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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.
Being an enthusiast camera, it should come as no surprise that the Fuji X20 offers a full set of manual controls. The shutter speed ranges from 30 to 1/4000 secs, while the aperture range is F2.0-F11. The X20 offers a Program Shift feature while in 'P' mode, but only when the ISO and dynamic range settings are set to something other than 'Auto'. Raw shooting in Fujifilm's .RAF format is supported, with the option of recording a JPEG at the same time.
|The mode dial has the expected manual exposure modes, plus two custom spots for your favorite settings.
The adjacent exposure compensation button can be easy to bump.
The Fn button is customizable and defaults to controlling ISO.
The ISO sensitivity can be set automatically (you can select the base ISO, upper limit, and minimum acceptable shutter speed) or manually, with the latter having a range of 100 - 12800. Do note that sensitivities above ISO 3200 are not available if you're shooting Raw. White balance can be customized using a white or gray card or by setting the color temperature. If that doesn't do it, you can fine-tune things in the blue/yellow and cyan/magenta directions.
The X20 also lets you bracket for exposure, ISO, Dynamic Range, and Film Mode - those last two items will be described below.
|Focus peaking in action: the horse figurine has an noticeable outline here, meaning that it's in focus.
Also notice the distance guide near the bottom of the screen.
In addition to the usual frame enlargement feature that is commonly found when manually focusing, the X20 also features focus peaking. Focus peaking puts a noticeable outline around high-contrast (in-focus) areas of the photo, which makes things that much more precise.
An added bonus is the ability to process Raw images right in the camera - something rarely found on cameras in this class. The results are saved as a JPEG image, giving identical image quality to the X20's standard JPEG output.
|This tool, found in playback mode, lets you adjust exposure (which Fuji calls Push/Pull processing), Dynamic Range (if the ISO is above 100), Film Simulation mode, white balance (including fine-tuning), color saturation, sharpness, highlight/shadow detail and noise reduction.|
The only downside of the Raw conversion function is that you don't see the changes to color, exposure etc., in real-time. You make your adjustments, 'Create' the new image, and only then do you see a preview of what it looks like, before the option of saving or canceling.
While the X20 no longer has the X10's EXR sensor design that allowed for impressive dynamic range expansion, all is not lost. The X20 offers dynamic range expansion in 2 steps - 200% or 400% which are available at ISO 200 and above, and 400 and above, respectively. Unlike the EXR-based cameras, there's no drop in resolution in order to increase dynamic range.
Here's how this works when you boost the DR to 200% or 400%. The camera captures one less stop of light compared to the DR100% mode, preserving highlights, then 'pulls up' the shadows and midtones to achieve a balanced final 'exposure'. The effect is highlight detail, at the expense of a tiny bit more shadow noise. So how well does it work? See for yourself:
|JPEG, DR 100%, 1/800 sec, f/3.6, ISO 100||100% crop|
|JPEG, DR 200%, 1/800 sec, f/5.0, ISO 200||100% crop|
|JPEG, DR 400%, 1/800 sec, f/7.1, ISO 400||100% crop|
As you can see, the dynamic range feature restored quite a bit of highlight tone that was otherwise lost. The shadow areas get a bit darker and, since the ISO is being increased, slightly noisier. We feel that the DR 200% setting offers a good balance of dynamic range and noise, and is well-suited to everyday shooting. DR 400% can be handy for really extreme situations, but it can also make exposures look a little too 'flat'.
Film Simulation Modes are not new to the X20, but they're still worth a mention. There are there a total of eight modes, though four of them fall under the monochrome category. They include Provia (Natural), Velvia (Vivid), Astia (Soft), Pro Neg High, Pro Neg Standard, Monochrome (with yellow, red, green, or no filter), and Sepia.
Pro Neg High
Pro Neg Standard
Mono (Yellow Filter)
Mono (Red Filter)
Mono (Green Filter)
The examples above are mostly self-explanatory, but a few footnotes are needed. The Velvia mode has very high saturation and contrast, and as such it's a great choice for punchy landscapes, but not a great idea for portraits, for example. You might want to use Astia instead, which does a better job of preserving skin tones. Fuji says that Pro Neg Standard is best suited for studio portraits, while the more contrasty Pro Neg High is better for outdoor use.
If you want to capture more than one Film Simulation mode at once, then try the bracketing feature, which lets you save three photos with a single exposure. Also, any photo taken in Raw can have its Film Simulation Mode changed, with the result saved as a JPEG.
In addition to Film Simulation modes, the X20 also offers several 'Advanced Filters', which you'll find in the Advanced Shooting mode. They include things like toy camera, miniature effect, pop color, selective color, and soft focus.
Like most cameras in 2013, the X20 lets you take huge panoramic photos by "sweeping" the camera from one side to the other. You can go in any direction, and can choose from 120, 180, or full 360 degree panoramas, up to a maximum resolution of 11520 x 1080 pixels.
|A 180 degree panorama of Vancouver, BC|
Overall, the Motion Panorama feature works well, though in a few test shots moving subjects sometimes appeared twice.
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Regular DPR readers know that the comment section on a camera review can be, shall we say, a bit heated at times. Recently, something a bit different caught our attention in the Fujifilm X30 review's comments. Rodger Kingston, a happy X10 and X20 user demonstrated that the baby X-series offered everything he needed to finish a self-published book of photography. See gallery
Update: Fujifilm UK has officially announced a service allowing certain X-series cameras to be customized with a range of different colors and body textures. The company showed customized cameras at The Photography Show earlier this week in Birmingham, UK, and partially functional pages for an 'X Signature' went up on its website, but the service is now live. Click through for more information.
2013 was a busy year for high-end compact cameras, which saw everything from iterative updates to established lines to brand new options from manufacturers entering this market segment. We've used almost all of them, reviewed a few, and in the process we've taken thousands of pictures and formed plenty of opinions. But now it's your turn - what was the best enthusiast compact camera of 2013? Click through for our selection, and a chance to cast your vote.
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.
One of the busiest stands at this year's Photo Plus Expo belongs to Fujifilm, which is showing off its new XQ1 and X-E2 cameras, as well as this year's other key products, the X20 and X100S. We're running around the show having meetings and trying out all the latest gear, and we made sure to stop by and say hi to Fujifilm. Click through for a quick hands-on look at the latest products.
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.
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.
|Reina by Great Bustard|
from in the style of a Large Format Portrait
|_SDI2370bw by rick decker|
from Crashing Wave
|IMG_750-16662-2 Dusty drive by Jill Hancock|
from Daylight Pictures of Modern Trucks in Action
|2019_0720_163302AA by old shutter bugger|
from In The Style Of EDWARD WESTON's Sitll Lifes
|Winter Days by DaveN01|
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.
Drone manufacturer DJI has moved its staff into an innovative and masterfully-designed new building in Shenzhen, China. Here is a first look.
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.
The Sony FX30 is an explicitly video-focused camera, but could its technology herald a refresh of the company's APS-C stills line-up? We have a look at what that might mean.
The lens offers a constant F2.8 aperture through a rather unique focal length range for full-frame camera systems. It’s expected to be available starting October 27, 2022 for $699.
Can AI overcome the physical limitations of smartphone sensors and lenses? A Qualcomm executive thinks so, thanks in large part to improvements in processing power, hardware and artificial intelligence.
We're starting to see cameras offering 'open gate' video recording, so what is this tool and when is it useful?
The Sony FX30 is a 4K/120p-capable Super35 / APS-C cinema camera that wants to take the battle to the likes of Panasonic's GH series.
Sony's FX30 Super35/APS-C Cinema Line camera is effectively a crop-sensor version of the company's full-frame FX3 camera with sensor-based image stabilization, oversampled 4K/60p capture and '16-bit' Raw output and more.
If you've ever wanted to become an action figure, Hasbro is providing you the opportunity with its new 3D-printed Selfie Series action figures.
When you store photos on the cloud, you expect them to remain safe for a long time. However, some Google Photos users were scared over the weekend when they realized that their photo libraries had become corrupted.
DALL-E's Outpainting feature uses AI to expand existing images and artwork. Ad agency Ogilvy Paris has used Outpainting to expand Johannes Vermeer's famous painting, 'The Milkmaid.'
iOS 16.0.2 addresses, amongst other bug fixes, a problem wherein the second-generation sensor-shift image stabilization tech was causing camera shake issues in some third-party apps.
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.
Sigma's latest wide Art-badged prime for full frame is capable of some stunning landscapes. Check out a new batch of sample photos in the gallery.
Winners for this year's annual Comedy Pet Photo Awards have been announced.
While visiting the team in Seattle, Chris and Jordan attempt to eat some chowder. It's difficult. Also, this week they are puppets.
Meike has released its first adapter for Nikon Z cameras. The new MK-EFTZ-B adapter allows Nikon Z users to attach Canon EF and EF-S lenses to their cameras, complete with autofocus and automatic exposure functionality.
The Canon 5D Mark II was released in November 2008. Since then, a photographer used theirs to capture nearly 2.3 million images, which is an average of about 450 photos per day if they shot every single day. The camera is still going strong for its new owner.
Capture One for iPad users cvan now connect their camera, wired or wirelessly, to their iPad for quick image transfers without the need for memory cards and readers.
Digital film scanners can be pricey, so Lomo's latest scanners let shooters do it themselves. Whether you have a digital camera, or simply a smartphone, there's a DigitaLIZA that'll work with your kit. But are the results any good? Let's find out.
The Leica Q2 'Dawn' is the same camera on the inside, but features an all-black paint job and a special Japanese-woven fabric wrap produced by Japanese brand, Hosoo.
It's been a while since we've encountered a lens with a normal to super-telephoto range, how do the photos from the Tamron 50-400mm F4.5-6.3 look? Take a gander.
Also new is a built-in screen for checking the battery and shooting mode, as well as a Quick Launch feature for iPhone devices.
Venus Optics' Laowa 58mm F2.8 2x Ultra-Macro APO is available for Canon R, Leica L, Nikon Z and Sony E mount camera systems.
Kubrick had three of the ten Zeiss Planar 50mm F0.7 lenses Zeiss produced re-engineered to work as cinema lenses. Kubrick is most known for using these lenses in a candlelit scene in his Oscar-winning film, Barry Lyndon.