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Just Posted: Fujifilm X20 review

By dpreview staff on Apr 30, 2013 at 01:00 GMT
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We've posted our 15-page review of Fujifilm's X20 premium compact camera. This follow-up to the X10 adds a new X-Trans CMOS sensor, Hybrid AF system, and enhanced optical viewfinder, while retaining the fast lens, rangefinder-inspired body, and numerous manual controls of its predecessor. Is this the enthusiast compact camera you've been waiting for?

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djrocks66
By djrocks66 (Apr 30, 2013)

I have this camera for a week now and it has taken the crown away from the XZ-1 and 2 for me. It is simply beautiful and the optical viewfinder is awesome. Not sure of the complaints of image quality. Mine produces quality images as expected of a compact camera of it's nature. Never used the Sony RX100 ( I need a view finder ) but have shot most of the newer Canon G's and Panny LX's. This Fuji is worth the price. The battery life is short but the price of the battery is cheap so...

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Fred Shek
By Fred Shek (Apr 30, 2013)

I am also extremely interested in the OVF on X20. How good is the OVF implemented? Is focus green rectangle accurate on the subject nearby?

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djrocks66
By djrocks66 (Apr 30, 2013)

The viewfinder is great but you do see part of the lens as you zoom in the bottom right of it. Focus is fast and accurate green square and rectangle. It is red when not correct. I wish the Oly XZ-2 had a viewfinder like this. That camera was my favorite until the X20. The VF-2 is great but I hated taking it off and on.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Apr 30, 2013)

I wish this camera had a smaller sensor because it seems like the cameras with smaller sensors than it has produce better results.

6 upvotes
Elaka Farmor
By Elaka Farmor (Apr 30, 2013)

Yes, it doesn´t deliver very sharp photos at 100% crop.

"Tends to smudge fine details (even at ISO 100)" is not very inspiring.

3 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (Apr 30, 2013)

I estimate that all of you look your pictures in full size, permanently navigating back and forth between corners, and that all your printed albums have the size of a common poster. You' re all jokers. I have compared LX-7, X-10, and ZX-2 shots, the cameras claimed here to be better. In resolution, X-20 is to me more pleasant and shows more detail. X-10 is a small step behind, LX-7 equals quality but with less appeal to my eyes, and ZX-2 shots shown on DPR Preview are all far oversharpened. So, if I had the choice, I would go for this X-20, one of the main details I praise is the viewfinder. I am quiet impressed by the picture quality. To my opinion, all those that claimed it to be bad, ow some of those "to be better" cameras. At a normal 13x18 cm print, one will have hard to see the difference with a correct rectification of parameters in Lightroom or any other good soft of the kind. If you want to make posters, buy high pixeled large sensor cameras, this one is a tourist gadget.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Apr 30, 2013)

The numeric percentage rating seems to be irrelevant to the actual results. It almost seems like the latest camera to be reviewed in this class gets the highest number.

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Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (Apr 30, 2013)

I love this camera for a few good reasons. Responsive, compact, one handed operation, Image stabilization, discreet, quiet, cool fun factor, viewfinder and good mechanical zoom. There is not much in its class. Yes I wish the output was better but it is so fun to shoot with.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Apr 30, 2013)

I must need to have my eyes checked because I thought the Fuji studio shots looked terrible. For the life of me I couldn't find what was actually in focus in that shot. That or it was just a blurry mess.

This was a well written article. I just simply disagreed with the conclusions in it.

For 1/2 the cost and almost 1 stop faster lens I can't see anyone buying this over a Panasonic LX7.

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Jim Evidon
By Jim Evidon (Apr 30, 2013)

If you compare the RAW images @ ISO 400, a not to demanding setting,
the little Canon G15 blows the Fuji X20 away. How very disappointing for a camera manufacturer of this quality and standard. When looking for a small carry-around camera to use when I don't want to use my more serious equipment, I had a brief romance with the X10, liking the build quality, but ended up with the Canon G15 because of the image quality. According to the comparison images in this X20 review, The G15 is still the better camera.

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CAcreeks
By CAcreeks (Apr 30, 2013)

Did you have your settings wrong in the studio widget? I cannot see any significant difference at ISO 400 between the X20 and the G15. X10 and XA2 show more noise. At ISO 3200 the G15 is better because (it looks like) Fuji did not finish coding their JPEG engine.

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edu T
By edu T (Apr 30, 2013)

Last lines of the summary:
"...if you desire a larger sensor, more depth-of-field, an optical viewfinder, and a Hybrid AF system, then it's worth forking out the extra dough for the X20."
I believe you meant either "...less depth-of-field" or "...more control over the depth-of-field". Nicely done review as usual, though.

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Photofreak7
By Photofreak7 (Apr 30, 2013)

Good review -but- it makes me feel alot better about going with the G15 instead ... the G15 looks very good IQ wise and better compared to the X20 plus it's comparable in size and cheaper.

2 upvotes
Dennis Linden
By Dennis Linden (Apr 30, 2013)

I have the camera. I like it for what it is made for - my in the pocket travel camera. I think DPR comments and insights are right on the money. I'm going to love this camera for a long time and take it with me on all my trips. Build quality superb. Not much qwerkier than my wife - lets say moody at times, but I still love her.

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Mattersburger
By Mattersburger (Apr 30, 2013)

According to Fuji's site, there are a number of grid line options for aiding composition. Your comments that this is lacking confuses me.

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Jeff Keller
By Jeff Keller (Apr 30, 2013)

The camera has grid lines for composing on the LCD. What we were pointing out is that you can't superimpose them on the optical viewfinder.

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (Apr 30, 2013)

Quirks were the main reason I didn't like the X10, and I see the X20 still has some. Glad I held off this time around. Something about this design is so much more inspiring than other makers, at the same time much more frustrating to use than other makers. I still think the G15 is the best enthusiast compact around currently.

But bravo to Fujifilm for trying, they just need to keep perfecting the user experience with the camera by simplifying the design more (prioritizing more photo centric features) and getting rid of the quirks entirely.

Carl

2 upvotes
Minh Ta
By Minh Ta (Apr 30, 2013)

Lightroom 4.4+ conversion of RAW samples from X10 has a much better resolution. DPreview should have reprocessed the X10 studio series for a fairer comparison.

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Donald B
By Donald B (Apr 30, 2013)

if you look at the IR images it leaves all compact cameras for dead. 2400 lines. with comments like exceptional image quality.

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bobbarber
By bobbarber (Apr 30, 2013)

I agree with the last commenter. The images are nice, but don't really stand out. This will be a nice camera for people dedicated to the Fujifilm brand, or the high build quality/retro idea. It will be a harder sell to others. The IQ from a good number of compact cameras is in this ballpark. Some of them cost less.

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udris
By udris (Apr 30, 2013)

I was hoping that it would give the sony RX100 but image results are somewhat mediocre. The no frills image samples on dpr are a good indicator if there is something special with a camera's sensor lens combination alas there is none. I am sure it will handle better have some of that soul that people rabbit on about but image is important so my sony stays as a P&S camera, damn I was hoping to get rid of the clunky little begger

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kewlguy
By kewlguy (Apr 30, 2013)

cool, silver star for an expensive compact with mushy images...

9 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Apr 30, 2013)

It's priced consistently with its peers, has a larger sensor and brighter lens than virtually any other compact. It also has a more sophisticated viewfinder than any of its peers. Its images are consistent with the other cameras in its class.

Put that way the Silver Award seems less surprising, to me.

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Nikonworks
By Nikonworks (Apr 30, 2013)

Why don't you reply to his comment about 'mushy images'?

That is why you are here, isn't it?

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Iuri Cezar
By Iuri Cezar (Apr 30, 2013)

He did it ...
"Its images are consistent with the other cameras in its class."

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kewlguy
By kewlguy (Apr 30, 2013)

REally? consistent image? Funny, DPR's own raw and jpg comparison shows Canon G15, XZ2 being much more detailed at low iso...It's time the reviewer take a look at their own raw comparison LOL

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GeorgeZ
By GeorgeZ (Apr 30, 2013)

>>Put that way the Silver Award seems less surprising, to me.

LOL I think it's a fine little camera but the reasoning for me would be as follows:
It's a dpr review, so the silver star seems totally not surprising to me.

How many of the last 20 or 30 reviews of cameras beyond and including the enthusiast compact class have NOT got an award?
There you see....

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Apr 30, 2013)

Any chance we could stop calling faster lenses "brighter"? Fast meant something in terms of reduced exposure time but for a lens to be bright, it would have to be a lightsource. Then again, "powerful" software doesn't have any power....

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flysurfer
By flysurfer (Apr 30, 2013)

Where are the Dynamic Range charts?

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Apr 30, 2013)

We don't always include them for compact cameras. It's a very hard test to do for compacts, and doesn't tell you much. For compacts, we generally focus on real-world shooting when discussing dynamic range.

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eddie_cam
By eddie_cam (Apr 30, 2013)

Wow - shooting at apertures over 6 or 7 must be a hoot with that sensor. Are you related to photographyblog.com? The use of apertures makes me think that ...

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sphexx
By sphexx (Apr 30, 2013)

But you did include dynamic range in the X10 review and it is outstanding at 6 MP.

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_sem_
By _sem_ (Apr 30, 2013)

> It's a very hard test to do for compacts, and doesn't tell you much. For compacts, we generally focus on real-world shooting when discussing dynamic range.

Funny. I believe base-ISO difference between 11EV and 12EV on a compact matters much more than that between 13EV and 14EV on a DSLR in the real world. And I think this is also quite relevant when discussing relatively-large-sensor compacts. Why do you review them if you don't care?

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JonSr
By JonSr (Apr 30, 2013)

if it used APS-C/43 sensor, it would have been just about perfect camera for me.

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JWest
By JWest (Apr 30, 2013)

I doubt it, the vignetting would be terrible.

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dpLarry
By dpLarry (Apr 30, 2013)

then get the X100s.

3 upvotes
Reilly Diefenbach
By Reilly Diefenbach (Apr 30, 2013)

The lack of an olpf will make no appreciable difference to the overwhelming majority of real world users, etc., etc.

5 upvotes
Mike604
By Mike604 (Apr 30, 2013)

Excellent review..

9 upvotes
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