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The Tamron 50-400mm F4.5-6.3 Di III VC VXD boasts an impressive zoom range in a relatively compact package. How does it perform? We took a look.
The X20 uses an all-new sensor which, like the X10's, is of the 2/3" type, and is therefore larger than those used in most of its competitors (see diagram below). But instead of its predecessor's EXR design, it gets Fujifilm's latest 'X-Trans' color filter array, as used in the company's X-Pro1 and X-E1 mirrorless models and the X100S fixed-lens APS-C compact. This doesn't use an optical low-pass filter, and according to Fujifilm should give higher resolution than conventional Bayer-type 12MP sensors. You can read more about X-Trans technology in our Fujifilm X-E1 review.
|The common 2x2 'Bayer' pattern used in most digital cameras||The 6x6 color filter array pattern of Fujifilm's X-Trans CMOS sensor|
The sensor is also of the 'backside-illuminated' type, which places the photodetectors on the opposite side of the chip from their associated circuitry. This promises better light-gathering capability, which should mean improved noise performance compared to conventional (and at this point mostly last-generation) small-format CMOS sensors.
This cross section of the X-Trans CMOS sensor shows the following:
Diagram courtesy of Fujifilm
The second addition to the sensor design is an on-chip phase detection system for faster autofocus. The phase detection system works hand-in-hand with more conventional contrast detection, making this a 'Hybrid AF' system. Fuji hasn't disclosed when the camera switches between Hybrid and regular contrast detect AF, but we believe that it's likely when light levels drop below a certain level.
Fujifilm is promising AF speeds as fast as 0.06 seconds which, if true, is a significant improvement over the X10. The F300EXR which previously used this technology was very quick indeed, and the BSI design means the phase detection pixels gather as much light as possible. We'll see how the X20 performs later in this review.
The diagram below compares the size of the X20's 2/3" sensor to those in its nearest competitors - and larger sensors offer potential for better image quality. The X20's sensor is half the size of that found in the (much more expensive) Sony RX100, but still 50% larger than the Canon G15's.
|The X20's 2/3" sensor is half the area of the Sony RX100's 1" sensor, but about 50% larger than the 1/1.7" sensor used on most of its competitors.|
The Fuji X20 features the same 28 - 112mm equivalent, F2.0-2.8 lens as its predecessor. The lens construction compirises 9 elements in 11 groups, and features a 'High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating' to reduce flare and ghosting.
Like most of its peers, the X20 features an in-lens
shutter. Such shutters are rarely able to offer their
fastest shutter speeds at large apertures, but the X20 has a way around this limitation. In shutter priority, aperture priority or manual mode, it will use its electronic shutter mode to offer its fastest shutter speed at all apertures. For example, at F2.0, the X20 will switch to the electronic shutter above 1/1000 sec, with the shutter speed indicated in red on the LCD. This is not the case in Program mode, however, where it will stop the aperture down and continue to use the physical shutter.
As mentioned earlier, the lens is controlled with a manual zoom ring, which is a rarity on a compact camera. Unfortunately, there's no manual focus ring around the lens.
If you attach the optional lens hood (model LH-X10), you'll be able to screw on the 52mm filter of your choice.
|28mm, F5.6, 1/850 sec, +0.3 EV, ISO 100||112mm, F7.1, 1/900 sec, +0.3 EV, ISO 100|
The X20's lens offers a minimum focus distance of 10 cm at wide-angle and 80 cm at telephoto when in its standard macro mode. If you jump into super macro mode (which instructs you to adjust the lens to full wide-angle), that distance drops to just 1 cm.
As you'd expect, this lens has an optical image stabilizer built right into it. Fujifilm says that the OIS system can reduce the effects of camera shake by four stops.
The chart below may look confusing, but what it's trying to convey is how sensor size and lens speed combine in the different cameras in this class.. The X20's F2.0-2.8 lens is 'fast', allowing the use of fast shutter speeds and low ISOs even though, when you factor in the 2/3" sensor, it would be equivalent to an aperture range of around F8-F11 on a 35mm camera.
|The combination of a fast lens and larger-than-average sensor gives the Fujifilm X20 some of the best depth-of-field control (not to mention light-gathering ability) in this group.|
The X20 is one of the most capable compacts on the market, alongside the Olympus XZ-2 and Canon PowerShot G15. It offers greater potential to blur backgrounds at the long end of the zoom than the Sony RX100, despite that camera's larger sensor. This is because the RX100's lens gets quite 'slow' at its telephoto end.
|F2.8 @ 112mm (equiv)||100% crop of background|
The equivalent apertures also give a rough idea of how the cameras might compare in low light; to a degree they indicate how a larger sensor on 'Camera A' should be offset by a faster lens on 'Camera B'. Obviously this isn't the whole story; the characteristics of the individual sensors matters too, as does the quality of in-camera processing for JPEG shooters. But the story is essentially the same - the X20's fast lens should in principle make it one of the most capable compacts on the market for low-light work.
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The holidays are a great time to take pictures — and they're a great time to get a camera for yourself or for a loved one. With more than 50 cameras going through the hands of the DPReview team over the year, we've seen it all (or so we think). Based on our collective knowledge we hope this guide will help you make an informed decision on which camera will fit your needs. In part 3, we look at enthusiast compact cameras.
We've just 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? Follow the link to find out.
The latest release candidates of Adobe Camera Raw (7.4) and Lightroom (4.4) include improved demosaicing logic for Fujifilm's X-Trans sensor cameras, including the flagship X-Pro1. We found previous ACR versions struggled with fine detail and color accuracy, so were anxious to re-process our X-Pro1 files in ACR 7.4 RC. Is this the update X-Pro1 owners have been waiting for? Have a look at our results.
Just posted: Our hands-on preview of Fujifilm's updated enthusiast zoom compact, the X20. Using the same basic design as X10, including its fast 28-112mm equivalent F2-2.8 zoom lens, the X20 uses a completely new sensor, a 2/3"-type version of the X-Trans CMOS design used in the company's X-system cameras, but with added on-chip phase detection AF. It also gains an 'Advanced Optical Viewfinder' that's capable of displaying overlaid exposure information, and a couple of design tweaks to take better advantage of this. In our preview we take a closer look at what the X20 has to offer the enthusiast photographer.
CES 2013: Fujifilm has announced the X20 - a substantially upgraded re-working of its high-end enthusiast compact. The biggest changes over the X10 are the adoption of the X-Trans color filter pattern from the company's mirrorless cameras, along with an LCD added to the optical viewfinder to allow shooting information to be overlaid. A faster processor and on-chip phase detection elements promise fast focusing while the addition of a 'Q' quick-menu button should also improve the camera's usability.
What’s the best camera for around $2000? These capable cameras should be solid and well-built, have both speed and focus for capturing fast action and offer professional-level image quality. In this buying guide we’ve rounded up all the current interchangeable lens cameras costing around $2000 and recommended the best.
What's the best camera for shooting landscapes? High resolution, weather-sealed bodies and wide dynamic range are all important. In this buying guide we've rounded-up several great cameras for shooting landscapes, and recommended the best.
If you're looking for the perfect drone for yourself, or to gift someone special, we've gone through all of the options and selected our favorites.
Most modern cameras will shoot video to one degree or another, but these are the ones we’d look at if you plan to shoot some video alongside your photos. We’ve chosen cameras that can take great photos and make it easy to get great looking video, rather than being the ones you’d choose as a committed videographer.
Although a lot of people only upload images to Instagram from their smartphones, the app is much more than just a mobile photography platform. In this guide we've chosen a selection of cameras that make it easy to shoot compelling lifestyle images, ideal for sharing on social media.
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The Hasselblad X2D 100C has arrived in Canada! With Chris sick, it's up to Jordan and special guest Ryan HK to fill you in on this fascinating mirrorless medium format camera.
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Xiaomi has announced a pair of 12T-series smartphones, including the 200MP 12T Pro. It's Xiaomi's first 200MP smartphone.
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The $150 lens is fully manual and is available for Canon EOS-M, Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-mount camera systems.
The Lumix S family of full-frame primes keeps growing. The 18mm F1.8 is the newest member of Panasonic's lens lineup. Check our our sample gallery to see what it's capable of.
Peep some pixels from the hefty 100 megapixel files created by the new Hasselblad X2D 100C, as we prepare our DPReview TV review of the camera.
About 95% of Earth's oceans haven't been observed. Researchers at MIT have built a battery-free, wireless underwater camera that may help scientists explore more of the oceans.
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We (metaphorically) sat down with Brandon Faith of Baggen Photos to ask him a few questions about what it's like to photograph motorsports events with his Crown Graphic large format camera.
Sony's new 320GB and 640GB 'Tough' CFexpress Type A cards are due out next month and while the 640GB card will offer the most storage of any Type A card to date, it doesn't come cheap.
Adobe's Photoshop and Premiere Elements apps make editing photos and videos easy for users of all skill levels. The latest versions add more editing tools, more AI features and improved performance.
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For the past eight years, the Library of Congress has been working on figuring out the subjects in a large collection of film, TV and music photos. Many of the mysteries have been solved. However, 17 photos have eluded the LC's best efforts, and the public's help is needed to help put names to the final unknown faces.
After having to pull the initial firmware update last month due to an issue that caused some units to stop working, Sony has re-released firmware version 1.1 for its a7 IV full-frame mirrorless camera.