Launching Soon: Fuji X-T20
The Fuji X-T20 is powered by a 24.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor, which is an upgrade to the older 16.3 megapixel CMOS II sensor that powered the outgoing camera.
The Fuji X-T20 follows in the footsteps of a highly successful camera system (see XT 10) and has much to live up to. Let’s find out more about the system.
The X-T20 Sensor
The Fuji X-T20 is powered by an upgraded 24.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor. The new sensor was made to mimic the organic nature of the older film technology and will ensure a smoother tonal transition and truer colors than what is possible with conventional sensor technology.
In addition to that, the new sensor does not have an optical low-pass filter. The lack of an optical low-pass filter means the lens is capable of producing a larger amount of detail than the ‘softer’ OLPF equipped sensors. The organic nature of the sensor ensures that the sensor does not suffer that much from moiré when photographing fine patterns or noise.
APS-C sensors have a crop factor of 1.5. That means the effective focal length of all lenses will be multiplied by a factor of 1.5 (e.g., 50mm x 1.5 = 75mm). The sensor is capable of making large fine JPEGs and RAW frames of the size 6000 x 4000 pixels.
- 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor with no low-pass filter and X-Processor Pro
- 5.0Fps Live-view shooting, start-up time of 0.4sec., shutter time lag of 0.050sec. And shooting Interval of 0.25sec
- 3.0" tilting Touchscreen panel for operation at almost any angle
- 4K video using the x series' famous film Simulation effects (including ACROS). you can output recorded video to an external monitor via the HDMI port and input audio from an external microphone
- Af-c custom settings for moving subjects
Image processing of the Fuji X-T20 is powered by the X-Processor Pro Image processor. The new processor gives the X-T20 a much-improved processing speed, which at the end of the day translates into faster shooting speed. Apart from the faster shooting speed the camera now has an improved startup time. 0.4 seconds in place of 0.5 seconds in the outgoing model. Another major benefit of the new processor is the revamped low-light performance of the camera.
Auto-focusing with the Fuji X-T20
The Fuji X-T20 utilizes both the traditional contrast detect and the new phase-detect auto-focusing technology. The hybrid AF system uses 91 auto-focusing to cover an area divided into 325 zones.
The spreading of the AF points covers almost 50% of the side-to-side area and 75% of the top-to-bottom area. This broad coverage increases the overall focusing accuracy of the Fuji X-T20.
One of the features of the rear LCD screen is the ability to touch to focus. Touch to focus ensures that even in low light situations, especially when auto-focusing tend to ‘hunt’ you can lock focus manually.
The Fuji X-T20 is capable of shooting Ultra-HD formats (3840 x 2160p) at a maximum of 29.97 fps. At full HD resolution, the camera is capable of shooting at 1920 x 1080p at a higher frame rate of 59.94 fps.
Ultra-slow motion effects can be easily attained using the increased frame rate. The built-in stereo mic is capable of recording sound bites along with the video clips.
Sensor sensitivity of the newly designed sensor ranges from 200 – 12800. Native maximum ISO of the X-T10 was 6400. In the extended mode, the sensor can shoot at 100 to up to 51200.
The viewfinder on the new camera is a smallish 0.9” one with a resolution of 2360,000 pixels. The frame rate of the EVF is 54.54 fps giving a real time and a natural looking image for easier composition. Unlike optical viewfinders where the image comes redirected via the prism, EVF’s provides a live-view representation of what the sensor sees. The EVF on the X-T20 gives 100% frame coverage for exact composition.
Rear LCD screen
The 3” rear LCD screen comes with touchscreen properties and comes with a resolution of 1040,000 pixels. The screen can tilt which gives it the ability to shoot from over the head of a crowd or around tight corners. Additionally, the LCD screen provides 100% frame coverage.
Still Shooting Features of the Fuji X-T20
The X-T20 comes with a series of film simulation modes. The film simulation modes are kind of exciting.
The Classic Chrome mode, e.g., works by giving the traditional film ‘muted’ look. Deeper colors, the sort of you could expect from the older slide films of yesteryears. You also have some of the classic film types looks such as Provia and Velvia.
Thanks to the new improved process the Fuji X-T20 is capable of shooting at a fast continuous shooting speed of 14 fps (when using the electronic shutter). When the mechanical shutter is used the camera responds by shooting at a shutter speed of 8 fps.
At 14 fps the X-T20 is capable of recording high-speed action, sports and wildlife photos with consummate ease.
Video Recording with the Fuji X-T20
The Fuji X-T20 is capable of recording UHD and full HD video clips at a maximum frame rate 30p and 60p respectively.
The camera has several built-in film simulation modes which can be applied at the time recording in-camera.
Apart from that, you can choose to project the video being recorded onto an external recorder or a monitor.
You also have the option to plug in an external mic jack to capture better quality sound recording along with the video footages.
The Fuji X-T20 has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. This feature allows the camera to be controlled remotely using a compatible device. Additionally, you can transfer images and videos remotely to a computer using any available wireless network.
External Control Dials
The Fuji X-T20 features dedicated shutter speed, drive mode and exposure compensation dials. These are ideal for a faster change of shooting settings.
Mechanical buttons and dials are more interactive and give more feedback than the menu based change of settings. The Fuji X-T20 offers mechanical control over all the major shooting functions.
Additionally, the exposure compensation button now has a C function. When selected the position permits an expanded exposure compensation range (+/-5 EV).
Overall Build Quality of the Fuji X-T20
The body of the Fuji X-T20 is crafted out of magnesium alloy material, and that means it is more than capable of handling a bit of bruise and knock. Overall design oozes the style of the retro cameras of the yesteryears.
To conclude, the Fujifilm X-T20 is a beautiful camera and something that connoisseurs would love to shoot with.
At just below $900, the pricing is just about right for a power-packed feature rich mid-range APS-C mirrorless camera.
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