Fujifilm X20 Summary
Fuji X20 Assessment
The Fuji X20 is an excellent premium compact and the only oneOther than the Fuji Finepix X10 which precedes it and features the same lens. to have a mechanical zoom. Its lens is equivalent to 28-112mm which is suitable for a wide variety of subjects and has a rather bright maximum aperture. The X20 offers complete manual controls and an efficient interface, including dual control-dials and plenty of external controls.
Image quality is excellent for its sensor-size with low noise, good dynamic-range, nice colors and superb sharpness. Metering is highly conservative and WB is mostly good but struggles a little more than average.
The Fuji X20 clearly distinguishes itself by speed. It delivers a class-leading autofocus performance and particularly so in low-light where it can focus reliably down to very low light-levels. Operating speed is also unusually fast.
There is far more competition than ever which makes settling on a premium compact difficult. With regards to focus speed, the X20 is easily the winner. Other cameras differ mostly in terms of lens which are only electronic. The Canon G15
Canon Powershot G15 has a slightly longer and brighter lens but is mostly left behind. The Olympus XZ-2
Olympus Stylus XZ-2 has a brighter lens and supports an add-on EVF to make framing far better. The Panasonic LX7
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 which also accepts an add-on EVF sports the brightest lens of all compacts while the Nikon P7700
Nikon Coolpix P7700 offers almost twice the zoom range while maintaining a bright F/2 - 4 maximum aperture.
Choosing the Fuji X20 over another premium digital camera comes down to autofocus speed and lens preference. The mechanical zoom certainly makes it easier to frame with the X20. No camera is perfect but this one clearly shows plenty of strength.
The one final dilemma is to choose between the X20 and Fujifilm X100S
Fujifilm X100S which uses a much larger APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor but features a fixed 35mm F/2 equivalent lens.
|Class-leading fast and reliable autofocus||Below average white-balance accuracy|
|Very low image noise||Not Exposure-Priority|
|Excellent sharpness||Incorrect preview of WB|
|Good dynamic-range||Wrong Live-Histogram|
|Conservative metering||Dark exposure of low-contrast scenes|
|Nicely saturated colors||Poor optical viewfinder|
|Mechanical zoom||Short battery-life|
|Great ergonomics||Minimal grip|
|Good shot-to-shot speeds|
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Fujifilm X20 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 9 x 7mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|12 Megapixels Fixed Lens||ISO 100-12800|
|4X Mechanically Linked Wide Optical Zoom||Shutter 1/4000-30s|
|Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|Automatic Eye-Start sensor||Custom white-balance|
|1 Axis Digital Level||Spot-Metering|
|12 FPS Drive, 11 Images||Hot-Shoe|
|1920x1080 @ 60 FPS Video Recording||Stereo audio input|
|2.8" LCD 460K Pixels||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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