2. If you’d like an intuitive AF toggle selector, dual card slots, a beefier handgrip, higher EVF magnification, weather seals, the opportunity to customize AF-C settings and attach a battery grip you won’t regret paying the premium for the X-T2. If these features aren’t essential, a good saving can be made by opting from the X-T20. This money could then be put towards a few extra lenses.
Whereas the X-T10 was affordable at the time of its launch, you do have to dig deeper into your pockets for the X-T20. By paying more you expect a better camera in return and that’s exactly what you get. Yes it’s more expensive than some of its current rivals, but we do see it dropping in price over time. To sum up, the X-T20 is an extremely satisfying camera to use, it pairs up beautifully with Fujifilm’s small and compact f/2 primes and manages to excel in all the key areas a great camera should. Overall, it’s a camera that’s hard to pick faults with and is another well-received addition in the X-series.