Fuji X100s and X20 Hands On Field Test

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TheCameraStore‘s Chris Niccolls recently had a chance to test two of this year’s most anticipated cameras: The Fuji X100s and Fuji X20.

What’s new?

The X100s and X20 are the follow up cameras to Fuji’s popular X100 and X10 cameras, and on the outside you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between these new cameras and their predecessors.  But as Chris puts it, the X100s and X20 are “evolutionary cameras” that keep the best features of their predecessors while fixing a lot of the things that shooters didn’t like.  One of the biggest improvements is that both cameras are equipped Fuji’s all new X-Trans II Sensors and EXR II Processing technology, which enables them to pop out images of spectacular quality while great upping autofocus speed.  As is the case with the MC contributors, Chris and the Camera Store Crew are impressed with Fuji’s X-Trans Processors and the delicious images they produce as well as the X100s and X20’s classic styling, lens quality and overall ergonomics of each camera.

X100s and X20 vs…

The Fuji X20 enters a crowded field of excellent and affordable fixed lens compacts like the Sony RX100 (to which Chris compares to the X20 in the video), Panasonic Lumix LX7 and the new Pentax MX1.  There’s something to love about each one of these cameras, so once the X20 and the MX1 get into the hands of more shooters, it will be interesting to see a head to head comparison of these four cameras.  It’s interesting to note that of these cameras, the X20 is the only one equipped with a built in EVF.

The Fuji X100s on the other hand has less competition to face, as it is one of the few “premium” compacts on the market.  At $1,299 USD, it’s chief competition will come in the form of the newly announced Nikon Coolpix A (see a comparison between the Fuji X100s and Nikon Coolpix A Here) and, to a lesser extent, the Sony RX1, Sony’s Full Frame sensor equipped, yet tiny compact that comes in at $2,800 USD.  As is the case with the X20 above, the X100s is the only one of these three cameras that is equipped with a built in EVF.

Who are the X20 and X100s for?

So far, the reviews for these new cameras from Fuji have been overwhelmingly positive, with most reviewers (including the Camera Store) agreeing that they are indeed worth upgrading from their predecessors.  The X20 and X100s are also great choices for those looking to step up and enjoy the wonderful still photo image quality produced by Fuji’s X-Trans Sensors.  Of course, the X20 is better suited for those moving up from a point and shoot while the X100s is geared towards pros and enthusiasts who want to tap into that gorgeous IQ in a small package and without a lot of fuss, and no matter which group you fall into, you should love the improvements that have been made to these two cameras – especially in autofocus speed.

On the other hand, if your main focus is to capture video then you might want to look elsewhere.  While these cameras can capture high quality video, they come in near the bottom of that department when matched against the other cameras mentioned in this article.

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