On January 7 2013, Fujifilm announced the new X20 digital camera improving on the existing X10 that was announced back in September 2011. The X20 comes with an advanced 12 Megapixels 2/3 inch X-Trans CMOS II Sensor, EXR Processor II, an optical viewfinder with a horizontal apparent field of view of 20 degrees and coverage of 85%, a FUJINON F2.0-2.8 4x manual zoom lens made up of 11 glass elements in 9 groups including 3 aspherical lens elements and 2 extra-low dispersion lens elements, Super Macro mode for close 0.39 inches focusing, a 2.8 inch LCD screen with 460k dots, and Full HD Video (1920 x 1080) at 60fps. The newly-developed X-Trans CMOS II sensor has built-in Phase Detection pixels which enable high-speed Auto Focus (AF) in as little as 0.06 seconds. It has a start-up time of approx. 0.5 seconds, a shutter time lag of approx. 0.01 seconds and a shooting interval of 0.5 seconds.
The X20 also features Fujifilm's Film Simulation Mode which includes 10 film options. The camera also has Advanced Filter functions for additional artistic functionality, including Pop Color, Toy Camera, Miniature, Dynamic Tone, Partial Color, Soft Focus, High Key and Low Key. It comes with an Intelligent Hybrid Autofocus system that allows the camera to switch between phase and contrast detection to achieve the best image. It also has the Focus Peaking function that highlights high contrast areas of subjects for precise focusing while using manual focus mode. The X20 is available for about $600 in black and two-tone black & silver. Here's the summary of first look preview by DigitalCameraInfo:
"There's just something unbeatable about a good optical viewfinder, even when it doesn't have a true through-the-lens perspective. It's just cooler than an electronic screen, especially on a small, fixed-lens camera, and the feel can't be matched. The handling isn't comfortable, exactly--more like satisfying. The buttons and control rings provide delightfully tactile response, and the ability to directly adjust vital shooting settings using those physical controls means the X20 trumps many other compact cameras even before it begins shooting. The power switch is even part of the lens ring, which is a bit odd at first but grows on you with time. Autofocus is apparently the fastest in the high-end compact class, though they're all so quick now that the distinctions barely matter. It definitely seemed fast and accurate on the showroom floor. Manual focus is much easier to use, too, thanks to the focus-peak highlighting feature, which has also been added to the X100S.
If the image quality proves to be as great as we think it'll be, this camera will be a bona-fide hit. The X10 came close, but the white-orb fiasco slowed its momentum considerably. Here's the big question: How will its image quality compare to the Sony RX100? It's unlikely that the X20 can match it, simply because the RX100 has a bigger sensor. But consider the fact that high-ISO photos from the Fuji X-Pro1 are almost clean enough to look like they were taken by a full-frame sensor (even though it's an APS-C camera). That, from a sensor that's only two-thirds as large. But here's where our logic gets a little crazy: The 2/3-inch sensor in the X20 is--hey now!--two-thirds the size of the RX100's 1-inch chip. Could the X-Trans design compensate for its size deficit, at least in low-light shooting? We'll just have to see when we get it into our labs."
X20 Sample Photos on Flickr
X20 Camera Reviews Roundup
CNET US: "The X20's photos are far better than the X10's, but at best they match those from competing cameras like the Nikon Coolpix P7700 and Canon PowerShot G15, both of which are a bit cheaper, and the X20's are not quite as good as what you can get from the larger-sensored Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100. For JPEGs the camera peaks at ISO 200; beyond that images get quite mushy. The slight extra sharpness conferred by the X-Tra..." - May 18 2013More »
ePhotoZine: "There are improvements in detail over the X10 as suggested, as long as ISO is kept low, where the X10 showed moire in fine detail, the X20 shows the detail without moire. Dynamic range is good, with the camera offering a number of ways to expand the amount captured, with an option for up to 400% DR. Macro performance is excellent with the camera letting you focus with the subject as close as 1cm from the front of th..." - May 09 2013More »
Trusted Reviews: "Shots straight out of the camera are reliably pleasing thanks to the camera's sound metering, reliable white balance and pleasing level of contrast in JPEGs. Performance throughout the ISO range is respectable. Noise is well controlled, particularly at the lower settings, although noise reduction does create certain issues even at the lowest settings. This noise reduction can lead to detail smearing and fine details..." - May 07 2013More »
Amateur Photographer: "Like the X100S, the X20 has on-sensor phase-detection autofocus, which Fuji claims can focus in as little as 0.06secs. When combined with a 0.5sec start-up time, and a shutter lag of just 0.01secs, the X20 should be popular among enthusiast photographers as an everyday compact. The optical viewfinder has been improved in the X20. Now featuring an advanced digital overlay, the photographer is able to see vital shooti..." - May 01 2013More »