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Fujifilm X20 Summary

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

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.

Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed review Read the full Fuji X20 review here.

PROS CONS
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
Very responsive
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

Related Information

Previous Models
Fujifilm Finepix X10
Fujifilm Finepix X10
- EXR Sensor with Anti-Alias Filter, Contrast-Detect AF only, 7 FPS
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By Neocamera on 2013-06-03

Fujifilm X20 Highlights


Medium digital camera

Sensor-Size: 9 x 7mm

2/3" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

12 Megapixels Fixed LensISO 100-12800
4X Mechanically Linked Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/4000-30s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
Automatic Eye-Start sensorCustom white-balance
1 Axis Digital LevelSpot-Metering
12 FPS Drive, 11 ImagesHot-Shoe
1920x1080 @ 60 FPS Video RecordingStereo audio input
2.8" LCD 460K PixelsLithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital Extended Capacity
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