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Fujifilm X20 Digital Camera Silver (12MP X-Trans CMOS II With EXR Processor II, 4x Optical Zoom) 2.8 inch Premium LCD

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  • 12.0 million pixels
  • 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II with primary color filter
  • 2.8-inch, approx. 460K-dot, TFT color LCD monitor
  • Fujinon 4x optical zoom lens

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  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 11.7 x 7 cm ; 331 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 980 g
  • Item model number: X20 Silver
  • ASIN: B00AX12ZLS
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 7 Jan. 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,324 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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The FUJIFILM X20 reconnects style with substance, bringing the essence of photography back to life

Following in the footsteps of the highly acclaimed X10, the FUJIFILM X20 inherits its high-precision lens and refined design, whilst featuring substantially improved performance. 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. The X20 is available in both all black and two-tone black and silver.

Built-in Phase Detection pixels for high-speed Auto Focus
Built-in Phase Detection pixels for high-speed Auto Focus

The X20's bright optical viewfinder features a newly-developed Digital Trans Panel. This displays the shutter speed, aperture, ISO, focusing area and other shooting information perfectly clearly, even in low-light conditions. What's more, the X20's Advanced Optical Viewfinder synchs with the zoom lens, so that users can accurately compose shots using the viewfinder, even when the focal length is constantly changing.

The combination of a newly-developed 12 megapixel 2/3inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II enables the X20 to capture very high quality images, with up to 20% higher resolution* and 30% less noise**. What's more thanks to the removal of the optical low pass filter and very powerful processor, the FUJIFILM X20 will produce clear images with minimal graininess, even at high ISO settings.

The newly-developed X-Trans CMOS II sensor has built-in Phase Detection pixels which enable the X20 to high-speed Auto Focus (AF) in as little as 0.06 seconds***. Additionally, the EXR Processor II offers fast responses with a start-up time of approx. 0.5 seconds****, a shutter time lag of approx. 0.01 seconds and a shooting interval of 0.5 seconds, providing advanced flexibility.

Advanced Optical Viewfinder with real time shooting data for improved usability and a bright view

Despite its compact size, the FUJIFILM X20 sports a bright and clear optical viewfinder with a horizontal apparent field of view of 20 degrees and coverage of 85%. It is synched to the zoom lens and comes with an eye sensor for enhanced usability.

Advanced Optical Viewfinder with real time shooting data
Advanced Optical Viewfinder with real time shooting data

The X20's viewfinder also has a newly-developed Digital Trans Panel, which is less than 1mm in depth and is highly transparent. It displays the shutter speed, aperture, ISO, focusing area and other shooting information so that users can continue shooting comfortably without having to take their eye off the action. The Digital Trans Panel automatically switches the colour of information in the shooting frame according to the scene and shooting conditions. Normally displayed in black, in especially dark scenes the shooting information is automatically displayed in green for enhanced visibility; and when an error occurs, the displayed information changes to red.

Premium image quality with edge to edge clarity and minimal noise

The X20 features FUJIFILM's newly-developed 12 megapixel 2/3inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor. The highly random nature of the unique colour filter array eliminates the need for an optical low-pass filter, while maintaining high resolution images with edge-to-edge clarity. Optical low-pass filters have traditionally been used in conventional sensors to reduce false colour and moiré effects, however this also means sacrificing image quality.

The X20 uses a Lens Modulation Optimiser to reduce optical effects such as lens diffraction, which occurs when light passes through a lens. Even at an aperture of f/8, the X20 retains sharpness and texture in the fine details, drawing out the full potential of the lens.

The sensor's excellent sensitivity is coupled with the processor's advanced signal processing capacity to reduce noise by more than 30%** compared to its predecessor. Even shooting in low-light (e.g. indoors or at night) at a high ISO setting, the X20 will produce a clear image with minimal graininess.

High-speed features and Auto Focus in as little as 0.06 seconds***

The newly-developed X-Trans CMOS II sensor has built-in Phase Detection pixels for high-speed AF in as little as 0.06 seconds***. Furthermore, its BSI (Back-Side Illuminated) sensor structure means the Phase Detection pixels can gather sufficient light, whatever the angle of incidence, at a large aperture, to deliver high-precision AF. The Intelligent Hybrid AF automatically switches to Contrast AF when the subject or scene demands it to ensure that the camera always auto-focuses at the highest speed and precision levels possible.

Focus Peak Highlight feature is available to help photographers manually focus by highlighting the area of the image currently in focus. It provides a guide for situations where it's difficult to tell whether the subject is correctly focused; allowing users to adjust manual focus easily whilst viewing the LCD monitor.

The EXR Processor II delivers performance speeds twice that of the previous generation processor*****. The X20 offers super speedy response times, with a start-up time of approx. 0.5 seconds****, a shutter time lag of 0.01 seconds and a shooting interval of 0.5 seconds. The X20 also delivers an impressive burst rate of 12 frames per second at the full 12 megapixel resolution.

High precision f/2.0-2.8 4x manual barrel zoom lens

High precision manual barrel zoom lens
High precision manual barrel zoom lens

Incredible attention to detail has been paid when designing this high precision lens. It's made up of 11 glass elements in 9 groups, including 3 aspherical lens elements and 2 extra-low dispersion lens elements. The result is an ultra bright lens with a wide-angle maximum aperture of f/2.0 and telephoto maximum aperture of f/2.8. FUJINON's proprietary HT-EBC coating is applied to the lens, it effectively controls flare and ghosting from appearing on images.

The optical 4x manual zoom lens allows users to determine precise composition quickly and instinctively, and the use of metal for the lens barrel and its internal structures provides a really smooth zooming action. In Super Macro mode you can get as close as 1cm from your subject, for stunning close-up shots.

The X20's unique image stabilisation mechanism shifts 5 lens elements compensating for camera shake by up to 4 stops, it also effectively prevents motion blur while stopping vignetting and loss of image resolution that usually occurs during camera shake compensation.

Additionally, the X20's lens incorporates 7 diaphragm blades which enable you to create a beautiful soft 'bokeh' effect to make your subject stand out off the background perfectly.

Artistic photography

Get creative with the Advanced Filters - High Key
Get creative with the Advanced Filters - High Key

This exciting new camera features FUJIFILM's proprietary Film Simulation modes. Users can choose from ten different modes which simulate the effects of traditional Fujifilm films. Including colour reversal film effects (Velvia / PROVIA / ASTIA), professional colour negative film (PRO Neg.Std / PRO Neg.Hi), monochrome filters (MONOCHROME, Ye filter, R filter and G filter) and SEPIA.

Also available on the X20 are the Advanced Filter functions; users can choose from 8 different artistic effects which can be previewed on the LCD screen:

  • Pop Colour – emphasises the contrast and colour saturation
  • Toy Camera – creates shaded borders as if you were taking a photo on a toy camera
  • Miniature – adds a blur to the top and bottom for a diorama or miniature effect
  • Dynamic Tone – giving dynamic gradation for a fantasy finish
  • Partial Colour – this feature selects one colour and takes the rest of the shot in black and white. Colours can be selected from red, yellow, green, blue, orange and purple
  • High Key – enhances brightness and reduces contrast to lighten tonal reproduction
  • NEW Low Key – creates uniformly dark tones with a few areas of emphasised highlights
  • NEW Soft Focus – blurs the focus of the image edges to create a softer effect
  • A separate Multiple Exposure function offers users the chance to combine two separate subjects into one photo, offering great artistic expression

Full HD Video Shooting

The X20 can shoot Full HD Video (1920 x 1080) at 60fps, for smooth video capture. Shooting at the high bit-rate of 36Mbps results in reduced noise and enhanced image quality that reveals every detail from individual leaves in the trees, to subtle changes in facial expression.

Many of the features available when shooting stills are also available while recording video footage. You can take advantage of a number of the Film Simulation modes and exploit the brightness of the lens to shoot videos with a dreamy 'bokeh' effect. The NEW Movie Scene Recognition feature can automatically recognise six types of scene and optimise the settings for beautiful results, under a variety of shooting conditions. What's more the Intelligent Hybrid AF feature is activated during video recording and an optional Stereo Microphone can be attached to capture sound perfectly.

Elegant design and sophisticated operating system

Manufactured in Japan from strong, yet lightweight, die-cast magnesium alloy, the X20's upper control deck and camera base are superbly designed and add a real sense of style and elegance to the camera. The mode dial and zoom ring have been ergonomically designed and precision-milled from solid aluminium; the exterior is finished with synthetic leather, which is durable and resilient. The two-tone version of the X20 has a specially-formulated silver finish which is applied with a coating that creates the premium feel of thick steel.

Composing and viewing images via the LCD is a pleasure thanks to the X20's high-contrast, 460K-dot, 2.8inch Premium screen, with a wide viewing-angle and an enhanced GUI menu system. The X20 also features a 'Q' button which can call up frequently-used menu items such as ISO settings, and a 'Fn' (Function) button which allows users to assign features frequently used while shooting.

The camera's aspect ratio can be selected from 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, and 1:1 (square) to accommodate a wide range of photographic styles. The camera also features an Advanced SR Auto mode, which detects not only the main subject but also whether it is moving or stationary to automatically optimise the focus, exposure, ISO and other settings.

* FUJIFILM research. Compared with X10 and conducted in f/8
** Compared with the X10
*** FUJIFILM research based on CIPA guidelines and conducted in "High Performance" mode
**** Quick start mode
***** Compared with the EXR Processor Pro

Box Contains

Li-ion battery NP-50
Battery charger BC-50B
Shoulder strap
Lens cap
USB cable
Owner's manual *3 OS compatibility

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By Phill Lister VINE VOICE on 17 July 2013
For a few years I've been very happy having a Canon DSLR with a few lenses as my main serious camera, and a pocketable compact Canon S100 as the camera I carry around with me everywhere. The S100 has most of the features and image quality of their G series serious compacts in a smaller body.

I've upgraded my DSLR and my S series camera a couple of times when it looked like it was worth it.

But I recently traded in an expensive lens I wasn't using as much as I thought I would for this Fuji and what a joy it is! Earlier cameras I owned needed some post-processing to bring out their best. For photos I thought might be "keepers" I shot in RAW.

I've exhibited and sold some photos, so not only talking about family snapshots (though they've been fun too)

But this Fuji X20 makes pictures that are fine to use and print up to A2 size straight out of the camera if you know what you're doing.

OK it's still a compact camera with a compact sensor and won't produce images as scientifically accurate as larger cameras. But it can take fantastic photos that look so good and belie its compact size. It's the first compact camera I've had that can actually give those blurred backgrounds and creamy bokeh if you set it up right.

Colours are fantastic, aided by being able to choose from several "film" settings informed by Fuji's history of making various films for pre-digital cameras. Various Black and White options are included and make the best images I've ever seen from a digital camera.

One of the most impressive functions here is the Dynamic Range adjustability - it really makes a difference to the overall quality of the photos from this impressive camera.

Video recording is apparently not much to shout about but I never use this.
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After using and playing with my X20 for about a month, I think the pros and cons are becoming clearer.

Obviously it is not the most compact of 'compacts' and it hasn't got the zoom range of a super-zoom compact, but that is missing the point. It has a larger than average sensor and can take some superb photos with the Fujifilm colour styles that they are famous for. The optical viewfinder is a very useful addition, but in all honesty and even considering the features incorporated, it is only a halfway-house compared to the best digital viewfinders now seen on some mirrorless system cameras. But it is what it is, and every tool is a compromise in some way. At least it has got a good viewfinder. What it hasn't got is a tilting screen for those hip-shots and overhead opportunities.
The twist-to-start lens and manual zoom take a bit of getting used to, but while the manual zoom is great, the twist to start feature strikes me as being a bit cumbersome after a while.

I really do like this camera. Its style, its apparent quality and the features it does incorporate, as well as the pictures it is capable of taking. As a 'best' camera for street photography and social occasions it fits the bill. If you want something that has a greater zoom, longer battery life [extra batteries are less than £10 though] and can slide in and out of a small pocket, it isn't for you. If you want a satisfying lump of engineering both to look at and to use, that is much cheaper than some premium fixed focal length advanced compacts, that has real retro 'style' and is to complement, rather than replace a premium mirrorless system or SLR and a small sensor super-zoom compact [thinking TZ Panasonic or Sony HX series], then this is it.

There is so much choice in the camera market just now and Fuji have made a camera that is almost 'loveable' and distinct.
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I have owned many small, pocketable or travel cameras over the years, but this X20 from Fuji ticks all my boxes. It is made of real metal, not plastic, had a good weight to it, is very pleasingly designed, reminding me of rangefinder cameras of the '50's and '60's that I started my photo career with. The zoom range is adequate, I would have liked a 35mm equivalent of 24mm at the wide end, but hey ho. The tele end is nice for portraits, especially with the special portrait setting in the special effect menu. There are lots of special effects, which I normally ignore, but there are some really useful ones, like the facility to obtain a sharp hand held night shot by combining several frames from an automatic sequence. The viewfinder, while not being as sophisticated as the one in the X100s, is very bright, zooms as the lens zooms, does a good job of parallax compensation and has a digital display of useful data as well - perfect for shooting in bright light when you cant see the screen properly. I cannot recommend this camera highly enough considering the price and the quality.
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After I got the X10 it seemed a logical upgrade to move to the X20, there are a number of obvious improvements in this model not least the "optical viewfinder" with shooting information (shutter speed, aperture, ISO) is very welcomed. But the move to the newer X-Trans CMOS sensor brings a very different type of shooting experience from the X10

At first glance this looks very close to the X10 body wise and it is, bar a minor change of buttons (the D pad now has the AF mode on it swapped with the drive mode a minor modification) the camera in other ways is a clone of the prior model (not a bad thing in my view)
You have the same 28-112mm F2-F2.8 lens an excellent optic and fast for a zoom lens. Fuji have re-vamped the menus breaking them into tabs, the RAW button is now the Q button (it brings up the quick menu just like the X10 did after the firmware update)

What's not to like? Well shooting with the X20 proved to be quite a lot different to the X10 and mostly in relation to the sensor.
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