FUJIFILM North America Corporation announces the new FUJIFILM X20 digital camera that improves on the highly-acclaimed FUJIFILM X10 with an advanced 12MP 2/3” X-Trans CMOS II Sensor and the EXR Processor II to deliver the world’s fastest autofocus speed in its class (up to 0.06 seconds). The X20 also receives a newly-developed, advanced optical viewfinder with a Digital Trans Panel that displays critical imaging information syncing perfectly with the manual zoom lens.
The X20 achieves improvements in reduced noise, as well as higher resolution due to its new X-Trans CMOS II Sensor. By combining the X-Trans filter array and removal of the Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF) the X20 delivers 30% better noise reduction compared to the FUJIFILM X10 and 20% higher image resolution over the FUJIFILM X10.
“The new FUJIFILM X20 blends the award-winning performance of the X-Series with a classic design and easy operation for a truly pleasing photographic experience,” said Go Miyazaki, president and chief operating officer, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “By incorporating a new sensor and new processor with features like phase detection and an Intelligent Hybrid autofocus system, the X20 achieves amazing speed and razor sharp image quality every time.”
The FUJIFILM X20 provides High Precision F2.0-2.8 4x Manual Zoom Lens that that is made up of 11 glass elements in 9 groups, including 3 double-sided aspherical elements and 2 extra-low dispersion elements. The lens also uses FUJINON’s proprietary HT-EBC coating to effectively control flare and ghosting from appearing on images for consistent image clarity.
The X20 has a smooth optical 4x manual zoom lens barrel that allows users to determine precise composition quickly. And in Super Macro mode, users can get as close as 0.39” from a subject, for stunning close-up shots. The X20 also uses a unique image stabilization mechanism that shifts 5 lens elements to compensate for camera shake by up to 4 stops, while also effectively preventing motion blur and reducing vignette effect and loss of image resolution that usually occurs during camera shake. The FUJIFILM X20 uses a 7 diaphragm blade system that enables users to create a beautiful soft ‘bokeh’ effect to make subjects stand out against a soft background.
The FUJIFILM X 20 cameras uses Advanced X-Trans CMOS II Sensor and EXR Processor II. It features a newly-developed 12MP 2/3” X-Trans CMOS II sensor with a highly randomized and unique color filter array that eliminates the need for an optical low-pass filter that produces beautiful, high resolution images with edge to edge clarity. The 2/3” X-Trans CMOS II sensor in the X20 achieves excellent sensitivity and is coupled with the advanced signal processing of the EXR Processor II to reduce noise by more than 30% compared to conventional digital cameras in the category.
The FUJIFILM X20 provides the Fastest Autofocus in Class. It now features built-in phase detection that achieves the world’s fastest auto focus speed in its class as fast as 0.06 seconds, a fast start-up time of only 0.5 seconds, a shutter time lag of 0.01 seconds and a shooting interval of 0.5 seconds. It also features an Intelligent Hybrid Autofocus system that switches between phase and contrast detection, depending on the subject or scene, to achieve the best balance between speed and focus precision. Using its new Focus Peaking function, the X20 highlights high contrast areas of subjects for precise focusing while using manual focus mode, so that users can achieve perfect focus every time.
The FUJIFILM X20 has a bright optical viewfinder that features a newly-developed Digital Trans Panel that clearly displays shutter speed, aperture, ISO, focusing area and other shooting information. The X20’s advanced viewfinder also synchronizes with the 4x manual zoom lens so that users can accurately compose shots using the viewfinder even when the focal length is constantly changing. The Digital Trans Panel automatically switches the color of information in the shooting frame according to the scene and shooting conditions. Normally displayed in black, shooting information is automatically displayed by green LEDs for enhanced visibility in especially dark scenes.
The features like Film Simulation Modes and Artistic Filters add to the brilliancy of this camera. To give users even more creative possibilities, the X20 also features Fujifilm’s proprietary Film Simulation mode which includes ten film simulation options that replicate the results achieved by Fujifilm color reversal films (Velvia / PROVIA / ASTIA) and professional color negative films (PRO Neg. Std / PRO Neg. Hi), along with three B/W filter effects (Ye filter, R filter and G filter).
The X20 also has Advanced Filter functions for additional artistic functionality, including Pop Color, Toy Camera, Miniature, Dynamic Tone, Partial Color, Soft Focus, High Key and Low Key. Users can also choose a separate Multiple Exposure function that combines two separate subjects into one photo, perfect for adding people into photos that they had missed. A new Movie Scene Recognition feature automatically recognizes six types of scenes and optimizes settings for sharp results in a variety of shooting conditions. Additionally, the X20’s Intelligent Hybrid AF feature operates during the X20’s full HD 1080p video up to 60 fps in a high-bit rate for smooth movie capture with reduced noise and sharp clarity.
The FUJIFILM X20 is manufactured from a strong, yet lightweight, die-cast magnesium alloy, and the upper controls and camera base are superbly designed and add a sense of style and elegance. The mode dial and zoom ring have been ergonomically placed and precision-milled from solid aluminum for outstanding usability.
FUJIFILM X20 is equipped with a Sharp LCD Screen and the brilliant “Q” Menu System. Composing and viewing images on the FUJIFILM X20’s LCD screen is easy and clear due to its high-contrast, 460k dot, 2.8” premium screen that has a wide viewing-angle and an enhanced GUI menu system. The menu system in the X20 receives Fujifilm’s latest Q “Quick” button feature that allows users to quickly call up a wide-range of frequently-used settings, and the programmable Fn (Function) button allows users to assign commonly-used functions at the touch of a button. The X20 also features an Advanced SR Auto mode, which detects not only the main subject but also whether it is moving or stationary to automatically optimize the focus, exposure, ISO and other settings.
FUJIFILM X20 key features:
- NEW 12 MP 2/3” X-Trans CMOS II sensor
- Improved EXR Processor II
- Intelligent Hybrid AF in 0.06 seconds
- Fast start-up time of 0.5 seconds
- Shutter time lag of 0.01 seconds
- Advanced Optical Viewfinder with a Digital Trans Panel and information overlay
- FUJINON F2.0-2.8 lens 4x manual zoom lens
- 2.8” Premium Clear LCD (460k dots)
- Pop-up Super Intelligent Flash
- Super Macro mode to .039”
- Focus Peaking function
- Motion Panorama 360
- Advanced Filters
- “Q” button for frequently used menu items
- Function (Fn) button
- Multiple Exposure
- New GUI showing the level of manual zoom, aperture and shutter speed
- Advanced SR AUTO mode with 64 shooting patterns
- Full HD video 1080p at 60fps
- Manual focus available during video recording
- Output for Stereo Microphone
- Film Simulation mode
- Electronic level
- Live histogram
FUJIFILM X20 Accessories
- Leather case LC-X20
- Lens Hood and Protector Filter LHF-X20
- TTL Flash – three types of FUJIFILM clip-on flash
- External stereo microphone MIC-ST1
The FUJIFILM X20 will be available March 2013 at the price of $599.95, and will be available in black and a two-tone silver and black.