Fujifilm has unveiled its latest advanced compact camera the Fujifilm X20, which sports a new optical viewfinder and fixes the white spot issue of its predecessor the Fujifilm X10.
Key to this new model is the new Digital Trans Panel in its optical viewfinder. This displays shutter speed, aperture, ISO and more in a headsup display fashion on the glass you’re looking through. It can also restrict the view to more accurately reflect the shot you’ll get as you zoom in and out – the optical viewfinder doesn’t actually look through the lens but is instead a fixed focal length.
Fujifilm X20 Specs
Sitting at the heart of the premium, metal bodied camera is large-for-a-compact a 12MP 2/3in X-Trans CMOS II sensor, which thanks to the random pattern used on its colour filter doesn’t need a low-pass filter used on most sensors. These are used to reduce false colour and moiré effects on traditional sensors but the also reduce image clarity. Not so here.
The lens on this camera is only 4x but its maximum aperture ranges from f/2.0 to f/2.8 so good low light performance and bokeh effects should be available throughout.
The premium features continue when it comes to video with Full HD at 60fps available. There’s also an option for a stereo microphone, an inbuilt spirit level and fast performance with 0.5 second startup time and 0.01 second shutter lag.
Perhaps most importantly of all, though, is that the white spots issue that plagued the otherwise excellent Fujifilm X10 has now apparently been completely fixed. The only obvious thorn this time around is the screen which is only 2.8in across and isn’t ultra-high resolution with 460k dots.
Fujifilm X20 Release Date and Price
The X20 will become available at the end of March for around $600, though there’s no official word on UK pricing. Given the X10 was £500 at launch, that would seem a fair guess for the new model.