Fuji X-T20 Review | Oversized Performance In A Pint-Sized Camera

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This yr has introduced Fuji to the forefront as an actual contender within the skilled realm, not a fringe aspect amongst digital camera manufacturers. With the discharge of their medium format GFX 50s and growing help from main manufacturers which might be generally utilized by execs like Profoto and Seize One, it’s clear that Fuji is a model to observe. In the meantime, midrange cameras just like the X-T20 are Fuji’s bread and butter, and its new options recommend good issues to return for the model as an entire.

The X-T20 is a mirrorless, interchangeable lens APS-C digital camera with a 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor. It, like most of Fuji’s choices, is styled after previous movie cameras with a classic aesthetic intrinsic to its persona. It sits under this line’s flagship, the X-T2, although it has a lot in widespread with its barely older (and better priced) sibling. It replaces the X-T10, which occupies the area beneath the earlier X-T1 flagship, and provides some essential new options like a touchscreen, considerably greater sensor decision on a 3rd era X-Trans sensor, and up to date autofocus.

FEATURES

  • 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III Sensor
  • X-Processor Professional Picture Processor
  • 2.36m-Dot Digital Viewfinder
  • three.zero″ 1.04m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • UHD 4K Video Recording at 30p
  • Constructed-In Wi-Fi
  • Constructed-In Flash
  • Prolonged ISO 51200, Capturing to 14 fps
  • 91-Level AF with Customized AF-C Settings
  • Movie Simulation for Photographs and Movies
  • Mechanical and digital shutter

The X-T20 is out there body-only or bundled with both a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens, Fujinon XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II lens, or the 16-50mm paired with the XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS II in a two lens kit.

PERFORMANCE

An fascinating factor as a primary time Fuji consumer is the training curve. I'm a present Canon shooter, former Nikon shooter, who’s additionally carried out some skilled work with Sony and Part One, and this was the primary digital camera I’ve picked up the place I’ve reached some extent the place it was essential to throw up my arms and say “High quality! I’ll take a look at the guide.” When you begin to get the grasp of it, although, all of it is sensible. Even after primary operations are locked down, there are such a lot of methods to customise the digital camera that it’s just a little overwhelming at first, very similar to Sony. Tinkerers who like to mess with each setting to realize a completely customized expertise will respect this.

Aside from being just a little on the difficult aspect to determine, the X-T20 performs very properly. Excessive ISO dealing with is spectacular for an APS-C digital camera, with ISO 12,800 producing photographs that, unsurprisingly, can’t be thought-about clear, however are nonetheless usable in a pinch for issues like social media or capturing an essential second on a shopper degree.

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Dynamic vary is sweet, with uncooked information granting fairly a little bit of leeway, notably at decrease ISOs. White stability is fairly dependable, although curiously there isn't any ‘flash’ preset although there's an ‘underwater’ preset. Priorities, or one thing.

ISO 200, 35.eight mm, f/10, 1/180, XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS

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Fuji’s famed JPEGs supply high-quality rendering utilizing their in-camera movie emulation, although uncooked shooters can entry the identical of their post-processing workflow by way of Lightroom’s ‘profile’ menu within the ‘digital camera calibration’ tab, no matter the way it was shot.

Autofocus is among the many extra complicated settings, although it does work very nicely for stills. There are various choices for autofocus together with 5 totally different AF-C modes for several types of topic motion. The 91 autofocus factors within the hybrid distinction and part detection system can be utilized minutely to successfully equal 352 areas for grabbing exact focus in quite a lot of configurations. Profitable monitoring of shifting topics was elusive, nevertheless, and in video mode autofocus had a bent to leap round, making ugly jitters in footage.

ISO 800, 18mm, f/2.eight, 1/500, XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS @traininvain74

Video recording is succesful, although 4k is weakened seemingly as a differentiation from the flagship X-T2. It really works, nevertheless it doesn’t lead the pack. It’s nonetheless received a leg-up right here on rivals who haven’t included 4k video in any respect, like Canon’s M5.

An unfavorable obvious development in mid-range cameras that shoot video is the omission of a headphone jack to watch audio, although this digital camera does possess a mic enter jack in order that they’re midway there.

For grabbing motion photographs, the X-T20 did a very good job of shortly attaining focus and firing a quick sufficient burst to make sure peak motion was captured. There have been a number of AF misses, however extra hits. Burst modes are customizable within the menu system – customers can select from quite a lot of bursts to assign to the Steady Excessive and Steady Low modes.

DESIGN

Like most Fuji cameras its look is integral to its id. Fuji hits the classic aficionado’s delicate spot with their consideration to basic styling. By its seems to be, it goes hand-in-hand with a vinyl assortment and a basic guide 35mm movie SLR like a Canon AE-1, or a Nikon FM. Conceptually, what Fuji’s accomplished to make a reputation for themselves is a very fascinating juxtaposition between old style and cutting-edge, mixing high-tech inside workings with exterior controls and an look harking back to one thing from the 1970s.

The digital camera’s design is compact, rather more so than a small DSLR. It nestles comfortably right into a petite hand, can simply be carried round all day, and is unobtrusive to make use of in public. That makes it nice for candid road images, or just for capturing in public with out being yelled at for being a photographer. In case your arms aren’t small, you possibly can look into the MHG-XT10 metallic hand grip so as to add some girth to the grip.

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Its tilting touchscreen LCD is beneficial for photographs above and under eye-level, however its mobility is restricted in comparison with a few of its mirrorless rivals just like the Canon M5 with its display that flips ahead for selfies or the more and more widespread absolutely articulating display discovered on many DSLRs. The touchscreen itself is responsive and helpful, although it might be good to have the ability to use it to focus whereas wanting by way of the viewfinder just like the aforementioned M5.

Maybe probably the most irritating design limitation is the truth that, out of the field, there isn't any approach to make use of a bodily management to vary ISO. By default, it's accessible by means of the ‘Q’ menu, however it’s actually preferable to have the power to vary all sides of the publicity triangle shortly on the fly. It is doable, however it should take some menu digging to create customized settings.

QUALITY

The build-quality feels sturdy and top-notch. This little digital camera has a magnesium alloy physique and doesn’t really feel fragile in any respect when dealt with. The knobs and switches all really feel robust and tactilely pleasing. The dials are textured metallic with that old-school attraction, and the digital camera feels prefer it’s constructed to final, like they used to make them.

Except for the physique of the digital camera itself, Fuji is understood for making high-quality lenses, and people famend X-mount lenses are all suitable with the X-T20.

VALUE

Fuji has packed a whole lot of options right into a small package deal, and stored it at a comparatively low worth level. The truth that it's, in some ways, a child X-T2 at a fraction of the price undoubtedly provides to the notion of worth.

The truth that Fuji is understood for frequently rolling out firmware updates for our bodies and lenses, even after they’ve been changed within the lineup, additionally provides to the worth if you purchase into this model – they successfully hold the gear “newer” longer.

The X-T20 is an outstanding worth, as it's inexpensive than most of its direct rivals however very a lot a viable choice. Bundled with the extremely succesful Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens, it's obtainable for $1,199 currently at B&H in comparison with the Sony a6500 which goes for $1,398, body-only. It’s value noting that of the 2, the X-T20 lacks in-body picture stabilization, however most Fuji zoom lenses do embrace optical picture stabilization.

CONCLUSION

There’s quite a bit to love on this preciously compact digital camera. It’s full-featured, versatile, and fairly priced whereas being engaging and sturdy. Picture high quality is beautiful, decision is ample, and information are straightforward to work with. This may be a superb “for enjoyable” digital camera for somebody who doesn’t need to lug a DSLR round in all places; a worthy, but decrease value backup to an X-T2 for a Fuji-shooting skilled, or a digital camera able to producing share-worthy pictures instantly from the digital camera for hobbyists who haven't any want to course of their photographs.

It isn't really helpful solely on its videographic deserves, and it isn’t one of the best in its class. The shortage of a headphone jack for audio monitoring is disappointing, although sadly widespread. For sharper 4k, look to the X-T2 or a competing model for one thing like Sony’s a6500.

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Actually, there are so many issues to speak about with this digital camera, it’s onerous to pack all of it right into a evaluate fairly than a ebook. It's undoubtedly worthwhile to spend time flipping by way of the guide, and even spend money on a quick-start information of some type to hit the bottom operating should you make the acquisition.

In all this can be a nice digital camera, and at its worth level it's a appropriate selection for a enjoyable mirrorless sidekick to a professional’s DSLR or a for a shopper who simply needs one thing small and cute to simply shoot quite a lot of genres from road to motion. It packs some critical options right into a minuscule container and sits at a worth that makes it a terrific bang for the buck. Couple this with Fuji’s present momentum within the skilled world and constant updates, and also you’ve received a considerably future-proof funding in a digital camera and model.

SAMPLES

ISO 3200, 35mm, 1/125, f/1.four, XF35mmF1.4 R

ISO 200, 55mm, 1/180, f/7.1, XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS @waffle_sharpeagle

ISO 500, 35mm, 1/125, f/1.four, XF35mmF1.4 R @agoodboybandit

ISO 12800, 35mm, 1/125, f/1.four, XF35mmF1.4 R

ISO 200, 35mm, 1/125, f/5.6 , XF35mmF1.4 R @habihatsbytechnoprincess

ISO 200, 55mm, 1/180, f/6.four, XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS @habihatsbytechnoprincess

ISO 640, 35mm, 1/2000, f/1.four, XF35mmF1.4 R @traininvain74

ISO 320, 32.9 mm, 1/500, f/four, XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS @traininvain74

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