Fujifilm X20- review


Dpreview has come out with a full review of the Fujifilm X20.

Here are some of the features of the Fujifilm X20

Fujifilm X20 key features

  • 12MP 2/3″-type X-Trans CMOS II sensor
  • On-chip phase detection autofocus
  • EXR Processor II
  • ‘Advanced Optical Viewfinder’ with exposure information overlay
  • 28-112mm equivalent, F2.0-2.8 lens with optical image stabilization
  • Manual zoom ring and lens retraction mechanism
  • Full manual control, Raw format recording
  • 3″ 460k dot LCD
  • Full HD 1080/60p movie recording (36Mbps bitrate)
  • Built-in stereo microphones, optional MIC-ST1 external microphone
  • Film simulation modes for different color and monochrome ‘looks’
  • In-camera Raw conversion with all processing parameters adjustable
  • ‘Advanced Filters’ image-processing controls, previewed live on-screen
  • Focus peaking display for manual focus using the rear LCD
  • Lens Modulation Optimizer for compensation of aberrations

Conclusion – Pros

  • Very good photo quality; noticeably sharper than X10
  • Fast, 28-112mm equiv. F2.0-2.8 zoom lens with manual zoom ring
  • Solid build quality with retro design
  • Large optical viewfinder offers exposure data and focus point overlay
  • Wide selection of manual controls (plus a scene-selecting auto mode for beginners)
  • New Hybrid AF system is noticeably faster than the X10
  • Focus peaking
  • Excellent in-camera Raw conversion
  • DR Correction feature reduces highlight clipping (with a slight increase in noise)
  • Customizable Fn button, dual dials, and ‘Q menu’ make adjusting settings fast and easy

Conclusion – Cons

  • Tends to smudge fine details (even at ISO 100)
  • Clips highlights at default DR setting (though no worse than its peers)
  • Optical viewfinder doesn’t live up to its potential (no composition grid, live histogram); lens can be seen through viewfinder at wide-angle
  • No dedicated movie record button; no manual controls (aside from mic level adjustment)
  • Video quality not as good as other high-end compacts
  • Raw not available above ISO 3200
  • Camera can be slow to wake from sleep (requires a one second button press)
  • Long write times after a burst of Raw images is taken
  • Below average battery life

Dpreview has given this camera a Silver Award.

For the full review of this camera, please visit dpreview

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