With an X-Trans CMOS II sensor, EXR Processor II and a newly-developed Advanced Optical Viewfinder, the X20 is packed full of FUJIFILM’s latest technology.

Fujifilm X20 Review @ DPreview "It's a capable enthusiast compact that offers just about everything that an advanced user would want"

"The X20 is generally a very responsive camera. The startup time can be as little as 0.5 seconds, allowing you to capture any moment that appears. The X20's new Hybrid AF system - which builds phase detection right on the CMOS sensor - is noticeably faster than the X10's contrast detect-only system, and among the best in its class. Shot-to-shot delays are reasonable, and the X20's burst mode allows you to shoot at full resolution at speeds exceeding 9 fps. It can take over twenty seconds for the camera to flush the buffer after a burst of Raw images, though. The two main performance issues that bothered us were . . . read more

Fuji X20 review by Steve Huff "When the X20 is slung around you many will think you are shooting an old film camera"

"The X20 makes for a great little “Mini Monochrom” camera...

The X20 also makes for a nice B&W only camera if you shoot it in B&W mode because I find the color images a little lackluster once you get past ISO 640 if you are not in the perfect light. While it is nowhere near as versatile as the Leica MM in ISO, smoothness or lens capabilities it can create some nice B&W images on the cheap.

Now I am in no way saying the Fuji X20 can replace a Leica Monochrom, because it can not. But it can be fun to head out with it with the mindset of shooting only in B&W. While gorgeous color can come from the X20, it can do B&W equally as well. With a 28mm to 112mm lens on board you also have some versatility although I admit I prefer just shooting it at 28mm and f/2 when I can. When the X20 is slung around you many will think you are shooting an old film camera, and you can go out with that mindset and if  you do I suggest turning off the LCD and just using the OVF. Set it to B&W JPEG mode and fire away."

Fujifilm X20 Review @ Photographyblog "... a much faster version of the original X10, with a few handling tweaks that make it even more intuitive to use"

"The Fujifilm X20 produces images of outstanding quality. It recorded noise-free JPEG images at ISO 100 up to 800, with a little noise and slight colour desaturation at ISO 1600 and more visible noise at ISO 3200 at full resolution, an excellent performance for a camera with such a small sensor. Even ISO 6400 is worth using, although the same can't be said about the range-topping ISO 12800. The RAW files were also excellent, with usable images throughout the entire range of ISO 100-3200, and they are noticeably sharper than on the original X10."

Adobe posts Lightroom 4.4 and ACR 7.4 release candidades, promises proper Fujifilm X-Trans sensor support at last. Also, bug fixes and some new cameras and lenses supported.

It is not every day Adobe goes back and changes the de-mosaicing algorithms for previously supported cameras, but this time they've done it, and the first preliminary reports are in. DPreview's Amadou Diallo runs some tests with a couple of X-Pro1 raw files: 

"Capture One Pro 7 produces more crisp results than ACR with contrast and saturation defaults that more closely mimic the in-camera JPEG. Having said that, however, ACR 7.4 RC avoids the edge halos and even more obvious aliasing patterns that exist in the Capture One Pro 7 renderings of our real world and studio test scene. Overall, the ACR 7.4 RC files deliver more realistic, natural results in areas of organic low-contrast detail like the foliage in the street scene above and the fuzzy balls in the studio scene below." . . . read more

Fujifilm posts sample images from the X100S and X20

And they sure look good. This being Fujifilm, they're all shot in a film simulation mode, and only go as high as Iso 800. Links: X100s image samples gallery, X20 image samples gallery. . . . read more

Fujifilm goes back to Film Era technology to battle moire in its new mini wundercam, the X20.

Fujifilm's marketing department always comes up with a bit of a hyperbole when describing some of the their tech, but this time its genuine advancement-or should we say-regression in technological progress. Roy Furchgott at NY Times Gadgetwise blog writes:

"There are a lot of ways to avoid the moiré pattern, but they degrade picture quality, often by making it a little fuzzy. In digital cameras, that is often accomplished with an optical low pass filter, a translucent filter which restricts light. Old fashioned analog photographs didn’t get a moire pattern because the crystals in film and photo paper aren’t even in size and placement. That randomness breaks up the moire effect. . . . read more

David Cleland tries out the Fujifilm X100s and X20 for a week: Genuinely I think both the X20 and X100s are cameras to get excited about. I suspect they will appear on the “Camera of Year” lists of 2013.

Although he had very early prototype cameras in his hands, he's very pleased by the experience. This from his X100s hands-on preview:

"Fujifilm are certainly leading the way in the mirrorless camera market and we all knew it was only a matter of time before we saw an upgrade to the X100. Despite expecting to see the Fuji X200 the announcement of the X100s came with a very large wave of excitement. I was lucky enough to have the X100s for a week in December and I used it to capture some images around Northern Ireland. Like the X20 I decided to visit Belfast, County Down and my favourite location ‘The Dark Hedges’. . . . read more

In case you missed something: CES 2013 Digital Cameras roundup at Engadget. (PS @ Engadget: what about Sigma?)

"Samsung also had a mirrorless camera to share, and even though we could have squeezed it into the paragraph up above with Polaroid, the NX300 deserves to stand on its own. The company's latest model packs an APS-C sensor that can snap 20.3-megapixel stills, along with a typical 100-25,600 ISO range and a 3.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen. It also shoots 3D stills when paired with the $500 3D-capable lens. The camera itself (with a 20-50mm kit lens) will set you back a cool $750, so it's clearly a class above the Polaroid -- it's also one of the priciest cameras to debut at CES, which only serves to further validate our claim that this show is targeted at consumers. . . . read more

Fujifilm X20 preview by Andy Westlake at DP Review.

"The X20 uses an all-new sensor, which like the X10's is of the 2/3" type (~8.8 x 6.6mm), and 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' colour 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. The sensor is also of the 'backside illuminated' . . . read more

Various Fujifilm X100S and FinePix x20 tidbits, and the conclusion of the Fuji press Event.

  • Fujifilm produced 130.000 X100 cameras during 2012. The demand was far higher than what they anticipated, and at times they struggled to produce enough cameras. The natural disasters that occurred in japan and Thailand also played their role in this.
  • Fujifim senses there is an  increased level of interest this year, after the announcement of the X100S (and X20) and will be better prepared to increase production if needed.
  • The new 55-200mm lens is slated for an April release. Fujifilm will of course honor its published lens road map, but also expand on it. 
  • Price for the X100S will be $1300 and for the X20 $600. European, and especially photographers from the UK will of course pay a whole lot more that that, A.K.A "the Royal Euro Screwjob". Availability is said to be end of March 2013.

Zach Honig at Engadget goes hands-on with the Fujifilm X20 and X100s, check out the 'Digital Split Image" demo!

"At Fujifilm's press conference today, the company announced that both the X100s and X20 will hit stores at the end of March, with the X100s running you $1,300 and the X20 shipping for less than half, at roughly 600 bucks. A new 55-200mm lens will ship in April, with more options planned for later this year. We had a chance to check out both models, and while the X20 appears to be a perfectly capable shooter, the X100s is definitely the premium variant here. The camera has a very solid feel and quite an elegant retro design, as you might expect based on its . . . read more

Fujifilm X20 released, gifted with a X-Trans CMOS II sensor, Hybrid AF and a zooming Advanced Optical Viewfinder.

The X20 is aimed straight at the top of the compact prosumer market, having essentially received every upgrade of its bigger sibling, the X100S: From the X-Trans CMOS II sensor with built-in Phase Detection pixels to the new EXR II processor and the focus peaking feature, almost everything is there. What's missing is the "Digital Split Image" feature (Leica rangefinder style focusing), that Fuji reserved for its more upmarket X100S: . . . read more

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First images of the Fujifilm X20 leaked online at Digicame.info, more specs (Hybrid AF) revealed.

From the low-res images we can see that the Fujifilm X20 closely matches the X10. Not much is known of its feature set, besides the Hybrid AF and the added body color option of course. Rumors include an updated sensor(x-trans), a higher resolution rear screen, AF speed improvements and a focus peaking feature.

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