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.

Compared to...

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
MSRP (body) $899 $999 $1099 $899
Sensor 24MP APS-C 24MP APS-C 16MP Four Thirds 24MP APS-C
Color filter X-Trans Bayer Bayer Bayer
Lens mount Fujifilm X Sony E Micro Four Thirds Canon EF/EF-S
ISO range
(expanded)
100-51200 100-51200 100-25600 100-51200
Image stabilization Lens-based Lens-based In-body Lens-based
AF system Hybrid1 Hybrid1 Contrast-detect Phase Detect + Dual Pixel AF2
LCD type Tilting Tilting Fully articulating Fully articulating
Touchscreen Yes No Yes Yes
Viewfinder (magnification3) EVF (0.62x) EVF (0.7x) EVF (0.74x) OVF (0.51x)
Max shutter speed
(Electronic)
1/4000 sec (1/32,000) 1/4000 sec 1/8000 sec (1/16,000) 1/4000 sec
Built-in flash Yes Yes No
Clip-on, rotating/ bouncable included
Yes
Flash x-sync 1/180 sec 1/160 sec 1/250 sec 1/200 sec
Burst rate
(with AF)
8 fps 11 fps 5 fps 6 fps
Mic/headphone
jacks
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
Weather-sealed No Yes Yes No
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.