Compacts


Fuji Releases X-T20 & X100F

January 19, 2017

By Greg Scoblete

February looks to be a good month for Fuji fans. Beyond the new GFX-50s medium format camera, they can expect a successor to the X-T10 and the X100T. Oh, and a new lens, too.

The X-T20 is the successor to the X-T10 and features a new APS-C sized 24-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro image processing engine. The new sensor/processor duo combine to push the camera’s ISO settings up to 12,800 and deliver a faster autofocusing performance from its predecessor. In fact, Fuji says the read speed of its contrast AF speed is twice as fast as the X-T10.

The X-T20 has 91 AF points (up from 49 in the previous model). Phase detect AF pixels cover approximately 40 percent of the imaging area. There are five continuous AF modes to help shooters better match the action unfolding. The modes enable you to emphasize subject tracking for various types of objects (accelerating or decelerating) as well as those suddenly appearing in the frame or moving erratically.

The X-T20 can burst at up to 8 fps for up to 63 JPEGs using a mechanical shutter. Switch to the electronic shutter and you can hit a continuous shooting rate of 14 fps.

Beyond better AF, the X-T20 does another trick the X-T10 can’t manage: 4K video recording. The X-T20 can record at 3840 x 2160 at 30p for up to 10 minutes at a clip. It can also record full HD at up to 60p with the ability to record in one of the camera’s nine film simulation modes.

Fuji tweaked the body design to add a video recording option to the drive dial. The Exposure Compensation Dial now has a C position for exposure compensation up to ±5 stops.

Rounding out the X-T20’s features:

  • a Grain Effect to mimic film grain with selectable strengths (strong or weak). Grain effect can be used in conjunction with the camera’s film simulation modes
  • 3-inch, tilting touchscreen LCD with touch shutter release and touch focusing
  • 0.39 inch 2,360K-dot OLED color viewfinder
  • new ACROS film simulation
  • Full HD video recording at up to 60p with film simulation applied
  • clean HDMI out
  • multiple exposure feature that combines two separate subjects into one photo
  • interval timer shooting for time lapse photography
  • electronic shutter up to 1/32000 sec.
  • eye detection AF
  • Wi-Fi
  • weather and dust resistant build

The X-T20 ships in Feb. in black and silver body styles and is available for pre-order now for $900.

Fuji is also releasing a new lens for its X-series mirrorless cameras.

The new XF50mmF2 R WR is a weather-sealed lens with an inner focusing system. It will be available in February for $450 and is available for pre-order now.

Fuji is also updating its advanced, rangefinder-style compact. The new X100F boasts a 24-megapixelX-Trans CMOS III APS-C-sized sensor

Like its predecessor, the  X100F uses an Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder that combines the features of an optical viewfinder (OVF) with an electronic viewfinder (EVF) for rangefinder-style composition. While in EVF mode, users can now change the magnification to improve focus confirmation. The EVF window can display 100 percent of the field of view as well as 2.5x and 6x magnifications. The EVF frame rate has been bumped to 60fps and you can now check exposure and white balance through the EVF window.

Like the X-T20, the AF performance on the X100F has been improved with 91 AF points (up from 49 in the X100T)with approximately 40 percent of the imaging area covered with phase detection pixels. There’s a focus lever to select AF points.

The camera’s back has been redesigned to better facilitate shooting while still keeping an eye in the viewfinder, Fuji says. To that end, most of the frequently used functions are now clustered on the right side of the 3-inch display. There’s now a built-in ISO dial built into the shutter speed dial.

The X100F has a fixed 23mm f/2 lens (equivalent to a 35mm lens on a full frame camera) with an ND filter equivalent to three stops.

Additional features include:

  • an electronic shutter capable of exposures up to 1/32000 sec.
  • new ACROS film simulation mode
  • focus peaking and digital split image display in the OVF
  • full HD recording at up to 60p with film simulation effects and manual focusing
  • Intelligent Hybrid AF switches between Phase Detection AF and Contrast AF according to scene
  • digital teleconverter to switch between a 50mm and 70mm equivalent angle of view
  • time lapse mode
  • Wi-Fi Manual focus available during video recording

The X100F will ship in Feb. and is available for pre-order now for $1,300.