The new Fuji X20 Fixed Lens Compact Camera enters a crowded field in the mid-level price range with offerings like the Sony RX100, Panasonic Lumix LX7 and Pentax MX1. But with it’s cool retro styling, vastly improved autofocus performance and stellar image quality provided by it’s 12mp X-Trans Sensor, the X20 should be a strong contender in this group.
One of the latest reviews to come in on the X20 comes from the folks over at TechRadar, who draw the following conclusions on the new camera from Fuji.
TechRadar’s Fuji X20 Verdict…
With the X20, Fuji continues its dominance in the corner of the market reserved for high-end compact cameras with superb image quality that exude retro cool. The fact is, no other manufacturer manages to mix those two qualities together quite so well as Fuji, and for that, the company should be applauded.
As a premium compact, the Fuji X20 is a delight to use and will be surely appreciated by those looking for a great backup model for their DSLR or CSC. If you already own a Fuji X10, there’s not quite enough here to warrant an upgrade just yet, though there are obvious advantages to this over the previous version of the camera.
- Retro Styling
- Direct access dials and buttons
- Great Image quality
- Lacks a touchscreen
- Advanced filters can’t be shot in raw format mode.
As it stands, the Fuji X20 is one of the most expensive premium compacts currently available on the market, selling for more than the Canon G15, Panasonic Lumix LX7 and Olympus XZ-2, at £499.99/US$599.95/AU$652. It’s second only to the the Sony RX100, which features a larger, one-inch sensor.
While it does perform extremely well, we’re not sure it’s worth the extra premium that it is currently demanding, so it may be worth waiting until the price drops a little before investing.
That said, if you’re a particular fan of Fuji, and its excellent design credentials, this is a sure fire winner. (Read full review on TechRadar)
My 2 Cents
Although there’s tough competition in this field from the cameras mentioned above, I nonetheless expect that the X20 will emerge as one of the top four in this group. Fuji’s X-Trans Sensors are just superb, and they have a penchant for making a photographer’s camera. Look for the X20 to find it’s way into many a camera bag.