On the surface, the new Fuji X20 Fixed Lens Compact Camera bears a striking resemblance to it’s predecessor, the highly popular X10. Heck, who am I kidding, they’re virtually identical, but don’t judge a book, or in this case a camera, by it’s cover. To paraphrase our favorite intergalactic smuggler Han Solo, “she may not look any different, but she’s got it where it counts.” Indeed, Fuji have packed a whole lotta goodies inside the new model, but is it enough to warrant your attention?
The reviews are beginning to come in on the Fuji X20, and we’re featuring two of the latest here.
First up, an in depth video review (English Version above) courtesy of RalfsFotoBude on Youtube.
PhotographyBlog have also posted their in depth review of the new Fuji X20.
PB’s X20 Conclusions…
“At first glance the new Fujifilm X20 looks virtually identical to the original X10, but it includes so many improvements under the hood, particularly to its operational speed, auto and manual focusing systems, optical viewfinder and image quality, that it feels like shooting with an entirely new camera. The one admittedly minor criticism that jumps to mind is the continued absence of an Neutral Density filter, but that’s definitely nit-picking.
As with the new X100S, Fujifilm have taken the original X10 by the metaphorical scruff of the neck and tried to address all of the shortcomings of what was already a great camera. The X20 offers better image quality thanks to the new 12 megapixel 2/3-type X-Trans CMOS II sensor with no low-pass filter, much faster auto-focusing and operational speed, enhanced manual focusing that you’ll actually want to use, and an innovative optical viewfinder that now displays key shooting information.
It also inherits the same retro feel, outstanding build quality and photographer-friendly design as its predecessor, continuing to deliver intuitive handling in spades. From the welcome inclusion of the enhanced optical viewfinder to the improved manual zooming ring, not forgetting the exposure compensation and shooting mode dials, flash hotshoe, clever pop-up flash and even the traditional threaded cable release, the X20 is a sophisticated compact camera flamboyantly dressed up in a pro-camera’s clothing.
If your head has been turned by the headline-grabbing X100S, but you really, really want a zoom lens, then the X20 is on hand to more than satisfy your needs. £519 / $599 is admittedly a lot of ask for what is essentially still a compact camera at heart, despite all the fancy trappings, but for us the Fujifilm X20 delivers such a winning combination of old and new that offers so many important improvements over the original model that we can heartily recommend it for new and X10 users alike. Essential!” (Read full review on PhotographyBlog)
Ratings (out of 5)
|Value for money||4.5|
PhotographyBlog gave the Fuji X20 5 out of 5 stars designated this camera as “Essential”
My 2 Cents
Just as with it’s big brother, the Fuji X100s, the reviews have been glowing for the the new Fuji X20. The X20 does enters a crowded field of Premium Compact Cameras in the mid-level price range with offerings like the Sony RX100, Panasonic Lumix LX7 and Pentax MX1. While it’s second only to the RX100 in terms of pricing ($648 USD for the Sony and $599 USD for the X20), this new Fuji camera does indeed have it where it counts, and it’s vastly improved autofocus performance, stellar image quality and it’s cool retro styling should make the X20 a strong contender in this group. I fully expect that the X20 will emerge as one of the top four in this group.