Summary: The Fujifilm X20 is an advanced compact with a larger sensor than a typical point-and-shoot camera, a built-in advanced optical viewfinder and a 4x zoom lens. It replaces the X10, substituting the older model's EXR sensor with a 12 Megapixel X-Trans sensor of the same architecture used in the X-Series mirrorless compact system cameras and the high-end fixed-lens compact, the X100S.
Pros: 2/3 inch X-Trans sensor., Fast hybrid AF with on-sensor phase detect points., Advanced optical viewfinder with LCD overlay., 360 degree Motion Panorama mode., Focus peaking.
Cons: Poor video performance., 85% optical viewfinder coverage., No Wifi.
Fujifilm’s X10 followup is more refresh than reboot.
16 July 2013
Conclusion: Though it's not perfect, the X20 has plenty of character. When the X10 was released in 2011, it had a lot of interesting things going for it. Not only did it have second-to-none build quality, it also sported a larger-than-average sensor for a compact camera and impressively bright lens. Since then, compact camera sensors have gotten even bigger. Cameras like the Ricoh GR and Nikon's Coolpix A even have DSLR-sized chips inside.
Summary: The Fuji X20 is an excellent premium compact and the only one Other than the Fuji Finepix X10 which precedes it and features the same lens. to have a mechanical zoom. Its lens is equivalent to 28-112mm which is suitable for a wide variety of subjects and has a rather bright maximum aperture. The X20 offers complete manual controls and an efficient interface, including dual control-dials and plenty of external controls.
Pros: Class-leading fast and reliable autofocus, Very low image noise, Excellent sharpness, Good dynamic-range, Conservative metering, Nicely saturated colors, Mechanical zoom, Great ergonomics, Good shot-to-shot speeds, Very responsive
Cons: Below average white-balance accuracy, Not Exposure-Priority, Incorrect preview of WB, Wrong Live-Histogram, Dark exposure of low-contrast scenes, Poor optical viewfinder, Short battery-life, Minimal grip
Excerpt: The Fujifilm X20 is the successor to the X10 released last year. Fully upgraded with the new X-Trans CMOS II image sensor and redesigned optical view finder, the X20 has increased performance and image quality over the X10. The 4x optical zoom lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.0-2.8 and great body styling have been carried over from before. In fact, if not for the model being listed on the camera, you would not be able to tell them apart just from looking at them.
Summary: Despite some minor issues with the viewfinder, noise reduction and a somewhat untrustworthy exposure compensation dial, the Fujifilm X20 is clearly more than just a minor upgrade to the Fujifilm X10 . With its dependable build quality, impressive AF, excellent resolution and generally pleasing images, it's a welcome addition to an admittedly crowded market.
Excerpt: 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.
Summary: The Fujifilm X20 is a true enthusiast's compact, with solid build quality, a fast lens, unique optical viewfinder, and sharp, high resolution photos. It offers a wide selection of manual controls, easily adjustable settings (thanks to twin control dials, the Fn button, and Quick Menu), and 1080/60p video recording. Downsides include a mediocre, hard-to-access movie mode and sub-par battery life.
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 (wit...
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, grid lines); 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...