Fujifilm X-T20 Review
The Fujifilm X-T20 is a midrange SLR-styled mirrorless camera that sits above the X-E2S and below the X-T2. The X-T20 replaces the X-T10 and offers a host of new features, including Fujifilm's latest 24MP CMOS sensor and image processor, faster burst shooting, any improved autofocus system, 4K video capture and more. In many ways, it's a smaller, less expensive 'little brother' to the X-T2, a camera that earned a Gold Award when we reviewed it last year.
The X-T20 finds itself in a competitive field of both 'mirrored' (DSLR) and mirrorless cameras. Buyers are likely to find themselves deciding between midrange DSLRs like the Nikon D5600 and Canon EOS 77D, as well as mirrorless models such as the Sony a6300, Panasonic GX850 and the Olympus E-M5 II.
Fujifilm X-T20 Key Features:
- 24MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor
- Up to 325 selectable AF points (169 of which offer phase detection)
- 2.36M-dot OLED electronic viewfinder
- 3" 1.04M-dot tilting touchscreen LCD
- 4K UHD video at up to 30 fps, with clean output over HDMI
- 8 fps continuous shooting with AF, 5 fps with live view
- 2.5mm jack for external microphone or wired remote control
- Dials for exposure compensation, shutter speed and drive mode
The X-T20 is more about the overall package than one or two specs that standout. That said, the 24MP sensor has proven its worth on the X-Pro2 and X-T2, and the AF system has also been refined in a good way. The EVF is a pleasure to use, though the touch functions on the tilting LCD are limited. The burst rate hasn't changed since the X-T10, but the buffer size has been dramatically increased. 4K video has also been added, helping to keep the X-T20 at an even level with the best of its peers.
And let's not forget the design of the camera which has become a trademark of Fujifilm's X-series models. The classic DSLR-style design isn't getting old (at least for this reviewer) and the build quality is very good for a $900 body.
Below we'll lay out the similarities and differences between the X-T20 and the Sony a6300 and OIympus E-M5 II mirrorless cameras, along with the Canon EOS 77D DSLR.
|Fujifilm X-T20||Sony a6300||Olympus E-M5 II||Canon EOS 77D|
|Sensor||24MP APS-C||24MP APS-C||16MP Four Thirds||24MP APS-C|
|Lens mount||Fujifilm X||Sony E||Micro Four Thirds||Canon EF/EF-S|
|AF system||Hybrid1||Hybrid1||Contrast-detect||Phase Detect + Dual Pixel AF2|
|LCD type||Tilting||Tilting||Fully articulating||Fully articulating|
|Viewfinder (magnification3)||EVF (0.62x)||EVF (0.7x)||EVF (0.74x)||OVF (0.51x)|
|Max shutter speed
|1/4000 sec (1/32,000)||1/4000 sec||1/8000 sec (1/16,000)||1/4000 sec|
Clip-on, rotating/ bouncable included
|Flash x-sync||1/180 sec||1/160 sec||1/250 sec||1/200 sec|
|8 fps||11 fps||5 fps||6 fps|
|Yes / No||Yes / No||Yes / No||Yes / No|
|Video||UHD 4K @ 30p||UHD 4K @ 30p||1080/60p||1080/60p|
|Wireless||Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi w/NFC||Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi w/NFC|
|Battery life||350 shots||400 shots||310 shots||600 shots4|
|Dimensions||118 x 83 x 41mm||120 x 67 x 49mm||124 x 85 x 45mm||131 x 100 x 76mm|
|Weight||383 g||404 g||469 g||540 g|
1. Hybrid denotes contrast and on-sensor phase detection.
2. Dual Pixel AF is a variation of on-sensor phase detection that has left/right-looking diodes on every pixel, rather than masked-out pixels on traditional PDAF systems.
3. 35mm equivalent
4. Live view battery life rated at 270 shots.
Lots to talk about before we really dive further into the X-T20. The X-T20 is remarkably competitive with its peers: sometimes an equal and other times surpassing the other cameras. The only area in which it falls a bit short is with regard to its electronic viewfinder, which is smaller than the other two mirrorless cameras (though it's larger than what you'll find on the EOS 77D). It's not weather-sealed like the a6300 and E-M5 II, so if you want that on a Fujifilm you'll need to step up to the X-T2, which is nearly double the price.
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