Fujifilm X-T20 Brief Review


REVIEW SUMMARY

Specifications

  • Other Features : Electronic viewfinder, film simulation effects
  • Weight : 13.5 oz. (383g)
  • Battery : Li-ion rated at 350 shots (50 min. 4K video)
  • Weather Sealing : No
  • Screen : 3" tilting touchscreen
  • GPS : No
  • Wi-Fi : Yes
  • Flash : Yes
  • Video : 4K at 30 fps
  • RAW : Yes
  • Image Stabilization : No (available in some lenses)
  • Autofocus System : Hybrid contrast phase detection
  • Autofocus Points : 91
  • Burst Speed : 5 fps with continuos autofocus (up to 14 fps with electronic shutter)
  • Shutter Speed : 30 sec. to 1/4000, Bulb
  • ISO : 100 - 51200
  • Processor : X-Processor Pro
  • Sensor : 24.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans sensor
  • Release Date: 2017-02-15
  • Final Grade: 92 4.6 Star Rating: Recommended


The Fujifilm X-T20 is a happy medium between features and price
Fujifilm's flagships are great -- except for the price. The Fujifilm X-T20 could just be the right mix of features and price.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 1/20/2017

Fujifilm's X-T10 is an excellent middle road between price and features, but the upgrade is inching even closer to the high-end options. The Fujifilm X-T20 boasts an updated sensor processor and autofocus system similar to the T-2, but for about $700 less.

Fujifilm's X-Trans sensors are known for producing beautiful colors and imitating film effects, and the X-T20 steps up to 24 megapixels. Along with the resolution boost, the sensor also has more autofocus areas, which should mean an improvement in autofocus speed and accuracy over the earlier option.

A new processor allows the camera to handle big 4K files at a respectable 30 fps, a significant step up from the HD on the X-T10.

All that is wrapped up in a classic Fujifilm body with a leather-like wrap and a good set of physical controls. The camera uses both an electronic viewfinder and a tilting touchscreen. Battery life is just 360 shots or 50 minutes of video though -- which isn't uncommon for a mirrorless camera but is one area where the smaller shooters still differ from DSLRs.

The images from the X-T20 should be indiscernible from the shots on the X-T2, however, there are a few usability differences. One of the biggest disadvantages of the cheaper T-T20 is that it doesn't use weather-sealing. Besides keeping out dust and moisture, weather sealing also tends to give cameras a sturdier feel. The X-T2 also has a faster burst than the X-T20's just-okay 5 fps, as well as a faster mechanical shutter speed. The X-T2 also has both a better viewfinder and screen, as well as being compatible with more accessories, namely battery grips.

The Fujifilm X-T20 is an excellent option for the photographer that wants that Fujifilm image quality without that high price tag. The X-T20 appears to have more in common with the X-T2 than the relationship between the X-T10 and X-T1, and more features for the same price is always something we're happy to see here. As a middle-of-the-road mirrorless, the X-T20 should be a good choice for travel and portraits as well as all around use, provided you don't need a supper snappy burst mode. The camera retails body-only for about $900 in black or silver.


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