Fujifilm X-t20

With the naked eye, it’s hard to tell an X-T20 from an X-T10. For a centrally located APS-C case, its compactness still surprises and its unique proportions give it a cheerful side that inspires confidence, immediately returning to the rich photographic past of the brand and the great hours of silver photography. Compared to the predecessor, only three physical elements change. The video trigger button has now become a Fn soft key. The exposure compensation dial moves to a position that allows you to move up to +/- 5 EV. On the back, the Fn key has disappeared body and soul. Connectivity side, nothing new: a classic USB 2.0, a mini-HDMI, a remote control socket, a compartment SD UHS-I – while the X-T2 has two UHS-II compartments – and a “new” NP battery -W126S. The X-T20 however accepts NP-W126 from X-T10, and vice versa. Oh, and forget the tropicalization, which remains reserved for the X-T2.


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Fujifilm X-T20 Mirrorless Digital Camera w/XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OISII Lens-Silver


 

From the X-T10, the T-20 has also resumed the strange way of navigating from one PASM mode to another. Thus, to activate mode A (aperture priority), it is necessary to position the barrel of speed on “A”, and until then it is quite logical. To switch to P mode (automatic aperture and speed), turn the thumb wheel fully to the right, exceed the minimum aperture value – f / 22 in the case of the 16-50 mm XC kit zoom – and you in mode P. For mode M (manual), you have to set the speed manually on the barrel ad hoc and, to switch to mode S (priority speed), it is necessary once again to turn the front wheel to the right in order to exceed the minimum opening value. We still saw more practical and more intuitive, especially for a camera that prides itself on having direct access commands to the main photographic settings ….

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If the 2.36 Mpts Oled electronic viewfinder is still in the game, its magnification is, of course, less than that of the X-T2. Above all, its low optical print has not changed and may occasionally annoy glasses wearers. The hinged screen remains in the game, but it gains in definition (1 040 000 pts) and, above all, is now touch. Finally ! However, no madness: the touch only allows you to select focus collimator and trigger with the fingertip. Do not even think to change the size of the collimator directly or to move it when using the viewfinder, and especially not to take advantage of menus (fast and complete) clickable. This will be for the next firmware. Perhaps. Maybe not…

The menus, by the way, let’s talk about it. Compared to the X-T10, this is the modernized version. The different settings are better organized, depending on the areas they impact: a tab for the image quality, one for the management of the focus, one for the photo settings, one for the flash – since there has an integrated flash also capable of driving a remote flash -, one for video and finally one for general settings of the camera. Fujifilm has worked well and listened to its users, that’s a pleasure! On the other hand, some points lend to smile by the approximation of their translation in French … even when they are not translated at all, like the setting “Drive-Einstellung” which, as its name indicates it for the German-speakers , allows you to set the different drive modes, including bracketing and burst rates associated with the CL and CH

Image qualities

What to expect from an X-Trans III hybrid if not excellence in terms of image quality? With its 24.3 MP, the X-T20 did not disappoint, even if the zoom Fujinon XC 16-50 mm f / 3.5-6.5 OIS II quickly shows its limits. A beautiful fixed focal length would be much better suited to the potential of this “small” hybrid to reveal all the details of which it is capable.

On the side of the rise in sensitivity is, as usual, very good, since you can shoot in JPEG up to 6400 ISO or 12800 ISO quiet, depending on your selected film simulation. Compared with the X-T10, the main difference, besides the increase in definition, remains in the management of the sensitivity range. Indeed, until then, the extreme positions (100 ISO, 25 600 ISO, 51 200 ISO) were only accessible in JPEG but not in RAW, enough to frustrate more than one. Here you can work in RAW or RAW + JPEG on the full range. Hooray! Except, there is a but – there is always a but: this is only possible when working with the mechanical shutter, which goes up to 1/4000 s. If you are working with mechanical + electronic or electronic only hybrid shutter (up to 1/30000 s), the maximum sensitivity is only 12,800 ISO and the minimum ISO 200, whether you are in JPEG , RAW + JPEG or RAW only. You just have to have this subtlety well in mind when shooting to avoid pestering some blockages that seem to arise out of nowhere.

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Video

If the first hybrid X-Trans sensor were discrete on the video side, we must recognize that Fujifilm has made a great leap forward with the generation X-Trans III, whether in the quality of the image rendering , setting options or recording rates, since in addition to Full HD 60/50/3025 / 24p, the X-T20 now knows how to shoot in 4K / UHD 30p. The image is beautiful, the continuous autofocus is soft and accurate, the peaking focus will help if you opt for the manual focus, the stabilization works well – without however equaling the 5-axis mechanical stabilizations of Olympus, Panasonic and Sony – and it is still possible to play on speed and aperture during shooting.

By cons, and it’s a shame, the X-T20 remains restricted in its habits. On the one hand by its recording times: 15 minutes in Full HD, 10 minutes in 4K / UHD. Then the lack of functionality (no fine management of color profiles, no zebra, no ability to operate the touch screen during recording, etc.). Compared to a Panasonic Lumix G80, which is a direct competitor in terms of price, it’s still frustrating. In addition, there is no headphone jack (but the microphone jack is the same as the socket for the remote).


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Fujifilm X-T20 Mirrorless Digital Camera w/XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OISII Lens-Silver


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