Alongside the Fuji X100S, the new Fuji X20 was unveiled at CES 2013. The X20 is a point and shoot camera that uses a 2/3″ 12MP X-Trans sensor and has no anti-aliasing filter. It features a bright 4x zoom lens (28-112mm equivalent) with a f/2-2.8 max aperture.
The X20 captures full HD 1080/60p video and offers a 2.8″ 460k-dot resolution LCD, along with a sensitivity range covering ISO 100-12,800. There is also an optical viewfinder with an LED overlay for those who would rather put the eye up to the camera.
The retro styling of the camera, makes it one of the best-looking advanced compact cameras out there. It also feels great in the hand and offers plenty of access to controls on the camera’s body to limit the menu diving.
Of course, the X20 maintains the nice manual zoom lens ring, which also doubles as the power switch. Simply rotate the lens from the off position to the first focal length marker of 28mm and the camera powers on. Rotate back to the “off” position and it powers down.
Autofocus and shutter response times are very fast for a point and shoot. I was quite impressed with the focus acquisition during my short time handling the camera.
The excellent autofocus speed is likely attributable to the phase-detection sensors built into the actual image sensor. Some manufacturers are doing better with this implementation than others, and Fuji has managed to be near the top of the pile with the X20.
Another cool feature is a lens hood with filter threads built in for those who want to add polarizers or other filters to their point and shoot.
The Fuji X20 has a lot going for and, at first blush, appears to do a solid job improving on the popular Fuji X10. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to go more in depth the Fuji X20 at a later date.
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