Our latest test scene simulates both daylight and low-light shooting. Pressing the 'lighting' buttons at the top of the widget switches between the two. The daylight scene is manually white balanced to give neutral grays, but the camera is left in its Auto setting for the low-light tests. Raw files are manually corrected. We offer three different viewing sizes: 'Full', 'Print', and 'Comp', with the latter two offering 'normalized' comparisons by using matched viewing sizes. The 'Comp' option chooses the largest-available resolution common to the cameras being compared.

The X-T20 shows us essentially the same image quality as the X-Pro2 and X-T2. You see the same resistance to moiré that the X-Trans sensor promises. Though, equally, it shows the same occasional glitching and slight loss in color detail that can occur as a side-effect.

As higher ISOs, the noise performance is very good. The results aren't directly comparable with other cameras as there's clearly some kind of noise-reducing process occurring (either intentionally or as a by-product of demosaicing), but there's little in the way of any further detail loss, so this is of little practical concern.

The JPEGs are the X-T20's strong suit. Sharpening isn't as sophisticated as the best of its rivals, but is generally very pleasing and avoids obvious haloing. Noise reduction can sometimes still smear faces and other fine detail, but in general low light/high ISO shots strike a fine balance between noise and detail - a bit less aggressive than Sony, for example, but maintaining more saturation. The color response (not just in the default 'Standard/Provia' mode, but across several Film Simulation modes) is excellent. Experience has shown that we tend to prefer the results the camera gives if noise reduction is dialed down a little, with somewhere between -2 and -4 being our favored setting.

Finally, it's worth being aware that some sort of artifacts (which we speculate is an interaction between internal reflections and the sensor's unusual demosaicing), can leave a slight cross-hatched 'texture' pattern in your images. So watch out for the very occasional purple-tinged flare in your images, and re-shoot if you see it.


Dynamic Range

The X-T20's dynamic range is much the same as its siblings'. The apparent higher level of minimum amplification means it's not quite a match for the Sony a6300, since ISO 200 is its lowest setting, but generally it is adding very little electronic noise to its images, such that you can brighten shots taken at low ISO with virtually no noise cost, compared with shooting them at a higher ISO setting. This can also be seen if you pull shadow detail up: it has a similarly low noise level to the best of its APS-C sensor peers.