Summary: I love the retro look and well made, the camera has a few quirks in the way you take images. I can learn to work with it. At time i wish it had a little more zoom, but that is only 5% of the time. This camera was purchase to take vacation photos. Any really good scenes we would use our DSLR.
Pros: Small size, optical viewfinder, manual zoom, in camera RAW processing, "old-school" styling.
Cons: Not quite as solidly built as it would appear: I dropped it (on a carpet) and had to have it replaced because of a "lens control error". The thumb grip eventually fell off. Not quite small enough to carry in a pocket.
Summary: I was really psych'd when I ordered this and this is an early review, but other than not being able to find a way to turn the back screen off (I like using the viewfinder) I am really, really excited. Except for the slow focusing, which cost me a wonderful shot of a red-tailed hawk landing on a transmission line tower. Generally the camera is really amazing.
Excerpt: Awesome camera and is my perfect companion for street photography. In spite of some some reviewers complaining about the Fujifilm X20's quirks like noise above 1600 ISO and 'water colour effect' of jpeg images straight out of the camera, I think this is an absolute value for money camera. I work around the quirks and try to take advantage of any shortcomings ... although there aren't very many. Amazingly fast startup, focussing, read write speed.
Summary: I like this camera. Why? It is a great size for travel, has high quality images, has some unique and nice in camera features, shoots RAW, and is fairly ergonomic. There are things I wish could be better. I do not care for the electronic manual focus. I would rather have an electronic zoom with a manual focus ring but that is just me. I also struggle at time to change the focus point but that may just be the learning curve on my part.
Summary: Received my X20 on April the second, a timely gift for myself on my birthday. I would like to congratulate Amazon for their great effort worked on Easter weekend so I may have it on time to celebrate. The choice of buying a new digital cameras has not been an easy tusk, as a long time DSRL user and adaptor of NEX system two years ago (I reviewed the NEX-5N) and owner of Olympus XZ1, the demands of image and handling qualities are rather high.
Once your over the learning curve, a great portable camera
George Dionne, Amazon
16 May 2013
Summary: I have never used an SLR camera and I am not a pro photographer. I have seen the SLRs and all the features they have but most confuse me. I just want to be able to point and shoot, have great photos, and not lug around lots of equipment. Now I can. With the X20s SR+ setting in place, the camera does all the work. It decides the most appropriate setting for low light, outside, up close, etc.
Excerpt: So far my biggest complaint is that it really eats through batteries. I went through two fully charged in less then half a day at the Long Beach Grand Prix! Probably took less then 100 photos, although a bunch were Panorama's. I've purchased two more batteries. I had the X10 previously. I've had some overexposure problems with the X20 ... still testing all of the various possibilities. Capable of EXCELLENT results. Have not been able to process RAW files yet ...
Excerpt: As a RAW shooter, the X20 perfectly complements my D7100. It not only excels as a great street camera but is the perfect companion as a survey camera. Before any event, I don't need to bring any huge gear and take any test compositions and DOF with this little gem! Too bad it does not have any sort of focus ring. IQ is great considering its sensor size and it does great in high-ISO/Low light better than my LX7.