Fujifilm X-T20 Review
Fujifilm's X-T20 takes the design and handling of the X-T10, adds many of the 'guts' of the X-T2, and stirs until a very competent mirrorless camera emerges. It offers the direct setting controls found on nearly all of Fujifilm X-series cameras that make it a real pleasure to use. Image quality has improved, courtesy of Fujifilm's latest 24MP X-Trans CMOS sensor, and the AF system has been updated, as well, though its performance is inconsistent. The X-T20 also gains 4K video capture and clean HDMI output, as well as the company's latest Film Simulation modes.
Converted to taste from Raw | Fujifilm XC16-50mm @ 38mm equiv. | ISO 200 | 1/170 sec | F5.6
The X-T20 sits amongst an very strong set of competitors, including the Sony a6300, Olympus E-M5 II and the Canon EOS M5. Some shoppers will also be considering compact DSLRs, such as Canon's EOS 77D and Nikon's D5600. Read on to see how the X-T20 performed.
Body and Handling
The SLR-styled X-T20's build quality exceeds that of what you'd expect from a camera priced at $899 (body only). It's made almost entirely of magnesium alloy, with very little plastic to be found. The dials on the top plate are solid and have just the right amount of 'notchy-ness.'
From an ergonomic standpoint, the X-T20 is generally well thought-out, though there's room for improvement. The shutter release is too small, the auto/manual switch way too easy to bump, and the Fn button is nearly impossible to reach. The buttons on the rear plate are also very small. A joystick for setting the focus point would've been a great addition. Coming along for the ride are a 3" tilting touchscreen LCD and a high resolution electronic viewfinder that's pleasant to use.
|Fujifilm XF18-55mm @ 49mm equiv. | ISO 500 | 1/60 sec | F3.6
Photo by Wenmei Hill.
The X-T20 is exceptionally customizable, with seven buttons and one control dial to which you can assign nearly every camera setting. The shortcut (Q.Menu) can be set to your liking and you can also create your own 'My Menu' in the main menu system.
The camera's Auto ISO system lets you set the bottom and top sensitivities and shutter speed, and is focal length aware if you set the latter to 'Auto.' Exposure compensation is also available while in full manual mode for both stills and video. Speaking of video, it's worth noting that the X-T20 lacks a live histogram, zebra pattern support and face detection in movie mode. As one would expect in 2017, the X-T20 has Wi-Fi with an accompanying app, which is full-featured and reliable.
Autofocus and Performance
The autofocus system on the X-T20 is essentially the same as on the X-T2. It has on-sensor phase detection that covers 50% of the frame horizontally and 75% vertically. Among cameras with PDAF, that's a pretty small area but it extends far enough to frame things on the 'thirds' gridlines. There are 91 selectable autofocus points, with 325 available for more precise positioning of the AF point.
When shooting with single AF, the X-T20 focus quickly and accurately. When using continuous AF, the camera does tend to hunt, particularly in low light, whether taking a still or capturing video (especially 4K).
|Converted to taste from Raw | Fujifilm XF18mm | ISO 4000 | 1/125 sec | F2
Photo by Jeff Keller.
AF tracking performance is generally good but not 100% dependable. It'll sometimes fail to lock on the subject and the X-T20 doesn't have the X-T2's ability to fine-tune the behavior to match your subject's movement.
In general use the X-T20 is responsive, from menus to image playback. It can shoot continuously at up to 14 fps using its electronic shutter (and single AF) or 8 fps with continuous AF. If you want live view, you'll have to drop down to 5 fps.
The X-T20's battery life of 350 shots per charge (CIPA standard), which is about average for a mirrorless camera. Kudos to Fujifilm for including an external charger to go along with the camera's USB charging capability.
|Fujifilm XF18-55mm @ 55mm equiv. | ISO 200 | 1/250 sec | F8
Photo by Carey Rose.
Image and Video Quality
The 24MP X-Trans CMOS sensor on the X-T20 is very much a known quantity, and it delivers the same excellent image quality that we've seen on other models that use it. Its JPEG engine is one of the best out there, with very pleasing color and plenty of detail. Noise levels are relatively low when ISOs increase.
The X-T20's 4K video quality is very good with, again, great color and a reasonable amount of detail. It's not as good as you'll find from Fujifilm's own X-T2 or Sony's a6300, both of which oversample, but for a $900 camera, most people will be very satisfied with the output.
|Fujifilm XF18-55mm F2.8-4 @ 29mm equiv. | ISO 200 | 1/1100 sec | F5.6,
Photo by Carey Rose.
The Final Word
The Fujifilm X-T20 isn't just a very competent camera; it's a competent camera that's fun to shoot with, unlike most of its peers. While things like its build quality and attractive design and responsive performance are all appealing, it's the combination of numerous direct controls and a great viewfinder that make the X-T20 a camera I want to pick up and use.
The X-T20 has shortcomings, of course, like a good-but-not-great autofocus system, 4K video that's not as good as the best of its peers and a few ergonomic foibles, but in this reviewer's eyes, the X-T20 is a midrange mirrorless camera that should be strongly considered.
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Category: Mid Range Interchangeable Lens Camera / DSLR
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The Fujifilm X-T20 is a beautifully designed mirrorless camera that is a pleasure to use. It offers numerous direct controls, a high resolution EVF, snappy performance and excellent image quality. The X-T20's continuous AF system can struggle in low light, and subject tracking is inconsistent. 4K video quality isn't the greatest, and capture controls are limited. Despite that, the X-T20 is a first-rate mirrorless camera and a great value, to boot.
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