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Fujifilm X-T20 4K Camera Review

On January 19. 2017, Fujifilm has released the successor to their well-known X-10 model. The Fujifilm X-T20 brings long-awaited improvements and refreshments to the Fujifilm's X-series. The X-T20 can be ranked just below the much appraised Fujifilm X-T2, but that doesn't mean that this remarkable mirrorless camera is not capable of producing impeccable images. The camera is designed for multimedia shooters who want to produce 4K or HD video as well as high-resolution photographs. At the market price of just $899, Fujifilm X-T20 provides the professional level of performance to the common camera users.

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Fujifilm X-T20 Complete Review

1.Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Detailed, high-quality images
  • 4K video at up to 30fps
  • Film simulation options
  • The menu is easy to use
  • Great autofocus features

Cons

  • Short battery life
  • Fujifilm X-mount lenses; requires Fujifilm X mount adapter for all other lenses
  • Lacks weather sealing
  • No in-body image stabilization

2.Design

The Fujifilm X-T20 is relatively small in size, with dimensions 118.4 X 82.8 X 41.4 mm this camera can effortlessly be carried around even on demanding trips. It weights only 383g with battery and SD card included which makes it perfect for outdoor shooting because the user doesn't have to carry a bulky and heavy camera for a prolonged period of time. On the camera's back, there is a 3" 1040K-dot Rear Touchscreen Tilting LCD that makes operating the camera smooth and easy. The Fujifilm X-T20 is equipped with an electronic, 2,360,000 pixels, 100% coverage viewfinder that is designed to aid the camera users while they are composing the shot. This is a beautifully designed camera with a trendy look that will make you appear both professional and stylish.

3.Sensor

The newly released Fujifilm X-T20 carries more than a few improvements over its famous predecessor X-10. The biggest difference is the 24.3MP APS-C X-TRANS CMOS III 23.6 X 15.6mm sensor that enables the users to produce the footage of considerable sharpness due to the sensor's superb low-pass omission.

4.Processor

The camera's X-Processor Pro image processor in combination with the sensor allows the ISO values to be extended up to 51200, which makes Fujifilm X-T20 an excellent choice for aspiring photographers and videographers who often shoot in difficult light conditions. This is not a full-frame camera and the APS-C sensor has a 1.5 crop factor.

5.Autofocus

The camera is compatible with the Fujifilm X-mount lenses, which means that most of the popular lenses that are available on the market cannot be used with X-T20 without a Fujifilm X mount adapter. The state of the art Autofocus system is specifically designed to track moving objects, while the Advanced SR Auto mode enables the users to use the intelligent scene recognition option that tracks the moving objects and keeps them in focus. Fujifilm X-20 has several different focus modes such as Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus and Single-Servo AF (S). The users can enjoy the hybrid Autofocus system that employs 91 focus points and can be divided into 325 areas that enable them to get crystal clear images even in the most difficult conditions for shooting video or taking pictures.

6.Image quality

The X-T20 can capture still images in both JPEG and RAW formats, while video files can be saved in MOV and MPEG4 AVC/ H.264 formats. The camera can shoot video in Ultra HD 4K or Full HD 1080p quality, but continuous recording in the UHD 4K mode in 3840 X 2160 resolution at up to 30fps at is limited to just 10 minutes. The X-T20 can create HD videos in 1280 x 720 resolution at a maximum rate of 59.9fps that last up to 30 minutes.

Fujifilm X-T20 can be easily connected to a monitor or a projector via HDMI, which can be quite useful if you want to look at the footage you recorded on a large screen. The camera utilizes SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards that can store up to 256 GB of recorded footage.

As great as X-T20's video options may sound, still image modes are as rewarding for professional and amateur photographers. The camera can produce photos at the maximum resolution of 6000 X 4000 in 3:2 aspect ratio. Dedicated landscape photographers can benefit from the camera's panorama mode that produces images at the maximum resolution of 9600 x 1440 pixels. The Fujifilm X-T20 can save JPEG and RAW files simultaneously and you can choose the exposure mode that best fits the scene you are documenting.

7.Controls

One of the most alluring features Fujifilm X-T20 possesses are the Film Simulation modes that utilize Fujifilm's long history in film photography and they can be used while photographing or filming a video. Film Simulation modes imitate the look and feel of some the Fujifilm's most iconic kinds of film. Chrome, Provia, Velvia and Astia modes allow users to adjust chromatic values of their images to the scene they wish to capture and archive film like effects while using a mirrorless digital camera. Pro Neg. Std mode evokes memories of Fujifilm's legendary negative film since it produces even and smooth tones similar to do the famous film, while Pro Neg Hi allows the users to draw color from even the very poorly lit scenes. Furthermore, Fujifilm X-T20 is equipped with monochrome modes that mimic the atmosphere of the pictures created using the conventional Red, Green and Yellow filters as well as black and white contrast filters.

Fujifilm X-T20 is almost a perfect tool for shooting outdoor scenes, but its battery life is rather short. Estimated battery duration is approximately 50 minutes when shooting in 4K, around 60 minutes when recording Full HD or nearly 350 still frames. X-T20 is equipped with wireless communication option that enables the user to transfer images directly from the camera to another device when the camera has WiFi access. It also features a 2.5mm stereo mini connector that can be quite useful to those who wish to record sound with an external microphone.

Fujifilm X-T20 is a relatively young camera model, and even though everything about this camera seems more than just promising, X-T20 still needs to live up to the expectations and earn its spot among the best cameras of its class.

8.Key features

  • 24.3MP APS-C X-TRANS CMOS III Sensor
  • X-Processor Pro Image Processor
  • 4K UHD Video at up to 30fps, with output over HDMI
  • 2.36m-dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • Extended ISO 51200
  • Film Simulation Modes for Video and Photography
  • 3 inch 1040K-dot Tilting Touchscreen
  • 91 autofocus points
  • Built-in WiFi

9.Conclusion

Both, moving and still images produced by the Fujifilm X-T20 are sharp and with colors as nature intended them to be. 24.3MP APS-C X-TRANS CMOS III sensor and a powerful X-Processor Pro Image Processor seem like a perfect combination that ensures that the footage made with the Fujifilm X-T20 is up to the highest industry standards. This is one of the best cameras on the market in its price range, and one can hardly make a mistake by purchasing it.

Nov 23,2017 13:50 pm
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