Conclusion: The Fuji X20 might be the little brother of the award-winning X100s , but we wouldn’t describe its performance as “little.” The X20 has a fantastic build, classic styling, a sharp and versatile lens, plus is a smaller package than the X100s. We loved the feel, but overall the operation was a bit more cumbersome than the Editor’s Choice RX 100 .
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
Summary: The X20 boasts to be a lot more than its predecessor claimed to be, packing a brand spankin' new BSI sensor and image processor. It addressed the many shortcomings the previous model had, including making that optical viewfinder useful by putting a digital information overlay in there. But does it seriously outperform its predecessor? But more importantly, does it justify spending the extra money over its competitors? We find out.
Pros: Sharp images thanks to no optical low pass filter, Fast f/2.0-2.8 lens, Speedy and accurate AF, Short startup times
Cons: ISO 3200 and higher images are not so great at handling noise, Movie mode has no manual control, Audio recording barely average
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: 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.